For a document to be apostilled, the country should be a party to the Apostille Convention. Therefore, please check if your country is a party to the Apostille Convention or not initially. By clicking here, you can see the Apostille Convention Countries (Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents).
The consent letter must mention that both of the parents are aware and have permission that the student will be studying at KU in Türkiye, and they will financially support their children. If the parents are divorced or the student has only one parent, the legal guardian of the child should have a consent letter issued along with the court’s ruling. It is usually the local notary public that issues consent letters.
Before arriving in Türkiye, the apostilled consent letter and apostilled birth certificate should be collected from respective offices and translated to Turkish at the Turkish consulate/ embassy or at a local notary public. We strongly recommend this process be completed before you come to Türkiye.
If you arrive in Türkiye without having them translated, these apostilled documents must be translated and notarized for the residence permit application. We suggest the 23rd Notary Public since its location and the translation service it provides are convenient.
In this case, your documents will not be apostilled. Before arriving in Türkiye, the consent letter and birth certificate should be translated and approved at the Turkish consulate/embassy. We strongly recommend this process be completed before you come to Türkiye.
If you arrive in Türkiye without having those documents translated and approved at a Turkish mission in your country, you should visit the consulate of your country in Istanbul and get your documents stamped. Then you should visit the Sarıyer District Governor (Kaymakamlık, 5th floor) to have your stamped documents approved. Finally, you must get them translated to Turkish and notarized. We suggest the 23rd Notary Public since its location and the translation service it provides are convenient.
NOTE: Students below 18 are not authorized to pay their residence permit card fees for themselves. Therefore, they should ask a relative or a friend of theirs to pay their card fees under their name with their tax ID number.
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Goin’ is an online platform which provides an extremely easy way to find and connect with other students like you. Join groups, events and connect with your future classmates.
Sign up for Koç University’s social media pages for information about events and activities.
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Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Contact the Registrar’s Office and ICO if you have any questions before you arrive in Türkiye.
Do some research about living in Istanbul and Turkish culture. Having an idea about what to expect will make your arrival and transition much easier.
Start thinking about a student budget. There are many useful websites to help with this, like Numbeo.