General admission requirements
Marmara University accepts students via the Student Selection and Placement System (ÖSYS), organized by the Assessment, Selection and Placement Centre (ÖSYM). In addition, first cycle students are accepted into the Fine Arts Faculty, Atatürk Education Faculty (only Art-Training Teacher Training Programme and Music Teaching-Training Programmes) and the Physical Education and Sports School via skills exams.
Those who wish to participate in postgraduate education (second and third cycle) at Marmara University must have a first cycle degree and must have taken the Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Exam (ALES). The acceptance process of some programmes requires that the students take an oral exam and present a document of proficiency in the relevant foreign language.
Short Cycle
Students who have graduated from secondary education must attain sufficient points in the framework of the quota for the programme in which they want to enrol and must take the YGS (Higher Education Transition Exam). Students who are citizens of the Turkish Republic, and if the language of the programme to which they have been accepted is instructed in a different language, (English French, German or Arabic) must take the preparatory year in the relevant language or pass a proficiency exam in the relevant language. Foreign students must enter the MÜYOS (Marmara University Foreign Student Examn) and receive the necessary score in keeping with the quota for the desired programme. These students must prove that they are proficient in the language of instruction for the relevant programme or be successful in the relevant preparatory class for the relevant language.
First cycle Degree
Students who have graduated from secondary education or from any first cycle programme must enter the YGS (Higher Education Transition Exam) to be accepted to a Marmara University first cycle programme and must receive the score as set out according to the quota of the relevant programme. Students who are citizens of the Turkish Republic must partake in the preparatory course if the language of instruction in the selected course is other than Turkish (English, French, German or Arabic) in the relevant language or must pass a language proficiency exam. Foreign students must take the MÜYOS (Marmara University Foreign Students’ Exam) and receive an adequate score according to the quotas of their course. In addition, these students must establish that they are proficient in the language of instruction for that course or they must attend and pass the proficiency year. In addition, any student who has graduated from a first cycle degree course can take the DGS (Vertical Transfer Exam) and if receiving sufficient points may enrol in the desired programme. All programmes of the Fine Arts Faculty and the Physical Education and Sports School and programmes affiliated with the Fine Arts Department of Atatürk Education Faculty must fulfil the above conditions and partake in a general skills exam.
Post Graduate Degrees
Students who have graduated from any first cycle programme must enter the ALES (Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Exam) exam to pursue further education at Marmara University. According to the quota of the programmes in which they wish to enrol, students will be accepted according to the points which are calculated as 50% from ALES, 20% from the theoretical written exam that is given by the directorate of the relevant programme, 15% from the students’ first cycle GPA and 15% from an interview carried out by the directorate of the relevant programme. In addition, students must establish their proficiency in the relevant language of instruction for the programme.
Exchange Programmes
From the 2003-2004 academic year, Turkey has participated in the European Union Socrates-Erasmus and Leonardo da Vinci educational programmes. Marmara University accepts students from universities in the European region with which it has established cooperation and sends students to these universities. For students to apply to the Erasmus programme they must provide a transcript, a learning contract and accommodation form and a student exchange programme application form; these must be handed in to the International Office before the final application date.

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