According to the article 7/p of the Higher Education Law No. 2547, equivalence procedures of the associate degree, undergraduate and post-graduate (master's degree only) diplomas received from foreign HEIs are carried out by the CoHE. Equivalence procedures of the diplomas received from foreign HEIs are carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Regulations on Recognition and Equivalence of Foreign Higher Education Diplomas published in the Official Gazette dated 20 February 2016 and numbered 29630.
Recognition and equivalence processes are subject to a fee. 150 TL is charged for recognition applications, 150 TL for equivalence applications, 150 TL for re-examination requests, 50 TL for HEI Recognition Letters, and 50 TL for the other transactions related to equivalence and recognition.
The application form at the webpage of Equivalence Office is printed out, filled and signed. Required documents are completed and the application fee is paid. The application is made to the Equivalence Office in person with all documents including the receipt showing that the application fee has been paid.
Information on the necessary documents for the recognition and equivalence applications can be found at the webpage of Equivalence Office both in Turkish and English.
As stated in Article 4 of the Regulations on Recognition and Equivalence of Foreign Diplomas, examinations are made on the official documents. Thus, the offical diploma must be submitted to the CoHE at the recognition and equivalence applications.
You do not need to submit the official passport if you submit the photocopies of the legible pages of your passport including visas during your education approved by the notary public or the Foreign Representatives of the Republic of Turkey, and the entry-exit document received from the provincial police headquarters.
High School Equivalence Certificates can be obtained from the Provincial Directorates of National Education or from the Foreign Representatives of the Republic of Turkey.
Necessary examinations will be carried out if you apply to the CoHE with an official document signed by your university or a competent authority of the relevant country to certify that the educational system of the country of higher education permits this situation, official translation of this document approved by the notary public or the Foreign Representatives of the Republic of Turkey, and a petition explaining your situation.
Application with the photocopies of the official documents is not accepted.
You need to apply to Higher Education Council, Equivalence Office, Application Office Bilkent/ANKARA (Yükseköğretim Kurulu Başkanlığı Denklik Birimi Müracaat Ofisi Bilkent/ANKARA).
You can start your education at a HEI recognized by the CoHE. However, your equivalence application will be examined within the framework of the Regulations on Recognition and Equivalence of the Foreign Higher Education Diplomas and the provisions of the current legislation. The relevant decisions regulating the start of education abroad have been withdrawn.
Applications can be received by the representatives on behalf of the applicant only with an official notarized letter of attorney.

1. Submission of the application documents in person to the Equivalence Office,

2. Receipt of the application documents in accordance with the requirements of the equivalence application office,

3. Registration of the application to the system,

4. Preliminary examination of the application documents,

5. Completion of the application documents in case of insufficiency and/or missing documents,

6. Making correspondence about the application and carrying out the processes if necessary, (confirmation, international correspondence, university view and examination by the related sub-committee etc.).

7. Requesting additional documents if necessary,

8. Evaluation of the application by the Equivalence Commission,

9. Taking Executive Board Decision about the application,

10. Preparation of the Certificates of Recognition/Equivalence/Interim Graduation, and submission for signature,

11. Notifying the applicant about the Executive Board Decision on the application.

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We are still working on sending informational messages to the applicants' e-mail addresses about the application. Information will be available on the webpage when the work is completed. You can also get information from the Call Centre "0850 470 0965 (YÖK)" during working hours.

To withdraw your application, you must send by mail to the CoHE a petition containing your signature and a receipt showing that the transaction fee of 50 TL has been paid. If you withdraw your application, your official documents (except notarized translations) are returned.

 

Important Note: In the case of waiting for the reply of diploma confirmation letters from the Foreign Representatives of the Republic of Turkey, requests for withdrawal of the applications are evaluated after receiving the reply of the diploma confirmation letters.

A definite date cannot be given as finalizing the applications varies by the situations including the country of the HEI, required correspondence, and the graduated program.
Diploma confirmation is the correspondence made through the foreign representatives to receive information on issues such as whether the applicant received education at the relevant HEI, the type of education if he/she received the education, diploma information, and etc.
The document will be prepared and delivered in person/by mail after the application in person or by mail with a petition including the T.R. ID number of the applicant and indicating your request, and receipt of the transaction fee of 50 TL should be attached.
You can receive your documents for a temporary period of time with a signed petition stating your reason of demanding the documents and a receipt indicating that the relevant fee has been paid.

