Top 5 Private Universities in Istanbul

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Top 5 Private Universities in Istanbul
Recently, Turkey has become an important study destination for students from all over the world due to the quality and accuracy of education. With the number of universities in Turkey increasing day by day, it has become important to choose the right university to get a quality education. And because it is not always easy to enroll in a public university, private universities have become a good opportunity for students.
In recent years, private universities have demonstrated their capabilities by increasing the number of articles, scientific papers and publications of high value. Private universities have become competitive with some Turkish public universities, despite the difference in the founding age of the university, the number of students and the educational capabilities available in it. Not only that, many private Turkish universities have won many international awards that have made them their own place among the universities of the world.
According to the statistics of the Turkish Ministry of Higher Education, the student density varies between Turkish cities, but it always registers the highest number in Istanbul. So if you have not yet decided which university you would like to attend, we are here to provide you with a guide on the best private universities in Turkey and Istanbul in particular.


  • Koç University
  • Sapanca University
  • University of Bizim scientist
  • Ajibadem University
  • Yeditepe University

  Koç University
Koç University is one of the best Turkish private universities ever. The university was founded in 1993 in Istanbul as a non-profit private university by the world-famous Vehbi Koç Foundation.
Koç University is the most successful university among Turkish educational institutions in obtaining the largest number of research grants from the European Union Research Council.
English is the main language of instruction, except for the Turkish language of the Faculty of Law.
The university offers scholarships on an ongoing basis, as 70% of its students are scholarship students.
95% of the teaching staff at the university obtained doctorate degrees from international universities.
The university is a member of the Erasmus educational network, which allows its students to study a semester or an academic year at one of the world's universities.
The university has a Career Development Center which in turn helps students and alumni to explore career options, prepare for opportunities, and use the university's network of relationships to make the right career decisions.
Sabanci University
The university ranks third among the best private universities in Turkey, and was established in 1994.
The university offers scholarships to academically distinguished students at the undergraduate level to complete their master's and doctoral studies in Turkey.
It is the first and only university in Turkey that offers students complete freedom in choosing their program, and to achieve this, the university has adopted a program in which all students, without exception, are subject during their first year to a set of common courses and subjects in different fields of study, ranging from social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences and thinking Arithmetic. After the end of this year, students can advertise a major program of their choice without having to take any other exams or restrictions. This program is the core of the educational system of Sapanca University.
English is the primary language of study at the university in all disciplines.
The university follows advanced and new methods in scientific research, practical training, and preparation of theoretical curricula.
It has a number of study and scientific research centers open to students and faculty members, such as: Istanbul International Center for Research and Applications of Nanotechnology (IICEC).



 Bezmialem Vakıf University
It has the distinction of being one of the state-of-the-art universities that is well-equipped to provide quality health and education services.
Although it is one of the relatively new constituent universities in Turkey, it offers its students a wide range of superior education and training opportunities.
The university has the first plant therapy center in Turkey, which provides research on the use and effects of plants in the treatment of diseases.
It also owns the first and most comprehensive OSCE lab in Turkey, which allows students to work on mannequins prepared for them according to all kinds of scenarios before meeting real patients.

The university owns Bezmi Alem Central Hospital, which is the first hospital established in the Ottoman Empire in the modern sense, is the oldest health institution in Turkey that has been operating without interruption for 173 years.
The university has 3 institutes and a vocational school for health services in addition to the Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Pharmacy 
Acıbadem University



Acibadem Private University was established in Istanbul in 2007, and in a short period of time it became one of the best universities in Turkey, and it is interested in the field of health sciences with the support of the Health and Education Foundation.
The university includes 5 faculties, 2 vocational schools, 3 institutes and research centers, several student laboratories that help support educational programs, central research laboratories that allow academics and graduate students to research, academic and industrial cooperation, and the Experimental Animal Research Center.
The university provides a hospital affiliated to it within agreements for the application of practical studies to study medical specialties.
The university is a member of Erasmus, which offers its students opportunities to study abroad at partner universities through a bilateral exchange
The most important specialties of Acibadem University are: human medicine, medical engineering, molecular biology and genetics, nursing and health management.


Yeditepe University
Yeditepe University is one of the most prestigious universities with a great reputation in Turkey. It was founded in 1996 AD by the Istanbul Foundation for Education and Culture (ISTEK), according to modern standards, through which it is concerned with the care of young people.

In providing its study programs, the university relies on English as a primary language, in addition to other languages.
The university is distinguished by its medical specialties for the undergraduate level, such as human medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. It is worth noting that there is a specialized dental hospital affiliated with the university. The university trains dental students in this hospital to gain practical experience.
Besides active academic activities, the university also allows students to develop themselves through 44 student clubs on campus.
The university has more than 700 cooperation agreements with the world's leading universities, especially in Europe, America, Canada, Russia and the Far East.


In the end, we would like to tell you that there are many restrictions and obstacles that may stand in front of you while applying to one of the Turkish public universities, but you can certainly go to study in one of the private Turkish universities, which are no less in quality and distinguish them from public universities.

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