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Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

True to its motto, “The University Closest to Business Life,” Okan University effectively combines theory and practice by employing academic staff who are experts in their own fields, adopting a contemporary approach to education, and focussing upon practice-oriented studies which prepare the students for business life, starting from students’ very first year of study.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)



Okan University, one of the youngest and the most dynamic universities of Turkey, was founded by Okan Culture, Education, and Sports Foundation in 1999 and began its academic life in 2003-2004.


Okan University, one of the youngest and the most dynamic universities of Turkey, was founded by Okan Culture, Education, and Sports Foundation in 1999 and began its academic life in 2003-2004. Okan University, growing rapidly, has reached a student body of 17000 and comprises 8 faculties at its 15th year.


Research and Application Centers:

  • Europen Union Research and Application Center
  • Eurasian Application and Research Center
  • Computer Research and Application Center
  • Financial Risk Research and Application Center
  • Intercultural Dialogue Application and Research Center
  • Confucius Institute
  • Okan Tourism Research Center
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Social Responsibility Research Center
  • Continuing Education Center
  • Transportation Technologies and Intelligent Automotive Systems Application and Research Center


With its ‘’the University Closest to Business Life’’ motto, Okan University aims to bridge education and business world.Our Center enables students to work in the positions of our collaborators or do internship as part of the ‘’Business Life Program’’ depending on the companies’ needs. Thus, our business life experienced students start to earn money while they are still studying. In this process, our institute pays the insurance premium for possible occupational diseases and occupational accidents. Most of the part time workers and long-term interns among our students continue to work as full time after their graduations.

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Student services

A variety of scholarships are available for international degree-seeking students. For the international exchange and guest students, there are a great number of courses in English to choose from. We also offer summer programs with exciting seminars and study trips in Istanbul.Student advisors of the International Office assist international students from the process of application to graduation. We offer support services such as orientation programs, help with acquiring residence permit and health insurance.

Housing services

Okan University offers accommodation for 1000 students in four fully equipped dormitories on its main campus. Students can choose to stay in single, double or four person rooms and an affordable meal plan with their accommodation. The dormitories have study halls, TV rooms and a medical centre. International students who apply within the given deadlines have a priority for accommodation on the campus.

Library services

The library has:

  • Open Access Databases
  • Online Databases
  • Trial Databases

Student Life

Campus life

Social and cultural activities are considered as integral parts of education at Okan University. Seminars, conferences and symposia are organised at the university with the participation of eminent scholars.On the other hand, students are constantly encouraged to take part in social, cultural and sportive activities through the student clubs. Regular trips to historical sites and touristic regions are organised by the Tourism Student Club. The Okan Spring Festival has become a centre of interest not only for Okan students but also for students of other universities.

Sports facilities

On the campus there is a sports compound which comprises a semi-Olympic swimming pool, an indoor basketball court, a fitness centre equipped with state-of-the-art machines and special areas for martial arts. There are also outdoor basketball and tennis courts and a football pitch.

Student clubs

Student Societies:

  • Sociology & Philosophy Society
  • Maritime & Sailing Society
  • Law Society
  • Civil Engineering Society
  • Informatics Association of Turkey’s Youth Society
  • Underwater Society
  • Architecture Society
  • OPRA Society (Okan Public Relations and Advertising)
  • Urban Design and Landscape Architecture Society
  • Travel and Entertainment Society
  • Young Entrepreneurs Society
  • Psychology Society
  • Translation Society
  • Chess Society
  • Logistics Society
  • Tourism Society
  • etc.


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