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Turkey-specific information

On this page you will find Turkey-specific information you would need regarding higher education and student life in the Netherlands.

For more general information please visit the Study in Holland's main pages.

Validity of Turkish high school diplomas in the Netherlands

Primary and secondary education in the Netherlands are different from the system in Turkey. Students in the Netherlands are guided towards different types of higher education, starting from early ages. This can cause a disharmony among students from different backgrounds in various higher education models.

Dutch universities of applied sciences accredit ‘Turkish High School Diploma’ directly. Some of the institutions may still want students to take the national university exam in Turkey.

Dutch research universities may request students to fulfill certain additional criteria. Such as:

  • acquiring IB diploma;
  • taking A Levels;
  • studying a year at a Turkish university or a Dutch university of applied sciences;
  • completing a foundation year;
  • taking SAT exams;
  • etc.

Once you've determined to which institutions you’d like to apply, you should talk to the respective international office regarding the accreditation of your high school diploma. The exact procedures may vary because they are subject to the institutions’ individual initiatives.

Conditions for foreign diploma accreditation in Turkey

Higher education in the Netherlands is accepted as equivalent to the higher education in Turkey as long as the institution is accredited by YÖK (Council of Higher Education) and the programme meets certain requirements. The student is expected to:

  • have acquired sufficient ECTS credits;
  • be able to prove continuance in the programme in the Netherlands (Students present their passports in order to claim the length of stay.);
  • the degree corresponds to a degree in Turkish higher education.

In case you would need to check whether a Dutch higher education institution is accredited by YÖK, you can make an online application for the School Recognition Document.

Visa procedure for students with Turkish citizenship

All the students (with Turkish nationality) who need to stay in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days should apply for a provisional residence permit (MVV). It is not possible to use green passport for entries with educational purposes.

For students, this procedure is initiated by the Dutch higher education institution (a.k.a., the sponsor) to which they are admitted. Upon registration, DHEI informs Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) which in turn informs the local representatives of the Dutch Government in Turkey.

At this point, the student is asked to apply to the closest embassy/consulate with the required documents. Meanwhile, your residence permit is prepared by the IND which you would collect in the Netherlands within the three months of your MVV.

For more information, please visit the website of the Government of the Netherlands.

Holland Alumni Network in Turkey

Holland Alumni Network (HANT) is a global asset which allows Holland alumni to stay / get in touch, share their expertise, be informed on career opportunities and so much more.

HANT also functions locally, bringing people with different backgrounds and from variable Dutch écoles together, creating a nurturing environment for corporate connections, entrepreneurship, and research opportunities.

We highly recommend Holland alumni who lived, worked, studied or participated in an exchange/a research programme in the Netherlands to become a part of this community.

For more information, please visit the website of the Holland Alumni Network.


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