Bilkent University

Ankara, Turkey
Bilkent University is recognized and ranked internationally as the premier institution of higher education in Turkey. Located in the country's capital city Ankara, a vibrant metropolis of 4.5 million, the university serves as a hub of academic, social and cultural activity.



Bilkent University – the first private, nonprofit university in Turkey – was founded on October 20, 1984, by Professor Ihsan Dogramaci, M.D., with the fundamental aim of creating a center of excellence in higher education and research. The name “Bilkent” exemplifies this aim, since it is an acronym of “bilim kenti”: Turkish for “city of learning and science.”


Bilkent University’s faculties, schools and other academic units offer degree programs, enriched learning opportunities and the chance to study, not only in Ankara but in places across Turkey and in a number of other countries as well.

Students benefit from a hallmark of education at Bilkent: close communication between faculty and students.

A student-to-professor ratio of 14:1 creates an environment characterized by personal attention and instructor accessibility.

Add in a faculty dedicated to teaching, with a true commitment to each student’s academic and personal advancement, and you have a combination that will put you on the path to a brilliant future.


Research Centers

  • Acoustics and Underwater Technologies Research Center (BASTA)
  • Ahmed Adnan Saygun Center for Music Research and Education
  • Bilkent Center for Advanced Studies (BICAS)
  • Center for Applied Research on Global Issues (BUCARGI)
  • Center for Research in Transitional Societies (CRTS)
  • Center for Russian Studies
  • Center for Turkish Literature
  • Center for Turkish Politics and History
  • Communications and Spectrum Management Research Center (ISYAM)
  • Halil Inalcik Center for Ottoman Studies
  • Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology (UNAM)
  • Institute of World Systems, Economies and Strategic Research
  • Nanotechnology Research Center
  • National Magnetic Resonance Research Center

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (5)
Social Sciences (5)
Engineering & Technology (4)
Education & Training (3)
Humanities (3)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Journalism & Media (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Law (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Bilkent University!


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

Our dormitories - consisting of 26 buildings with various designs and features, provide a peaceful, secure, comfortable, pleasant and hygienic atmosphere for more than 4,000 Turkish and international students from diverse backgrounds, who have chosen to take advantage of the excellence in higher education offered by Bilkent University.

Our special and standard dormitories, all located on our Main and East Campuses, offer single, double, triple, quadriple and suite accommodation alternatives for our students, at varying rates.

Library services


  • Art Collection
  • Multimedia Collection
  • EUIC Collection
  • USA GPO Collection
  • The Bilkent Dewey Project
  • Halil Inalcik Collection
  • Hasan Âli Yücel Collection
  • Special Collection
  • Reserve Collection
  • East Campus Library Collection

ICT services

The Bilkent Computer Center (BCC) provides extensive computing resources and services to meet all of the University’s administrative, educational and research computing requirements.

The center maintains high performance file and computation servers as well as general-purpose labs equipped with personal computers. All are connected to BILNET, Bilkent University’s internet provider.

Medical services

The Health Centers, located on the Main and East Campuses, provide health services to students and personnel. The Health Centers offer the services of a public health specialist, a pediatrician, a neurologist, general practitioners, gynecologists, ophthalmologists, psychiatrists, a dermatologist, an orthopedist, a dentist, an ENT specialist, three emergency medical technicians and one paramedic.

Student Life

Campus life

A student at Bilkent has plenty of opportunities to develop intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, culturally, socially and physically. If you like sports, all the facilities you need for exercise, practice and competition are provided. If you are interested in getting involved in school clubs and organizations, there are many to choose from.

If you want to meet peers from around the globe who have come to call Bilkent home, then you will find a close-knit international community.

Sports facilities

Dormitories Sports Hall / Swimming Pool:

  • Fitness/Conditioning Room
  • Aerobics/Step Studio
  • Multi-Purpose Program Studio
  • Table Tennis Room
  • Basketball, Volleyball Courts
  • Squash Courts
  • Swimming Pool
  • Walking/Running Track
Fitness/Conditioning Room:
  • Aerobics/Step Studio
  • Multi-Purpose Program Studio
  • Table Tennis Room
  • Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton Courts
Other Sports Facilities:
  • Indoor Tennis Courts
  • Outdoor Tennis Courts
  • Mini Football Fields
  • Regulation Size Grass Football Field
Fitness/Conditioning Room:
  • Aerobics/Step Studio
  • Table Tennis Room
  • Basketball-Volleyball-Badminton Courts
Other Sports Facilities:
  • Outdoor Basketball-Volleyball-Tennis Courts
  • Mini Football Fields

Student clubs

Groups and clubs established with the support of the Council regularly organize talks, panels, concerts, exhibitions, competitions, parties, and festivals, and host numerous renowned politicians, business people, artists, and scientists.


  • 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)

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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