The official body in Turkey which recognizes foreign institutions of higher education is the Council of Higher Education (Yüksek Öğretim Kurulu – YÖK) – The Council of Higher Education also deals with credential recognition for entry to university. It likewise provides services and assists domestic and international students in such matters as the recognition of their studies and associate& bachelor & and master& diplomas and degrees
obtained abroad. It is set criteria for their validation.

This is an easy procedure in which the Provincial Department of Education in Istanbul (and in some cases aTurkish Embassy/Consulate) will provide an “Equivalency Letter” (in Turkish, a ”Denklik Belgesi”) certifying that the foreign high school diploma is equivalent to its counterpart, the Turkish high school diploma.

How do I obtain my “Denklik”?

Option A: from the local Turkish Embassy/Consulate where you live; Option B: if this is not issued by the Turkish Embassy in your country of residence, then you should obtain it from the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Turkey. Please obtain/apply for the equivalency letter before coming to enroll as a student at a University.
We will help you to obtain the equivalency letter from the Provincial Ministry of Education in Istanbul in case you have not obtained it in your own country. However, we would like to remind you that it is your responsibility to obtain this document.

What documents should I bring when I apply for my “Denklik”?
Required documents:

1- Original High School Diploma & transcripts + copies
2- Passport. (Copies of the personal information page + Entry date to Turkey stamp page)
3- Form (you need to fill the form found on page 2 and sign it)
4- Copy of your University admission letter.


Be in the Ministry of Education office at 08:00 am! (Don’t go late in the day) Ask for the submission receipt when you submit your documents.
Don’t go on the same day to collect your documents. (Go 3-5 days after)
Where do I go to apply for my “Denklik” in Istanbul?
The Ministry of Education Office (Milli Eğitim Müdürlüğü) is located in: Eski Toptaşı Caddesi, Eski Adliye Binası D:1, 34122 Sultanahmet/Fatih/İstanbul

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