INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
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  • EDUCATION USA - TAA

    EDUCATION USA ANKARA – TURKISH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION (TAA)

    YOUR OFFICIAL SOURCE ON U.S HIGHER EDUCATION

    FREE EDUCATION ADVISING SERVICE BY U.S DEPARTMENT OF STATE

    EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network of over 400 international student advising centers in more than 170 countries. The network promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering FREE, accurate, comprehensive, and current information about the application procedures to higher education institutions, scholarship opportunites, exam preparations, student visa procedures and other details.

    EducationUSA is your official source on U.S. higher education.

    Our mission is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by increasing international student mobility.

    Those who would like to have one – on – one meetings with our Educational Adviser, should set up an appointment via phone or e – mail.

    Before coming to our center it is important for you to read the information below..

    CONTACT INFORMATION:

    Adviser: Naz Etçioğlu

    Phone: 0312 426 26 48 / 146

    E-mail: educationusa@taa-ankara.org.tr

    Address: Turkish American Association, Cinnah Caddesi 20, Kavaklıdere / Ankara

    WORKING DAYS AND HOURS:

    Tuesday - Friday: 09:00 – 18:00

    Saturday : 09:00 – 16:30

    Sunday / Monday : Off

  • WHY EDUCATION IN THE US?

    Quality: The U.S. higher education system is home to state-of-the-art facilities including libraries, laboratories, computers and other resources. Many universities attract world-renowned faculty and are at the forefront of research and technological development.

    Choice: Over 4,600 accredited institutions offer an unparalleled mix of academic programs, social environments, degree programs and subjects of study.

    Diversity: The greatest strength of the higher education system in the United States lies in its diversity. No other system of higher education in the world has the freedom to offer its students as many different approaches to learning as that of the United States.

    Value: The United States offers the greatest range of tuition, fees, and living costs, making it the premier destination for hundreds of thousands of international students.

    Flexibility: Students at U.S. universities and colleges may choose from many courses within their college or university and have the option to move from one institution to another. Completing the first two years of a degree at one institution, usually a community college, and then moving to another, is very common.

  • HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM IN THE USA

    In the U.S.A. there is no national education system guiding all states. Each state has their own official institution which determines their educational policies. Although such system may offer a variety of options for international students, it requires more effort to understand and choose wisely between options. Different from Turkey, in the US many higher eduaction institutions are called “colleges”. After completing 12th class in the high school and getting the diploma, student can continue to undergraduate education. After graduating from high school, student can apply to two types of higher education institution.

    1. Associate Degree (Community College or Junior College)

    2. Bachelor’s Degree (Universities and Colleges)

    Associate Degree (Community College or Junior College)

    Community colleges last two years. A student ,who completes 60 credits, graduates from the college with Associate of Arts (A.A) or Associate of Science (A.S) degree. Also in these colleges there is a chance for a student to get a vocational and technical education. One of the best parts of these colleges is after graduation if a student meets the conditions, he/she can transfer to four years unviersity. With this opportunity, after studying first two years of bacherlor’s degree program in community college, student can transfer to four years school and get his/her bachelor’s degree. Studying in community college is more affordable than four year bachelor’s degree programs. Furthermore, terms of application is easier than four years bachelor's degree. In community colleges they do not expect SAT or ACT result but only TOEFL score. If TOEFL score does not meet the expectations of the college, they provide English course and then expect you to enter their language exam.

    Bachelor’s Degree

    Stundets can contiunue their eduaction in four years universities and colleges. At the end of this four year education they get bachelor’s degree. A student ,who completes 120 credits, gets Bachelor of Arts (B.A) or Bachelor of Science (B.S) diploma. Student must meet the terms of the universities in order to enroll these four years programs. After taking scores from standardized exams, gathering neccessary documents and meeting the terms of universities, students can apply to these colleges and universities.

    Master’s Degree

    Earning a Master’s degree is considered a graduate level diploma in the U.S.A. Master’s programs require an undergraduate degree as a prerequisite. Students complete an additional 30-36 credit hours and write a Master’s thesis for this degree. In some Master’s programs, students can receive a Master’s degree by taking a comprehensive exam. In the Social Sciences field, students receive a Master of Arts degree (M.A.). In the Sciences and Engineering fields, students receive a Master of Science (M.S.) degree. There are also other Master’s degrees such as Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA).