Except for the graduates of the universities in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, in the equivalence procedures of the diplomas received from the foreign language and literature programs of foreign HEIs, teaching programs of these languages, programs of philology, and translating and interpreting, if the language of the program graduated is not the same as the official language of the country, the applicants are required to take at least 80 out of 100 at Foreign Language Proficiency Exam (YDS) in the language of the program graduated, or equivalent points at the exams with international validity accepted by the CoHE.

 

Important Note: The provisions of the Regulations at the date of the application is considered for the equivalence applications made to the CoHE before the Regulation is published.

Level and Proficiency Identification System is the whole process towards assessing, evaluating and determining the level of achievements of one, several or all of the applications such as completion of the courses, completion of the internship, preparing a project or to be subjected to an exam, in case of uncertainty and/or lack of basic achievements related to the program graduated, language of education, legibility of the program, theoretical and applied courses, internships and projects.
The applicants are notified on the decision of the CoHE regarding which stage(s) of the Placement Exam they will attend.

Detailed information including the dates can be obtained from www.osym.gov.tr for the Placement Exams by ÖSYM (Student Selection and Placement Centre); and from www.yok.gov.tr for the Placement Exams made by the CoHE.

Information on the place of the exams can be accessed at the Applicant Information System of ÖSYM. Place and time information of the Placement Examinations conducted by the CoHE is included in the Placement Exam Guide.
The scope and distributions of the subjects in the Placement Exams are listed in the Placement Exam Guide according to their areas.
The results of exams conducted by ÖSYM in the fields of Medicine, Dentistry and Teaching are published in the website of ÖSYM, and the results of exams made by the CoHE in other fields (Engineering, Turkish Language, Law, etc.) are published on our website.
In order to be considered successful, minimum score must be at least 50 points out of 100 in the Placement Examinations made before 16.06.2016, and at least 40 points out of 100 in the Placement Examinations to be made after this date.

In order to be considered successful, the minimum score must be at least 50 points out of 100 in the Placement Examinations made before 16.06.2016 and at least 40 points out of 100 in the Placement Examinations to be made after this date.

As a result of examining equivalence applications of the diplomas in the field of pharmacy, if there is no deficiency in the level of education, the duration and the compulsory courses and the internship of the graduated program compared to the equivalent programs in Turkey, the equivalence process is carried out after the determination the scientific identity and being successful in front of a jury to be formed in the faculty of pharmacy which will be determined by the CoHE.

 

In case of deficiency in the level of education, the duration and the compulsory courses and the internship of the program graduated compared to the equivalent programs in Turkey, the equivalence process is carried out only after the completion of the compulsory undergraduate courses, incomplete period, internship, and then determination of the scientific identity and being successful in front of a jury to be formed in the faculty of pharmacy which will be determined by the CoHE.

If the back face of the diplomas of the applicants who graduated in February 2012 and later is stamped by the institution graduated that they were enrolled with the ÖSS, it is not necessary to apply to the CoHE for equivalence.

 

Graduates who are required to do an application:

 

  • who were enrolled to the university with special talent exam,
  • TRNC citizens,
  • graduates of master's degree,
  • graduates of Turkish Language and Literature Teaching from the Girne American University,
  • graduates of History Teaching from the Near East University,
  • those who graduated before February, 2012.
There is no need for those who have been enrolled by ÖSYM within the scope of the protocol between the Republic of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to apply for diploma equivalence. A protocol letter is given by the CoHE to the students studying under this context.
The students receiving formal education in Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University do not need to apply for equivalence. It is sufficient to obtain a certificate that the diploma is valid by applying to the Equivalence Office. The corresponding document will be delivered in person/by mail after applying to the CoHE with a formal letter, a photocopy of the diploma and official transcript, and the receipt showing that the transaction fee of 50TL has been paid.
The students receiving formal education in Kazakhstan Hoca Ahmet Yesevi International Turk-Kazakh University do not need to apply for equivalence. It is sufficient to obtain a certificate that the diploma is valid by applying to the Equivalence Office. The corresponding document will be delivered in person/by mail after applying to the CoHE with a formal letter, a photocopy of the diploma and official transcript and the receipt showing that the transaction fee of 50TL has been paid.

The students receiving distance education in Kazakhstan Hoca Ahmet Yesevi International Turk-Kazakh University do not need to apply for equivalence. It is sufficient to obtain a certificate that the diploma is valid by applying in person/by mail to the Equivalence Office. The corresponding document will be delivered in person/by mail after applying to the CoHE with a formal letter, a photocopy of the diploma and official transcript and the receipt showing that the transaction fee of 50TL has been paid. 

