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Bilkent University

Bilkent University was founded to provide an environment for learning and intellectual growth encompassing the sciences, technology, humanities and the arts, to serve human welfare and foster peace on earth. Education at Bilkent is not simply a means to obtain a vocation, a career. Instead, it endeavors to nurture students in the way of thinking and of learning to learn.

Top reasons to study here

  • Bilkent University aims to help students/individuals develop themselves as critical, analytical and independent thinkers and life-long learners.
  • The Bilkent University Library is the most extensive academic library in the country with an annual budget nearing $3,000,000.
  • Each year, around 100 well-known companies and organizations visit Bilkent University to inform students about career opportunities.

Bachelor's programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (5)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Journalism & Media (1)
Law (1)



Bilkent University was founded on October 20, 1984 by Ihsan Dogramaci, through the joint resolution of Ihsan Dogramaci Education Foundation, Ihsan Dogramaci Science and Research Foundation and Ihsan Dogramaci Health Foundation. The establishment of this private university was later approved by an act of Parliament. The aim was to create a center of excellence in higher education and research.


The name “Bilkent”‘ exemplifies the founder’s aim, since it is an acronym of “bilim kenti” in Turkish for “city of science and knowledge.”

The educational philosophy rests on the premise that those who produce new knowledge also have the best potential to impart it. Scholarly research at Bilkent extends across a wide spectrum. From nanoscience and nanotechnology to political science, from electronics to economics, from fine arts to management and industrial engineering, from philosophy to computer engineering, and in many other areas of science, letters and the performing arts, our academic staff and resources provide a uniquely integrated environment.


Chief among the factors that ensure a high standard of education are a remarkably productive body of faculty members, and a dynamic scholarly and scientific environment that fosters high-quality research. According to ISI Citation Indexes, Bilkent ranks high not only in Turkey but also internationally in the number of published papers per faculty member. Many faculty members actively engaged in research also receive external funding from TÜBITAK (the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), the European Union, and other public institutions or private companies.


The Career Center, another service established at the incentive of Bilkent’s founder early in the University’s development, helps final-year students to acquire the skills necessary to apply successfully for a job. The Center arranges interviews between representatives of major corporations and students seeking employment.

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Student services

The Office of International Students plays a significant role on the internationalization path of Bilkent University by promoting its programs and providing support for all international academic affairs.

In order to ensure easy transition of the students, the Office provides assistance and guidance to both international degree-seeking students and incoming/outgoing exchange students through all phases of their academic and social conduct.

As well as providing information on procedural matters, such as application process, course selection and accommodation opportunities, via orientation programs and cultural trips, the Office of International Students offers ongoing help to all international students.

Housing services

Bilkent University’s safe and lively campus has plenty of social and academic services to make your stay comfortable.

On our Main and East Campuses and the nearby Bilkent Center shopping area, there are branches and ATMs of a number of banks.

Amongst the items provided for every student are: mattress, bedsheet, pillow, pillowcase, quiltcase, blanket, and quilt. Throughout our students' stays in our dorms, these items are laundered on a regular basis for no extra charge.

All areas of our dorms, including student rooms, are cleaned on a frequent and regular basis by our ISO certificated contractors, according to health and hygiene regulations.

Library services

The Bilkent University Library contains a large book and periodical collection, music listening booths, CDs, records, audio and videocassettes, music scores and microfilms.

The Library receives periodicals from numerous institutions, scientific articles and technical reports from prominent research institutions in Europe and the USA, and subscribes to major foreign newspapers.

ICT services

The Bilkent Computer Center (BCC) provides a variety of computing resources and services to meet the administrative, educational and research computing requirements in the university community. These services include providing computational equipment, their hardware and software maintenance, maintenance of software resources such as language compilers, utilities and application programs.

Medical services

The Health Centers , located on the Main and East Campuses, provide health services to students and faculty members. The basic and urgent services are provided free of charge to all Bilkent graduate and undergraduate students by the University Health Centers.

Student Life

Campus life

University dormitories consist of 26 buildings with various designs and features providing a peaceful, secure, comfortable, pleasant and clean housing facilities for more than 4,000 Turkish and international students, who have chosen to take advantage of both academic and social opportunities provided by Bilkent University. 

Located on both Main and East campus areas, our special and standard dormitories offer single, double, triple, quadruple and suite accommodation alternatives for our students at varying price ranges. 

Sports facilities

Physical Education and Sports Center

Our Mission is to provide the Bilkent University students with quality physical education, sports and fitness programs and an environment in which they can participate in variety of activities, team and individual sports and games while getting in shape and staying active all year long.

Student clubs

The Student Union organizes students’ social and cultural activities. Student representatives are elected by the student body; they are responsible for managing the Student Union and creating a program of activities. Located in the center of the Main Campus, the Student Union building houses a music room, video room, meeting rooms, offices and a conference hall.

Some of these clubs are:

  • Aviation Club
  • Bilkent International Students Club (BISC)
  • Bridge Club
  • Chess Club
  • Cinema Club
  • Computers Club
  • Environment Club
  • International Relations Club
  • Management-Economics Club
  • MBA Club
  • Music Club
  • Operational Research Club
  • Outdoor Sports Society
  • Photography Club
  • Theatre Club


  • Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and Industrial Engineering departments are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
  • Faculty of Business Administration is the first business school in Turkey accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Bilkent University has again been named as Turkey’s highest-ranked university the latest Quacquarelli Symonds Graduate Employability Rankings.
  • Bilkent University has been ranked 46th in the inaugural Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings, and among the top three universities in Turkey on the list.

Student Reviews

Great Experience
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

great campus and great education.However, not needed classes are taught.

Review of Bilkent Psychology
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I am now a third year student in the Psychology program at Bilkent University. For the past two years, I can say that studying in an institution that is well disciplined and open minded has been great. For Psychology Department it can be improved by giving more options to students about the laboratory choices. But overall getting education in English language is great such...

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Bilkent University is known as one of the top 200 University allover the world. In the departmant of Industral Engineering, our University especially enforce students to get involve to the working life and so the graduated students are seen in high positions since 1982. I love my school because of the precious academicians and the things I learn via team projects and...

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