BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE APPLICATION PROCESS

START WITH A VERY GOOD SEARCH AND COMPARE THE ALTERNATIVES

Studying abroad will most probably turn out to be the biggest investment and the most decisive turning point of your life. Inevitably, it will include an element of adventure no matter where and how you will start your experience.

However, it's in your hands to take control of this tough challenge, by escalating the multiplier effects of your conscious decisions against those of the inherent risks of interacting with unknown, unforeseen and unplanned, from the very beginning.

Conducting a good search being the essential and first-to-do thing for you, we have developed a comprehensive, detailed and easy to use tool to help your decision in studying in Turkey.

So, we recommend you to follow the steps below to make the most of it for your own benefit:

- Short-list the most attractive courses in your mind.
- Select a course from the DEPARTMENT field and click the SEARCH button to list all the available options for this specific course.
- Check the city, language of the course, and other information on the list which are critical for your decision. (You can sort the list up-and-down wrt different criteria by clicking any column header.)
- Visit the DETAILS page of each course that seems to appeal to you by clicking the “view” on the same row, and evaluate the detailed credentials.
- Take note of the courses of interest to you for further evaluation, comparison, and elimination.
- Differentiate and elaborate your search by making use of other search fields on the form.
- Repeat the action for the other alternatives on your short-list.
- Visit the university websites and examine the pages allocated to the use of the department in question.
- Renew and narrow your short-list and start to use our comparison tool.
- Click here to start searching.
- Click here to use the comparison tool.
- Try to reduce the number of your best options to 5 or 6, and complete the first step of your full-dress search.
- Concentrate on these 5-6 final options and continue advancing your search through the application phase by picking up the extra tips given in the following boxes.

Keep in mind that searching is a continuous and complicated process that may require turn backs and forths sometimes, during which you can ask your questions and get free consulting services from us anytime you need.

GET INFORMED AND BE SURE ABOUT THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The information you will collect about a university, a department and the entry requirements of that specific department is very important to prevent possible losses of your time, labor, and money due to an unmatching application.

So, you should notice that there are basically two types of higher education institutions in Turkey: public universities and non-profit foundation universities, and since a regulatory amendment put into force in 2010, Turkish universities are entitled to determine their own enrolment policies for international inbound students.

Even if the enrolment process from application to registration seems to follow a single mainline for all universities, there may be significant deviations between two institutions when it comes to comparing their entry requirements for similar degree courses.

Therefore, we recommend you to follow the steps below and beware of the possible differences in entry requirements before each application:

- Visit the university website and find the pages allocated to the international office's use.
- Explore the pages to gain insight into the general enrolment policy of the university.
- Read the general entry requirements of the university very carefully, and check against your own credentials.
- To be on the safe side, visit the pages of the department again to check if there is a department specific difference in entry requirements. (If so, usually, it will be an extra one.)
- If you find the information unclear or conflicting, try to reach out to the international office staff or the department via available communication channels.

In case your hesitation remains unsolved, or even when you just wanted to get a general idea about the enrolment policy of a specific university, you can communicate with us for free consulting and verification.

CHECK THE TUITION FEES, AVERAGE DISCOUNTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

There are basically two types of universities in Turkey (public and non-profit foundation) and two prevailing generalizations about the tuition fees (and the quality of education!) attributed to each of them.

These generalizations hypothesize, as already been expected, that the tuition fees at public universities are very low when compared to the foundation universities; they give you some "certain" pricing ranges, and many of the outdated websites and other sources still support the opinion unquestionably.

However, the situation and trends have been rapidly changing in recent years, following the regulatory changes affecting the pricing policies of public universities, so as to disproof the self-evident assumptions of old generalizations on increasingly more occasions.

Therefore, we recommend you not to behave in the shade of outdated assumptions and follow the steps below to discover where the "value for money" is hidden for you:

- Visit the university website and find the pages allocated to the international office's use where the tuition fees, discounts, and scholarships applicable to the international inbound students are expected to be found.
- Explore the pages to find out the financial packages and opportunities offered by the university and try to estimate the most probable cost of studying there for you.
- Do not take the regular tuition fees announced by the universities as given and final, but rather take it as a rough indicator of its rock-bottom and refrain from a decision made on a regular fee alone. (e.g. too many non-profit universities offer a 50% discount, if not more, for all prospective international students by default, while they may still offer conditional extra discounts apart from the scholarship options available on some other specific conditions.)
- Before you compare the fees or packages of different universities, make sure that they contain equivalent and comparable services. (i.e. tuition fee only, or inclusive of accommodation, and so on.)
- Make sure that you have confirmed the conditions of the continuance of discounts and scholarships in the consecutive years. You should precisely know the discount, scholarship and markup policies of the university, including the respective conditional rules, deadlines, and durations.
- If you can not find the information regarding the financial issues, try to reach out to the international office staff via available communication channels.

