Istanbul's Most Important Public and Private Universities

28 April 2022 Life in Turkey

Turkish Universities

Turkey has around 200 universities, with 75% of them being public and 25% being private, all of which conform to the Bologna Agreement, which establishes the standards for receiving a university degree in European countries.

Furthermore, the majority of Turkish universities engage in the (Erasmus) program, which facilitates student exchange between participating universities. According to the QS ranking 2016, Turkish universities were placed 39th in terms of the strength of university curriculum.

Istanbul's Government  Universities  

1- Istanbul University

Istanbul's Government  Universities :Istanbul University

It is a historic public university in Turkey, and it is the country's oldest and largest. Since its foundation in 1453 AD, after the Ottoman army commanded by Sultan Mehmed II's capture of Istanbul (Al-Fatih)

University classification: locally 6 - globally 769

University campuses: Fatih - Avcilar

official website 

Istanbul University location

2- Marmara University

Istanbul's Government  Universities : Marmara University

With a student population of almost 60,000, Marmara University is Turkey's second biggest university. Marmara Institution is the only Turkish university that provides undergraduate and graduate degrees in Turkish, French, English, and German.

Current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, is one of the university's most well-known graduates.

University rating: locally 14 - globally 1198

University campuses: KadiKoy 

official website

Marmara University location

3- Istanbul Technical University

Istanbul's Government  Universities : Istanbul University

During the reign of Ottoman Sultan Mustafa III, Istanbul Technical University was created in 1773. Istanbul Technical University, which has a 250-year history, is regarded one of the world's oldest technical universities.

University classification: locally 2-globally 567

University campuses: Maslak

official website

Istanbul Technical University location

4-Bosphorus University

Istanbul's Government  Universities: Bosphorus University

The University of Bosphorus, which was founded by American missionaries in the mid-nineteenth century and is designed in the British engineering style, is located in the Bebek area.

This university has made a major contribution to Turkey's modernisation of political, social, economic, and scientific philosophy. In the early 1970s, it was given to the Turkish Republic.

University classification: locally 3 - globally 594

University campuses: Besiktas

official website

Bosphorus University location 

5- Yildiz Technical University

Istanbul's Government  Universities: Yildiz Technical University

Public University,and the third oldest university in Turkey This university was founded in 1911 and is also considered one of the best universities in the country, Turkish and English language of instruction.

University classification: locally 16 - globally 1205

University campuses: Besiktas - Esenler

official website

Yildiz Technical University location 

Private universities

1- Koç University

Private universities: Koç University

According to the Times Higher Education rankings in 2018, Koç University is a private, non-profit research university that provides a distinguished educational experience on a global level and is considered one of the best universities in Turkey.

Koç University contributes to raising the level of knowledge and services by offering 22 university programs, 29 master's degrees, and 30 PhDs.

The university is committed to adding to the worldwide pool of knowledge and influencing global intellectual, technical, economic, and social advancements. The institution has a strong track record in the field of research, having received the biggest number of European Union research funds in Turkey.

The summer of the university: locally 11 - globally 971

University campuses: Sariyer

official website

Koç University location

2- Sabanci University

Private universities: Sabanci University

Sabanc University's mission is to develop skilled and competent persons who, through innovative multidisciplinary research, discover, invent, and add to the natural sciences, engineering, humanities, social, and administrative sciences.

The university's major language of instruction is English.

University classification: locally 12- globally 1068

University campuses: Tuzla

official website

Sabanci University location

3- Istanbul Aydin University

Private universities: Istanbul Aydin University

The Anatolia Foundation for Education and Culture established Istanbul Aiden University (AKEV). The institution attracts students from all over the world since it is one of the top Turkish universities, with a global reputation for its contributions in scientific and technical sectors at both the local and international levels through its academic units.

It is also one of the European Union's and a number of Arab nations' accredited universities, including the Arab Republic of Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan. Aiden is certified by the Turkish Ministry of Higher Education, and admission to the institution is not contingent on passing the YS test.

University rating: locally 45 - globally 1043

University campuses: Florya

official website

Istanbul Aydin University location

4- Beykent University

Private universities: Beykent University

Beykent University was founded as a non-profit organization by the Celik Beckent Institution in 1997-98, and it began offering educational programs in the academic year 1997-98.

The university now has ten colleges, two institutes, three research centers, the Education and Employment Center, and the Distance Learning Center. The university's Turkish and English language programs are critical to its success.

University classification: locally 87 - globally 3657

University campuses: Maslak - Taksim - Buyukcekmece

official website

Beykent University location

5- Bahçeşehir University

Private universities: Bahçeşehir University

Bahcesehir University, which was formed in 1998 and has its main campus on the edge of the Besiktas shore in Istanbul, is the most well-known university among international students in Turkey.

She is unique in that she allows her pupils to enroll in summer educational programs outside of Turkey, at member institutions of the global education network in Berlin, Batom (Georgia), or Washington.

Various subjects are taught at the university in English or Turkish.

University classification: locally 47 - globally 2131

University campuses: Besiktas

official website

Bahçeşehir University location

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