Student Residence Permit in Turkey
aaaaawhy Pakistani students Should study in Turkey rather than Homeland
The trend of studying abroad is increasing day by day. The factors for this shift, however, are numerous. Employment opportunities, safe environment, access to basic facilities and multicultural exposures are some of them. Among uncounted study abroad countries, Turkey is one of the most preferred destinations to study abroad especially for Pakistani students.

Why Students Are Flying Turkey to Study Abroad
Academic Hub for International Students
This Europe-Asia Crossroad destination is currently hosting a swarm of international students. The number of international students in Turkey went extraordinarily high in the 2015-16 academic years. Currently, there are around 650,000 international students in Turkey, enrolled in miscellaneous study programs. Turkish Government has revolutionized it’s the higher education system. The president of Turkey, in fact, has announced that the country is aiming to invite around 350,000 international students – nearly doubling the 2021-2022 targets of 200, 00.

Scholarship Opportunities
Approximately 5,000 scholarships are provided to students every year from over 160 countries. The country has currently listed all official undergraduate, graduate and short-term scholarships for the session 2019-2020.

A vast majority of scholarships awarded to international students in Turkey, in fact, are funded by the Turkish state.Moreover,there are many graduate and postgraduate Turkish scholarships available for Pakistani students in the academic year2019-20.

Affordable Cost of Living and Study
Compared to other international student destinations, Turkey offers significantly lower tuition fees and living expenses. According to the 2013 global cost of living rankings, Turkey’s metropolitan cities are not included in the most expensive cities list. Moreover, foreign students are allowed to have work permits. This allows students to earn part-time while studying. In addition, Turkey also allows international students to look for employment after they complete their degree course and can finally settle in this European nation.

A Muslim Destination
Being a Muslim country, students can access Halal food and easily conduct their religious rituals in Turkey, which is not possible in the western or European nations. Some Turkish cuisines like Sis Kebab, Donor Kebab and sweets like Turkish Delight are very familiar in Pakistan

High –Ranked Universities
There are over 200 universities in Turkey, the majority of which are public. Most of these institutions are relatively new, therefore, renders the most modern strategies of education. Moreover, both public and private universities in Turkey are associated with the Bologna Agreement, This program is a standard setter of degree programs across Europe. Turkish universities are also involved in the Erasmus+ program, thus students can also benefit from exchange programs.

According to the QS Higher Education System, Turkey’s higher education system was ranked 43rd in the world. There are 10 Turkish universities listed in the QS World University Rankings® 2019.Moreover 45 Turkish universities are listed in the 2019 edition of the QS University Rankings: EECA, (universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia).

Wonderful Student Cities
Istanbul and Ankara are the top study destinations in Turkey. Most of the highly ranked Turkish universities are located in these two cities.

Ankara Universities
Middle East Technical University,

Bilkent University

Hacettepe University (ranked in the top 50)

Istanbul universities that are ranked within the top 30
Bogaziçi Üniversitesi

Sabanci University,

Koc University

Istanbul Technical University

Istanbul University

These universities provide high-quality education at a minimum tuition fee. Both on-campus and off-campus Dormitory and housing facilities are also provided for international students. Students are also involved in various curricular and extracurricular activities. There are sports facilities and a well-developed entertainment industry in Turkey. Transport is cheap and readily available and the general living facilities are at hand

Up-To-Date Academic Courses at All Degree Levels
All degree courses including bachelors, Master’s and doctoral are taught at Turkish universities. The most popular courses in which international students take admission are

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Bachelors in Business – Economics.

Bachelor’s in Cultural Studies

Bachelor’s in Business Administration

Industrial Engineering

In addition, Associate Degree programs are also taught Turkish higher education system. In this two-year program, universities offer vocational oriented studies and graduates after completion of the study course are employed as intermediate staff in relevant organizations. The curriculum is designed to give the student the internship opportunity in firms of the study fields

The Destination
Istanbul is the favourite study abroad destination where 12 million people reside, this picturesque city is all surrounded by Bosphorus strait and the Sea of Marmara. Istanbul also houses the most popular Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Ankara, the capital is, however, a rocky hill. Turkey’s other favourite tourist destination is The port of Izmir, located on the sparkling Aegean coast, visitors can enjoy the olive orchards and wide vineyards and the country is also entailing the famous Roman ruins. The weather of this country is very acceptable, especially for Asians. The country enjoys hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Ankara, in fact, has hot, dry summers and cold, snowy winters.