In case you fail to gather the information you need, you can communicate with us to ask help for free.

CALCULATE THE YEARLY AND TOTAL COST OF TUITION AND LIVING

Remember that you are in the first phase of searching for your best option to study in Turkey yet.

So, follow the steps below before you go any further and save your time:

- Make sure that the to-dos list in the previous box is checked and done, and sufficient information for a realistic estimation of your costs against the university is collected.
- Check and try to verify the living costs in Turkey and the city in which the university is located, from various sources available on the web. (We are preparing a detailed and up-to-date list for you. You can come back again to check for the list at the beginning of April 2018.)
- Sum up the estimated amounts to find out your approximate yearly cost and multiply it by the expected duration of your study in Turkey to reach the grand total of the cost.
- Don't forget to add a risk allowance to your calculations like 20% or so.
- Check the yearly and grand totals against your individual budget with financial prospects, and continue your search after eliminating the options overspending your budget.

In case you feel doubtfulness about the information collected or calculations made, you can communicate with us for free consulting.

VISIT, COMMUNICATE AND ASK YOUR QUESTIONS

You are about to make one of the most important decisions of your life. So, try not to leave anything to chance, search for the clues everywhere and analyze them in an adequate way.

Following the steps below will provide you with the guidelines on where and how to look for the clues concerning your decision:

- Try to obtain the event calendars of the universities that you are interested in.
- Check if there are any upcoming events in your country in which the university you've chosen will participate. (Click here to check the basic events list we've compiled just for your information, but not confine yourself to the data included in the list. You will still need to follow and confirm the participation of universities of interest to you.) 
- If the event is in your city or around, do your best to attend it to meet with the representatives of the university.
- Similarly, check the "Open Day" dates of the university, and see if you can find an opportunity to attend one on the university campus. If not, think of asking the international office for a date to visit on-site, if possible.
- If you can not find an opportunity to talk face to face, visit the university website, again and again, to follow and explore everything about the academic, scientific and educational initiatives besides the campus life, amenities, social and cultural activities, etc. (Visual tours, photo galleries, blogs, social media connections and usage, videos available on YouTube channel are only some of the places you can find the clues that will help you much in your decision-making process.) 
- Keep in mind that one of the most important clues of how open the university is to the international students and how welcoming they will be against you is the approach of the international office staff of the university in concern. So, communicating with them in any way you can do and getting the impressions of their attitudes against you is of utmost importance for securing a healthy choice for your future studies, and definitely, it's a must.
- Even if you think that you've collected the sufficient information to decide, do not skip the previous tip and try to connect with the faculty of the department, besides the international office staff, and ask them to elaborate a specific aspect of studying with them.
- Depending on your timing or the intensity of the work-load of faculty or staff, you can have a difficulty in reaching for a telecon or face-to-face meeting date, it's not an abnormal situation. In that case, however, send them an e-mail to understand how promptly they will be responding to your queries and how they will be willing to help you in the future needs.
- Shortly, be sure that your needs and questions will not stand unattended and unanswered for long.

In case you fail to communicate at all and your hesitation remains unsolved, you can communicate with us to ask help for free.

START FOLLOWING THE IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

Timing is of utmost importance in the process of study abroad enrolment. A good timing will not only secure your place at your dream university and course, but it will also let you pick up the advantages and bonuses on your road to enrolment.

Therefore, we recommend you to follow the tips and steps below for a more successful follow up:

- Start by organizing your enrolment calendar on paper, or more preferably on your mobile device.
- While you are visiting the university websites, start to take note of the dates important for you and add them to your calendar.
- The most important dates you should never be missing are; ENTRY EXAM DATE (if any), APPLICATION DEADLINE, DATE OF INTERVIEW (if any), REGISTRATION DEADLINE, PROFICIENCY EXAM (language test) and the dates you should follow to learn the results or to take the necessary actions.
Click here to check our list compiling the fairs & YÖS exams, pick the dates important for you and add them too.
- Set up reminders (e.g. using clock alarms) to warn you ahead of the date and on time.
- While you are visiting university websites, you will also be learning which documents you will need to prepare for your applications and final registration. As you will see, some of these are common and some others may be very specific. Try to get ready for your application with as many useful documents as possible, and schedule their preparation by taking the dates on your calendar into consideration.
- Keep in your mind that obtaining some of your documents can take a longer time than you expected, some of your documents can need to be translated, and some to be properly attested! So, you should know the necessity of including reasonable delay margins in your time planning and step into action as early as possible.

