Top Universities and Colleges in Turkey

You may be able to find two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World in Turkey; but you'll also find some of the best universities and institutions in the world. They may as well be their own category of wonders!

Universities that are top-ranked, with a wide reputation, are located in Turkey, and they are known around the world for producing some of the sharpest students. Turkey has several high ranking schools and colleges for you to pursue your Master's, Bachelor's, or Ph.D; and you'll attend some of the best, well-known law schools, business schools, engineering schools, and medical schools on the planet. Koc University, Sabanci University, and Bilkent University are just some of the many institutions in Turkey that rest at the top of global rankings lists.

Best Universities in Turkey according to International Rankings

Universities Times Higher Education Ranking (2022) Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2021) TopUniversities Ranking (2022) U.S. News & World Report Ranking (2021)
Cankaya University 401 - - -
Koc University 501 - 511 733
Sabanci University 501 - 541 901
Bilkent University 601 - 591 614
Hacettepe University 601 701 801 511
Istanbul Technical University 601 901 701 486
METU Middle East Technical University 601 901 551 453
BAU 801 - - -
Bogazici University 801 - 701 -
Istanbul University 801 401 801 714
Atatürk University 1001 - - -
Atilim University 1001 - - -
Bezmialem Vakif University 1001 - - -
Dokuz Eylul University - 701 - -
Ankara University - 801 801 648
Gazi University - 901 1001 1078
Istanbul Aydin University - - 1001 -
Istanbul Bilgi University - - 1001 -
Izmir Institute of Technology - - 1001 557
University of Anatolia - - 1001 -
Çukurova University - - - 847
University of Gaziantep - - - 874
Marmara University - - - 892
Mersin University - - - 895
Yildiz Technical University - - - 928
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University Rankings Explained

World University Rankings created by Times Higher Education takes into account the reputation of research done by universities and how often papers produced by universities were quoted around the world.

Academic Ranking of World Universities created by Shanghai Jiao Tong University focuses on the number of award-winning scientists, most cited researchers from the listed universities, and their contribution to the scientific community.

QS World University Rankings created by TopUniversities surveys a large number of academic experts about the reputation of universities and also measures the quality of teaching.

Best Global Universities Rankings created by U.S. News & World Report analyses university graduation rates and how many students remain enrolled in their second year of studies. It also surveys university representatives on the performance of universities.

Study in Turkey

Turkey is a culturally rich country that attracts international students from all over the world. Turkey is appealing thanks to affordable study programmes, a growing number of English-taught Bachelors and Masters, and the numerous scholarships that cover tuition fees, accommodation, healthcare, and even travel expenses. While living and studying here, you’ll find yourself at a crossroads of the beautiful but contrasting European and Asian cultures. It’s a unique blend of traditions, festivals, and cuisines that’s worth exploring in depth. When you’re not in class, you can visit ancient monuments and enjoy over 8,000 km of coastline.


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