    Doctorate Degree

    Earning a doctorate degree is the highest level of graduate study and is begun after a student has earned a Master’s degree. Doctorate studies usually take three to four years to complete. In some fields, which require more research, this time frame can be longer. Students are usually required to write a dissertation on a unique topic to receive the doctorate degree. After completing the

    dissertation and with the approval of your university, students can be awarded the “Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)” title. However, there are other doctorate degrees such as Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A) which is given according to the field of specialization.

  • FIVE STEPS TO STUDY IN THE US

    1. Search about your options

    - Define your priorities

    - Discover education program in the US

    - Learn about searching options which will help you to find the best accredited education institution

    2. Finance your studies

    - Include all your studying years while budgeting

    - Research ways to decrease your studying expenses

    - Research scholarships and grants

    3. Compelete your application

    - Stick to application timeline

    - Start the process at least 15-18 months prior to the selected academic year

    - Fulfill the terms of application completely including taking necessary exams

    - Write statement of purpose

    4. Apply for your student visa

    - Learn the necessary forms

    - Frame the visa application process

    - Get ready for your visa interview psychologically

    5. Prepare for your departure

    - Attend “pre-departure orientation” which takes place in our center or internet

    - Learn what to expect when you reach to the US

    - Recognise your new academic environment

    - Adjust to American culture and your new environment

  • UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

    COMMUNITY COLLEGES (JUNIOR COLLEGES)

    Community Colleges are two-year colleges that generally focus on vocational education and beginning college prerequisites. These colleges are the equivalent of the Turkish universities’ vocational schools. Students attend a community college after high school and receive an Associate Degree at the end of two years if all course credit hours have been successfully completed. The students at community colleges are usually required to complete coursework of 60 credit hours to receive a degree. There are usually two different Associate degrees awarded: Associate of Arts (A.A) and Associate of Science (A.S). The application to community colleges is easier than four year universities in that they do not require SAT / ACT scores. The class sizes are usually smaller and credits can be transferred to a four-year university if certain requirements are met.

    BACHELOR DEGREE

    One of the most attractive parts of studying in the US is that porgrams in bacherlor degree education are so flexiable. You can create you own education program by choosing among various kinds of subjects. You earn your bachelor degree after full time four years education and reaching to determined credit. First year is called “freshman”, second “sophomore”, third “junior” and fourth year is called “senior”. Lectures that are taken first two years are known as lower division when lectures taken last two years are known as upper division.

    A Bachelor’s degree is received after completing approximate coursework of 120 credit hours depending upon the major. However, universities may have different prerequisites for the number of credits to qualify for graduation. Courses that form bachelor degree program are as below;

    Core Courses: These courses are core and must courses. Students take courses from different fields such as Maths, English, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. Some colleges (universities) may ask stundents to take so many core courses while others ask for a few.

    Major Courses: It is the field that the student wants to focus on. Generally students choose one topic for major course. Yet, some colleges give options to have double major. Major courses are one fourth or half of the credits that needed to complete the program.

    Minor Courses: This is the second intensive topic that student want to choose. Number of minor courses are generally half of the major courses.

    Elective Courses: These courses can be taken from any department. They enable student to make researches on topics that he/she is interested and they help to fullfil the necessary credits in order to graduate.

    If you want to study Medicine, Law, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Sciences, or Nursing, you will have to earn a Bachelor’s degree first, then take additional college hours as well as having to pass certain exams to pursue these professional degrees. To study Law you need to pass the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), for Medicine the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), for Dentistry Dental Admission Test (DAT), for Pharmacy the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), and for Veterinary the Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT). To earn these degrees in the U.S.A. requires an additional six to eight years. However, if students would like to pursue these professional degrees in Turkey, they can apply for graduate programs in these fields. For example, for Medicine, students can take the USMLE and then apply for medical residency in the U.S.A.

    Application Process to the U.S Universities

    Since ,different from Turkey, US higher institutions are not connected to government, each institution has got different application process and conditions. Thus, it is important to get the necessary information from the universities or colleges' web sites. It is best to start the application processes to U.S. universities approximately one academic year before the academic year that you are planning to start your education. Ideally, it is advised to start these preparations eighteen months before the academic year in which you plan to attend. Students should carefully read the information on the universities’ web sites and understand the documents that needed to be sent to the schools. Generally, the following documents are required when making applications to U.S. universities. Additional documents may be requested, so check the university’s requirement on their web sites.

