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Admission and Registration

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 must take the entrance examinations YGS or YGS and LYS, administered by the national Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM). Applicants to the School of Applied Languages and the School of Tourism and Hotel Management take the YGS only. Applicants to the Graphic Design, Fine Arts, and 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 August. 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 go through an admission procedure. Various national exams and diplomas are used in evaluating the candidates.

In absence of these documents, the high school graduation score can also be evaluated for admission. The high school diploma and transcript along with an explanation of the high school’s grading system will be needed.

Bilkent University admission requirements can be found at https://w3.bilkent.edu.tr/international/how-to-apply/

An online application form can be found at: https://stars.bilkent.edu.tr/intapp

Graduate Admissions

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

  • All Turkish applicants are required to take the ALES \glossary {ALES Exam} (Akademik Personel ve Lisansüstü Eğitimi Giriş Sınavı – Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Exam) given by ÖSYM every year.
  • Submission of GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) scores is required of international applicants and may be required for domestic applicants in some programs.
  • 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 https://stars.bilkent.edu.tr/gradapp

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 exchange.bilkent.edu.tr

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.