In case you have a difficulty in organizing your calendar or following it up, you can communicate with us to ask help for free.

TRY TO GET FEEDBACK AND REFERENCES FROM THE OTHERS

Until now, you have followed the steps given in the previous boxes, narrowed your options to 5-6, or maybe less, advanced your search quite deep, and came closer to consciously decide on which courses to apply!

Now, we recommend you to follow the tips and steps below for the purposes of embodying the abstract information and impressions you've treasured up so far (It's time to test the theory with practice!):

- Prepare a few well-studied questions to ask your reference people aimed at making the most important aspects of studying there clear for you.
- It's likely that you've already checked your existing portfolio and tried to reach someone who might have an experience with the university, and even the department you are searching for, in order to ask for a reference. (If it's already been done, good news!)
- However, most of the time, you will fail to find someone to ask a reference to rely on, and you will have a difficulty to test your opinion with true to life experiences. (Instead, you will find someone who has had irrelevant experiences, and who will try to change your mind in line with their own "great" experiences. Listen to them trying not to fall for their irrelevant comments.)
- Prompt your social circle into action, make them checked their own portfolios and try to spread the word as far as you can do.
- Visit and explore the website, blogs and social media accounts of the university for student testimonials.
- Ask the international office staff if they can arrange your communication with an ongoing student or alumni, preferably someone from the same department speaking the same mother language with you.
- After obtaining the references and answers to your questions, bring together all the information you have reached, try to equate them so as to offset the pros and cons of it, and feel confident to arrive at your final decision to apply to that course or not!

In case you fail to find any testimonials or references, you can communicate with us to ask help for free.

FILL IN THE FORM AND COMPLETE THE APPLICATION

Being decided after evaluating the study options in your mind by means of a good search, you are ready to go through your applications to the courses and universities you desire.

But, don’t forget that applying to a course for enrolment is not a true-false question that will yield just a single nominative outcome as “accepted” or “rejected”. There are many other concerns at the end, like being accepted on condition or unconditionally; being awarded a full scholarship or none, or in between; being offered a good discount ratio or just a poor one if not at all; being politely rejected for a valid reason coming with a helpful explanation, or even going unheeded!

Therefore, the question of how you will manage your application process is not less important than when and where you will deliver your application.

Now, we recommend you to follow the tips and steps below carefully to leverage the efficiency of your applications and increase your chances of being favorably accepted:

- Long ago, most of the universities in Turkey have adapted their enrolment management systems into the electronic environment. Since then, they have been used to collect the student applications via online forms integrated into their tailored automation systems.
- Since electronic collection enables the university management to handle the busy and complicated enrolment processes much easily and effectively, a big majority of them do not allow other methods of application delivery.
- As being the most preferred method by the universities, the online application will prove to be to your advantage unless otherwise (i.e. e-mailing, air-mailing, on-site application) indicated in the process.
- So, visit the university website and go to the international office pages in order to find the application form for international students.
- Inspect the form to make sure that it is the correct one for your use (title, purpose, degree, application fee requirement, etc.) and read the instructions very carefully before you start.
- First, make sure that you have all the required application documents with you and transfer their copies into the digital media. (You can do it by scanning the documents with a desktop scanner or a multi-functional printer. If taking their photos using your smartphone is your only option, we recommend to download an application like cam-scanner to easily refine the visuals before the action.)
- If an application fee is required, be prepared to pay it using a payment method accepted by the university. 