    These documents usually are required:

    • High School Diploma
    • High School Transcript
    • SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) or ACT (American College Test) scores
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores
    • Reference Letters
    • Personal Statement / Statement of Purpose
    • CV
    • Portfolio (Fine Arts and Architecture applicants)
    • Interview (some schools may require an interview)
    • Application Fee

    The majority of U.S. universities accept applications through an online system, but there are still some universities which have paper application forms. Students need to research the type of application process of universities they are applying and complete either online or paper application forms. After completing the forms, students will need to pay the application fee. The application fee is different for each university. Application fees can be paid by credit card and the required documents must be sent to the universities by the application deadline. Some U.S. universities have “Rolling Admissions” which means that these universities accept applications throughout an academic year.

    If a student’s TOEFL or IELTS score is lower than the U.S. university requirement, but the student meets the other criteria for admission then the student may receive conditional acceptance. The student then has to take English language courses to improve their skills and take the tests again in hopes of earning a higher score. Student can learn more regarding this type of admission on the university web site.

    If a student is planning on applying to more than one university, they can use the Common Application system. In the U.S.A. there are more than 450 colleges and universities which accept applications through the Common Application system. Through this system, students can make applications to many universities at the same time. A list of universities that are members of the Common Application system can be found at www.commonapp.org. Some universities may ask for additional documents from students even if they are a member of this system. To learn about the extra documents visit the web sites of the universities you are interested in.

  • MASTER’S AND DOCTORATE DEGREE

    Master’s Degree

    Earning a Master’s degree is the first step at the graduate level in the U.S.A. Master’s programs usually require completing 30 to 36 credit hours and writing a Master’s thesis. In some Master’s programs, students receive a Master’s degree by taking a comprehensive, qualifying exam instead of writing a thesis. In the Social Sciences field, students can earn a Master of Arts degree (M.A.), and in the Sciences and Engineering field a Master of Science (M.S.) degree. There are also other Master’s degrees such as the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA).

    Joint Degree or Dual Degree Programs allow students to pursue their education in two different fields. Scientists who have earned a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree (i.e. in Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Ecosystem, or Forensic Science) can use these degrees to work at Biotechnology companies or in government institutions.

    If you have completed a Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, or Veterinary education in Turkey, you can start graduate studies in the U.S.A.

    If you are planning on applying to U.S. universities for a Master’s degree, you can also apply for scholarships. In addition to the scholarships given by the universities, students whose GPA is a minimum of 3.00 out of 4.00 or 76.66 out of 100 can apply for the Master’s Grant from Fulbright Commission. Apart from the Grants given by Fulbright Commission, students can also consider applying for Grants from The Council of Higher Education, Ministry of National Education, TÜBİTAK, Turkish Education Foundation, and other institutions and foundations.

    Pay close attention to the following points if you are planning to pursue a Master’s degree in the U.S.A.

    1. You need to have a Bachelor’s degree in order to apply for a Master’s program.
    2. Generally, the GPA of your undergraduate degree should be a minimum 3.00 out of 4.00. There are universities which accept students with lower GPAs, but the number of such schools is limited. You will need to send your official transcripts to the U.S. universities.
    3. You should have good command of the English language. High scores from admissions exams such as the TOEFL, GRE or GMAT will confirm your language abilities.
    4. Students should obtain a minimum of three reference letters from professors in which they performed well in their class. If you are applying for MBA or LL.M. programs, you should also obtain a reference letter from your employers.
    5. Another criterion for U.S. universities to use in accepting Master’s level students is to see students’ academic work in the field in which they are applying. Work such as papers and presentations, participation at conferences, awards received at national or international competitions, and internships completed help your admission chances.
    6. Universities may require students to write a statement of purpose or personal statement in which they mainly state the field they want to specialize in and why they have chosen that field. Add how you have academically prepared yourself for this area and what kind of study plan you are scheduling for the U.S.A. Apart from the CV, this statement of purpose is the only document that will give detailed information about yourself, therefore it is important that it is written carefully.
    7. Each university has a different deadline, academic calendar, programs, and elective courses. When you are searching for universities, pay attention to all of these concepts on the department web sites. It is important that you send all your documents on time in order for committees, who are usually comprised of faculty members, to consider you for their programs.
    8. When searching for universities, make an initial list of twenty universities you would consider attending and then shorten this list to between six and nine universities after obtaining detailed information about their programs. You can apply to as many universities as you would like, but you should keep in mind that each school has an application fee which ranges from $40 to $50 or $250.
    9. If you are applying for scholarships from the universities they may ask for bank statements which show whether you can pay the tuition fees and costs or not. These bank statements should show how much money you and your family or the person who will sponsor your education have in their account and should be in English. This document should show the current amount of money in the account and be an original document.
    10. If you also want to receive an assistantship from the department you are applying, you should have a high GPA and high scores on the TOEFL, GRE or GMAT. Assistantships are open to American students as well, and there is strong competition between students to get these assistantships.
    11. Some universities may want to conduct an interview with you. These interviews can be performed by an alumnas or alumnis of the university who live in Turkey or via phone or the Internet.

