Education Visa

Welcome to our dedicated section on the legal framework and potential challenges faced by international students in Turkey, whether enrolled in long-term degree programs or short-term courses. The Turkish National Education Law (Law No. 1739), the Law on Foreigners and International Protection (Law No. 6458), and various regulations concerning higher education and student rights in Turkey form the legal basis for international students’ rights.

Student Visa and Residence Permit: According to the Law on Foreigners and International Protection (Law No. 6458), international students must obtain a student visa from a Turkish consulate or embassy in their home country before entering Turkey for study purposes. After arriving in Turkey, within one month, students should apply for a residence permit, which is typically granted for the duration of their studies.

Academic Concerns: Under the Turkish National Education Law (Law No. 1739), students have the right to receive quality education, and any issues related to the education provider can be addressed with the Council of Higher Education (YÖK). Complaints could include unfair treatment, lack of educational resources, or issues concerning examinations or grades.

Accommodation and Living Conditions: Living conditions, such as university accommodation or private rentals, can sometimes pose challenges. Disputes with landlords or issues with living conditions can be addressed under the Turkish Code of Obligations (Law No. 6098).

Work Rights: International students are allowed to work in Turkey, subject to certain conditions and regulations under the International Labor Law (Law No. 6735). Students must apply for a work permit, and their work hours are limited to ensure their employment doesn’t hinder their academic responsibilities.

Healthcare: All international students in Turkey are required to have health insurance that covers their duration of stay, in accordance with the Social Insurance and General Health Insurance Law (Law No. 5510). This insurance ensures access to healthcare services in the event of illness or injury.

Personal Security: If students face any issues regarding their personal security or experience any form of discrimination, they can report it to local authorities in line with the Turkish Penal Code (Law No. 5237).

While these laws provide a general framework for understanding the rights and obligations of international students in Turkey, each student’s situation is unique. Therefore, it is always recommended to seek professional advice to fully understand your legal rights and obligations.

Our team of dedicated legal professionals is here to offer support, guidance, and legal expertise on all matters related to studying in Turkey. We prioritize your rights and well-being, and we are here to assist you every step of the way. Please feel free to contact us for any further clarification or assistance.