English-Taught Courses
Though most graduate programs are taught in Turkish, with the passage of time English taught courses are gaining popularity in Turkish universities. On Masters Level, however, several English taught programs are rendered at top universities at most affordable prices. The best thing to study in Turkey as a study abroad student is that the quality level of the education in English-taught state universities is parallel to the Western standards English is also fluently spoken in the major cities and tourist resorts.

To study abroad in Turkey, the prospective student has to obtain two major things. First is the admission in a reputable Turkish higher education institute and second is the Turkish student visa.

University Acceptance Letter
It is, however, mandatory to get an acceptance letter from the university or higher education institutes located in Turkey before applying for a Turkish visa.

The students first have to select a study course or program in the specific academic field to pursue his/her higher studies. Then he/she has to research for the best Turkish university offering that course. Once you are decided about the university, you can apply online for admission only if the admission session is open. The students generally apply online in these universities and it is highly recommended to apply in more than one university to minimize the chances of rejection.

The University will then assesses and evaluate the applicant’s eligibility for admission through previous academic records and other parameters. In a few days, the University authorities will send their decision. If you are selected for admission, you will receive an acceptance letter from the prospective institution. This acceptance letter is the key to your Turkish student visa approval. Without an acceptance letter, no student visa is granted.

How Pakistani Students Apply for a Turkish Student Visa
According to the latest regulations set by Turkish Consulate in Pakistan, applications with original acceptance letter will only be accepted. Moreover, applications without the original acceptance letter will not be accepted at any cost. To get the acceptance letter, applicants should request his/her university to email the acceptance letter to the prospective consulate in the student’s home country via Gerry’s facilitation.

Gerry’s is a private company serving since 1988 in the visa facilitation services in Pakistan.

Once the student gets the acceptance letter from a Turkish higher education institute, he/she has to visit the website of the Turkish Embassy/Consulate in Pakistan: There are two Turkish facilitation centres in Pakistan.

Turkish Embassy in Islamabad: http://islamabad.emb.mfa.gov.tr/Mission

Turkish Consulate General in Karachi: http://karachi.cg.mfa.gov.tr/Mission

When the acceptance email from Turkish university is received by Gerry’s, the applicants are contacted and then asked to submit their applications and attach a hard copy of the email to the print out of application for onward submission to the consulate.

Medical reports, however, are not required for an Education/student visa; however, students on government-based scholarship have to submit valid medical reports.

Visa regime for Touristic and Business Purpose is pretty different from Work and Education Purpose. Moreover, Turkey’s visa regime may change according to the change of status. The Turkey study visa is granted in the following genre

Internship Visa

Erasmus Internship

AISEC internship

Turkish Language Course

Degree Course Purpose

Education Purpose

Education in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Documents Required While Applying For Turkish Student Visa
A hard copy of the Visa Application Form

Passport valid for more than 08 months after the arrival in Turkey and attested photocopies of all previous passports

One or more biometric photographs with a white background that is a simple Passport size photograph (5cm x5cm) with white background. Get a scanned copy of these photographs to email them to the concerned authorities if required.

Attested photocopies of academic transcript and previous certificates or degrees with their English translations

Equivalence statement proving the equivalency of your qualification like A-level-level certificates

Language proficiency certificates

For a masters program, the applicant should attach or upload the bachelor’s degree and transcript with English translation.

A travel health insurance certificate, valid for 90 days from your entry date in Turkey is generally required to apply for a visa. Your travel agency can easily provide this certificate or if you are applying through an academic consultant then your study abroad consultant might help you to get the certificate.

Sometimes polio vaccination certificate is also required

Proof of flight reservations to Turkey

Turkish university acceptance letter with other academic documents

Student’s bank account which can deal with foreign currencies like euro, dollar etc

A medical certificate from recognized government hospital.

Police clearance certificate

Financial Sponsor letter. A student has to submit an affidavit if he is personally sponsoring the funds for the study program. Otherwise, it is necessary to provide a guarantee letter from your financial sponsor. In such cases, the sponsor’s CNIC and signature are also required.

Applicant’s consent letter for verification of documents

Admission letter from institute must be attached.

Contact address in Turkey

Consent letter of the parents are required for under 18 students

Marriage certificate with spouse’s documents if applied

Visa fees
The visa fee in Pakistani Rupees is as follows

• Single Entry: 9.000 PRs

• Multiple Entries: 36.000 PRs

• Single Transit: 9.000 PRs

Visa Processing Time for Paistani Students
The Printed and signed application form along with the mentioned documents are sent to the Gerry’s. Gerry’s might have certain objections and return your application. Try to submit a foolproof application at Gerry’s and wait for the response. The processing of visa takes 4-8 week and then you can fly as a study abroad student in Turkey