International Student Advising Office

Mission

The International Student Advising Office of aims to provide support to BİLGİ’s international degree seeking undergraduate and graduate students, create platforms that facilitate a prosperous education period, enable satisfaction with the university in the duration of their stay, and to help them to return to their country as well-rounded cultural ambassadors. Furthermore, a goal the office thrives to achieve is the inclusion of international students in the BİLGİ community by providing equal access to cultural and social activities and participation in university events.

Tasks

The services of the International Student Advising Office start following the students’ arrival to the university and encompasses the areas below.

  • Conducting special international student orientation sessions that help guide international students through a smooth transition in their academic, social and cultural adjustment to life at Istanbul Bilgi University,

  • Helping with course registration procedures (especially sending out emails informing the students on how to select courses, adding and dropping courses, as well as doing a section change),

  • Providing information and assisting with Residence Permit applications,

  • Obtaining Health Insurance,

  • Informing and assisting students over social media and email regarding announcement events or tending to inquiries,

  • Updating the guide book annually to inform the students on the inner workings of the university and Istanbul (including opening a bank account and obtaining a tax number),

  • Organizing social events for the students, most prominently a seminar to help them cope with cultural differences and other difficulties.