International Students Academy includes several programmes which aim to increase social, academic and cultural knowledge of the international students studying in Turkey and offer them new opportunities regarding their working area and enable them to get change to meet intellectuals and academicians in their area of interest. These programmes improve the dialog between international and Turkish students on the one hand, and create a platform to share cultural values and knowledge among international students on the other hand.


What did our students say about Türkiye Scholarships?


What did our students say about Türkiye Scholarships?


Mohammed Khider Abd Al Rahîm Ahmed

Sudan | Doktorate

Uludağ University - Veterinary Medicine

Turkey is a developed country. We’ve never felt like strangers here, because people are friendly and hospitable. For me, studying in Turkey is a great opportunity. We have benefited a lot from the seminar programs of the International Students Academy, and received valuable lessons from our lecturers. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities.


Hacar Salah Abdullah

Egypt | Master's

Gazi University - Modern Turkish Literature

This project that was implemented by the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities has been of great benefit for us. Both I and all my friends who participated in the academy appreciated these courses very much. Lectures in International Law, Foreign Policy, Turkey's political history, literature, and seminars on many other topics were all very beneficial. We had the opportunity to get acquainted with Turkey's history and politics, as well as to learn about the similarities between our countries. Moreover, having both Turkish and foreign participants was also very favorable. We had the opportunity to exchange ideas and make new friends. I think that this kind of courses should be organized more frequently and to include more students, because activities like this can sometimes be more useful than regular courses.


Mairamkan İsabaeva

Kyrgyzstan | Doctorate

Ankara University - Faculty of Theology, Basic Islamic Sciences

We attended 48 hours of seminars which were organized on weekends in Ankara. The seminar topics were miscellaneous ranging from social sciences to human relations, from world issues to Turkey, from civilization to literature, featuring various speakers including university professors and writers. The International Students Academy enabled both international and local students to socialize, helped students studying different subjects acquire knowledge in various topics at the same time, and make good use of their valuable time, and provided a framework for an exchange of ideas in Turkish as the common language. Getting to know Turkey, its history and cultural life, learning about neighboring countries, and having not only Muslim participants, but also students with various other religious beliefs was a significant addition to our programs. Seminars on various subjects that were given without examination were quite fascinating. Making good use of time, friendly environment, exchanging ideas, learning about miscellaneous topics were all very beneficial for us.


Rahmetullah Rafiq

Bangladesh | Doctorate

Karadeniz Technical University - International Relations

These educational programs gave me an opportunity to learn a great deal primarily about Turkish culture, civilization and history. Moreover, we also studied the cultures, city structures and arts of the civilizations that lived in this region. We also learned a lot about Turkey’s current domestic and foreign policy in particular, and political science in general. Seminars did not focus only on knowledge, but on thinking as well, and this kind of education was really enjoyable. I wish programs like this were more frequent in Turkey, because especially university students are not very interested in these subjects, so their knowledge about these matters is quite inadequate. This is, in fact, the case in the whole world, and by implementing these programs Turkey proves its awareness in this matter. As a result, I have learned a lot from this education, and I believe that I will have a lifelong benefit from what I have learned here. I would like to express my sincere gratitude first to the Presidency for Turks Abroad that implemented these educational programs, and also to Karadeniz International Student Association.


Muhammed Emin

Macedonia | Undergraduate

Trakya University - Music Teaching

At the International Students Academy organized in Edirne, esteemed professors from Edirne, Istanbul and Izmir, as well as from Western Thrace and Macedonia, gave valuable seminars presentations. We also had cultural tours of Edirne, Istanbul and Çanakkale. Learning about the places we knew so little about before the tours evoked different feelings during our visits. We are especially grateful to the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities for organizing such a program in the city which was once the capital of Ottoman Empire and which is Turkey’s gate to the West. With this project, we had a chance to meet our friends with different beliefs and cultures. I believe that these programs contributed greatly to the “civilization consciousness” among our friends from related communities. Moreover, we had a chance to meet many pure-hearted people of different religions, languages, nations and cultures, no matter from how far away they came, and make everlasting friendships. This taught us once again that humanity is above all else. I consider myself very lucky, because up until now I had never had friends from places like Africa, Afghanistan or Iran. Now, I have friends from all over the world. In this short period of two months, we have learned so much from each other. For example, we shared grief with one of our friends from Turkistan, and happiness with another friend from the Comoro Islands. We recited poetry and sung together, and made promise to each other: “God willing, may our friendship last forever. Let’s build something for the sake of humanity, anything we can to make peace in the world.”


