Bilkent University, Turkey's first private, non-profit university, was founded on October 20, 1984 by Prof. Dr. It was founded by İhsan Doğramacı with the main aim of creating a center of excellence in higher education and research. The name "Bilkent", which is an abbreviation of "science city" meaning "science and science city" in Turkish, is an example of this purpose. The university campus is located approximately 12 km off the main highway to Eskişehir. It is west of Ankara center and covers an area of more than 300 hectares.
Bilkent University admitted its first students in 1986. There were 386 undergraduate and graduate students that year. It currently has over 12,000 students at nine faculties, two four-year applied schools, an English Language School and three graduate schools. These include international students and exchange students from 73 countries. Approximately 64% of the student body benefit from various scholarships.
Construction has continued over the years since the first students were admitted to meet the growing needs of the university. Faculties and departments, research centers, modern classrooms, state-of-the-art science and engineering laboratories, art studios, Computer Center, Health Center, gyms and semi-olympic indoor swimming pool are among the buildings and facilities today. There are dormitories, faculty lodgings, cafeterias and restaurants, Bilkent Concert Hall for the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Odeon open-air auditorium for 4,000 people, primary school, secondary school, kindergarten and nursery.
Bilkent University was ranked 16th in the QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia Rankings and 82nd in the Times Higher Education Asian University Rankings. Bilkent was also selected as one of the highest ranked universities in Turkey in the QS Graduate Employability Ranking.
With world-renowned academics among its faculties and world-class facilities throughout its campus, Bilkent continues to attract many of Turkey's brightest students and is proud of its 50,000 graduates pursuing successful careers across five continents.
Life at Bilkent University
Bilkent University offers a vibrant cultural and social atmosphere. The 500-hectare campus is only 12 kilometers from the center of Ankara and offers easy access to the city's parks, shopping areas, cultural activities, museums and entertainment venues.
Bilkent is a full campus university created for students to live. The dormitories it houses consist of 26 buildings with various designs and features. It offers approximately 4,600 Turkish and international Bilkent students a peaceful, safe, comfortable, pleasant and hygienic environment.
Bilkent University aims to provide an environment where students can participate in various activities with quality physical education, sports and fitness programs, take part in team and individual sports and games, and stay fit and active all year round. For this reason, Bilkent University includes swimming pools, sports halls, tennis courts, fields and outdoor sports facilities.
Bilkent University has many social and academic services to create a safe and vibrant campus and make students feel comfortable.
Bilkent University Programs & Fees
Bilkent University charges a fee of 13,400 USD for international and other students accepted in accordance with the Higher Education Board's Admissions Regulations from Abroad for the faculties it hosts. This fee is valid for all faculties. The departments and faculties of Bilkent University are as follows.
Computer and Instructional Technologies Teaching
Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Molecular biology and genetics
- Faculty of Fine Arts, Design and Architecture
Interior Architecture and Environmental Design
Communication and Design
Urban Design and Landscape Architecture
- Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences
Political science and public administration
- Faculty of Humanities and Letters
American Culture and Literature
English Language and Literature
Translation and Interpreting in English, French
Electrical electronics Engineering
- Faculty of Music and Performing Arts
- Faculty of Applied Sciences
Information Systems and Technologies
Tourism and hotel Management