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Increase in overseas students at Turkish universities

The number of international students enrolled at universities in Turkey increased by around 15 per cent to more than 100,000 in the 2016/17 academic year, according to data released by the government's migration authority.

In total, there were 103,727 international students enrolled, according to Directorate General of Migration Management in its 2016 Turkey Migration Report, an additional 13,000 students compared with the previous year.


Azerbaijan constituted the largest source market for universities last year, providing 15,036, students, followed by Syria (14,765) and Turkmenistan (10,642).


Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Greece and Kyrgyzstan were also significant source markets, according to the Directorate.  


Around 6,000 students were funded, either directly from the government via the Türkiye Scholarship scheme or by organisations of Turkish communities living overseas.  


Turkey is pursuing an ambitious target of hosting 200,000 international higher education students by 2023.


The current issue of StudyTravel Magazine includes an article on Turkey as a study destination, while a Tertiary Focus feature in 2013 examined higher education programmes for international students in Turkey and institutions' recruitment techniques.


Overall, there were more than 600,000 foreign students at all levels in Turkey, the government said, the vast majority of them from Syria due to Turkey's refugee agreement with the European Union.


Temporary education centres in refugee camps were providing education to 293,039 Syrian children the Directorate said, while there were 232,714 non-Turkish students registered in state secondary schools of which almost three-quarters were Syrian.



By Matthew Knott

News Editor