Entry into higher education in Turkey is through the student selection examinations named YGS and LYS. The placement into most of the first cycle degree programmes is made solely  based on the scores obtained from this exams. Students taking the exams make their choices of degree programmes, and send their list to The Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM), which is affiliated to The Higher Education Council (YÖK). The ÖSYM receives all the applications, group the applications with  respect to the score type (such as languages, literature, science, and social sciences),  list them from the highest score to the lowest, list all the available degree programmes based on the demand for them, and places the students with sufficient scores to one of the selections they have made. 

Students willing to enrol to the Faculty of Fine Arts, School of Physical Education and Sports and The State Conservatory are subjected to general and as well as special conditions defined by the University’s Senate with the related Boards’ opinions. For such programmes,  the above mentioned exams are  partial prerequisites for placement, and the students willing to continue education in these fields are required to show their skills in the field, which is checked via an exam carried by the related faculty. The final list of students is decided by adding up a pre-determined percentages of the above mentioned exam scores and the local exam.

Students having the right to enrol will do their registrations on certain dates, usually the first week of September. Students that meet the above mentioned conditions and have a valid excuse can do their admission registration through their relatives or family.

Students who have started studies and achieved credits in other universities within or outside of the country may apply for their recognition. The recognition record is unique for each student and therefore the procedure is carried out accordingly before the start of each academic year.

For foreign students

The selection of foreign students into the higher education institutions in Turkey is managed via an examination called KTÜ YÖS EXAM organized by the university itself. KTÜ YÖS is only for those applicants who wish to enrol in a study programme as degree seeking students.

The first condition for those wishing to take KTÜ YÖS is that they must hold the nationality of a country other than Turkey. For more details about KTÜ YÖS EXAM, please visit the web page of KTÜ YÖS Coordinatorship 

For exchange students