updated: June 16, 2011, 3:12 p.m.
Double majors and minors are subject to the İstanbul Bilgi University by-laws regarding double majors, minors and honors programs which are published in detail on this web site. The paragraphs below give a summary of the most important rules regarding double majors and minors. It is important to read the by-laws fully and carefully and be aware of your rights and responsibilities.
Recently a number of important changes have been made in the by-laws regarding double majors and minors. The changes apply to all students who will start a double major in 2010-2011 or thereafter. However, some of the changes do not apply to students who started a double major prior to the academic year 2010-2011.
A “minor” entails a student’s taking at least 12 of his/her electives from among the courses of an undergraduate program other than his/her major program.
The Department of Economics offers programs that are designed to run parallel with the London School of Economics and Political Science BSc in Economics and Management and BSc in Mathematics and Economics external degrees. Students who wish to transfer to the Honors Programs and who satisfy the entrance requirements should apply after the second semester of their studies. The duration of the Honors Programs is three years and the structure and content are different from those of other programs. As students work towards their BİLGİ Honors degree they also prepare for the examinations of the London School of Economics and Political Science BSc in Economics and Management or BSc in Mathematics and Economics external degrees which are held at the British Council in İstanbul at the end of each academic year. Thus, apart from a BİLGİ degree, Honors Programs students have the opportunity to obtain a London School of Economics and Political Science external degree as well.
Every year a committee assigned by the University Executive Board selects a limited number of students from among the applicants. Students who have shown excellent performance in their first year of study may apply to the Honors Programs. Admission criteria are based on the applicant’s GPA, grades achieved for courses in the field of economics and management, and the student’s motivation. Application criteria are announced by Student Affairs at the beginning of each academic year.
Honors Programs courses are offered on a yearly basis. Students who, in a particular year, fail in more than one course are not allowed to progress to the next stage, and the following year repeat only those courses in which they had failed. Students who fail only one course may progress to the next stage and retake the failed course. Students in the Honors Programs have the right to return to the programs from which they transferred.
Students have the opportunity to take courses in the BİLGİ Summer School. All students, including ÖSYM scholarship students, pay a fee per course. For detailed information, students should refer to the ‘Summer School’ link on the University web site.
Students also have the opportunity to transfer credits of courses taken in the summer schools of other institutions of higher education. Such credit transfer is subject to the rules set by the University and the Faculty Executive Boards. Students who plan to take summer school courses at another institution of higher education are required to obtain permission from their Faculty Executive Board prior to registration for those courses. For detailed information about rules and procedures concerning credit transfer students should contact the Student Affairs Office.
A student may withdraw from the program in which he/she is registered by filing a petition with the Student Affairs Office. Once a student has withdrawn from a program, he/she loses his/her student status and such status may not be reinstated later. However, a student who has withdrawn from a program, and who has not registered with any other institution of higher learning, may retract his/her petition for withdrawal within sixty days of the initial application date. The University Executive Board decides whether or not to grant reinstatement.
If they provide documentation showing good cause, students are entitled to request a “leave of absence” to suspend their registration for a total of four semesters during their entire period of matriculation including the period spent in the English Preparatory Program. Registration can be suspended for a minimum of one semester and a maximum of two consecutive semesters at a time. The University Executive Board shall independently determine extenuating circumstances periods due to serious and chronic illnesses. Semesters that are suspended are not taken into consideration in calculating the maximum period of matriculation and for the purposes of review of progression.
A student requesting the suspension of his/her registration must file a written petition including documentation related to the extenuating circumstances with the Student Affairs Office and pay the tuition fee for the subsequent semester in advance. The deadline for application is the 18 end of the 7th week of the semester for which the suspension application is made.
Students in undergraduate programs who wish to change their department or program must file a request with the Student Affairs Office in accordance with the dates indicated in the Academic Calendar in this Handbook. Applications are considered on the basis of the rules concerning internal transfer set by the University for the year the application is made. Acceptance also depends on the availability of places. For detailed information, students should refer to the İstanbul Bilgi University undergraduate and advanced vocational studies by-laws, which are published on the University web site, or get information from the Student Affairs Office or the departments concerned.
Graduates of the School of Advanced Vocational Studies programs who want to transfer to undergraduate programs must take the DGS Central Placement Examination. Students who are interested in continuing their studies should refer to the Student Affairs Office for detailed information.
The abbreviation “T” is employed for courses which students who have transferred from another institution of higher learning are transferring to an undergraduate program at İstanbul Bilgi University or for courses taken by a BİLGİ student at another institution of higher learning and which have been recognized by an authorized body at İstanbul Bilgi University. These courses are included in the overall credit calculation but are not included in the calculation of the cumulative GPA.