    The universities may ask for extra documents that are not mentioned above. Therefore we advise students to check the web sites of universities carefully.

    Doctorate Degree

    Receiving a doctorate degree is the next step in graduate study and generally starts after earning a Master’s degree. Doctorate study usually takes three to four years to complete. In some fields more research is needed therefore the duration can be longer. Students must complete a dissertation within their doctorate degrees and the topic selected should be unique. After they complete their dissertation and get the approval of their university, students earn a “Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)”degree. However, there are other doctorate degrees such as the Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A) which are given according to the field of specialization.

    Doctorate degrees have two stages. In the first stage, students complete the coursework which can be two to three years long, depending on the system at their university. After the coursework is completed there is usually a comprehensive qualifying exam that must be passed. In the second stage, students begin their research on a selected topic and write their dissertation usually under the leadership of a faculty member.

    In the U.S.A. some fields such as Economics, Psychology, and Engineering allow students to apply directly to a doctorate program upon completion of an undergraduate program. These programs are called Integrated Ph.D. programs.

    If you are planning to apply to a U.S. university for a doctorate program, you can also apply for scholarships. In addition to the scholarships given by schools, students whose GPA is a minimum of 3.50 out of 4.00 or 88.33 out of 100 can apply for the Doctorate Grant from Fulbright Commission. Apart from the Grants given by Fulbright Commission, students can also consider applying for Grants from The Council of Higher Education, Ministry of National Education, TÜBİTAK, Turkish Education Foundation, and other institutions and foundations.

    Students need to pay careful attention to the following points if they are planning to pursue a doctorate degree in the U.S.A.

    1. Generally, the GPA of the most recent degree you have completed should be a minimum of 3.00 out of 4.00. You need to send your official transcripts to the selected U.S. universities.
    2. Students should have good command of the English language. In addition, students should have high scores from exams like TOEFL, GRE or GMAT.
    3. The other criterion for U.S. universities to accept doctorate level students is previous academic work in the chosen field such as papers and presentations, participation at conferences, awards received at the national or international competitions, and internships.
    4. Students will also be required to compose a statement of purpose or personal statement in which they mainly state the field they want to specialize, why they have chosen that field, how they have academically prepared themselves for the area, and what kind of a study plan they will be attempting in the U.S.A. Apart from the CV this statement of purpose is the only document that will give detailed information about themselves and their goals therefore it is important that this be written carefully. In addition to the statement of purpose, most universities will ask for a five to ten page writing sample of students’ previous written work.
    5. Each university has a different deadline, academic calendar, programs, and elective courses. When you are searching for universities, pay attention to all these factors on the department web sites. It is important that you send all your documents on time in order for the committee of faculty members to consider you application for their program. Be aware that deadlines for doctorate programs often end earlier than the master’s programs especially at some competitive schools.
    6. When searching for universities, make an initial list of twenty universities you would like to attend and then shorten this list to between six and nine schools after receiving detailed information about their programs. You can apply to as many universities as you desire, but keep in mind that each school has its own application fee.
    7. If you also want to receive an assistantship from the department you are applying to, you should have a high GPA and high scores on the TOEFL, GRE, and/or the GMAT. There are more scholarship opportunities at the doctorate level than the master’s level.
    8. Some universities may require an interview with you. These interviews can be conducted by an alumnus and alumnis of the university who lives in Turkey or via phone or the Internet.

    Universities may ask for additional documents that are not mentioned above. Therefore we advise students to check the web sites of universities carefully.

     

  • FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

    Undergraduate

    Higher education in the US is not free and tuition and fee change from institution to institution. Community College's (Junior College) tuition and fees with living expanses are approxiametely between $7.000 and $10.000. For four years univesities and colleges, these fees change from $16.000 to $70.000. Students pay for tuition and additional fees at the beginning of the academic year in installments for each semester. When planning a budget, always consult the web sites of the schools you are considering to apply for current and accurate information. Apart from the information about tuition and fees, additional information regarding living expenses such as housing, meal plans, textbooks, health insurance, etc. can be found on web sites of universities.

    How can you reduce educational expanses?

