Why study Abroad? Why Turkey?
“It will change your life. You’ll come back a new person.” For years, the benefits of study abroad have been described in these words. Everyone in the study abroad field believed it could greatly impact a student’s life, but the exact long-term benefits were unknown – until now. – Mary M. Dwyer, Ph.D
Everyone has different reason why they study abroad. But for me as a student from Africa, I wanted to acquire knowledge to put my demand on higher scale. Well, off course I could get that from my local originated country but then its puts you on the same level as you will be perceived among your society. So I seek a foreign degree to standout from every degree in my society. Which will eventually put me in higher competitive environment abroad and less in my society.
Studying abroad is a serious undertaking. It challenges students on a personal level. It will have an impact on their college career. It costs money. Deciding whether to go, therefore, is a very big decision and one that should not be made lightly. In fact, I recommend that students — and their parents — start thinking about study abroad in freshman year to take as much time as possible to consider the pros and cons.
So why do people study abroad? In research I conducted for my recently released book, A Student Guide to Study Abroad, students who had studied abroad in the past five years cited these top three reasons: experience another culture/country, travel and personal growth. Secondary reasons include career prospects and marketability, learning a language and recommendations from a friend.
But when I followed up with employers across a vast spectrum of industries and sectors, asking them what they liked most about potential applicants who had studied abroad, they cited very practical applications of the experience:
- Creative problem solving experience in unfamiliar situations
- Adaptability within culturally diverse environments
- Excellent listening and communication skills
- Practical knowledge of a specific culture and language
With the exception of language skills, these benefits fall into the all-important “soft skills” category growing in importance in the workplace. There is no doubt that studying abroad enhances a student’s resume, boosting her chances to impress a potential employer with her global outlook. But how do students — and their parents — decide which program is best? Location? Cost? Distant? And Most Importantly Quality education?
It’s a big question and one that requires research and plenty of sifting because there’s a great deal of information out there. There are many factors to consider, such as cost, choice country, the time to go and for how long, where to go and how best to prepare to get the most out of the experience. Moreover, all programs are not equal.
Now how do we make that decision? Comparing TURKEY with the rest of the WORLD
|AMERICA, UK, EUROPE…. UNIVERSITITES||TURKISH UNIVERSITIES|
|ACADEMIC QUALITY||EXCELLENT : Most lecturers are native and less international candidates||EXCELLENT: Most lecturers are foreigners with vast experience and understands what it means to be an international candidate.|
|LOCATION||Long range of flying.||Closer to home|
|DIVERSITY||Great diversity but less compared to turkey||Opportunities to meet people from all over the world. Location of the country stands in the middle of the world.|
|COST||Cost are much higher in terms of transportation, living expenses, and||Much more cheaper compared to others|
|EXCHANGE PROGRAMS||Originators of Exchange programs||Turkish universities participates in the Erasmus program, which aims to increase student and faculty mobility within the US, UK, ASIA European Union and EU candidate states. Currently around 10,500
|SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES||Rarely||50 % on all tuition fees (government subsidized)|
|ACCOMODATION||Range budget (3000USD to 5000USD) per year||Range Budget (1000USD to 2000USD) per academic year|
|TUTION FEES||Range tuition fees (10.000USD to 40.000USD ) per an Academic year||Range tuition fees (5000USD to 15.000USD ) per an Academic year|
|LANGUAGE||Courses all in English. Restricts your flare for languages to just one.||Courses all in English, and also Opportunity to learn addition language and in turn puts us in higher demand opportunities|
|VISA||More tedious and stressful||We have an advantage with regards visa procurement|
Turkey lies at the geographic and cultural crossroads between Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and has played a central role in exchange between different nations from antiquity to the present. Turkey is also the 17th most populous country in the world, with a population of over 78 million. While the majority of the population is of Turkish ethnicity, 18 percent is Kurdish, most of whom live in Turkey’s southeastern provinces. Nearly all of Turkey’s citizens are Muslim, but since the nation’s foundation as a democratic republic in 1923, Turkey has had no official state religion. Secularism is written into its constitution and is reflected in its public education system.
The country is very culturally diverse, blending Turkic, Anatolian, Greco-Roman, Islamic and modern European cultures and traditions. Turkey’s diversity is most apparent in its major cities, including Istanbul, which have deep-rooted traditions and ancient relics as well as all the elements of a modern, cosmopolitan society. Home to over 13 million people, Istanbul (formerly known as Constantinople) was the historic capital of the Byzantine Empire, and is now the financial and cultural center of modern Turkey. The city also hosts many international students at its internationally recognized universities.
Many Turkish institutions have strengthened their infrastructure for hosting international students due to the Bologna Process, and the majority of institutions, even in rural areas, have international offices or representatives. Exchange students from the U.S. can take advantage of these programs and services
Who we are?
BENJOVI CONSULT: We are students from Turkish universities, most of us are graduates from this university and we are higher to promote the image of this universities which has participated in shaping our academic lifes. We want to help new student (undergraduates, Graduates, PhD) into making the right choice. We are like you and we faced challenges that made us better informed on how well we can provide you New students services as a giveback to our various universities for what we have become they day we made the first step studying abroad (turkey)
What do we do?
We are intermediaries, between you and your dream university here in turkey or any other country you wish to study. Our job is to take your Completed applications with your certificates through our website (www.benjovi.com) or email address below. and seek your acceptance letters from these universities.
We also go further in advising on VISA procedures, making sure we stand by you all through the process of your admission till you are settled in your country of study. One interesting thing that has kept us together and strong is our network in getting cheap accommodations for our students.
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ESTIMATED LIVING COST
There is no doubt that Turkey is the perfect place to enjoy a quality education and a relatively good quality of life. What makes it even better is that Turkey offers excellent value for money, with living expenses and tuition costs comparable to other countries.
Estimated Cost of Living
An average international student in Turkey will spend about 400-500 USD a month on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transportation and telephone costs. Books and administrative fees are approximately 100-150 USD per semester. Remember, though, that this figure depends on your location, lifestyle and which degree course you attend. You should seek further information on living costs from your institution directly.
General Costs per semester
Housing : 1,500 – 2,000 USD (including room deposit)
Food : 1,100 USD
Transportation : 300 USD
Books : 150 USD
Student menu : around 5 TL
Bread : 1 TL
Water (per lt) : 1 TL
Fruit & Vegetables (per kg) : varies from 1 TL to 4 TL
Pasta & Rice (per kg) : varies from 1 TL to 4 TL
Sugar & Salt (per kg) : around 2 TL
Tea/Coffee (a cup) : 1 TL / 5 TL
Beer : various from 3 TL to 10 TL
Cinema ticket : 15 TL
Concert ticket : from 25 TL onwards
Haircut : from 10 TL onwards
Bus ticket for students : 1.5 TL
Minibus ticket from Taksim to Kadikoy : 5 TL
Taxi from Taksim to Besiktas : 8 TL
1 EUR = 2.5 TL
1 USD = 1.8 TL