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Undergraduate and Graduate Programs 2019-2020


Language Proficiency

English is the language of teaching at Bilkent University. Applicants are required to provide proof of their proficiency in English. Students whose level of English is insufficient to follow courses are required to enroll in the School of English Language. Those accepted to the Translation and Interpretation department must take, in addition, a Proficiency Examination in French, and those whose level of French is insufficient are required to follow the language program in the Basic French Section of the School of Applied Languages.

Undergraduate Admissions

To begin undergraduate studies at Bilkent, all Turkish citizens (with the exception of those who have completed all of high school abroad) must take the entrance examinations YGS and/or LYS, administered by the national Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM). Applicants to the School of Applied Technology and Management take the YGS only. Applicants to the Fine Arts, Music, and Performing Arts departments must pass the YGS examination. Admission is then granted on the basis of aptitude tests administered by the respective faculty in the summer. Applicants to all other departments take YGS and LYS. Based on the results of these exams, ÖSYM places students according to their preferences.

All international students who want to apply to Bilkent University for an undergraduate program have to apply directly to Bilkent's Office of International Students. Various international and national exams and diplomas are used in evaluating the candidates.

Bilkent University admission requirements can be found at

An online application form can be found at:

Graduate Admissions

The following are some of the general graduate admission requirements for all departments:

  • All applicants are required to take the ALES (Akademik Personel ve Lisansüstü Eğitimi Giriş Sınavı - Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Exam) given by ÖSYM every year.
  • International applicants and Turkish applicants residing abroad may submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or any other written test scores instead of ALES scores upon the approval of the respectiveGraduate School Executive Board.
  • Fluency in written and oral English.

In addition, each department establishes its own criteria for admission; departmental listings include more detailed information. Applications are accepted via the internet at

Transfer Students

Applicants may transfer to Bilkent University from an another university under the following conditions:

  • Transfer applications submitted to the Registrar’s Office must be completed by the application deadline in August. Each department individually determines the number of transfer students it will accept.
  • Credits earned at another university are taken into consideration when determining a transfer student's requirements for graduation from Bilkent according to the Transfer Rules and Regulations.

As English is the language of teaching at Bilkent University, applicants are required to provide proof of their proficiency in English.

Application forms and the list of required documents can be obtained from the Registrar's Office.

Exchange Programs

Bilkent University has exchange programs with several major universities in Europe and around the world. The Student Exchange Program gives Turkish students the opportunity to study abroad while experiencing a different culture. It also exposes visiting students to the culture, art, and history of Turkey.

The principle of reciprocity inherent in the exchange programs makes it possible to send Bilkent University students to the partner universities provided that students from those universities come to Bilkent. Program participants pay the regular tuition fees to their home institution for the semester, and are responsible for additional travel, housing, food, and incidental costs as well as insurance expenses and other minor fees while at the host university. A number of outgoing Erasmus students are granted a monthly stipend from EU funds. Detailed information about Erasmus and other exchange programs may be found at

Semester Registration

Students are required to register for courses at the beginning of each semester within the time limits announced by the University. Tuition must be paid prior to registration by the deadline announced by the University.

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