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International Students

Information for Prospective Students from Turkey

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Welcome to the country page for Turkey. This page contains specific information for students from Turkey. 


Laura Hayes, responsible for supporting students from Turkey, would be very happy to answer any questions you may have about applying to and studying at SOAS.

Email: l.hayes@soas.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4031

Laura visits Turkey to meet with students interested in studying at SOAS. Further information can be found on the Meet SOAS staff in your area web page.

Minimum Entry Requirements

The below are guidelines only and do not guarantee entry. Each application will be judged on its own merits. 


Students from selective schools in Turkey may qualify for direct entry onto undergraduate degree programmes at SOAS, the minimum entry requirement would be 4.3 or 80% in the Devlet Lise Diplomasi.
Most students though, would be required to undertake a foundation course.
For further information about entry requirements please contact Dan Rolfe.
For International Baccalaureate (IB) applicants please refer to our IB Entry Requirements page.


For Masters courses at SOAS, we require a minimum score of between GPA 3.0-3.3 from an undergraduate degree.
How to apply

English Language Requirements

To ensure that you can fully benefit from your studies at SOAS, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our minimum English Language entry requirements.

Socrates/ Erasmus Exchange and Study Abroad

SOAS has Erasmus exchange agreements with several universities in Turkey through which undergraduate and postgraduate students can study for one year or one semester at SOAS as part of their degree. More information can be found on the Socrates/ Erasmus pages.  In the first instance students should speak to the exchanges or international office in their university for application details. If your university does not have an exchange agreement with SOAS then you can still apply to spend one semester or one year at SOAS as part of your undergraduate degree on the 'Study Abroad' programme. Further information and an application form can be found on the Semester Abroad pages or please contact studyabroad@soas.ac.uk.


SOAS offers a range of scholarships, bursaries and awards to support students. There are other scholarships provided by the University of London, the British Government and other external organisations. For further information please visit the Scholarships web page.
Students from Turkey can also apply for the Jean Monnet Scholarship funded by the EU. 

Employment Opportunities

If you apply for a visa before you arrive in the UK then you should be eligible to work part-time or volunteer during your programme of study. This visa will allow you to work part-time during the term (up to 20 hours a week) and any number of hours during the vacations. However, you should check before you apply for a job that your visa will allow you to do this particular kind of work.

Please be aware that to meet immigration rules for students, you have to show that you have enough money to support yourself during your studies without needing to work. For comprehensive advice on working in the UK, please visit the UKCISA website.

SOAS Careers Service

The SOAS Careers Service can help you to find volunteering opportunities and can provide information and advice on finding paid employment during your studies and after graduation.

There will be a number of jobs (both voluntary and paid) within SOAS itself (for example, in the Students’ Union or cafe) and you can look out for these opportunities through the Careers Service or via the Students’ Union.

In-Country Representatives

British Side (Istanbul)
Barbaros Bulvari
No: 91 - 34353 Besiktas 
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: (0212) 327 5151 
Contact: Pelin Akcay
E-mail: pelin.akcay@britishside-edu.com

British Side (Saskinbakkal)
Kazim Ozalp Sok
No: 26/4 - 34740
Saskinbakkal Kadikoy Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: (0216) 302 0318
Contact: Pelin Akcay
E-mail: pelin.akcay@britishside-edu.com

British Side (Ankara)
Tunus Cad. No: 48/4
06660 Kavaklidere Ankara, Turkey
Tel: (0312) 466 4510/11  
Contact: Melisa Mertoglu
E-mail: ankara@britishside-edu.com

EDCON Education Consultancy (Istanbul)
Valikonagi Caddesi, Saadet Art, 62, K1, D3
Nisantasi, Istanbul, 34365, Turkey
Tel: (0212) 234 48 99
Contact: Fulya Akcil İnanc
E-mail: edcon@edcon.com.tr

EDCON (Izmir)
Gazi Osman Pasa Bulvari Yeni Asir Is Hani 
Kat:7 Daire:714 Alsancak 
Izmir, Turkey, 35210
Tel: (0232) 425 25 56
Contact: Zekiye Aysel İsci
E-mail: ayselisci@edcon.com.tr

Alumni Contact

If you would like to contact a SOAS alum in Turkey then please contact, Dr Talip Kucukcan (MA Religious Studies 1990), tkucukcan@gmail.com and for further information visit SOAS Alumni.

Istanbul Alumni Event January 2012

Istanbul Alumni Event January 2012

Useful Links

  • The British Council is the UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Their Turkey website is a useful resource for education in the UK and other cultural information.
  • The British Embassy in Turkey where you can find information about all aspects of the UK, as well as practical information about VISAS.
  • UCAS - the Universities and Colleges Admission Service is the central organisation through which undergraduate applications are processed for entry to Higher Education.
  • UKCISA - the Council for International Student Affairs provides information on many aspects of studying in the UK, including visa advice.