What do Turkish Students look for when studying Abroad:

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Turkey has long been known as a strong market, with one of the fastest growing economies in Europe, links with both Europe and Asia, and a large, young population. As the country grows in strength, it will need more highly skilled graduates. This need, combined with the rising personal disposable income of an emerging middle class, could mean that overseas study will become more affordable for more students, according to a new report from the British Council’s Education Intelligence released at the recent EAIE conference in Istanbul, Turkey.


Furthermore, 25% of respondents said the main advantage to studying overseas was exposure to different ways of thinking and learning, while 32% cited access to better education opportunities.

“Students in Turkey see an overseas university education as a way to achieve greater individual success, and education as a whole as the way for the entire country to move forward,” states Elizabeth Shepherd, Research Director for Education Intelligence.

The number of students going abroad for degree and non-degree programmes increases every year, and sees no signs of slowing down. In 2010, 49,116 Turkish students studied overseas. Some sources in Turkey say that in 2012, this figure increased to 57,400 outbound students, butICEF Monitor could not confirm these figures with government statistics yet.

Agency environment in Turkey

Keen to learn more about Turkey from an outbound perspective, we sat down with Murat Karatas, who has more than ten years of experience in the international education industry. He currently acts as president of the Turkish Educational Agents Group (TEAG), which has 15 agency members. Mr Karatas also serves as a board member on the International Education Counsellors’ Association of Turkey (YEDAB), which represents 67 agencies from all over Turkey. Finally, Mr Karatas is also a director at Network Educational Services, a student recruitment agency that also runs student fairs twice a year.

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