“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela

Certainly, there are so many scholarship hunters who are looking for the scholarship as a start to change destiny. I was not the person with a high passion to find the scholarship to pursue education. I already had a degree in International Relations and worked in five-star airlines company in the world which is also a government-owned corporation with a good career progress. I had no worry about my future but before the age of 30, life is an adventure. I always believe that getting out from the comfort zone is the only way to reach success. The world is always moving forward and the competition is getting higher. It is very important to have a high qualification as the tool to run with the world.

It is easy for some people with good financial support to have a better education. In the other side, there are also a lot of people who have competencies but do not have the good financial condition to support their dreams. Getting a scholarship is the only way.

The USA, UK or Australia might still become the targets of many scholarship hunters. Even though I finally got a full scholarship to study at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, I started my life abroad in Turkey with a scholarship from the Turkish government, Turkiye Burslari. So Turkey, with all of its potential could be another choice.

Why Turkey?


A sunset picture in front of Maiden Tower with Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace in Istanbul as the background

The reasons why I chose Turkey:

1. Many of universities in Turkey are listed as top 700 best universities in the world

2. As a Moslem, doing worship in Turkey is not difficult. Although Turkey is a secular country, most of the people are embracing Islam

3. Turkey is very unique, located between two continents. The Europe sensation with Asia touch definitely is an unforgettable experience. Under the Ottoman Empire, Turkey once became the major superpower in Europe

4. The high economic development of Turkey makes it become more attractive, the powerful country with many opportunities

5. I got many rejections from other scholarships :-))

Among many scholarships, probably Turkiye Burslari has the most interesting programmes, including Turkish Language Course which is required before starting the study. It is fully funded by the Turkish government. The fund is taken from education department that is allocated specially for international students. The purpose is to strengthen the relationship between Turkey and the applicant countries.

Why Turkiye Burslari Scholarship?


Source: http://turkiyeburslari.gov.tr

1. This scholarship is given to applicant from any level; Undergraduate, Master and PhD. There are also a Summer Course and Research Program, available for a couple of months

Usually, the registration for undergraduate, master, and PhD. is opened at the beginning of March and closed at the end of March each year. The registration for some of the undergraduate study programs is also opened and closed in May.

2. The selection process is relatively easy. TOEFL/ IELTS score is not necessary for the course which is offered in the Turkish language. There are two stages in the selection process; administrative selection and interview

3. Full scholarship, including flight ticket from home country to Turkey and back to the home country. It also covers accommodation which allows the awardees to stay at the government dormitories, full tuition fees and language preparation course, monthly living allowance and medical insurance

Administrative Selection


(Check the official website above and the requirements to apply for the scholarship)

The application is only accepted through the official website. For undergraduate applicants, just prepare high school certificate, complete with national examination transcript. For master and PhD. applicants, degree certificate with transcript are essential. When I was applying for the master program, the high school certificate and transcript were also requested. Other documents, such as passport and achievement certificates can be shown to the interviewers after passing the administrative selection.

TOEFL/ IELTS certificate is needed if applying to universities which use English as curriculum language. GRE/GMAT is also needed for master/ PhD. certain programs.

The applicants have to fulfil some questions which need an explanation regarding motivation, future plan, reasons to choose study program and for master or PhD applicants, there is also a question about the relation of study program choice with the previous degree.

The committees will look for best candidates but there is no need to worry about the quota. As long as the applicants have the good record and good answers in the online application, they will call for an interview. For undergraduate applicants, it is important to have a high school certificate with the overall score of 7 and for master/ PhD applicants, the GPA should be 3.0 or above. No matter if it is the public or private institution, they will review it based on individual performance. So, do not worry if any of you are graduated from unpopular universities.

Interview Selection

This stage proves that 75 per cent of the chance to get the scholarship is already in hand. The other 25 per cent is interview performance. Usually, the announcement for candidates who pass the administrative selection is sent by email one month after the registration closed. When I applied, the announcement was sent on 22nd April 2014, followed by an invitation for the interview, held on 27th April 2014.



The interview is held in the Turkish Embassy with Turkish interviewers who come directly from Turkey. If there are not many applicants from a certain country, the interview will be held via phone call or skype. I was interviewed by two interviewers at the Turkish Embassy in Jakarta. It was fully in English.

Interviewers will check the documents attached in registration with the hard copies that are brought during the interview. The key to performing well is preparing answers to the questions that have been asked when registering online. The answer for basic question tags, 4W1H (What, Who, When, Why, and How) can be prepared before the interview to complete the performance. Other than that, just relax, be confident and consider the interviewers are friends who will be able to listen to individual stories.

Result Announcement

The announcement for the final result will be in one until two months after the interview. But in my case, I got the result announcement on 26th July 2014.


I did not finish my master degree in Turkey, as I realised that living and studying in Turkey is not really my passion. After living in Turkey for 1,5 years, I decided to resign from the scholarship and pursued my dream since I was a child, living in the UK. I received the full scholarship from the Indonesian government and started my master degree program in International Business at the University of Leeds in September 2016.


