Since its founding, BİLGİ has attempted to establish a cultural and scientific community that promotes tolerance and respect for a diversity of individuals with different lifestyles, beliefs and ways of thinking within the framework of contemporary universal values, while at the same time maintaining strong ties with all segments of the society. BİLGİ community includes faculty, alumni, families, employers and neighboring communities where BİLGİ is located.
What about BİLGİ campuses?
BİLGİ is a city university with three innovative campuses on the European side of İstanbul, the 2010 European Capital of Culture. Located in central neighborhoods, campuses offer easy access to social and cultural activities in İstanbul: Santral, Kuştepe and Dolapdere.
Are the degree programs at BİLGİ year-based?
All undergraduate programs at İstanbul Bilgi University are semester-based, with the exception of the Honors programs in which courses are offered on a yearly basis.
What about student life at BİLGİ?
You will find an innovative and dynamic educational outlook, meet notable academics and professionals, experience an academic, social and multicultural campus life and be able to participate in more than 400 conferences, festivals, social responsibility projects and other scientific and cultural events in a year.
How do I apply for the Laureate Programs?
All exchange applications will be completed through Laureate Programs Office. Once you stop by, we will have a small session to learn more about you, your academic and career plans in the future. Your individual improvement and achieving your personal goals through Laureate Programs are also important. There is no standardization when it comes to an individual that’s why we prefer to consult first before you apply to a program. Secondly, Laureate Programs offer variety between disciplines. For example, a Law School Student can take Media related courses (as long as the Faculty approves) or Photography. Once you choose your institution/country you plan to spend a semester, you will be given a list of courses offered for International Students. You will be choosing those courses with your academic advisor. Our office will coordinate and guide you from the application until your arrival and during your stay in the host institution.
What are the differences between the Erasmus and the Bilateral Exchange programs?
Erasmus Student Exchange takes place with partner universities in the EU Member States. Erasmus students may receive mobility grants provided by the EU to partially meet living expenses while on exchange. Bilateral Student Exchange refers to exchange programs with partner universities in North America or elsewhere in the world. In this exchange program, students must cover all their expenses other than tuition.
Which year is the best for participating in exchange programs?
For undergraduate students, the third year is recommended for exchange programs. Students must apply for study abroad programs during their 2nd year and be an exchange student in their 3rd years.
How well do I have to speak the language of the host country I will go to?
Students do not need to speak the language of the host country. Most of the partner universities offer courses in English for international students. Students can consult their Department Erasmus Coordinators at BİLGİ and check the website of the partner universities for their language of instruction and courses in English. But, it is an advantage to speak the language of the host country in the selection process. It is also possible to improve or learn the native language while on exchange.
Withdrawal from a Program
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.
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.