To get a student visa for Turkey, you need to enroll in a Turkish university, school or a language course certified by the Ministry of Education. The student visa is generally valid for one year for single entry.
To learn more about other types of Turkish visas, click on this link.
If you’re inside the U.S, you can find your “Jurisdiction” (i.e. based on the State you live in) here:
Los Angeles Consulate: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and Hawaii.
Chicago Consulate: Illinois, Iowa. Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
New York Consulate: Connecticut. Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine- Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Puerto Rico.
Houston Consulate: Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississipi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.
Washington, D.C. Consulate: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the entire United States
If you’re outside of the U.S., visit this site here.
- Original passport (It should be valid at least three months longer than the expiry date of the requested visa)
- One Education Visa Application Form. Instructions for this form are at the bottom of this page.
- One passport sized photo (paste it to your visa form above)
- An official acceptance letter from the Turkish university, school or a language course certified by the Ministry of Education,
- Non-refundable Education visa processing fee (the amount differs depending on the nationality and visa type)
Contact your consulate to double check the latest fees and payment methods.
Contact the consulate to find out whether you can apply by mail, but, in most cases, you will need to apply in person.
That’s it! After a period of waiting, the Turkish consulate will give to you your brand new visa for Turkey. Congratulations!
Apply for a Residence Permit at the Alien’s Branch of the Local Police Department (Emniyet Mudurlugu Yabancilar Subesi) within 30 days of your arrival in Turkey.
Permits are a matter of formality and are available through the Foreigners Department of the Provincial Security Directorate General located at Migros Yani, Hipodrom, Konya Yolu, Ankara, tel. (0312) 303-5466 or 303-5470, or at local Security Directorate throughout Turkey.
Applications and fee information are available here.
Also click here for more information about how residents permits in Turkey work.
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