Second Cycle Programmes
(Master's Degree)

D.1. General Information about Program


The Turkish Studies Department was founded by the decision of the CoHE Executive Council in 29.01.2004 as a postgraduate Department. The aim of Program on Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language part of the Turkish Studies Department is to educate young academics on the field of teaching Turkish as a foreign language and allow them to acquire the necessary expertise on modern approaches on language teaching and subsequent skills and values.

The language of the Program is Turkish. The content of the program includes courses on language, linguistics, culture, literature, the historical evolution of teaching techniques of foreign languages. Some of the aspects the program expounds upon are: Acquisition of language, the application of linguistics; the interaction between language and culture, literary analysis, enhancement of language skills, improving and adopting material for different levels and age groups; preparing and evaluating exams; designing a course plan on the base of student expectations and requirements and practical training of the teacher trainees . Students not only attend lectures but produce research articles, present papers in seminars, conferences and participate to various projects.

D.2 Qualification Awarded


Master's Degree

D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


1- The candidate should be a graduate of a four-year undergraduate program,

2- The candidate should have obtained at least 60 points from the ALES exam conducted by the by Student Selection and Placement System (ÖSYM) in any of the three fields or to have an equivalent grade from the GRE and GMAT exams in accordance with the regulations of the H.Ü. Senate. The candidate should have at least 55 points in the Foreign Language Exam (YDS) or an equivalent score from an approved by ÖSYM international body.

3- International Student application is considered on the basis of the Senate's decision dated 15.01.2014 and numbered as 2014-28.

4- Use the knowledge technology in using teaching and learning foreign language.

5- Special Regulations apply to scholarship students of bilateral agreements, State Scholarships, Yunus Emre Institute scholarships, Scholarships of the Department of Turks Abroad, and the other scholarship students.

5a- The candidate should be a graduate of the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Art and Sciences and /or Faculty of Arts, and the Faculty of Letters in the fields of language, literature, dialects, translation and interpreting.

5b- Graduted students from abroad should have the equivalence mentioned in the first article or Turkology bachelor degree.

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations


- Students from the division of History, Turkish Language and Literature, Turkish Education and Turcology are to take additional courses with no more than 6 credits for each semester by the proposal of the Course Advisor and Head of the Department.

- The student who successfully completes his/her courses prepares an M.A. Thesis on the related field, and has the right to have a ‘M.A.' degree within the prescribed time stated in the Regulation and approved by the committee.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


Student continues his/her education on the content knowledge gained in the fields of History, Turkish Language and Literature, Sociology, Art History, Folklore, Political Sciences and International Relations by means of a perspective of Turkish studies and an interdisciplinary approach.

D.7. Goals and Objectives


The ultimate aim of this program is to teach Turkish as a foreign language both at home and abroad, utilizing scientific methods and interdisciplinary approaches. For this purpose, it is aimed to equip the candidates with the most effective approaches, methods, and techniques in Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


Students who successfully graduate the program;

i) Approach Turkish history and culture with a holistic view,

ii) Gain knowledge production capacity in parallel with global scientific methodology and findings in the field of Turkic studies.

iii) In the changes in language, culture and social structure from past to present, explain the role and place of migrations, geographical, technological and climatic conditions.

iv) From past to present, read, comprehend and analyze at least one resource language required for Turkic studies and produce and interpret new knowledge contributing to universal knowledge.

v) Have the required complements for being a successful academician, teacher etc.

D.14. Profile of the Programme


Masters program of Teaching Turkish As A Foreign Language consists of 4 semesters. The first 2 semesters include courses while other semesters are for thesis. Course period consists of 40 courses in total; 1 seminar and 3 obligatory courses with 37 elective courses. The program is equal to 120 ECTS with 30 ECTS for each semester. 90% of the program courses are in elective format.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


Students have to attend courses coded and fulfill minimum requirements for success. These include attendance, presentations, assignments and passing grade for exams.

D.16. Graduation Requirements


Students who fulfill course period with success are required to prepare a master thesis with an interdisciplinary and authentic methodology. This thesis is required to be defended in front of the jury appointed by the institute to be successful.

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Prof.Dr. Yunus KOÇ