Bilkent University Study Abroad & Exchange 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. SUNY and non-SUNY students meeting the minimum requirements are welcome to apply.

Bilkent University has been ranked among the top 200 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World Rankings of 2011-2012, and the best university in Turkey. 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.


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 for the fall or spring semester or academic year. Fall semester normally begins with the exchange orientation during the second week of September and ends in late January. Spring semester begins in early February and ends in late May. 

Last Updated: 8/21/14