    1) If students have a limited budget, state universities are more affordable and still offer a comparable education as private universities.

    2) The location of the university is an important factor for your expenses. It is more expensive to attend universities in large cities such as New York and Los Angeles. Often it is more affordable to study in less populated, rural areas.

    3) Students can shorten the length of their education by taking courses in the summer months.

    4) As an undergraduate student if you return to Turkey for the summer break, you can take courses from the university in the city you live. Usually these credits can be counted towards your degree in the U.S.A. but it would be wise to ask your university beforehand.

    5) Students may not have received a scholarship in their first year at university. However, if the GPA of their first year is above 3.00 they can apply for a tuition waiver.

    6) Students can study at Community or Junior Colleges for the first two years of their higher education and then transfer to a university if they have an acceptable GPA.

    Scholarship Opportunities

    Unfortunately, in the U.S there are not many scholarship opportunities for undergradute education. There are usually two main scholarship options at the undergraduate level: Need-Based Scholarship and Merit-Based Scholarship.

    Need Based Scholarship: If family funds are not enough to pay for a college education in the U.S.A and if you have a good command of the English language and have participated in extracurricular activities as well as having a high GPA, you can apply for these scholarships of the universities. In order to receive this type of scholarship, students may need to provide financial information about their family to the universities before the semester begins. The financial aid offices at universities determine the amount of scholarship to be given to each student by looking at this type information.

    Merit Based Scholarship: If you are an academically successful student, have high scores on the SAT, ACT and TOEFL, have positive reference letters about your abilities, and have participated in extracurricular activities showing leadership, you may be eligible for this scholarship. These types of scholarships are not given to many students.

    Another scholarship option is the Sports / Athletic Scholarship. In order to earn this type of scholarship, the student must be an extremely successful sportsperson. Usually these scholarships are for individuals who have outstanding achievements in a specific sports branch, especially at the national team level and should have the sports license. Before applying for this type of scholarship, students should prepare a DVD of their videos recorded during trainings or matches/competitions of the sport they do. Then students should research the universities that provide scholarships for that particular sport in the Division I sports on National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) web site. Students should contact the coaches of the universities they are planning to apply and send them their DVDs. The coaches decide which students should receive the Sports / Athletic Scholarship. Once a student receives an athletic scholarship, he/she continues attending regular classes, as well as being a member of the university team. Sports Scholarships require high levels of GPA.

    Apart from all these opportinities, students can apply to companies, associations and foundations which are related to their study field, in Turkey. There are not specific lists of these institutions but through research it can be learned whether they provide sponsorship to students or not.

    Furthermore, students who have F-1 visa can study inside the campus for 20 hours a week. You can learn detailed information from schools’ international students office.

    Graduate

    Universities in the United States provide a variety of scholarship options to international graduate students. These are Research Assistantships-RA, Teaching Assistantships-TA, Graduate Assistantships, and other fellowships. In order to receive one of these assistantships or fellowships students should have high GPAs, good command of the English language, well-written reference letters, high scores in TOEFL, GRE/GMAT, and should have an effective statement of purpose.

    Research Assistants (RA): These assistants are usually doctorate level students conducting research on their dissertations or assisting professors with projects in their specific fields of study. RAs can have full or part time positions. These assistantships usually cover tuition fees and often include a monthly stipend.

    Teaching Assistants (TA): These assistantships usually involve teaching “freshman” courses using course outlines and curriculum from the professors. There are full and part time TA positions in most departments. These types of assistantships often cover tuition fees and the assistants receive a monthly stipend.

    Graduate Assistants (GA): These assistants usually work in the administrative units of the university. There is a strong competition between graduate students to receive this type of assistantship. Paying close attention to deadlines and the requirements for these types of positions is extremely important for obtaining a position. Graduate Assistantships do not cover the tuition fee but the assistants receive a monthly stipend. In order to apply for this assistantship, contact the department where you want to work.

    Apart from all these opportinities, students can apply to companies, associations and foundations which are related to their study field, in Turkey. There are not specific lists of these institutions but through research it can be learned whether they provide sponsorship to students or not. Students can also consider applying for the grants of Fulbright Commision ,the Council of Higher Education, Ministry of National Education, TÜBİTAK, Turkish Education Foundation and other institutions and foundations.

    Grant Opportunities for Post-doctoral Research

    Turkish faculty members, who have earned a Ph.D. degree received from a Turkish university or from a university abroad can conduct post-doc research at U.S. universities. The scope of the post-doc research grant should be determined by contacting the heads of departments or project leaders at U.S. universities.

