Bilkent University was founded in 1984 as Turkey’s first private, non-profit, foundation supported university with the mission
of serving as a center of excellence in higher education for quality teaching and intensive research. In about 30 years, it
quickly became recognized as the country’s premier institution of higher education. Bilkent University ranks 32nd in the
Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 university rankings regarding the world's best young universities.
More than 70 percent of Bilkent faculty members have PhD’s from abroad, with their degrees mostly from leading research
universities in North America and Europe. One-third of the academic staff is non-Turkish, with the majority from the U.S.A.,
Canada and the UK. Bilkent University’s international community of scholars and students is an essential component of
academic programs, research activities, and social life.
Bilkent University has nine faculties, two four-year professional schools, and three graduate schools. There are about 400
international students from over 60 countries.
The university has gone through the Institutional Evaluation Program administered by the European University Association.
Faculty of Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET and the Faculty of
Business Administration is the first business school in Turkey to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate
Schools of Business (AACSB).
Being an English language university facilitates worldwide international faculty and student recruitment.
In order to fulfill its strategic objective of intensifying the international nature of the university, Bilkent has committed itself
for the period of 2014-2020 to increase the number of degree seeking international students, Erasmus students, staff
mobility, European and international cooperation projects and work placement as well as the level of quality in each of
International mobility activities are coordinated and promoted by the Office of Vice Rector for Student Affairs and
International Relations, the Office of International Students and Exchange Programs, Faculty Executive Boards and
university-wide committee of departmental Exchange Coordinators.
Bilkent University has more than 300 partnership agreements with universities from Europe, North America, Korea, Japan,
China, Singapore and Malaysia and is planning to establish new cooperation agreements with universities from Europe,
South America and Russia.
At the University, exchange programs are promoted to all students and staff, and the applications are processed in a
transparent way. Earned ECTS credits or partner university credits during the mobility periods are fully recognized and
transferred directly to the students' curriculum. The grades are also shown on the students’ transcripts as well as their
While establishing a relationship and determining partner universities, Bilkent University primarily assesses the
compatibility of the academic programs between the institutions, and inquires as to whether or not the partner institution
offers sufficient number of courses in English or other widely spoken languages.
Bilkent University hosts more than 150 incoming exchange students and sends 300 outgoing exchange students in the first
and second cycles. As the University is committed to supporting the student mobility, and increasing the number of
incoming students, free of charge on–campus accommodation has been offered starting from 2013-2014 academic year.
Bilkent University aims to improve the quality of the services provided to all mobility programs by enhancing the range of
support services, information technology, as well as ensuring a full integration and involvement of incoming students and
teaching staff in events and activities taking place in the university community during their residence.
Bilkent University has developed double degree programs in the level of first and second cycles in the fields of Global
International Affairs, Management, Economics and Communication with the partner universities from the U.S.A. and
Europe and intends to add new double degree programs in different fields.