CoHE Invites Successful Students to Turkey to Resume Their Studies

June 2, 2020

CoHE President Prof. M. A. Yekta Saraç pointed out that CoHE had made new decisions for Turkish students studying abroad who do not want to return to their universities because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, and international students who wish to study in Turkey.

Saraç noted that the 50% limitation on the transfers from the programs of overseas universities, excluding the programs of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law, Teaching, Engineering and Architecture, which have the condition of academic standing for entrance to higher education, was lifted. He reiterated that these programs were allowed to allocate quotas for transfers from overseas universities as many as the quotas for transfers from Turkish universities.

- New opportunity for students enrolled at universities ranked in the top 1,000

He said that considering the COVID-19 global pandemic, students who wish to get transferred from universities ranked in the top 1,000 were provided with new opportunities.  He said that students were provided with the opportunity to apply for transfer for the first and last years and to transfer to open education programs, provided that they meet the conditions. He emphasized that the fact that the students enrolled at universities ranked in the top 1,000 in the rankings wishing to return to Turkey due to the health conditions in those countries and the uncertainty at universities is an opportunity for Turkey.  

He also said that they offered some options for students enrolled in the joint programs that Turkish higher education institutions have been carrying out jointly with higher education institutions abroad, who do not want to go abroad due to the global pandemic. They were provided with online learning, were allowed to study in the Turkish higher education institution they are enrolled in, and have the courses they have taken at Turkish higher education institutions to be accepted by universities abroad. The terms they need to study abroad could be changed, and they can leave the joint program and switch to an equivalent program in the higher education institution they are enrolled in upon their request.

- Pre-enrollment for international students

He said that CoHE took some decisions to maintain Turkey as the center of attraction for international students. He also noted that candidates would be able to pre-enroll and that the application and enrollment process would be extended until December 15, 2020.

He emphasized that these arrangements, which would facilitate the inclusion of successful students in Turkish higher education through transfers, without compromising on quality and provide additional opportunities for Turkish students enrolled at universities ranked in the top 1,000 universities in the world, went down well with the public. “CoHE is inviting successful Turkish students studying abroad and international students, who wish to study at universities outside their countries, to study at prominent higher education institutions in Turkey,” he said.

Prof. Saraç stated that the number of international students, which was 48 thousand five years ago, had reached 180 thousand within the scope of the Target-Oriented Internationalization Project initiated by the New CoHE.