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Istanbul Sehir University

4.1 out of 5 (55 ratings / 53 reviews) Maltepe, Turkey
İstanbul Şehir University (ŞEHİR) is a non-profit, state recognized higher education institution established by the Foundation for Sciences and Arts (BSV) in 2008. Its founder BSV is a renowned NGO functioning for more than 25 years in the field of social sciences, organizing many international and national academic activities and free seminars in related areas.

Master's Programmes



Sehir rose with an academic pursuit which has directed the Foundation for Sciences and Arts since 1986. Sehir took the road as a real foundation university and gained institutional identity in May 2008. 


By force of our founding mission and vision of Istanbul Sehir University the Core Curriculum of Istanbul Sehir University undergraduate programs is an independent curriculum, designed according to the unique needs and conditions of today, directed towards helping students gain fundamental skills, which will enable them to understand the world within its own integrity and mobility, to look at the events from a broad perspective in a time-space context, to think right, systematically and consistently, and to express their thoughts in a meaningful frame, in their life after graduation, no matter what their discipline is.


ŞEHİR has a solid foundation of knowledge in the areas of social sciences and humanities while it expands its research potential towards Engineering and Natural Sciences.ŞEHİR has established an array of cross-disciplinary departments and graduate schools with an integrated agenda of (re)search for true knowledge, innovation for sustainability and service for society.As part of its founding philosophy, ŞEHİR aims to direct its research efforts and investments with the fundamental objectives of generating intellectual property to solve current and prospective problems, and contributing to the progress of the society in general.


The main objectives of the Career Center are to prepare our students for professional business world and academic life in the most efficient way and to support them by means of organizing various activities and workshops, creating opportunities for them to meet the business world, and thus, enabling our students to exhibit their difference in these platforms.Some other activities organized by the Career Center include open-days for different companies, on-campus recruitment days, ŞEHİR Career Festival, and professional business world talks which enable the business world to know our students better as well as offering them internship and job opportunities.​​​

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Student services

​​​​​As an essential part of academic studies, Student Clubs are integral parts of university life. Students clubs are active and productive environments in which intellectual skills are developed along with the academic studies; and projects and ideas spring to life with an organized socialization while enabling communication.

Housing services

The ŞEHİR student dormitories are for both male and female students. These rooms have been designed to offer a peaceful, safe and friendly environment for up to 1260 of the students who choose to study in our university.Each dorm room in our dormitory buildings is for 3 persons. We also have 4 other rooms for students with disabilities, which can accommodate 2 persons each.Each dormitory building has its own kitchens, laundry rooms, ironing rooms, recreation rooms, study rooms and prayer rooms as common use areas. Student dormitories are equipped with 24/7 hot water and a central heating system.

Library services

ŞEHİR aims to have the biggest university library in Turkey in the medium-term. In this library which contains written, printed and electronic resources, students will be able to access an extensive amount of literature on their academic, educational or research areas. 

ICT services

Information technologies are widely used at Sehir. Students can safely access all operational systems, such as the Student Affairs System, anytime anywhere. In accordance with the "smart university" concept, students have access to the campus from anywhere and to anywhere from the campus instantaneously. 

Medical services

The health services at ŞEHİR are rendered by the Health Center where one doctor and one nurse will be stationed. Students can visit the health center within work hours for their health problems. First examination and treatment is made at the health center. In cases which require further examination and treatment, students are transferred to health institutions in accordance.

Student Life

Campus life

​​​​​​​​​​​​This year, we are moving to our brand-new and fully-equipped campus of which we have dreamed since the first day we met our students in Altunizade in 2010. ŞEHİR Family moves forward on its path full of new excitement and beauties in Dragos. Located by the shore of Kartal on a vast and green area of 410 decares, the Dragos Campus presents you with state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, a library with rich collections, high-capacity dormitories, alternative sports and social facilities, study areas, and diverse cafeterias and restaurants.

Sports facilities

Our Multi-Purpose Studios located at the Sports Center have periodical Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, Power Crunch, Bosu Cardio, Funy Jumps etc. classes. You can take group/personel tennis classes from our expert tennis coaches at the tennis courts within the campus, and you can use the tennis courts personally by making reservations.You can participate in the sports tournaments called the “ŞEHİR Cup”, “Rectorship Cup” in the areas of football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, foot tennis, etc., make new friends and develop your current friendships by attending the Campus runs such as the “Spring Run”, “Rectorship Run”, as well as the fun Bicycle Races. 

Student clubs

In ŞEHİR, there are several student clubs in different fields and disciplines which carry out activities in line with University’s mission of searching, understanding and sharing what is good, right and beautiful. Photo Club, Music Club, Drama Club, Debating Club, IDC (International Debating Club), Management and Economy Club, Communication Club, Engineering Club, Young Tema Club, Psychology Club, Sociology Shop, Leadership Club, Traditional Archery Club, Law Club, History Club, Gastronomy Club, Martial Sports Club, Mechanics Re-De Club, E-Sports club, Black Sea Club, Kemalist Thought Club, Career Club, Literature Club, and Cine Club are some of the wide range of clubs.

Student Reviews

Very Good
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Learning methods are very good, focusing on the skills and performance of the student

Cathartic Experience
Provided by ESN rated 5 out of 5 stars

As i already mentioned that coming to Turkey brought a lot of positive changes in me and i will definitely recommend people to come here especially to Istanbul Sehir University to experience life. if you wanted to express yourself freely and learn from extraordinary good qualified academic stuff you should be here at ?ehir. You will need very good English language skills...

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Good quality of education,cost of living is not much if you are using euro currency.


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