- While filling in the form, always remember that no fields and questions are added to it without a reason! Try not to skip any fields and not to leave any questions unanswered, even if some of them sound pointless to you. (Yes, nuances are small, but they can unexpectedly turn into a big distinction to make you stand out in a crowd!)
- Always give the correct, fresh and valid information about yourself and avoid to be misleading.
- While entering your personal information be careful to type everything just as seen on the hard copies. (e.g. enter your full name exactly as it is on your passport.)
- Pay great attention to control your contact info (tel, e-mail, etc.) so as to ensure your easy accessibility for turn-backs.
- Answer the open-ended questions as it's been instructed. Try to be brief, clear and as explanatory as possible. If you are an undergrad, state why you want to study this course and add your future expectations, aspirations, etc. If your language skills are not good enough to give the accurate answers yet, shortly state the reason why you've left the box empty.
- If you are a graduate candidate, don't neglect to state your proposal, make mention of your projects, give the most relevant details, and add the abstracts if necessary. For reviewing your resume elements like experiences, certifications, awards, dissertations, publications, references, etc. is highly desired by the academics who will be evaluating your credentials, find the best way to include and highlight such information in your application.
- After you've done with the questions and answers part of the form, you will be asked to upload your documents. Make sure that all of your required documents are in place, clearly copied, readable and in compliance with the submission rules of the university.
- If you have additional documents, other than those mentioned on the form, that you believe to support your reason, don't hesitate to upload them as well. Such documents showing your merits in life (not necessarily in education) might be furnishing your credentials and attracting more attention.
- Check your form from A to Z very carefully; correct, complete (and re-check) it if necessary and submit when everything seems OK to you. (If you have someone to ask for a final check of the form, ask it!)
- Never attempt to use falsified or fake documents to unfairly take advantages against your fellows, and refrain from being confronted with severe sanctions, complete loss of your rights and interests, legal action and deportation whenever the fraud is detected.
- Remember that each department (course) has a quota allocated to the use of international students and the financial advantages offered by the universities are similarly scarce. So, the "first come first served" rule applies most of the time in regard to the seats and available scholarships.
- For this reason, we recommend you to complete your application without delay!
- Delivering your application directly to the university may be your first choice; but also KEEP IN MIND THAT if you would like us to do it for you, we will be offering our professional services (including preparation, completion, delivery, and follow-up) and personalized support to carry it out more effectively from the beginning to the end. [Interested?}{CLICK HERE to contact or alternatively, find the course that you want to apply by using our SEARCH TOOL, fill the department's application form you will find on the DETAILS page, and confirm the message we will send to you in response. ] 

In case you have a difficulty in the processes or fail to complete your application for any reason, you can communicate with us for free consulting.

TRACK YOUR APPLICATION STATUS AND ALWAYS KEEP IN TOUCH

Congrats on submitting your application successfully! Now it's time to follow it up in accordance with the rules and instructions declared by the university!

Don't forget that you have to manage your time and resources effectively to accomplish your enrolment objectives, and following up the results of your actions will give you the strength to take control of everything on the way.

So, we recommend you to follow the tips and steps below to expedite the processes so as to minimize the opportunity costs you may incur:

- Soon after you've submitted your application and seen a message of success on the screen, you'll likely receive a confirmation message automatically sent to your inbox by the system.
- Such messages usually include a reference number, or a tracking code, or a username and password set, besides some alerts and instructions, or just a call-to-action button for prompting and easing your follow-up.
- Save the information carefully for your future use.
- If you don't receive such a message, try to communicate with the international office and confirm the receipt within a reasonable time span.
- Check your tracking info in accordance with the instructions given, see it works and repeat your tracking action periodically.
- In case you have delivered your application with another method, continue to follow-up as it's been advised to you.
- Always do your best to stay in touch and make sure that you can receive the turn-backs from the university in a timely manner.
- If you change any of your contact info or start to use a new communication channel, do not forget to inform the international office immediately.

In case you have a difficulty in following up your application, you can communicate with us to ask help for free.

CONSULT WITH US FOR FREE

The breakthrough of leading Turkish universities on an international scale has already started to become more visible in the recent years and we strongly believe that they will obtain the most prestigious global standings they deserve in a near future.

With this vision of ours, we have undertaken a mission to voluntarily contribute to the promotion of Turkish Higher Education and its undiscovered achievements worldwide.

Delivering those big opportunities offered by Turkish universities to the benefit of international students from all over the world is an important component of our great mission, and so, we are committed to giving our limitless support to all prospective students who want to study in Turkey.

So, as you have already seen as a footnote in the previous boxes, you can contact us to ask for help or consulting any time you need it. We will always be pleased to do our best to facilitate your transition and adaptation to your new life and study in Turkey.

Here are the communication methods first to use for you:

E-mail: info@universiter.com

Sign Up & In: http://studyinturkey.info/search/#login/

Survey Form: http://studyinturkey.info/search/#survey/

REQUEST PERSONALIZED SUPPORT AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

As you will appreciate, being a new and developing organization, we have to allocate our scarce resources very effectively to the use of a diversified bundle of services we have to offer. Since we want all our applicants to equally benefit from the services we provide, we have to charge a reasonable fee for more specialized, over-personalized and time-consuming services going beyond the short and easy-for-us consulting needs.

May you have such a request, we must elaborately study the details together and negotiate on a mutually acceptable plan to start the implementation.

Here are the communication methods first to use for you:

E-mail: info@universiter.com

Sign Up & In: http://studyinturkey.info/search/#login/

Survey Form: http://studyinturkey.info/search/#survey/

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