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Bilkent University
Ankara, Turkey (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/24/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Exchange Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: On-Campus Dormitory Minimum GPA: 2.0
Program Advisor: Lisa Brown, Study Abroad Advisor Courses Offered: Anthropology, Art History, Chemistry, Communication Sciences, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, English, History, Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Architecture, Psychology, Theater
Program Description:

Bilkent University

Why Bilkent?

Bilkent University is recognized and ranked world wide as the premier institution of higher education in Turkey. Located in the country's capital city Ankara, a vibrant metropolis of 4.5 million, Bilkent is a hub of academic, social, and cultural activity. The use of English as a medium of instruction contributes a great deal towards the University's truly international perspective.

Bilkent University has always proven to be set on pushing the academic boundaries and always striving for the top with their internationally experienced professors and English-taught academic programs. However, apart from their academic success, notable accreditations and high ratings, one key feature, which I believe gives any student many opportunities, is the amount of international diversity within the university’s programs, faculty and students. Bilkent University is by far a great example of an academic institution that upholds an internationally-mixed atmosphere through their student and faculty bodies and their extensively ranging study abroad programs. The growing influx of international students as incoming exchange students just show how this university is being appreciated and recommended to other students. Additionally, Bilkent University offers their own students the chance of studying and living in a foreign country through their extensively ranging study abroad programs, which covers the four corners of the world.

Bilkent University was founded in 1984 as Turkey's first private, non-profit institution of higher education. With world-renowned scholars among its faculty and top-notch facilities throughout its campus, Bilkent attracts many of Turkey's brightest high school graduates. The university has 12,000 students seeking degrees in 6 associate's, 33 bachelor's, and 47 graduate programs in a variety of fields.

Bilkent University's international community of scholars and students is an essential component of academic programs, research activities, and social life. International faculty and instructors make up more than a quarter of all academic staff, representing 40 different countries. There is a growing body of full-time international students, as well as exchange students visiting from more than 250 partner institutions.

Academic Highlights


Bilkent’s conducive academic environment provides students with advanced research and learning facilities to contribute and enrich their academic studies.

Bilkent University's faculties, schools and other academic units offer degree programs, enriched learning opportunities and the chance to study, not only in Ankara but in places across Turkey and in a number of other countries as well. Students benefit from a hallmark of education at Bilkent: close communication between faculty and students. A student-to-professor ratio of 14:1 creates an environment characterized by personal attention and instructor accessibility. Add in a faculty dedicated to teaching, with a true commitment to each student’s academic and personal advancement, and you have a combination that will put you on the path to a brilliant future.
 

Student Life

A student at Bilkent has plenty of opportunities to develop intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, culturally, socially and physically. If you like sports, all the facilities you need for exercise, practice and competition are provided. If you are interested in getting involved in school clubs and organizations, there are many to choose from. If you want to meet peers from around the globe who have come to call Bilkent home, then you will find a close-knit international community. Employees also share in the life of the Bilkent community, and can take advantage of numerous opportunities for professional development as well. Our campus is inviting, friendly and safe. With residential and dining services, academic and personal assistance and counseling, and many other programs and services in addition to those just mentioned, Bilkent is dedicated to providing you with an experience that is both enriching and enjoyable.

Over 100 clubs register with the Student Union Coordination Office each year, offering an outstanding array of opportunities for students who want to participate in activities that they enjoy, or to experience something new and exciting. Whether you are interested in community service, science, multiculturalism, theater and dance, or any number of other areas, there really is something for everyone at Bilkent.

More about student life can be found here.

Living in Ankara

Bilkent has a lively campus atmosphere with plenty of cultural and social events taking place throughout the year. The 1200 acre university campus is located 12 kilometers from the city center. Its convenient location offers easy access to the city's parks, shopping areas, cultural activities, museums, and entertainment venues. Bilkent's location in the Anatolian heartland allows easy access to major cities and many places of interest throughout the country.

Ankara is a modern city with a population of over 5 million, maintaining traces of civilizations dating back to the Bronze Age, to the Hittites, Phrygians, Lydians and Persians. The Romans and the Byzantines also left their mark in the region. On an imposing hill in the center of Ankara, stands the mausoleum (Anitkabir) of Kemal Atatürk, a fusion of ancient and modern architectural ideas. The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations houses a unique collection of treasures dating back to 2000 B.C. Besides the historical monuments within the heart of the city such as the Roman Theater, Ankara Citadel, Temple of Augustus, Roman Bath and the Column of Julian, the city's environs are also rich with ancient ruins. The capital of the Seljuk Turks, Konya, renowned for the mystic "Whirling Dervishes," lies to the south east of Ankara.

Ankara is a center for opera, ballet, jazz and modern dance as well as the home of the Turkish Parliament, ministries, foreign embassies and nine universities. Shopping in Ankara can be exciting in the old part of the town for buying old copper, jewellery, carpets and kilims, antiques and embroidery. Modern shopping malls are scattered in and around the city selling various new items. Small shopping areas, local markets and restaurants are other attractive sights one should not miss. Ankara's location makes it very convenient for "Weekend Escapes" to reach to skiing resorts, cultural and historical sites, and the seaside. Istanbul is only five hours away by bus.