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Bilkent University

4.3 out of 5 (225 ratings / 216 reviews) Ankara, Turkey
Bilkent University was founded to provide an environment for learning and intellectual growth encompassing the sciences, technology, humanities and the arts, to serve human welfare and foster peace on earth. Education at Bilkent is not simply a means to obtain a vocation, a career. Instead, it endeavors to nurture students in the way of thinking and of learning to learn.

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Bilkent University – the first private, nonprofit university in Turkey – was founded on October 20, 1984, by Professor İhsan Doğramacı, M.D., with the fundamental aim of creating a center of excellence in higher education and research. The name “Bilkent” exemplifies this aim, since it is an acronym of “bilim kenti”: Turkish for “city of learning and science.”


The name “Bilkent”‘ exemplifies the founder’s aim, since it is an acronym of “bilim kenti” in Turkish for “city of science and knowledge.”

The educational philosophy rests on the premise that those who produce new knowledge also have the best potential to impart it. Scholarly research at Bilkent extends across a wide spectrum. From nanoscience and nanotechnology to political science, from electronics to economics, from fine arts to management and industrial engineering, from philosophy to computer engineering, and in many other areas of science, letters and the performing arts, our academic staff and resources provide a uniquely integrated environment.


Chief among the factors that ensure a high standard of education are a remarkably productive body of faculty members, and a dynamic scholarly and scientific environment that fosters high-quality research. According to ISI Citation Indexes, Bilkent ranks high not only in Turkey but also internationally in the number of published papers per faculty member. Many faculty members actively engaged in research also receive external funding from TÜBITAK (the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), the European Union, and other public institutions or private companies.


The Career Center, another service established at the incentive of Bilkent’s founder early in the University’s development, helps final-year students to acquire the skills necessary to apply successfully for a job. The Center arranges interviews between representatives of major corporations and students seeking employment.

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Student services

The Office of International Students plays a significant role on the internationalization path of Bilkent University by promoting its programs and providing support for all international academic affairs.

In order to ensure easy transition of the students, the Office provides assistance and guidance to both international degree-seeking students and incoming/outgoing exchange students through all phases of their academic and social conduct.

As well as providing information on procedural matters, such as application process, course selection and accommodation opportunities, via orientation programs and cultural trips, the Office of International Students offers ongoing help to all international students.

Housing services

Bilkent University’s safe and lively campus has plenty of social and academic services to make your stay comfortable.

On our Main and East Campuses and the nearby Bilkent Center shopping area, there are branches and ATMs of a number of banks.

Amongst the items provided for every student are: mattress, bedsheet, pillow, pillowcase, quiltcase, blanket, and quilt. Throughout our students' stays in our dorms, these items are laundered on a regular basis for no extra charge.

All areas of our dorms, including student rooms, are cleaned on a frequent and regular basis by our ISO certificated contractors, according to health and hygiene regulations.

Library services

The Bilkent University Library contains a large book and periodical collection, music listening booths, CDs, records, audio and videocassettes, music scores and microfilms.

The Library receives periodicals from numerous institutions, scientific articles and technical reports from prominent research institutions in Europe and the USA, and subscribes to major foreign newspapers.

ICT services

The Bilkent Computer Center (BCC) provides a variety of computing resources and services to meet the administrative, educational and research computing requirements in the university community. These services include providing computational equipment, their hardware and software maintenance, maintenance of software resources such as language compilers, utilities and application programs.

Medical services

The Health Centers , located on the Main and East Campuses, provide health services to students and faculty members. The basic and urgent services are provided free of charge to all Bilkent graduate and undergraduate students by the University Health Centers.

Student Life

Campus life

Our dormitories – consisting of 26 buildings with various designs and features, provide a peaceful, secure, comfortable, pleasant and hygienic atmosphere for more than 4,500 Turkish and international students from diverse backgrounds, who have chosen to take advantage of the excellence in higher education offered by Bilkent University.

Sports facilities

The mission of the Physical Education and Sports Center is to provide the environment and programs through which the Bilkent University community can participate in and attain a healthy lifestyle. By participating in quality health, physical education, sports and fitness programs, students enrich their campus lives and achieve their fullest individual capacity.

Student clubs

The Student Union organizes students’ social and cultural activities. Student representatives are elected by the student body; they are responsible for managing the Student Union and creating a program of activities. Located in the center of the Main Campus, the Student Union building houses a music room, video room, meeting rooms, offices and a conference hall.

Some of these clubs are:

  • Aviation Club
  • Bilkent International Students Club (BISC)
  • Bridge Club
  • Chess Club
  • Cinema Club
  • Computers Club
  • Environment Club
  • International Relations Club
  • Management-Economics Club
  • MBA Club
  • Music Club
  • Operational Research Club
  • Outdoor Sports Society
  • Photography Club
  • Theatre Club


  • Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and Industrial Engineering departments are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
  • Faculty of Business Administration is the first business school in Turkey accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Bilkent University has again been named as Turkey’s highest-ranked university the latest Quacquarelli Symonds Graduate Employability Rankings.
  • Bilkent University has been ranked 46th in the inaugural Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings, and among the top three universities in Turkey on the list.

Student Reviews

Bilkent as a friend of students
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I think Bilkent University is very disciplined and useful in a sense of instructions and the variety of lectures. You can join the various amount of school clubs, sports activities, and social awareness projects. Bilkent University cares about students. We have lots of meal opportunities for every type of budget. Bilkent provides students with free school buses and...

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Helpful instructors, not very efficient curriculum

Reflecting on my Experience in Bilkent University
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Bilkent University is academically one of the strongest universities in Turkey that offers quality education. The professors are highly qualified. They aid students in conducting research and pursuing opportunities. What was amazing is the magnitude of information I have acquired in this university. The only thing I wish was different would be the variety of department...

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