An amendment was made to the regulation dated 2017 with the “Regulation on Amendments to the Regulation on Recognition and Equivalence of Foreign Higher Education Diplomas” published in the Official Gazette.
With the change, the language of the program studied by candidates who graduated from universities abroad and applied for equivalence in Turkey was included among the examination criteria.
Accordingly, clause (ğ) of Article 4 of the previous regulation has been changed as “The score/document determined by the Board from the exams accepted by the Council of Higher Education in the language of the program studied…” This document is made mandatory when applying for recognition or equivalence.
With the provision added to the same article, it was decided that graduates of universities that were among the top 400 in at least 3 of the ranking institutions based on the Council of Higher Education in the year that higher education started would be exempt from this practice.
The document can be presented at the time of application.
The foreign language achievement score certificate added to the application documents can be presented during the application.
The suitability of the document regarding the language of instruction of the program in which the candidate is studying will be checked when the applications for the graduation recognition certificate and diploma equivalence certificate are examined.
If the language document in question is not submitted within the deadline or if the submitted document does not meet the success conditions, the equivalence application will be rejected.
If there is no exam previously accepted by YÖK in the language of the program being studied, YÖK will determine which exams will be accepted and what the success score will be.
Aimed to eliminate doubts about achievements
According to the information obtained from YÖK sources, the regulation in question aimed to eliminate doubts about the authenticity of the candidates’ education and whether the gains required by the program have been achieved.
Sources stated that not knowing the language of the program in which the student is studying means that he cannot acquire the required achievements of the program and emphasized that he cannot graduate in this way.
Sources stated that the fact that the student graduated despite not being able to achieve these achievements shows that the relevant higher education institution does not carry out qualified education activities and that the diplomas it issues do not have any equivalent value.
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