Bilkent University

Bilkent University is private research university which is located in Ankara, Turkey. The university was established by Prof. Ihsan Dogramaci in 1984. Bilkent University is considered as one of best university in Turkey. According to the Higher Times Rankings, this university is placed on 112th rank in global rankings of universities.

Bilkent Institute enrolled 13,000 students last year and it has 1,000 highly qualified academic staff including International faculty belonging to 34 countries. The University is offering 33 undergraduate programs with 32 graduate programs spanning 22 different fields.

Departments & Majors:

  • Applied Sciences: Information Systems and Technologies, Tourism and Hotel Management
  • Art, Design and Architecture: Department of Architecture, Department of Communication and Design, Department of Fine Arts, Department of Graphic Design, Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Department of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture
  • Business Administration: Department of Management
  • Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences: Economics, History, International Relations, Political Science and Public Administration, Psychology
  • Education: Computer and Instructional Technology Teacher Education, Education Sciences and Teacher Education
  • Engineering: Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering,
  • Humanities & Letters: American Culture and Literature, Archaeology, English Language and Literature, Philosophy, Translation and Interpretation, Turkish Literature
  • Law Department:
  • Science Department: Chemistry, Mathematics, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Physics
  • Department of Music and Performing Arts


The university library houses a large collection of books with annual acquisitions valued at over 3 million U.S. dollars. As of 2017, Bilkent University Library is the largest university library of Turkey, and it is the only university library to rank in the top 10 libraries in the country.

Student Life in Bilkent University

Sports & Extra Curricular Activities:

Each year, Bilkent University organizes sports festival for its students. Students can participate in many sports and be trained by university’s staff. The University‘s major and famous teams participate in many domestic and international sports including Bilkent Goats and Bilkent Judges, the ultimate team and the football team.

Student’s Unions:

As in many other institutes, there are also some unions of students in the University. Common rule is that only universities’ registered students can be members of students union and board. The Students union is main sponsor of university and organizes many big events each year. All students are allowed to join, or participate in the events and activities of any club they wish to.

Famous Alumni:

Many famous and well known alumni went to Bilkent University including actress and politicians. Some famous and notable alumni are;

  • Asli Sahra Altunbas
  • Basak Koklukaya
  • Binnur Kaya
  • Demir Demirkan
  • Emrah Yucel
  • Erdem Basci
  • Esra Bilgic Tore
  • Murat Han
  • Orkut Buyukkokten
  • Tamer Karadagil
  • Hakan Fidan
  • Ibrahim Sirkeci

Types of Bilkent University Scholarships

Bilkent University’s 63 percent students can submit their applications for several scholarships and awards. None of this scholarships carry any future obligations on the part of the recipient.

All international students who want to apply for Bilkent University Scholarships and awards, will be evaluated according to their high school grades and their national & international exam scores.

There are many several types of scholarships for both local and international students.

  • Full Scholarship
  • Comprehensive Scholarship
  • Talent Base Scholarship

We will cover above types in detail below.

Full Scholarships:

If you are looking for full scholarships then you must have to participate in a program via full scholarship quota as listed in the Higher Education Programs and Quotas Guide published by OSYM. In fully funded scholarship, all students can receive full semester fee.

Comprehensive Scholarships:

Fully-funded scholarship students are directly eligible for Comprehensive scholarships if they are listed in top 10.000 with the ranking of 0.12 multiplier scores in one of the scores type SAY, EA and SOZ.

Talent Base Scholarships:

The Faculty of Music and Performing Arts offer talent-based scholarships to students who demonstrate a high level of performance in the entrance exam. The talent-based scholarship covers either full tuition waiver or partial tuition waiver and it is non-refundable. Its continuation depends upon the academic success of the student.

How To Apply

Many students from different countries travel to turkey to continue their studies in one of top universities of the World. Besides Turkey Student Visa Requirements, following procedure must be adopted to apply for admission in Bilkent University.

  1. In first step, all undergraduate and post graduate students will create an account on online admission portal.
  2. Fill applicant form carefully, follow all rules and regulation and submit all required documents.
  3. Select the scholarship type in which you want to apply.
  4. Make sure that your application should be uploaded before the deadline. Late submissions and incomplete applications will not be processed.  

Documents Required For Applying

  1. The highest and last verified degree with official stamps should be uploaded.
  2. If you are applying in Bachelor’s degree then you will submit High School degree diploma or above.
  3. If you are applying for Master’s program then you will have Bachelor’s degree or above.
  4. For PhD programs all candidates will submit Master’s degree transcripts.
  5. Two recommendation letters.
  6. A study plan.
  7. Scan Passport & digital id photo with white background.
  8. Curriculum Vitae with photographs.
  9. Language proficiency certificate
  10. TOEFL IBT (minimum score 87), IELTS (minimum score 6.5 average and 5.5 from each section & Bilkent Score (C). 

Bilkent University Scholarships 2021-2022

Scholarship Type: Fully Funded

Scholarship Level: Bachelors, Masters & phD

Deadline: 10th July, 2021.

Student Exchange Program

Bilkent University has made students exchange agreements with several major universities. This student exchange program gives a lot of opportunities to other students to study abroad during 2021-2022 academic year.

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