An increasing number of Greek students choose Turkey for their undergraduate and postgraduate studies. According to the data by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) concerning Greek students abroad, 2,9 percent of all Greeks study in Turkey.
In 2013, there has been an increase of 11,5 percent compared to the year 2012 and Turkey is placed 7th in preferences, right after the fast rising Netherlands.
According to statistical data of Turkey’s Center of Measurement, Selection and Placement (ÖSYM), the number of foreign students exceed 30,000, while students from Greece reached 1,099 (7th) in 2011-2012.
A relevant article by the newspaper Dimokratiki of the Greek island Rhodes proves that Greek students’ interest in Turkey has particularly increased. Rhode’s students’ interest was so high that the university institutions’ administrations decided to send an academics delegation to interview those interested and ascertain the level of their knowledge. Dimokratia newspaper reports that this move has been made for the first time from the side of Turkey’s Higher Educational Institutions.
The Turkish newspaper Hürriyet, pointed out in an article, that Turkey is among the countries that attract more and more Greeks, especially for postgraduate studies. The increase of Greek students in Turkey triggered the search of data concerning studies.
According to articles of the Turkish press, the increase is attributed to the fact that many universities offer programs in English, to the low cost of living, the geographical proximity and to the rapidly growing economy of the country.