Historically and culturally rich, dating back to the Ottoman Empire, the officially named Republic of Turkey claimed independence in 1923. The official language is Turkish, and English is widely spoken. Turkey is located on the crossroads between Europe and Asia. A strategic gateway to both worlds: bordered by Syria and Iraq in the South, Greece and Bulgaria to the East, and Georgia, Azerbaijan and Iran to the West. The modern day cosmopolitan city of Istanbul, on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital. Economically, Turkey is second only to China amongst the world’s fastest growing economies
Turkish universities compete with the top universities internationally to provide students with world class education routed in research and hands on experience. Students can choose to learn Turkish, or study in English. Turkish universities are among the most affordable institutions in the world for international students to study, and offers bachelor’s degrees in areas such as Medicine, Law and Architecture. There are currently over 30,000 international students studying in Turkey.