(applicable to undergraduate students only)
Please see Articles 4.13 to 4.20 of the "Academic Regulations for Undergraduate and Associate
Honor and High Honor
Students achieving distinction by obtaining a semester GPA of 3.00 to 3.49 while carrying at least a
minimum course load and having a CGPA of 2.00 or higher are designated "Honor" students on the
transcript for that semester. Those achieving a GPA of 3.50 or above, under the same conditions,
are designated "High Honor" students.
Students maintaining a CGPA of 2.00 or higher at the end of a semester are considered to have
"Satisfactory" academic standing.
Students having a CGPA of 1.80 to 1.99 at the end of a semester are placed on academic "Probation."
Students on probation are expected to repeat courses of their choice from among the courses in
which they previously received a grade of C-, D+, D, F, FX, FZ, or U.
A student having a CGPA of below 1.80 at the end of a semester is considered to have an "Unsatisfactory"
academic standing. These students are required to repeat courses of their choice from
among the courses in which they previously received a grade of C-, D+, D, F, FX, FZ or U.
New Course Limitations
During course registrations at the beginning of each semester, all courses not taken by a student
in previous semesters are considered to be "new courses" for that student.
Students on probation are required to take courses in which they received any of the grades F, FX, FZ, U,
and W in previous semesters. They can also register for new courses with a maximum total number of
credit hours that does not exceed 60% of the Nominal Credit Load. Such students can repeat courses
that they will select among those courses in which they received C-, D+, or D for the purpose of
improving their CGPA. If a student on probation is registering for courses in the second semester
of the curriculum of a program, he/she may register for new courses with a maximum total number
of credit hours that does not exceed 85 % of the Nominal Credit Load.
Unsatisfactory students can not register for any new courses except for non-credit courses. Such students
must repeat courses for which they have received F, FX, FZ, U or W grades, and are also expected to repeat
any of the courses they wish for which they have previously received C, D+, or D, for the purpose of
improving their CGPA. If an Unsatisfactory student is registering for courses in the second semester
of the curriculum of a program, he/she may register for new courses with a maximum total number of
credit hours that does not exceed 70 % of the Nominal Credit Load.
Repeating a Course
Students receiving a grade of F, FX, FZ, W or U in a course must repeat that course within two semesters.
Students receiving a grade below a C in ENG 101 or ELS 104, or an F, FX in ENG 102 must repeat the course
the next time it is offered. To improve their CGPA, students with an academic standing of "Satisfactory"
may choose to repeat any course previously taken in which they received a grade of B- or lower within two
When a course is repeated, the new letter grade replaces the previous letter grade in the CGPA
calculation. Under certain restrictive conditions, an elective course may be taken to replace a previously taken elective course from the
same elective group. A required course that is no longer offered may be replaced with an equivalent
course that is approved by the Faculty or School. In these cases, only the replacing course is
included in the CGPA calculations. All grades, whether included in the CGPA calculation or not, will
appear on the transcript.
All-inclusive Grade Point Average (AGPA)
The All-inclusive Grade Point Average (AGPA) is calculated just like the CGPA, however without
the new grade of a repeated course replacing the former grade. Class and graduate rankings are based on the AGPA.
Graduates with an AGPA of 3.75 or higher graduate summa cum laude, between 3.50 - 3.74 with magna cum laude and 3.00-3.49 with cum laude.
Duration of Study
The normal period for completion of undergraduate studies at Bilkent University is four academic
years. Students in four-year programs must complete the requirements of their programs within at
most seven academic years (excluding studies in the School of English Language). Students who
fail to graduate within that period or who will be unable to qualify for such graduation are dismissed
from the University.