Career Opportunities

Turkish is a significant language first because of the sheer number of people who speak it. Over 80 million people speak Turkish as their first language, making it one of the globe’s 15 most widely spoken first languages. There are other communities of speakers in the Balkans and the Caucasus, and several very large Turkish immigrant communities in Western Europe (Turkish is the second most widely spoken language in Germany, for example). Another 15 million people speak Turkish as a second language.

Turkish speaking countries are strategically connected, geographically and culturally, to Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Thus, Turkish and knowledge of Turkish speaking countries are advantageous to anyone interested in the international business or politics of those regions. Likewise, for students pursuing careers in business or government service, opportunities will only continue to increase as Turkish speaking countries continue to develop as a global economic power. Studying Turkish gives you a depth of understanding that makes you a valuable asset to corporations, government and other organizations promoting productive alliances with the Middle East and Europe. Business opportunities are rapidly opening in Turkish speaking countries. Turkish speaking countries’ pending membership in the European Union will enhance its global business importance still further.  Political structures in Turkish speaking countries are based on a secular democratic, pluralist and parliamentary system in which human rights are protected by law and justice.

The Turkish language belongs to a language family that includes thirty Turkic languages spoken in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Siberia. The differences among these languages are much smaller than their close similarities. Knowledge of Turkish language opens up to you a region of great geo-political significance. In the shorter term, this translates (among other things) into interesting jobs and scholarship funds for students of the Turkish language.

Language skills are in demand and can be used in almost any career, particularly in businesses that trade internationally.

Job options
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
  • Interpreter
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Translator
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
  • Broadcast journalist
  • Detective
  • Diplomatic service officer
  • Education consultant
  • English as a foreign language teacher
  • International aid/development worker
  • Logistics and distribution manager
  • Marketing executive
  • Patent Examiner
  • Private tutor
  • Publishing rights manager
  • Sales executive
  • Tour manager
Turkish Language Studies | List of Universities in the UK

 Turkish Studies Abroad / Universities United Kingdom

You are really keen or you do scientific research about UK University Network in relation to Turkish Culture, Modern Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Ottoman Empire, Oriental, Islamic, Near East or the Middle East, Turkic Republics, Regions and Peoples then just click on the table further down for further information about the subject. 
You will find detailed information about the Turkish Programme at Universities in the UK including contact information about offered Turkish Programme, Link to the Webpage, staff and Student Network who deals with Turkish as a foreign language.
City A-Z Status University Department Programme
Birmingham State University of Birmingham Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies
Cambridge State University of Cambridge The Faculty of Middle Eastern and Asian Ottoman & Turkish History
Durham State University of Durham Faculty of Foreign Languages Islamic Studies
Edinburgh State University of Edinburgh The Institute for Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Turkish Studies
Exeter/Devon State University of Exeter Turkish and Ottoman Language classes Turkish Courses
London State University of London Near and Middle East Turkish Studies School of Oriental and African Studies
Manchester State University of Manchester School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures Middle Eastern Studies
Oxford State University of Oxford Near and Middle Eastern Studies Turkish Studies
Wales State University of Wales Department of Theology, Religious Studies & Islamic Studies Islamic studies
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