Adopting the principle of 'Non scholae, sed vitae discimus' (Learning not for school, but for life), İstanbul Bilgi University took its place within the Turkish system of higher education as a civil corporation after the application made by the Bilgi Education and Culture Foundation on 7 June 1996 and the subsequent approval by the Turkish Grand National Assembly according to Law number 4142.
Over time İstanbul Bilgi University has grown to encompass 3 main campuses that total 210.000 m² and it is on these four campuses (Kuştepe, Dolapdere and santralistanbul) that it continues to serve its students and the academic world in Turkey.
The university currently has more than 20,000 students and near 50,000 alumni, over 1,000 academicians; 7 faculties, 3 institutes, 4 schools, 3 vocational schools, and 150+ programs that provide education to its associate, undergraduate and graduate students.
Having broken many new grounds since its foundation, BİLGİ, both on institutional and program level, has been awarded with the quality and accreditation awards by the globally reputable institutions.
QS Stars Rated for Excellence
İstanbul Bilgi University was awarded 4 stars by QS Stars, the world's reputable higher education ranking institution centered in UK. With this achievement, BİLGİ has proven its success in the fields of program strength, research, international reputation, graduate employability, social responsibility, inclusiveness and facilities.
CEA (Commission on English Language Program Accreditation)
İstanbul Bilgi University English Preparatory Program has been awarded five-year accreditation from CEA (Commission on English Language Program Accreditation), one of the most valued English language education quality certificates in the world.
International Family Therapy Association (IFTA)
The Couples and Family Therapy track within the İstanbul Bilgi University Clinical Psychology Graduate Program had become, in 2015, the first and only program in Turkey to be accredited by the International Systemic Therapy Training Accreditation Committee of the International Family Therapy Association (IFTA). The accreditation has been renewed for 2018-2021.
MÜDEK (Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Engineering Programs)
Five undergraduate programs of İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences (Computer, Electrical and Electronics, Energy Systems, Industrial, Genetics and Bioengineering) have been accredited by MÜDEK until 30 September 2020. MÜDEK (Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Engineering Programs) is an institution fully authorized to provide accreditation by the Council of Higher Education.
BİLGİ History has been accredited by the leading accreditation association FEDEK-Science, Literature, Faculty of Science and Letters, History and Geography Curriculum Programs Assessment and Accreditation Association.
Carrying out accreditation, evaluation and notification studies for Science, Literature, Science-Literature, Faculties of Language, History and Geography (will be called as Faculty of Science and Letters (FSL)) which are in different disciplines FEDEK will contribute to the increase the quality of higher education in Turkey.
In FEDEK accreditation, programs are assessed according to such criteria as the success of the students registered in the program, program curriculum purposes, program outputs, curriculum plan, academic staff, management structure and program infrastructure.