Newly accepted undergraduate or graduate foreign student applicants can
obtain a Student Visa from the nearest Turkish embassy
in their country by showing their acceptance letter. This visa is usually valid for one month.
The student must
complete the admissions process with all the required documents in ITU, and must apply for residence
permit to the governship within one month of their entrance into Turkey.
Students may take a Residence Permit Information Form in sealed envelope from
the Registrars Office between two to three weeks after admission .They are
allowed a Residence Permit for the purpose of studying by supplying this form and
all other necessary documents to the Police Department, Bureau of Residence . This
residence permit is usually valid for one year. According to Law No. 4817 "Law
on Work Permits of Foreigners" , foreign students holding a residence
permit for study purposes are prohibited from working.
For as long as their residence permits are valid, students do not need a visa to
enter Turkey. For example, when they go to their home countries for semester breaks,they
can enter Turkey with just their Residence Permits.
Expired Residence Permits, must be extended within 15 days. Otherwise their
holder will be
A list of graduated foreign students,as well as those who did not register for a
particular term ,who took permission
to not to register courses for that term, who were dismissed or had their
registration deactivated at their own
request or graduated ,are given to Police Department by the Registrars Office
every term. As a consequence ,the Residence Permit of those students are cancelled
and those students must leave Turkey within 15 days after
deactivation of their study in ITU or must apply to take up residence by other
means to the Police Department. Failure to do so will result in prosecution.
Students having permission to not register courses for less than one year can
enter Turkey with tourist visa and register for courses.However if
their study exceeds one year they must take a student visa(Since their
Residence Permit is cancelled they can not enter Turkey with Residence Permit).
The list of applicants who are listed as eligible for admission to be student
of ITU ,but did not complete their admission with required documents are sent to
the Police Department by the Registrars Office.
Police Department web site for foreign students; http://www.egm.gov.tr/