The Bilkent University program has been temporarily suspended through the spring of 2018. Please check back in the fall for updates regarding the fall program.
Founded in 1984, Bilkent University is the first private, non-profit university in Turkey. The University is about 10 miles outside the city center of Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, on a 1200-acre campus. All instruction at the University is in English. Students enroll in regular classes and live in the residence halls alongside Turkish and other international students. They are welcome to participate in all University activities. Students may attend for a semester or an academic year. Non-SUNY students meeting the minimum requirements are welcome to apply.
Ankara is the capital of Turkey and its political and administrative center. Located in the heart of the Anatolian peninsula, Ankara is the second largest city in Turkey, with a population of 4.7 million. Long an important center of trade between the east and west because it lay along ancient caravan routes, the Celtic Galatians named the city Ancyra, meaning “anchor” in the 3rd century B.C. Many important civilizations have come and gone, leaving their mark on the character of the city and region, including the Hittites, the Phrygians, the Lydians, the Persians, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Seljuk Turks and the Ottoman Turks. In 1923 Kemal Ataturk chose it as the capitol city of the new Turkish Republic.
The city lies on the Anatolian plateau nearly 3000 feet above sea level, with forested regions to the northeast and fertile plains to the south and east. It has hot, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. It is linked to other parts of Turkey and beyond by good highways, railways and a large international airport. The Turkish Parliament and the Heads of State reside in Ankara, and the city has a formal feel. It is rich in museums and other cultural sites, universities, parks, bustling shopping districts, and a fascinating night life. Public transportation is modern, plentiful and convenient, and Turkish culture is warm and welcoming to visitors, with a strong ethos of hospitality.
Students may participate in the fall or spring semester, or the academic year. Fall semester normally begins with the exchange orientation during the second week of September and ends in early January. Spring semester begins in late January and ends in late May.
Fall 2017 dates:
Official Arrival: 9/9-10/2017; Semester 9/18/17 - 1/9/18
Spring 2018 dates:
Official Arrival: 1/20-21/2018; Semester 1/29/17 - 5/28/18
Bilkent University ranked among the top 5 Best Global Universities in Turkey according to the 2017 U.S. News and World Report. It has a student population of 12,000 and over 1,000 faculty members. A third of its faculty are international, coming from about 40 countries, and Bilkent has exchange agreements with over 260 universities from around the world. A hallmark of Bilkent is the close communication between students and faculty. The student to professor ratio is 14:1. With 9 faculties and 33 Bachelor’s programs, 5 graduate schools with 54 graduate programs, 3 applied schools, 2 vocational schools and a variety of programs and centers of study, students have a rich array of disciplines to choose from.
Students may participate for the fall or spring semester or academic year. Credits at Bilkent are equivalent to credits at Binghamton. Most courses are 4 credits. A full load will be 12 to 16 credits. Students should discuss their intention to participate with all appropriate academic advisors and obtain pre-approvals and an understanding of education abroad credit policies.
Among their most distinguished departments are Archaeology, International Relations, and Music. Bilkent also offers more fine arts than most European universities.
A small selection of the many courses to choose from includes:
Introduction to Art and Culture I
Comparative Politics I
Additional information about the university can be found here; information regarding exchange at Bilkent can be found here.
Turkish Language Instruction
Participants will gain much more out of the experience if they work to acquire some knowledge of the Turkish language. Turkish is taught at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels each term. Students are placed in classes according to their language level.
Bilkent University offers free on-campus accommodation for incoming exchange students. Subject to availability, and on a first come-first served basis, it provides for a double room in Bilkent’s student dormitories. All students live on campus in the dormitories and can choose from single, double, triple or quadruple rooms or suites. All halls have common areas such as self-catered kitchens/kitchenettes, TV/social lounges, study lounges, self-service laundry and ironing rooms, and game and visitors’ areas. There are many cafeterias and other eateries around the halls and on campus. Students can choose to participate in a wide selection of clubs and societies and other social, cultural and sports activities.
The campus newspaper, the Bilkent News is published weekly and lists all the current and upcoming events. Public transportation to downtown Ankara is easy by bus and takes about 30 minutes. There is a free shuttle service from campus to two locations in Ankara. The downtown bus service is free with a Bilkent Student ID. The city is a center for opera, ballet, jazz and modern dance, and is home to nine universities. Modern shopping malls are easily accessible from campus, as are local markets and restaurants. Istanbul is just 5 hours away by bus.
The updated cost sheet will be posted here shortly.
The Bilkent University program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors. An overall grade point average of 3.0 is normally required. Applications from other SUNY students and non-SUNY students are welcome. The application deadline is March 15 for all fall semester/academic year programs and October 15 for Spring semester.
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Ankara. The Office of Exchange Programs at Bilkent will provide airport pick-up services from Esenboga Airport on the official arrival dates.
In order to understand the actual difference in cost of your semester abroad, you should compare the Estimate of Costs sheet for this program that is linked above to what you would pay normally for a semester at Binghamton. ***Cost Comparison: Binghamton University estimates the average cost for a full time student one semester on campus to be $12,993.50 in-state and $20,633.50 out-of-state.
Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Office of Financial Aid Services is able to consider only the applications of students matriculated at Binghamton. Non-Binghamton students should contact the financial aid office on their home campus for information about eligibility for financial aid programs.
Students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for campus and national scholarships. Please visit the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives or go to our scholarships page for more information. The Turkey Coalition of America also offers a scholarship for American minority students, which can range between $500-$2,000. For more information on this scholarship, please see their site.