Education System in Turkey


 EducationSchool/LevelGrade FromGrade ToAge FromAge ToYearsNotes
Primary Ilköğretim (Primary Education)186148Ilköğretim Diplomasi (Primary Education Diploma)
SecondaryLise (Secondary School)91214174Certificate/diploma awarded: Lise Diplomasi
TertiaryÖnlisans (Associate Degree)131418192 
TertiaryLisans (Licentiate)131618224 
TertiaryYuksek Lisans (Master's degree)171822242Courses last for five years in Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine and for six years in Medicine. In Veterinary Medicine, the professional qualification of Veteriner Hekim Diplomasi is conferred. In Dentistry, the Dis Hekimligi Diplomasi is conferred upon the completion of five years' study. In Medicine, the professional qualification of Tip Doktorlugu Diplomasi is conferred. The graduates of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry can directly apply to PhD/Doctorate programmes in Turkey. The qualifications in these three fields of study are considered to be the equivalent of a Yuksek Lisans Diplomasi (Master's degree).
TertiaryDoktora (Doctorate)182024273Tipta Uzmanlik Belgesi (specialist degree) in Medicine is conferred to recognize a physician's advanced skills and expertise. It is considered to be the equivalent of a Doktora Diplomasi.

Primary Education

Education in Turkey is nationally controlled and aimed at producing a professional class of people for the nation. 8 years of primary education are mandatory for children beginning at age 7 and enrolment stands at almost 100%.

Middle Education


Secondary Education

From age 14 onwards young people are required to attend secondary school for a further 4 years. There are three types of high schools in Turkey. These are general (academic) schools, science schools, and vocational schools. The first two of these culminate with the National University Entrance Examination, while the latter produce job-ready employees.

Vocational Education

Non-formal education in Turkey is available from a network of training centers under overall control of the ministry of education that sets standards. These have several roles including adult literacy and numeracy, completing curtailed school education and helping workers learn new skills.

Tertiary Education

Following completion of academic or technical high school, students may apply to enter any one of 118 universities in Turkey, some of which are public and some of which are private. Fees at the former can be exceptionally low, while those of private institutions remain out of reach of poor people without bursaries. 

The oldest university still in operation is Istanbul Technical University founded in 1773 as a Naval Engineer’s School. To this day its focus remains technical – it has faculties in architecture, a wide range of engineering disciplines, mining, naval architecture. aeronautics and astronautics.

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