In 2002 there were a total of 76 universities (53 State + 23 Vakif-Private) in Turkey. In 2020 this number reached 202 universities (129 State + 73 Vakif-Private) with 7,74 million students in total.
Both state and private universities in Turkey are full members of the Bologna Process since 2001, which standardizes degree programs across Europe. Many Turkish universities participate also in the Erasmus+ program, EU's programme which supports international student exchanges. Some of the universities have opportunities for scholarships as well.
Besides State and Private universities, there are also Professional and Vocational high schools giving BA degrees as well as special status and military or police higher education schools throughout the country. Here you can find external links to most of the universities and other higher education institutions in Turkey. You can get more information on the Turkish education system by clicking the link.
Foreign students who wish to enroll to a Turkish university, can check this information out first and then apply to the university directly.
|Military & Police|
|Vakif Vocational Higher Education|
|Atasehir Adiguzel Vocational High school||Atasehir - Istanbul|
|Avrupa (European) Vocational High school||Kazlicesme - Istanbul|
|Faruk Sarac Vocational School of Design||Osmangazi - Bursa|
|Izmir Kavram Vocational High school||Izmir|
|Istanbul Sisli Vocational High school||Istanbul|
|Police & Military Institutions Higher Education|
|National Defence University||Istanbul|
|Gendarmerie and Coast Guard NCO Academy||Ankara|
|Hava Harp (Air Force) High school Command||Istanbul|
|Hava (Air Force) Astsubay (NCO) Profession High school||Izmir|
|Kara Harp (Army) High school Command||Ankara|
|Deniz Harp (Navy) High school Command||Istanbul|
|Universities in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC)|
|Dogu Akdeniz (Eastern Mediterranean) University||Famagusta - Cyprus|
|Girne American University||Kyrenia - Cyprus|
|Lefke Avrupa (European) University||Lefke - Cyprus|
|Uluslararasi Kibris (International Cyprus) University||Nicosia - Cyprus|
|Yakindogu (Near East) University||Nicosia - Cyprus|
|Special Status State Universities|
|Ahmet Yesevi Turkish Kazak University||Ankara|
|Kyrgyzstan Turkey Manas University||Bishkek - Kyrgyzstan|
Source: The Council of Turkish Higher Education (YÖK)