    The contact person can be a professor who you met at a conference, took courses from, a colleague, or someone you used as a reference. After doing research on the work of this contact person, the applicant can send a detailed e-mail stating that they have similar research topics and giving background information about him/herself.

    The faculty members, who are working on a project in Turkey, can apply for the Visiting Scholar Program of Fulbrighr Commission. Apart from this grant, the grants of the Council of Higher Education, Ministry of National Education, TÜBİTAK, Turkish Education Foundation and other institutions and foundations can be considered.

  • LANGUAGE EDUCATION IN THE US

    In rapidly developing World in order to have a better carrer, learning second language is no longer a luxury or hobby but necessity. The best way to learn a new language is to learn it in its hometown.

    It is not enough to learn only the grammar of that language while learning a new one. Each passing day, more and more students go to foreign countries in to order learn the culture of that langauge. Thanks to this, students have a chance to study with porfesssionals, learn and develop the language in its hometown, make new and internation friends and experience unforgetable memories.

    Students who want to involve in language programs should determine the program type that fits to their needs.

    Language programs above may be helpful for you to lead.

    General English Training

    Academic Aimed Courses

    University Preparation Courses

    Special Need Based Courses

    Holiday Courses

    Summer Camps

    Preparation for Exams Courses

    Sertificate or/and Diploma Programs

  • US STANDARDIZED TESTS
  • EXAM CENTERS

    SAT

    • TED Ankara College High School / ANKARA

    • Bilkent Laboratory and International School(BLISS) /ANKARA

    • St. George Avusturia High School /İSTANBUL

    • Oğuzkaan College/İSTANBUL

    • Hisar Schools/İSTANBUL

    • İzmir American College/ İZMİR

    • TED Bursa College/BURSA

    • Tarsus American College/MERSİN

    • Bilkent Laboratory and International School (BLISS)/ ERZURUM

    ACT

    • Turkish American Association/ANKARA

    • MEF Interntional School /İSTANBUL

    • St. George Avusturia High School /İSTANBUL

    • TED Bursa College/ BURSA

    • İzmir Gelişim College /İZMİR

    • Marathon English Centre/ANTALYA

    GRE

    • Turkish American Association/ANKARA

    • Bil-Merk/ İSTANBUL

    • Turkish American Association/ İZMİR

    GMAT

    • Pearson Professional Centres / İSTANBUL

    • Yıldırım Beyazıt Üniversity/ANKARA

    • Perfect English/ ANKARA

    LSAT

    • Turkish American Association/ANKARA

    • Robert College/İSTANBUL

    MCAT

    This exam cannot be taken in Turkey.

    DAT

    This exam cannot be taken in Turkey.

    PCAT

    · Pearson Professional Centres/İSTANBUL

    VCAT

    This exam cannot be taken in Turkey.

    USMLE

    • Turkish American Association /ANKARA

    TOEFL

    • Turkish American Association/ANKARA

    • Karacan Prestige English/ANKARA

    • Positive English/ANKARA

    • Bilimtur International Education Consultancy/ ANKARA

    • TOBB University /ANKARA

    • Active English/ANKARA

    • Karaca Language Schools/ANKARA

    • Just English/ANKARA

    • American Cultural Assocation/İSTANBUL

    • English Point Language School/İSTANBUL

    • The Princeton Review/İSTANBUL

    • Boğaziçi University/İSTANBUL

    • Discover Education Center/İSTANBUL

    • Berlitz Language Center/İSTANBUL

    • Ef Language Schools/İSTANBUL

    • Bilge Adam/İSTANBUL

    • Cadem Language Institute/KOCAELİ

    • Just Academy/BURSA

    • Turkish American Association/İZMİR

    • The Address Education Center/İZMİR

    • The English Academy/İZMİR

    • American Cultural Association Language School/İZMİR

    IELTS

    • IDP Education/ANKARA

    • British Council Test Location/İSTANBUL

    • IDP Education/İSTANBUL

    • IDP Education/İZMİR

    • British Council Test Location/İZMİR

    • IDP Education/BURSA

    • British Council Test Location/ BURSA

    • IDP Education/ADANA

    • British Council Test Location/ADANA

    • IDP Education/ANTALYA

    • British Council Test Location/ANTALYA

    • IDP Education/SAMSUN

    • IDP Education/KAYSERİ

    *For current exam dates please check exam centers’ web pages.

