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Despite the pandemic international students choose Turkey

The education period, which was interrupted by the arrival of travel restrictions between countries in the Covid-19 process, has become active again. Director of the International Student Office Asst. Prof. Dr. Hakan Yıldırım said that despite the pandemic international students choose Turkey. Yıldırım added: “The steps we have taken in the field of health have brought us forward. We have become the leading country in the fight against Covid-19. That's why international students choose us.”

Despite the pandemic international students choose Turkey

The education period, which was interrupted for new coronavirus (Covid-19), has become active again. While university preferences and registrations continue Director of the International Student Office at Istanbul Gelisim University Asst. Prof. Dr. Hakan Yıldırım evaluated the latest situation.
 
“WE CAN EXCEED IN THE PAST YEAR’S NUMBERS OF FOREIGN STUDENTS”
 
Stating that there were over 30 thousand international students at foundation universities last year, Yıldırım said: “I can say that we have reached the same numbers this year. Even the records continue, we can pass last year's figures. We accept the most students from countries such as Syria, Iran, Iraq, Jordan and Azerbaijan. Germany ranks 10th, they choose us because they trust us. The steps we took in the field of health, especially during the pandemic period, brought us forward. We have become the leading country in the fight against Covid-19. That's why international students choose us.”
 
“THEY WANT TO STUDY IN TURKISH”
 
Stating that the students received English education as well as Turkish education, Yıldırım added: “They generally want to study in Turkish in 4-year faculties. This makes Turkish popular around the world. International students generally prefer social sciences and engineering faculties. Dietician is one of the most demanded programs. Universities are established in city centers and their social facilities attract students. Universities have become a center of attraction for many social activities.”
 
“WE WERE NOT AFFECTED BY COVID-19”
 
Asst. Prof. Dr. Hakan Yıldırım added: “Last year, we had 1,933 international students at our university. This year, we have reached the same numbers and I think we will surpass. We were not affected by Covid-19. The same is true not only for us but also for all foundation universities.” dedi.

“I DID NOT HAVE ANY DIFFICULTIES”
 
Gülcan Hudayberdiyeva, who came from Turkmenistan to Turkey to study, said: “I am a 3rd grade student at Gelişim University Fashion and Textile Design Department. I had heard many about Turkey from my friends, they recommended it so I chose this university. At first I had hesitations because I’d never been here, but our cultures and languages are similar, I did not have any difficulty. I practiced with my Turkish-speaking friends to improve my language. The country and education are beautiful, there are many places to visit. When I graduate I think of returning to my country and finding a job.”
 
“I WANT TO WORK IN TURKEY”

Ayjennet Yagshymyradowa, a student of the Department of Economics and Finance from the same university, said that she was very satisfied with the education. Yagshymyradowa said: “I chose Turkey because it looks like our culture, people are warm-blooded, I thought I could get along. I did not have difficulty learning Turkish because there were people in my family who knew and spoke. After finishing school in Turkey, I want to work here. The possibilities are better here, we develop ourselves.”
 
 

Edited date: 09.09.2020
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