How is the education system in Turkey?

Turkey is a country situated on both the Asian and European continents. The majority part of the country is situated in Western Asia on the Anatolian peninsula. The living standard in Turkey is quite good, so if you are planning to move there with your family, your decision will be good.
One of the first things that you must concern about is the education of your children. Education standards in Turkey are recognized as quite good compared to any country in the world, schools and universities have high standards.

Is education free in Turkey?

Primary (lköretim) education is compulsory for all children aged 6/7 to 14/15 and is free in public schools in Turkey. This education lasts eight years (Grade 1 to Grade 8) and begins with foreign language classes in the fourth grade.

Is the English language taught in Turkey?

The foreign language that is taught in schools varies from one school to the next. English is the most frequent, while some schools teach German, French, or Spanish instead. Some private schools combine the teaching of two foreign languages.

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Here below is a brief description of the education system in Turkey.

Education System In Turkey

The education system in Turkey consists of primary, secondary, and tertiary, that education at universities or similar institutions. 

Primary education (6 to 14 years old)

Primary Education is the most basic, and the most fundamental, part of education in the country. The constitution of the Republic of Turkey itself says that education must be free and compulsory for all citizens. Some of the schools are privately run, but the majority of the schools in the country are financed and operated by the state itself. Primary education for children in Turkey begins in the first month of September after the age of 6. After successfully completing primary education students will be rewarded with a primary education diploma. 

Secondary education (14 to 18 years old)

Secondary Education in Turkey is also compulsory for all the students in the country. Children start their secondary education after successfully completing their primary education or after getting a primary education diploma. Secondary education starts at the age of 14 years year old and continues for 4 years. Secondary education covers general, technical, and vocational studies. Also, students must be taught the Turkish language as their mother tongue, which is mandatory for all the students. After successfully completing secondary education students will be awarded a Lise Diplomasi (which means High School Diploma). This also means that the students can appear for the examinations for higher education to eventually go to university. 

Tertiary education

Tertiary Education or Higher Education is not compulsory in the country. Turkish Universities also considered being as Republican Institutions where students can pursue their higher education. There are different types of educational programs which are offered by those universities, these programs can last two years or four years. Turkish Universities have high standards compared to the rest of the world. Some of the universities also rank top in the region.
Look at our article on the best universities in Turkey to read more about this. 


4 responses to “How is the education system in Turkey?”

  1. Dounia kinder

    Très attiré par son modèle de formation, la Turquie est un chemin a suivre. Pour moi c’est serait un ouf de soulagement a poursuivre les étude là-bas. Mais j’espère bien y être un jour.

  2. Mening ismim Ahadbek
    men kelajakda Turkiya davlatiga o’qishga bormoqchiman
    Hozirda 8 sinfda o’qiyman

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