 

Kazakhstan Hoca Ahmet Yesevi International Turkish-Kazakh University distance education associate degree and master's degree diplomas are recognized if started after 2007-2008 academic year. Associate degree and master's degree diplomas taken before the 2007-2008 academic year are not recognized. Distance education undergraduate programs are recognized if enrolled by the ÖSYM after the 2009 academic year. Regarding the undergraduate diplomas obtained before 2009, If applied to the CoHE with the photocopies of diploma and official transcript, ÖSS or DGS exam results for the year in which the education was started, receipt of the transaction fee of 50 TL and a petition, a recognition/non-recognition letter for your diplomas will be delivered in person/by mail.

In the case of positive result of the application, the Recognition or Equivalence Certificates together with a cover letter and originals of the official documents shall be submitted in person to the applicant or his/her legal representative holding an official notarized letter of attorney. Certified copies and certified translation documents issued to the CoHE at the time of application shall not be returned to the applicant and shall be kept in the file as a basis for the examination.

In accordance with the Regulation, in the case of positive result of the application, the Recognition or Equivalence Certificates together with a cover letter and originals of the official documents shall be submitted in person to the applicant or his/her legal representative holding an official notarized letter of attorney. Equivalence Certificate cannot be sent by mail.

Recognition/Equivalence Certificates shall solely be submitted in person by signature to the applicant or his/her legal representative holding an official notarized letter of attorney.
In accordance with the provisions of the Regulations on Recognition and Equivalence of Foreign Higher Diplomas, certified copies and certified translation documents issued to the CoHE at the time of application shall not be returned to the applicant and shall be kept in the file as a basis for the examination.
With respect to objections to the field, necessary examinations will be made if you submit your petition including your objection and the references, and the receipt of payment of the relevant fee to the CoHE.
As the diploma equivalence procedures are based on the names on the official diploma, the name and the surname in the diploma are placed on the front page of the Equivalence Certificate, and the updated identity information at the time of application is placed on the backside of the Equivalence Certificate. There is no transaction carried out by the CoHE regarding the name changes that occurred after the equivalence was granted.
A letter addressed to the "the Relevant Authority" is issued in case you apply to the CoHE with a loss notice given to one of the national newspapers, a signed petition containing your claim, and a receipt showing that the transaction fee of 50TL has been deposited. If the Equivalence Certificate is lost, it is not re-issued.
In order to obtain the equivalence, it is required that the HEI giving the diploma and the education program are primarily recognized as an institution authorized to issue diplomas by the competent authorities of the country in which it operates, accredited by accreditation or quality assurance institutions, and recognized by the CoHE. Diploma equivalence applications received from HEIs that do not provide these qualifications are rejected.
A formal letter about whether the HEI is recognized or not will be delivered in person/by mail, if applied to the CoHE with a formal petition stating the country, name and department of the relevant institution, and the receipt of the payment of the transaction fee of 50TL.
You need to send your request letter for recognition to the CoHE through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with a letter of acceptance of the accreditation of your university by the education authorities of the relevant country, and the catalogues of your university.
Citizens of the Republic of Turkey are required to obtain an Equivalence Certificate in order to be able to apply for a master's/PhD. degree. However, foreign nationals (excluding healthcare areas) can apply for post-graduate education by receiving HEI recognition letters.
Ph.D. equivalence procedures are carried out by the Inter-Universities Council and necessary information can be obtained from the internet address (www.uak.gov.tr).
Although an examination decision has not been taken for you, if you enter the related test and get enough points, the score you have taken will be used in your equivalence process in case you need it afterwards.
No. Recognition Certificate is a document showing the level of graduation of the applicant with the request of recognition from a recognized foreign HEI and program, but not bearing the qualifications of an Equivalence Certificate. Equivalence Certificate is an official document showing the equivalence of the requested diploma to the level and field in the Turkish higher education system.
You will be required to report to the CoHE by choosing three state universities for consideration in the placement process. Those who declare their preferences can register to the universities where they are enrolled with the notification of enrolment by the CoHE to their addresses.
Refunding of the fees is not made by the CoHE.

The applicants for whom STS-clinical sciences decision has been taken can also take structured clinical examinations to be done by the universities which will be selected by Higher Education Executive Board, to be applied on the dates determined by the respective university.

 

Also, the successful results of the below mentioned examinations of applicants are also valid for STS.

 

* USMLE-Step 3

* PLAB-Part 2

* AMC-Clinical examinations

* MCCQE-Part2

* Arztliche Prüfungen (3 AP, Staats examen)