Istanbul University, Avcilar Campus

I finished my Turkish Language Program and awarded as the best international student with the highest score in the Turkish Language exam. However, this new language skill was not enough to finish my degree there.


A picture with ‘Hoca’ (teachers/ lecturers) when I received the certificate from Istanbul University

In Turkey, I reached the highest point of my life as well as the lowest when I finally had to move out of the country but I never regret my decision to leave my career in Indonesia, as I understand that everything happens for a reason. This was only the beginning of my journey.

So, if you are sure that Turkey is the right place to start your adventure out of your home countries, Turkiye Burslari is probably the best way to open the gate.

461 thoughts on “Turkiye Burslari, The Turkish Government Scholarship: A beginning

  1. Hello Zakki, ı have been accepted for scholarship but they have not announce the unıversıty yet. I wıll have a master. my first two choıces is for İzmir and the rest for Istanbul. Do you know how many chances do ı have to go to İzmir?


      • Hello Zakki! I want to ask you something more: After i have been selected ı have to go to the Embassy to take a student vısa, isnt it? but in how many days wıll they give me the visa so as ı can go to turkey? Because ı took a look at the program of the univestity in which ı have been choosen and it says that the lesson are going to start in one week. İs there any possıbılıty to loose the lessons and not been accepted? I am very very anxıous!


  2. Hello Zakki, I wasn’t successful this year but would love to know what my chances are of getting Ibni Sina medical sciences scholarship if I apply again next year? Like what is the most important thing to get accepted by ytb..Does my religion matter(just curious)


  3. Salaam bro. I got selected.
    I have a question. Do we need(is it compulsory) to get our documents attested by the foreign affairs office of our country or justget it attested by the embassy? Thanks


  4. as wr wb! my name is Mohammed Kedir I’m from Ethiopia, I hold Bachelor of Art in history and heritage management. I have a massive inspiration to learn in turkey if I acquire the opportunity.


  5. In which language interview will be hold ? Can it will be in Arabic or other Indian languages such as Urdu ? And how I will know result ? Please reply to me


  6. please i want your help next year i want to continue studying in Turkey by “turkiye burslari” scholarship programme, but i have several questions for example is it possible to study in Istanbul technical university in for example nanotechnology faculty? or programmes are limited? generally i am interested in chemistry science but exactly Nanoscience but i don’t know is this faculty in this programme? and second question what is minimal GPA, or it depends on university? also i know turkish language is it possible to take courses in Turkish language? if not, which documents are necessary for English proficiency Toefel or it is quite enough home universities English proficiency certificate (B2) ?


  7. next year i want to continue studying in Turkey by “Turkiye burslari” scholarship programme, but i have several questions? for example is it possible to study in Istanbul technical university in for example nanotechnology faculty? or programmes are limited? generally i am interested in chemistry science but exactly Nanoscience but i don’t know is this faculty in this programme? and second question what is minimal GPA, or depends on university? also i know turkish language is it possible to take courses in Turkish language? if not, which documents are necessary for English proficiency Toefel or it is quite enough home universities English proficiency certificate (B2) ?


  8. Hello Zakki 🙂 i want to continue studying in turkey in the next year, by turkiye burslari programme, and i have some questions please help me.. so first question is about faculties does this programme consists every faculty or it is limited? and what is desired GPA for examle now my GPA is 3.8 is it enough? and also can i take courses in Turkish and what i need for this for example it is necessary to have some Turkish proficiency certificates or not?
    best regards


  9. Merhaba,

    I have a question before i apply for the scholarship. I want to study one year MSc degree (Offered in English). I don’t know turkish and want to learn it too

    My question is if i get the scholarship: D i need to study turkish first? OR is it possible that i start my one year degree (in english) at the university and study turkish at the same time? sO i complete my turkish course and masters course together?


  10. Dear Zaki..I want to know that Is scholarship selection procedure takes one whole year????
    Can I apply to study mbbs on scholarship in English Language??
    Please send me your whatsapp number or mobile number to get further information..


  11. thank u very much sir for helping us in different issues but my question is what do u mean score overall 7 in ur school certificate. thank you


  12. salam zakki , im going for the interview tomorrow , so can i ask you about the events in the interview such as example of question , how many panels are there , etc . hope you can reply this asap . thanks .


  13. hey zakki! i don’t see a post after this one in your blog. how was your time? would you be able to give a review of the opportunity? you pursued a master’s degree? i would be super interested to know, as i haven’t found many blogs on their experience after this scholarship, and i’m considering applying this year. please let me know!


  14. Hi friends!

    I apologise that I can’t reply to all the questions or comments in this article, as I have resigned from Turkiye Burslari in 2015. I hope you have found the answer and got the scholarship. I didn’t continue writing about this, as living in Turkey was a struggle for me. :-))

    However, I think it’s the time to be back and now, I am writing the reason why I was finally quit.

    Thank you very much for reading. Once again, I am so sorry for not replying and I wish you all the best in everything that you do.


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