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Dec 26, 2023

Turkey Minister of National Education Tekin: We are working for a curriculum change to cover all classes

Minister Tekin emphasized that according to the law, there must be an interview in teacher appointments, and that the interview system is already continuing since there is no legal change, and said, "Therefore, it is currently a legal obligation to have an oral exam in teacher recruitment." he said.

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Oct 30, 2023

Turkey Ministry of Education published the written and applied exams directive

The Ministry of National Education Written and Applied Exams Directive, which determines the procedures and principles regarding written and practical exams and their evaluation, has been published.

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Oct 18, 2023

Turkey Ministry of Education announced the dates of the "joint exam" to be held for the first time in secondary schools across the country

The Ministry will hold a joint exam for secondary school 6th grade Turkish and mathematics courses and for 9th grade Turkish language and literature and mathematics courses.

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Oct 12, 2023

Turkey MEB determined the conditions for transition to open high school

Following the regulation by the Ministry of National Education (MEB) that limits transfers from formal education to open education high schools, procedures and principles regarding exceptional cases in which transfers to these high schools will be allowed have been determined.

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Jun 13, 2023

MEB 2023-2024 academic year calendar in Turkey

With the 2022-2023 academic year coming to an end, the opening dates of 2023 and 2024 schools were among the topics of interest. The second term in schools will end on Friday, June 16, and thousands of students will go on summer vacation.

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Feb 14, 2023

Turkey says schools were closed 'until February 13' following deadly earthquake

Mahmut Ozer, Turkey's Minister of National Education, visited Turkey's eastern city of Malatya, which is one of the cities heavily hit by the earthquake that killed over 1,400 people nationwide. Ozer announced all schools in the country will be closed until February 13.

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Jul 18, 2022

Fake diploma scammers in Turkey

In Turkey, scammers on social media promise an "e-Government-approved, valid in all institutions" diploma, and then disappear as soon as they get the money.

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Apr 29, 2022

Students in the region continue to face testing times

According to UNESCO, the education of more than 1.5 billion students in 165 countries was interrupted as a result of university and school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mar 15, 2022

Turkey Foreign Languages ​​Exam (YDS) will be held in 81 provinces for the first time

OSYM President Prof.Dr. Halis Aygün announced on his Twitter account that the YDS application guide was published. ÖSYM President stated that YDS will be held in 81 provinces for the first time this year.

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Mar 14, 2022

The threshold score in the Turkey university exam has been removed

At the entrance to the university, the threshold score in the TYT and AYT exams has been lifted. In the statement made by YÖK, it was reported that the application of 150 and 180 TYT and AYT threshold scores has been abolished in the preference for associate and undergraduate programs. On the other hand, the duration of the exam sessions has also changed.

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Mar 8, 2022

Turkey implements new two-level elective courses in secondary schools

The Ministry of National Education (MEB) has decided that the two-level elective "environmental education" course in secondary schools will be implemented in three stages, under the name of "environmental education and climate change", starting next year.

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Feb 21, 2022

Turkey Ministry of National Education (MEB) conducted monitoring and evaluation exams

The Ministry of National Education conducted assessment exams for secondary and high school students in 81 provinces. 201,000 students participated in the monitoring and evaluation exam, which was held for the first time.

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Jul 27, 2021

Schools reopen in Turkey amid COVID-19 deaths

Education Minister Ziya Selçuk announced that schools will reopen. On June 7, in-person education was also started in all secondary and high schools two days a week. The semester will end on June 21, but “remedial education” will continue until July 2, despite widespread opposition among educators.

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Apr 14, 2021

Reformed approach key to Turkish students’ rising success in math, science

Turkey significantly climbed in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), citing the improvement was due to a series of changing strategies of education in Turkey, from the promotion of critical thinking and innovation to changes in the approaches based on mathematics and digital efficiencies.

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Türkiye is located in southwestern Asia bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria and Georgia, and bordering the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, between Greece and Syria. Present-day Türkiye was created in 1923 from the Turkish remnants of the Ottoman Empire. Soon thereafter, the country instituted secular laws to replace traditional religious fiats and is now a parliamentary democracy. In 1945 Türkiye joined the UN, and in 1952 it became a member of NATO. Türkiye intervened militarily on Cyprus in 1974 to protect Turkish Cypriots and prevent a Greek takeover of the island; the northern 37 percent of the island remains under Turkish Cypriot control. Relations between Türkiye and Greece have improved greatly over the past few years.

Currently, Türkiye's estimated population is 80,813,000. The prominent religion practiced in Türkiye is Muslim, with the overwhelming majority being Sunni, however, Christianity and Judaism are present as well. The languages spoken include Turkish (official), Kurdish, Arabic, Armenian, and Greek.


The T.C. Milli Eğitim Bakanlığı oversees education in Türkiye.

Primary Education

Primary education is compulsory for all citizens and begins at age 6. Eight years is the standard duration for primary education. After the successful completion of primary school, students are awarded with the İlköğretim Diplomasi.

Secondary Education

Seconary education consists of general and vocational/technical high schools that offer at least 3 years of education. The Lise Diplomasi is awarded after an additional 3 years of secondary educaiton beyond the İlköğretim Diplomasi. The Meslek Lise Diplomasi is offered after an additional 3 years of vocational secondary education. And the Teknik Lise Diplomasi is awarded after 4 years of technical secondary education beyond the İlköğretim Diplomasi. In addition, the Meslek Yüksek Okulu Diplomasini is awarded after completion of a 2-year program of study in a Vocational High School.

Post-Secondary Education

Admission to higher education is centralized and based on a nation-wide single-stage examination administered by the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM) every year.

Institutions of higher education offer programs of study at associate's, bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree levels. The system consists of state and private (foundation) universities and non-university institutions of higher education (police and military academies and colleges). Private universities come under the supervision of the Council of Higher Education and their programs must be regularly accredited.

First Cycle, Academic

There are several degrees students can earn within the first cycle of post-secondary education. The Önlisans Derecesi/Diplomasi is awarded after the completion of a 2-year program of university study. The Lisans Derecesi is awarded to students who have completed all 4 years of university education. Other more career oriented degrees, such as the 5-year Mühendislik Diplomasi engineering degree or the 6-year Tip Doktoru Lisans Diplomasi for medicine, are offered as well.

First Cycle, Vocational/Technical

The Hazirlik is a 1-year preparation program offered by universities and intended to fill in academic requirments necessary for vocational or technical secondary graduates to apply to university. It can also be taken in order to improve foreign language proficiency.

Second Cycle

The Yüksek Lisans Diplomasi is awarded after the completion of a 1- or 2-year program of graduate study in a number of various fields. The Uzmanlik Belgesi is awarded after the completion of the 2-year program in Agriculture, Pharmacy, or Verterinary Science or after the compltion of a 2- to 6-year program of advanced clinical training in the medical field. The Bilim Uzmanliği Diplomasi is earned by students who complete two years of study in a science graduate program.

Third Cycle

Those who wish to further their degree after having completed graduate studies may pursue their doctorate. The Doktora Diplomasi is awarded after the completion of a 2- or 3-year program of graduate study and research, as well as the completion of a thesis.

LesLee Clauson Eicher
LesLee Clauson Eicher

International Credential Evaluation and Training Consultant


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