Second Cycle Programmes
(Master's Degree)

D.1. General Information about Program


Demands for learning Turkish as a foreign language are increasing day by day. In addition to the interest in the cultural heritage of Türkiye and the Turkish world from the past, political developments also have an impact on this increase. In parallel with this increase, undergraduate education and postgraduate studies on Turkish and Turkish culture in educational institutions have also gained momentum. On the other hand, although the number of Turkish teaching centers in Türkiye and abroad is increasing, there is a need to improve the quality and quality of education.

Considering the known historical past of 2000 years; It is a historical reality that the Turks, who were influential in many geographies from Mongolia to Vienna, continued their existence with their language and culture wherever they went. During the spread of Turkish from Mongolia to the West through Central Asia, Iran and Anatolia, dictionaries were written to understand and teach Turkish, the language of the dominant culture, for people with other languages. Divan-ı-Lügati't-Türk, which Mahmud of Kâşgar stated that he wrote with the aim of ensuring that Arabs learn Turkish, is the best example of this.

While Mahmud of Kashgar wrote a dictionary according to the methodology and understanding of the period, today there is no adequate and developed system for teaching Turkish. Therefore, it is necessary to establish the infrastructure to teach Turkish as a foreign language by taking advantage of all language teaching methods and experiences. For this, it is necessary to conduct research on both Turkish and teaching Turkish as a foreign language, and to produce approaches, methods and scientific knowledge that will enable the systematic and more functional teaching of Turkish to foreigners. With this knowledge, it is essential to provide original and competent manpower in the field to teach Turkish as a foreign language. This will only be possible with master's and doctoral education and original theses produced within this framework. For this reason, it is necessary to quickly eliminate the lack of academic knowledge in teaching Turkish and to open PhD programs in Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language.

Looking at teaching Turkish as a foreign language only as "language teaching" or leaving the field only to Turkish Education departments specializing in "teaching Turkish as a mother tongue" means ignoring a universal methodology and tradition and creates a serious narrowing in the field. For this reason, the field; Linguistics, structural features of Turkish and language educators make it necessary to work together. Turkic Studies Institute offers this program with a multi-disciplinary approach; In collaboration with at least 14 faculty members from the Faculties of Literature and Education, excluding its own faculty members, it carries out its activities in a transparent and healthy manner with universal qualities, without compromising the scientific approach.

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


Within the framework of the Department's opinion, students who have completed their undergraduate education by graduating from Turkish Language and Literature, Turkish, Contemporary Turkish Dialects and Literatures, Turkish Folklore departments and their teaching departments are recommended to take linguistics and language teaching courses. Students who start the program after graduating from other fields are given priority courses on the structure and grammatical features of Turkish. These courses are taken with the recommendation of the course advisor and the Department Head, provided that they do not exceed 6 credits per semester.

The student, who successfully completes the courses, prepares a science specialist thesis in the field and is entitled to receive the science specialist degree within the period specified in the Regulation and with the approval of the jury.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


To have a bachelor's degree, specified by the head of the relevant department/major art branch or in the principles related to the department/major art and approved by the institute board of directors.

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 complete the program;

i) Approaches the teaching of Turkish as a foreign language in an integrated manner,

ii) Acquire a methodology of producing knowledge parallel to scientific methods and findings in the world in the field of teaching Turkish as a foreign language;

iii) Reads, understands and analyzes at least one of the source languages required for research on teaching Turkish as a foreign language from history to the present, and produces and interprets new information in a way that contributes to universal knowledge.

iv) Based on the above experience, academician, teaching etc. have the equipment to perform their profession successfully.

v) Have the qualification to work in the field of teaching Turkish to Foreigners in domestic and foreign units affiliated with Yunus Emre Institute, language teaching units affiliated with the Ministry of National Education, TÖMERs and private language schools at home and abroad.

D.13. Access to Further Studies



D.14. Profile of the Programme


The master's program consists of 4 semesters. The first two semesters are used as lecture periods, and the remaining semesters are used as thesis periods. There are a total of 30 courses in the course period, two of which are compulsory and 28 of which are elective, one of which is a seminar course. Each semester consists of 30 ECTS, for a total of 120 ECTS. Courses include basic discipline courses related to the field. 90% of the program courses have elective status.

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


The student who successfully completes the courses must prepare a master's thesis in the field with an interdisciplinary and original method. This thesis is passed/failed by being defended in front of a jury determined by the Institute Board.

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Professor Yunus KOÇ

Head of the Department of Turkish Studies