Ensara Tufek

Bosnia and Herzegovina | Undergraduate

Ege University - Faculty of Sciences, Biochemistry

International Students Academy is a great opportunity for all international students in Turkey. I am very pleased that I had a chance to learn new things in academic, social and cultural subjects. I have learned a lot from the courses. For example, we were given a lot of information about Turkish culture, civilization and Turkey’s global vision. Students’ awareness of their social responsibility was raised. Comments about and evaluations of various topics were made. I think that settings like this are more suitable for making comparisons between East and West. Life style of every country is different, as well as their cultures. Literature, music, cinema, life style, and traditional cultures varying from country to country is, in fact, a great fortune. That is why the participation of students from different countries at this academic program is very valuable. From my own perspective, this program provided me an opportunity not only to learn, but also think through a number of subjects. My motivation has increased. Students acquired an interest in many subjects having listened to lectures from various experts. They did not focus only on their fields of study, but also obtained valuable knowledge and experience in multiple subjects. International Students Academy raises students’ sense of responsibility, and it should definitely carry on.


Atif Abbasov

Georgia | Undergraduate

Kocaeli University - International Relations

The International Students Academy conferences held in Kocaeli featured carefully selected topics. Seminars were given on academic, social, cultural, economic, historical and art subjects. We had an opportunity to listen to and meet some of Turkey's leading academics, poets, writers, historians, economists, marbling and calligraphy artists, traditional musicians, and sociologists. I can easily say that the academy added much more to my personal, social and cultural development and skills than four years of university. This program enabled me to rediscover Turkey in every aspect. Turkish students we met at the academy were very friendly, sincere and warmhearted. We’ve had a great and unforgettable time with all of them, and have established friendship bonds that will continue in the future as well. During the academy program, we had the opportunity to get closely acquainted with students from our generation who came from different cultures but shared the same values with us. We also had the opportunity to visit historical places during our Istanbul and Sakarya tours. We also met with NGO representatives at the academy dinner organized in Kocaeli. I believe that the education we got and the friendships we established will contribute to the good relations between our countries. The days I spent at the academy are some of the most beautiful memories of my life. I extend my gratitude to everyone who contributed to organizing the International Student Academy.


Tural Latifov

Azerbaijan | Master's

Erciyes University - Theology

We are guests in Turkey. We are very pleased with the hospitality of Turkish people. This program was a great opportunity to learn about Turkey. We are very grateful to all lecturers and authors who took their time to teach us about Turkey’s political position, social structure, culture, and architecture. During the program, Kayseri tours were organized, and books on different subjects were given as gifts. The number of students who came from different countries to Kayseri is more than 1700. We hope that new programs will be implemented for those students who could not participate in this one. The seminars were very productive. We wish that all students in Kayseri can benefit from these activities, and want this program to continue in the future.


Natyra Sylqa

Kosovo | Undergraduate

Anadolu University - Pharmacy

I feel very lucky to have been accepted into the International Students Academy in Eskişehir. I had great and very productive two months. I learned lots of interesting things, and had the opportunity to visit several cities and meet many new friends. At the seminars, our friends from other countries presented their countries and cultures. We established an International Students Club at school. For me, participating in this program was tremendously beneficial. I extend my sincere gratitude first to my professors, as well as to Birlik Foundation and Presidency for Turks Abroad.


Gassım Ibrahim

Cameroon | Master's

Marmara University - International Relations

This semester was the most productive semester of my education in Turkey. I carefully followed entire lectures given here. Although the program was short, the seminars were very beneficial and effective. Owing to the opportunities provided by the Istanbul Academy of Sciences (IBA) and efforts of our esteemed professors, they presented the entire courses within a few hours so well, as if these courses did not need weeks or even months to be presented fully. We have all reaped the benefits. Since I am studying the history of politics, my favorite courses were courses in International Relations, because the emphasis was on the foreign policies in western countries. This subject is very important for Muslim countries in general and African countries in particular. We also benefited from the courses such as Economics, Literature, Thought, and Ottoman Islamic Art. Moreover, these seminars helped us a lot with our Turkish. Many of my friends improved their Turkish, because there are many people here who speak different languages and we all used Turkish as the common language. Lastly, I would like to extend my gratitude to the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities and to IBA Foundation for implementing this program. We hope that programs like this will continue, because they are very important for the progress of international students. When we return to our countries we will make use of the knowledge and friendships we acquired here. We Africans are very interested in Turkey’s history and civilization, as we don’t know much about it. Learning about this will play an important role in the development of relations between Turkey and African countries.

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