  • APPLYING FOR A STUDENT VISA

    1. The school in which you are accepted to will send the I-20 Form for F-1 Visa, or the DS-2019 form for J-1 Visa after you confirm that you will be attending their school. You need to take this form with you to the visa interview.

    2. When you go to your visa interview, your passport should be valid for six more months. If your passport will not be valid for six more months, we advise you to apply for a student passport or renew your current passport. To get a student passport, you need to be registered with a university in Turkey or apply to the Ministry of National Education for a Special Student Status with your I-20 or DS-2019 form and other necessary documents. With this status you can renew your passport at the General Directorate of the Turkish National Police without paying any fee.

    3. Carefully read the SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) Form which will come with your I-20 or DS-2019 form. With your SEVIS number which is indicated on the form, you need to pay the SEVIS fee through www.fmjfee.com with your credit card. Do not forget to print the receipt. It is important that you make the payment three days before your visa interview in order for your payment to be seen online.

    4. In order to get a visa appointment from the U.S. Embassy in Ankara or the Consulate in İstanbul, you need to select the location where you will be applying for your visa on https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/. After this, you should fill in the electronic visa application form DS-160 and print the Confirmation Page which has your personal information and barcode confirmation number. Then you need to pay the Visa Application Fee and select the Turkish Post Office branch (PTT) where you will pick up your passport with visa. In order to learn the payment options of the $160 Visa Application Fee, you should visit https://usvisa-info.com/. Detailed information about how to get a visa appointment can be found on turkish.turkey.usembassy.gov/adim_1_randevu.html.

    5. Make a visa appointment by calling the phone number 850- 252 6355. Visa applicants can pay the Visa Application Fee with their credit cards through the call center.

    6. You need to have a photograph whose properties are described onturkish.turkey.usembassy.gov/adim_2_fotograf.html. You can attach this photograph to your form or, if you have problems, can take it with you to your visa interview.

    7. Visit http://turkish.turkey.usembassy.gov/adim_7.html in order to get detailed information on the visa application process and the documents you need to take with you to the visa interview.

    8. During your visa interview, your fingerprints will be taken electronically. It is not advised to put on hand cream as it makes it hard for the officials to take your fingerprint and makes the process longer.

    9. The visa interview will be conducted in English or in Turkish. You will have 3-5 minutes to explain why you are going to the U.S.A. and your reasons for coming back to Turkey after you complete your selected program. Since you will be a student in the U.S.A., you may be asked to speak in English for a while.

    10. If you receive the visa, your visa and your passport will be sent to the PTT branch that you have selected at the time of the visa application. If your full name happens to be the same as somebody else the administrative process may take a few months.

    11. Students need to carry their passports and I-20 or DS-2019 forms with them at all times during their travels and when they arrive in the U.S.A. If you are going to leave the United States while continuing your program, you need to take the signature of your international student adviser. Otherwise, there may be difficulties getting back into the U.S.A.

    12. A visa is not a guarantee of entrance to the U.S.A. Next will be the homeland security check at the port of entrance to the U.S.A. The Customs and Border Protection officials will look at your passport, I-20 or DS2019 form, and other documents. They should allow you into the United States if you have not violated the laws beforehand.

  • PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION SEMINARS

    After going through the stressful and exhausting process of applying, we would like to congratulate you on this last step before your departure to the U.S.A. Now, all that is left is to complete your pre-departure preparations and start your new adventure. In order to get ready for your departure we suggest you to attend pre departure orientations which are held in our center or in interter at least three months before your journey.

    These seminars guide you about many different topics about your departure such as; visa application process, health insurance, filling the neccesary documents, planning the journey, adaptation. You may register to these seminars through call or Turkish American Association’s website.

  • USEFUL LINKS FOR EDUCATION IN THE US

    Scholarship Opportunities

    EducationUSA Financial Support Updates www.educationusa.info/financial-aid

    Institute of International Education (IIE) Education funds for the US www.fundingusstudy.org

