revised: 28.09.2015

Rifat Sarıcaoğlu

Welcome to İstanbul Bilgi University, the first and only member of Laureate International Universities network in Turkey! 

Founded in 1996 with the motto ‘We learn for life, not for school’, BİLGİ is renowned for qualified international education and career opportunities. Since its founding, BİLGİ makes steady advances with its pioneering and innovative approaches in all areas; from its educational programs to award-winning campuses.

BİLGİ, recognized as a global university today, educates individuals who will play crucial roles in restructuring the world and Turkey in this century of major global change. BİLGİ offers its students an international experience with its worldwide student exchange and academic staff mobility programs through its membership to Laureate International Universities network.

Laureate International Universities network of more than 80 accredited campus-based and online universities offers career-focused, undergraduate and graduate degree programs to over 1,000,000 students around the world. BİLGİ students study with the privilege of being a part of an international, academic community that spans 28 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Success of this global network lies beneath its approach to education of which purpose is to expand access to higher education. President William J. Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, who gave a conference at BİLGİ last year, serves as Honorary Chancellor of Laureate International Universities network which aims to make the world a better place and prosper.

As the only member in Turkey of such an international network, BİLGİ highly values students, academics, academic research and projects and Turkey’s future with its mission to improve such qualities.

We will continue to provide new opportunites and horizons to our students, academic and administrative staff, alumni and our country.


Rifat Sarıcaoğlu

President, Board of Trustees