TURKEY: World universities seek foreign students

International universities that have experienced a decrease in the size of their student body due to the ongoing global financial crisis have carried out various campaigns to attract Turkish applicants, according to a report published by the Ministry of Education, reports Today's Zaman. According to the report, 150 universities from 22 countries are offering special incentives to attract Turkish students.

The universities are trying to compensate for their losses by attracting a fraction of the 1.5 million Turkish students who were not accepted into university in Turkey - 300,000 out of the approximately 1.8 million students who take the Student Selection Examination are accepted into a university in Turkey.

Famous universities in the US, Britain and France are offering extra incentives and scholarships, some meeting up to 80% of tuition costs. A number of language schools are also offering an extra week of lessons free for every four weeks of paid classes. The report says over 150 international universities and language schools have contacted the Turkish Ministry of Education's General Directorate of Study Abroad.
Full report on the Today's Zaman site