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Entry requirements for Turkey

Our entry requirements will vary depending on your level of study, the course you are interested in and your English language proficiency.

Foundation courses

If you have graduated from the national high school system, you may be required to successfully complete an International Foundation Year before entering our undergraduate courses.

Undergraduate courses

Students who have attended a school from the approved Schools List will be considered for direct entry onto our undergraduate programmes with the Turkish Lise Diplomasi.

A breakdown of A-level equivalences can be found in the table below.

A Level

Turkish Lise Diplomasi



















Alternatively, the successful completion of a recognised International Foundation Programme or one or more years of undergraduate study at a recognised Turkish University may also be considered as acceptable for entry on to our undergraduate degree courses.

Postgraduate taught courses

Entrance requirements for taught postgraduate courses (i.e. master's courses) vary according to the course applied for and the background of the applicant. As a general rule, admissions tutors would ask that the following conditions be met:

  • Successful completion of a relevant four year bachelor's degree from a recognised institution, with a good GPA.

Postgraduate research courses

As a general rule, students applying for research courses from Turkey should be able to provide evidence that they have already carried out research, usually via the successful completion of a relevant master's degree.

Academic entry requirements

You'll need to have successfully completed a relevant four year bachelor's degree from a recognised institution, with a good GPA and possibly also successful completion of a relevant master's programme from a recognised institution.

English language

You will need to have a relevant English language qualification to satisfy the English language requirements for your course. The minimum admissions requirement is usually IELTS 6.5 but for some courses we may ask for higher grades.

You can improve your level of English language to meet the entry requirements for your course through our in-house English for University Study programme, a full-time course for international students planning to study at a UK university. The minimum entry requirement is IELTS 4.0 for September entry, 4.5 for January and 5.0 for April. The Exit Test results from this course are accepted as IELTS equivalents for entry to all degree courses at Cardiff University.

We also offer Summer Pre-sessional courses for applicants with academic offers that are conditional on improving their level of English language proficiency.