Study Abroad in Turkey Visa Information

In order to study in Turkey for more than 90 days, you are required to have a valid Student Visa. Students attending a Summer program are typically not required to obtain a Visa. Please verify with your Program Manager. Please read this entire page very carefully.

The Application Process

STEP 1 – Acquiring a Passport

You must possess a valid passport. If you do not have a passport, please begin the process of securing one immediately. If you already have a passport, please check to see that it has not expired. Your passport should be valid for the duration or your program and for at least an additional three months.

STEP 2 – Determine your Turkish Consulate

The Turkish Visa process is administered in the U.S. by a series of consulate offices located throughout the country. Each consulate office administers student visas in a slightly different way. Therefore, it is important that you review the specific requirements carefully, as the visa process is not uniform across the country. Most consulates require that you appear in person to submit your application. However, there are some exceptions. Be prepared for the fact that some students must travel a great distance to apply. Please refer to the instructions listed on the consulate webpage to determine whether you must submit your application in person. In some cases, you will have to contact the consulate, directly, for an answer.

You will need to apply for your student visa from a Turkish Consulate representing the jurisdiction where you live at a permanent address. Below, please find a list of the Turkish Consulates in the U.S.:

Washington D.C. / Consular Section
2525 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: (202) 612-6740
Fax: (202) 319-1639

Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. / Mon-Fri
Walk-ins: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. / Mon-Fri
By phone: 2:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. / Mon-Fri
Jurisdiction List: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Bahamas

Houston, TX / Consulate General
1990 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 1300
Houston, TX 77056
Phone: (713) 622-5849
Fax: (713) 623-6639

Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m./ Mon-Fri
Walk-ins: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. / Mon-Fri
By phone: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / Mon-Fri
Jurisdiction List: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas

Los Angeles, CA / Consulate General
6300 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 2010
Los Angeles, CA, 90048
Phone: (323) 655-8832
Fax: (323) 655-8681

Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m./ Mon-Fri
Walk-ins: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. / Mon-Fri
By phone: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / Mon-Fri
Jurisdiction List: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Pacific Islands

New York, NY / Consulate General
821 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 949-0160
Fax: (212) 983-1293

Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m./ Mon-Fri
Walk-ins: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. / 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. / Mon-Fri
By phone: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. / Mon-Fri
Jurisdiction List: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Puerto Rico

Chicago, IL / Consulate General
360 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1405
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 263-0644
Fax: (312) 263-1499

Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / Mon-Fri
Walk-ins: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. / Mon-Fri
By phone: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / Mon-Fri
Jurisdiction List: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

STEP 3 – The Application

To apply for a student visa, the following items are required by most consulates:

  1. Valid travel document (passport) – It should be valid at least three months longer than the expiry date of the requested education visa
  2. Completed Education Visa Application Form – The form can be found on the following link: Education Visa Application. Instructions on how to fill it out can be found below, in the next section.
  3. One passport size photograph of the applicant (it should be affixed on the top left side of the visa application form). This photo must be taken in the same style as your passport photo (neutral background, front-facing, clear, no sunglasses, etc.)
  4. An official acceptance letter from Kadir Has university
  5. Non-refundable education visa processing fee (the amount may differ among consulates, please confirm)
The following items are not always required. However, it is highly recommended that you include them with your application in the event they are requested:

  • Affidavit of Support – This document should be filled out by the person supporting you financially while abroad (typically you, a parent or a guardian). This form proves to the Consulate Officer that you have means of support while abroad. It will be accompanied by an original bank statement on bank letterhead OR an original bank letter on letterhead.
  • Bank Account Statement – The Consulate will require an original bank statement to accompany the Affidavit of Support. The account belonging to the person submitting the bank statement or letter MUST be the same person who signs the Affidavit of Support.
  • A copy of your Passport photo page and signature page
  • Round trip flight itinerary.
If your consulate will receive your application by mail; or courier service, you must also provide a pre-paid return envelope (DHL, Fed Ex, Express, UPS, or some sort of insured/certified mail is highly recommended, as the original travel document will be sent inside the return envelope). Please contact your Turkish Embassy/Consulate of jurisdiction to learn whether they receive the applications by mail or not.

Instructions for completing your Education Visa Application Form for Turkey

Note: Write "N/A" if a question does not apply to you.

  • Family name: LAST NAME As It Appears In Your Passport
  • First name: FIRST NAME As It Appears In Your Passport
  • Middle name: MIDDLE NAME As It Appears In Your Passport (if applicable)
  • Place of Birth: Answer Accordingly
  • Date of birth: List DATE OF BIRTH In Following Format - dd/mm/yy
  • Nationality at birth: Your Citizenship When You Were Born
  • Nationality at present: List Current Country of Citizenship
  • Father’s name: FATHER’S NAME as it appears in his passport (or full legal name)
  • Mother’s name: MOTHER’S NAME (same as instruction for father’s name)
  • Marital status: Check Current Marital Status
  • Profession: List “STUDENT”
  • Present Address: List Your college/university address/home address
  • Business Address: List your college/university address/home address
  • Permanent Address: List your home address
  • Phone number: PHONE NUMBER Where You Can Be Reached
  • Email: EMAIL ADDRESS You Utilize the Most
  • Approximate date of your entry to Turkey: List date you will enter Turkey (dd/mm/yyyy)
  • How long do you intend to stay in Turkey: List Approximate Months (ex: 3 ¾ months)
  • Do you have any acquaintances or relatives in Turkey?: Answer Accordingly
  • Have you previously applied for a Turkish visa?: Answer Accordingly "Yes or No"
  • Have you ever been deported from Turkey?: Answer Accordingly "Yes or No"
  • Have you ever been refused a visa to Turkey?: Answer Accordingly "Yes or No"
  • What type of travel document do you possess?: Check "PASSPORT"
  • Passport/Travel Document No.: PASSPORT NUMBER As It Appears In Your Passport
  • Issue date of passport/travel document: List DATE OF ISSUE As It Appears In Your Passport
  • Passport/travel document issued by: List As Is Appears in your Passport. US Citizens Should List "US DEPARTMENT OF STATE"
  • How will you cover your living expenses in Turkey?: List, UNIVERSITY PROGRAM, CASH, CREDIT CARD
  • Please state your means of transportation while traveling in Turkey: List BUS, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
  • Please state the planned port of entry: List "ISTANBUL"
  • Please state your address in Turkey: TBD
  • Please list all members of your family who will be traveling with you: List "NONE" or "N/A"
  • Date: Complete using format – dd/mm/yy