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International Relations, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #551 (QS) Ankara, Turkey
The International Relations programme from Bilkent University is comprised of a broad set of integrated courses designed to provide the training and perspective necessary for future career responsibilities in the field of International Relations (IR).
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These courses emphasize increased competence in IR specialties such as International Law, Diplomatic History, Politics of International Economy, Foreign Policy Analysis, Global Issues and Area Studies. The teaching objectives of the International Relations programme from Bilkent University are to maintain the crucial balance between theory and practice and to ensure that every student is exposed to the latest understanding of all the key IR issues and to the conceptual and analytical frameworks underlying them.

The core set of courses provides the fundamentals of the field of IR while a wide variety of elective courses, to be taken from the department as well as from the Departments of Political Science, Economics, Psychology, Management and Philosophy, permits students to develop a program that will meet personal needs and special career interests.

For students who choose to pursue a more advanced degree in the field after completing an undergraduate degree, the Department of International Relations offers two Master’s degree programs and a doctoral degree program with considerable flexibility for graduate students to develop specialized academic programs to suit their needs and interests.

Students from other departments who wish to take IR courses as electives are recommended to complete certain compulsory IR courses before enrolling in upper level IR courses. While electives lack pre-requisites, most upper-level IR courses assume that students possess the basic theoretical background knowledge provided by the World Politics and International Relations Theory courses.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • English and Composition 
  • Orientation
  • History of Civilization 
  • Introduction to Political Science 
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Turkish 
  • Introduction to to Computer Tools
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to World Politics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • A minimum diploma score of 28 out of 45. Mimimum one HL subject related to the applied program.
  • Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal holders in International Science Olympiads recognized by TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and  Technical Research Council of Turkey)
  • SAT Reasoning Test: A minimum score of 900 out of 1600 in “Math” and “Critical Reading” sections.
  • SAT Subject Test: A minimum score of 500 out of 800 from mimimum two sections related to the applied program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    7685 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7685 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • 45.000 TL for Turkish students

Living costs for Ankara

  • 1600 - 2350 TRY/month
    Living Costs

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