International student mobility is growing every year and Türkiye is one of the countries with a significant share in this mobility. According to YÖK (2022), approximately 224 thousand international students enrolled in higher education in 2021-2022 academic year are studying in Türkiye. A significant portion of these students are scholarship students of the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB). YTB, which offers scholarships and accommodation to thousands of international students every year under the program called Türkiye Scholarships, ensures that these students who come to Türkiye receive associate, undergraduate and graduate education. These students come to Türkiye mainly in September-October of each year and continue their education in colleges, faculties and institutes after receiving Turkish language education in the language teaching centers of universities (TÖMER/DİLMER etc.). It is known that YTB makes a success-oriented selection. This selection is made by a commission in an impartial manner and the scholarship recipients are determined. Scholarship recipients are supported at every stage from transportation, reception, accommodation, registration and orientation in cooperation with YTB and Universities. However, the most important focus of this process is not the execution of this bureaucracy. When the student who carries out these works and procedures starts the education routine, he/she overcomes the first shock and enters the questioning phase. It can be said that this is the most important part of orientation. Within the scope of the study, with the qualitative research model, these processes and stages were addressed with performative reflections as well as theoretical knowledge; it was observed that students mainly complained about bureaucracy and lack of communication between institutions. In the light of the findings, suggestions such as digital coordination were presented.


International students, orientation, welcome, Türkiye scholarships.