    Scholarship Research www.internationalscholarships.com

    Scholarship Research www.studyabroad.com/scholarships.aspx

    International Education Financial Support www.iefa.org

    Edupass Financial Support www.edupass.org/finaid/

    Fulbright Commision www.fulbright.org.tr

    Scholarship Help www.mycollegescholarship.org/

    Global Student Loan Corporation www.globalslc.com/

    International Student Loan www.internationalstudentloan.com/

    Access Group www.accessgroup.org/

    Guaranteed Scholarships www.guaranteed-scholarships.com/

    MeritAid www.meritaid.com/

    The American Turkish Society www.americanturkishsociety.org

    School Research

    The College Board www.collegeboard.org

    Peterson Education www.petersons.com

    Univeristy Search for Graduate Education www.gradschools.com

    Sources for Graduate Studies and Professional Degrees www.gradsource.com

    Universities that Change Lives www.ctcl.org

    Education in the US www.edupass.org

    International Education Programs www.studyabroad.com

    Undergraduate Programs in the US www.schoolsintheusa.com

    International Student Guide www.educationguide-usa.com

    Education in the US /studyusa.com

    Graduate Programs for Law www.llm-guide.com

    International Relations www.apsia.org

    Exams

    ETS (TOEFL, GRE) www.ets.org

    GMAT www.mba.com

    PTE www.pearsonpte.com

    IELTS www.ielts.org

    SAT /sat.collegeboard.org

    ACT www.act.org

    Speciality in Medicine www.usmle.org

    Education Commision of International Medicine Graduates www.ecfmg.org

    Law Education www.lsac.org/lsat

    Exam Evaluation Center www.prometric.com

    Preparation for Exams (Princeton Review) www.princetonreview.com

    Preparation for Exams (Kaplan) www.kaplan.com

    Preparation for Exams /blog.testrocker.com

    Motivation Letter/Letter of Intent

    Letter of Intent www.statementofpurpose.com

    Writing an Essay www.essayedge.com

    Essays /bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-in/essays

    Essays /professionals.collegeboard.com/guidance/applications/essay

    Internship

    CIEE (International Education and Exchange) www.ciee.org/intern/

    Interexchange www.interexchange.org/career-training- usa/internship-co-op-trainee-job/finding- internship-usa

    Other Useful Links

    Institute of International Education (IIE) www.iie.org

    University English Programs www.uciep.org

    Association of English Programs (USA) www.englishusa.org

    Institute of International Education/ English Programs www.intensiveenglishusa.org

    The US Embassy/Turkey /turkish.turkey.usembassy.gov

    Online Visa Appointment Service www.usvisa-info.com

    J1 Visa www.j1visa.state.gov

    Sevis Fee www.fmjfee.com

    Education and Visa in the US /studyinthestates.dhs.gov

    Education Faculties Guide www.alleducationschools.com

    Council of Higher Education Accreditation www.chea.org/search

    Online English Listening/ Online Library www.elllo.org

    Scintific Journal www.usjournal.com

    Online MBA Programs www.onlinemba.com

    International Student Health Insurance www.isoa.org

  • TAA EDUCATIONUSA CENTER LIBRARY

    · Peterson’s Guides to Graduate and Professional Programs (6 vol.)

    · Book of Majors 2017,11th Edition, College Board

    · College Handbook 2017, 54th Edition, College Board

    · International Student Handbook 2017, 30th Edition, College Board

    · Applying to Colleges and Universities in the United States,20th Edition, Peterson

    · Colleges That Change Lives, Loren POPE, Penguin

    · The International Student’s Guide to Studying in the United States, Holly R. PATRICK, Wayzgoose Press

    · New SAT, 28th Edition, Barron’s

    · Preparation Course for the TOEFL Test,Deborah PHILLIPS, Pearson/Longman

    · Key to the Next Generation TOEFL Test, Nancy GALLAGHER, Delta Publishing Company

    · TOEFL Strategies and Tips, 2nd Edition, Barron’s

    · Practice Exercises for the TOEFL, 7th Edition, Barron’s

    · The Official Guide to the New TOEFL, McGrawHill

    · The Pivotal States, Robert CHASE,Emily HILL, Paul KENNEDY, W.W. Norton&Company

    · Language: Its structure and use,Edward FİNEGAN, 2nd Edition, Harcourt Brace College Publishers

    · The Writer’s Guide, Porter G. PERRIN, 4th Edition, Scott, Foresman and Company

    · Writing as Thinking: A Guided Process Approach, Marcella FRANK, Prentice Hall Regents

    · Modern English Vol 1, William E. RUTHERFORD, 2nd Edition, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

    · Academic Writing: Techniques and Tasks, Ilona LEKI, St. Martin’s Press

    · Learning Vocabulary in Another Language, I.S.P. NATION, Cambridge

  • TAA EDUCATIONUSA CENTER ACTIVITY CALENDER

    December, 15 Friday 8 p.m. Special Christmas Movie Screening: "The Polar Express"

    December, 20 Wednesday Webinar "Five Steps to Study in the US" (Turkish)

    http://live.newrow.com/show/wub-412