Of the 140,000 international students who applied to study through scholarship programs provided by the Turkish government in 2013, only 4,000 were able to attain one of these scholarships.
The overseas demand for scholarship programs in Turkish higher education has increased, as students from the US, Israel and even Armenia, with which Turkey currently has no diplomatic ties due to the events of 1915, are increasingly applying to study in Turkey through various scholarship awards.
The academic bursaries provided by the Turkish government for international students are being restructured under the auspices of the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB).
In 2013, 140,000 students from 150 countries applied via the Internet to study with the help of bursaries at Turkish universities. Of those, 56,000 overseas students were considered eligible for studies in Turkey. After being shortlisted and interviewed, only 4,000 international students were awarded these scholarships.
Although the majority of applications usually come from Central Asia, the Balkans, Southeast Asia and some European countries, this year 21 people applied from the US for postgraduate studies, both masters and PhDs, at Turkish universities. For the first time, 11 students from Israel and two students from Armenia also applied for a Turkish higher education. Although all these students were reportedly granted the bursary, no statement was released about the grants available to students from the US, Israel or Armenia.
In 2013, most scholarships in Turkey were provided to students from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Syria, Kosovo, Palestine, Kazakhstan, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, China, Greece, Indonesia, Egypt, Russia, Yemen, Macedonia, Albania, Iran, Morocco, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ stated, at a meeting of the International Students Evaluation Commission, that Turkish universities should act to increase the country's share in international education. Bozdağ said that the number of students should increase from 4,000 to 5,000. As the minister explained, the YTB, in cooperation with the Higher Education Board (YÖK) and national universities, will set up a commission to help international students who are willing to study without bursaries to choose higher education in Turkey.
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