According to the regulations determined by the Higher Education Committee, foreign students can make their applications with a certificate of one of the following examinations listed below;
A grade certificate of minimum 2 from each of the 6 subjects or maximum 9 from 6 subjects in total from West African Examination Council (International) Senior School Certificate Examination (WAEC - SSCE) which is held in countries such as Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, etc
Test of Placement for Foreign Students (YÖS) held by Student Election and Placement Center was abolished in the 2010-2012 education period and is no longer valid. However; applications of students who meet the requirements determined by the Higher Education Directorate of Kocaeli University are evaluated and a placement is made taking their SAT1,GCE, ABITUR, etc and Kocaeli University results into consideration
To have either an undergraduate or a master's degree.
The reference letters, grade point average, the courses they have taken during their master's studies or undergraduate studies and other personal documents of master's or doctorate of foreign applicants coming from the countries that have a cultural agreement with Turkey or Turkish and Relative Communities are evaluated by the related main branch directorate and the applicants whose scientific proficiency level is evaluated as satisfying may be accepted to masters programs they applied for
The foreign language for foreign students is Turkish. The foreign applicant who gets the required score from the Turkish Language Exam, prepared by a jury of three who are chosen by the board of chairs of the related institution, deserves the right to continue the masters or doctorate program. The ones who fail the language exam are considered as on leave for one year in order to learn Turkish language. Students who fail the Turkish Language exam within one year's time lose their registry right to masters or doctorate programs
Besides Turkish language examinations, foreign applicants who apply for programs, where the medium of instruction is a foreign language, are given an oral exam in that language as well. The applicants who fail in this exam are given one year's time to improve that language. The applicants who fail the language test in the given time lose the registry right
There is a requirement for ALES (State governed examination for academicians and graduate programs) for foreign students with an undergraduate or master's degree; however there is no requirement for a score of minimum 55.