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Bilkent University
Ankara, Turkey
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Restrictions: OU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: University Exchange
Housing Type: Student Dormitories Minimum GPA: 2.5
 Non-English Language Learning Option(s):
Arabic, French, German, Russian, Spanish Study Abroad Adviser: Shanna Vincent
 University Name:
Bilkent University
 Language Category:
Language Category B
Program Description:
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Program Highlights

  • Set in the capital city of Ankara, Bilkent University is a major center of research and teaching with 11,000 students.
  • Courses are taught in English, with Turkish and Arabic offered at varying levels.
  • FREE Housing!! See details below.
  • Five minutes from the Bilkent Center Shopping Mall
  • Courses in a variety of topics, engineering to humanities!


Students may enroll for one semester or a full year and will be in direct contact with Bilkent's OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMS (OIEP) during the host university application process.  With international students coming from 48 countries abroad, the OIEP offers two-week long orientations in early September and for one week in February prior to beginning of classes. Orientation is very helpful in understanding the academic procedures and regulations of the University. It includes Turkish Courses, a tour of the campuses and environs, sightseeing and places of interest in Ankara.  The faculty to student ratio is only 1:10 and class size ranges from 5 to 60 students with the average class size at about 20 students.  As an exchange student, you have access to campus librairies, a computer center, student accomodations, social and cultural activities and sports. Click here for the Bilkent University International Students Facebook Page and photos of the University!

Any number of courses can be taken in the following faculties:
  • Applied Languages
  • Applied Technology and Management
  • Art, Design, and Architecture
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Technology and Office Management
  • Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences 
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Humanities and Letters
  • Law
  • Music and Performing Arts
  • Science
  • Vocational Tourism and Hotel Services
Click here to search for specific courses within the above and other academic domains. 

To see courses previously taken by OU students at Bilkent University and their OU equivalents, click the following link: Bilkent University - Course Equivalency Information.

Money Matters
Since this program is a University Exchange program you will pay OU tuition/fees and insurance to the OU Bursar.

Use this Bilkent University Budget Estimate to help you plan for study abroad and compare programs!

There are number of scholarships available for study abroad students. Below is a partial list to get you started!


Beginning Fall 2013, Bilkent University offers free on-campus accommodation for incoming exchange students!

Subject to availability, this offer is valid for double rooms at Bilkent’s students dormitories. Students are expected to file their requests before the relevant deadline. Allocations are on a first come, first serve basis. Room type may differ based on availability.

The university dormitories consists of 26 buildings with various designs and features.  Dormitory space is guaranteed for international students.  They provide a peaceful, secure, comfortable, pleasant and hygienic atmosphere for approximately 4,000 Turkish and international students from diverse backgrounds, who have chosen to take advantage of the excellence in higher education offered by Bilkent University.  The special and standard dormitories, all located on the Main and East Campuses, offer single, double, triple, quadruple and suite accommodation alternatives for our students, at varying rates.

Dormitory rooms are furnished with single beds or bunk beds, desks, desk chairs, bookcases or shelves, wardrobes, wastebaskets and mini refrigerators and have local & international direct-dial phones and TV hookups (except for Dorms 15, 77 and 78). All student rooms have UTP connections to Bilkent University's DORM-NET network, which provides high speed (1GB) unlimited access to Internet for academic purposes at no charge. Dorm common areas have amenities such as self-cook kitchens/kitchenettes, TV/social lounges, study lounges, self-service laundry and ironing rooms, and game and visitors' areas or rooms.

*Note that exchange students stay at the Main Campus dormitories. There is a free shuttle transporting students to/from Campus as well as to/from Ankara. Visit the Bilkent housing webpage for details on housing options, including an assortment of pictures. You can also explore the on-campus housing options by clicking here.

Program Requirements

  • 2.5 Combined Retained GPA
  • Passport (valid through six months after return from study abroad)
  • Recommendation Letters:
    • 2 recommendations from any OU professor 
  • Host University Application
  • Visa for semester/academic year students
    • Residence permit will be required in Phase 4

Get Started

Start by attending a Study Abroad 101 information session to learn the basics about study abroad as well as your next steps. Then, schedule an appointment with the study abroad adviser listed at the top of this page to move on to Phase 2! 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2014-2015 02/21/2014 
03/07/2014 TBA TBA
Fall 2014 02/21/2014 
03/07/2014 09/07/2014 01/10/2015
 NOTE: Dates are approximate and subject to change. Do not use these dates to purchase flights.
Spring 2015 09/12/2014 09/26/2014 TBA TBA

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