Istanbul Bilgi University

Istanbul Bilgi University

Number of students
1750€ - 4860€
Semester Tuition Fees
Ø monthly cost of living
Scholarships available
February 03, September 02
Application Deadline
Student - staff ratio
Nations represented

Offered Programs

For the application and registration processes to proceed in the best way in BİLGİ Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs, the relevant online application form must be filled in. Unfortunately, applications cannot be completed without completing the online application form. After filling the form and completing the applications, our consultants will contact you.

Undergraduate Applications

Application Procedure:

International Student Candidates must apply as follows: 

  • The prospective student must fill in the online application form (hard copy is available upon request).
  • The candidate must upload the required documents to the online application form. In case of emergency, you can reach us through our email address
  • Documents required for Undergraduate Applications:
  • Photocopy of high school diploma (with official transcript)
  • All High School Transcripts / Grades (corresponding to the last 4 years of high school)
  • Photocopy of the passport
  • Two passport photographs
  • Blue Card and Certificate of Identity
  • Score records for an English Language Proficiency Exam (e.g. TOEFL or Cambridge Certificate), if applicable. The English requirement is detailed below.

NOTE: International students applying with SAT exam scores, please send your score certificate using the Private Institution (DI) code: 7293 - Istanbul Bilgi University.

Incoming International students can follow their application status by contacting us via our email [email protected]

English Language Requirement:

The language of instruction at Istanbul Bilgi University is English, so students' English proficiency will be evaluated as follows:

If the future international student gets enough points in one of the following English Language Proficiency Exams, the student will be exempted from the English Preparatory Program at Istanbul Bilgi University for one academic year:

NOTE: International students must submit their TOEFL score report using our Private Institution (DI) code, which is detailed in the TOEFL IBT Information and Registration Bulletin: 8256 - Istanbul Bilgi University.

If the future international student fails to obtain a sufficient score in one of the English Language Proficiency Exams or does not take the test, the student must take the Istanbul Bilgi University-Institutional Exemption Test (BILET) upon arrival/registration.

Those who fail the Institutional Exemption Test must attend the English Preparatory Program, which is the university's English program, for one academic year before academic studies begin.

This preparatory year is not included in the total number of years of study required for graduation. The annual tuition fee for the 'English Language Preparatory Program' is 8.100 USD (including taxes).

Application Deadline and Processing Time:

Istanbul Bilgi University International Promotion Office works on the applications and announces the evaluation results in a short time.

The deadline for applications for the Fall semester is the end of August. Future international students are required to submit their applications as soon as their official documents are available.

Students who have not graduated from high school and want to send their applications in the early and senior year of high school can do the following:

The evaluation will be done on the full high school transcript (3 or 4 years) and a 'Conditional Letter of Acceptance' will be issued if accepted.

After the student graduates and receives the high school diploma together with the official transcripts, the student must send these latest documents to the International Information Office so that a 'Final Acceptance Letter' can be issued.

Registration procedures:

After evaluation and if the application is accepted, the International Information Office will send the 'Letter of Acceptance' to the international student.

‘Acceptance Letter 'will be used to obtain a ‘Study Visa 'from the Turkish Embassy or Consulate closest to the student's home/country of residence.

After the 'Student Visa' has been issued, the student must register with Istanbul Bilgi University Student Affairs Office, provided that the following original documents are provided:

Original high school diploma (English or Turkish) - (Certified by the relevant authorities)

Certificate of equivalence for Foreign High School Diploma (equivalence certificate can be provided by the Turkish Embassies or Istanbul Provincial Education Directorate.

Additional information will be provided by the International Promotion Office during registration and explained in detail)

  • Original High School Transcript (English or Turkish) - (Certified by the relevant authorities)
  • Original passport
  • Tuition fee bank receipt
  • Passport photo
  • If available, a certified copy of the English proficiency test (TOEFL, BİLGİ-BILET)
  • High School Diploma Equivalency:

This Provincial Directorate of National Education in Istanbul (and in some cases the Turkish Embassy / Consulate) issued by foreign high school diploma is an easy process of attesting that Turkey coincided with a high school diploma (Turkey's Equivalency Certificate').

This document is delivered to the applicant in person, providing the original foreign high school * Maximum Study Period:

  • English Preparatory Program: 2 Years
  • Undergraduate Programs: 7 Years

Students who cannot complete their education within the periods specified above lose their student status.

Graduate Applications

All Graduate level (master's and doctoral) applications must be made online. Note that each Graduate program has its application procedure in detail in each program menu (you can find additional information here) s

After the online application is made, applicants must provide all required documents to the relevant program coordinator and the Graduate Programs Admissions Office without any delay [email protected]. Online applications with missing documents will not be evaluated by the program coordinator.

Select your Degree

Application Requirements for Bachelors:

  • A-Level Certificate
  • English Proficiency (where applicable)

Select your field of study for Bachelors

Select your Bachelor program

Application Requirements for Masters:

  • A-Level Certificate
  • Bachelor's Degree

Select your field of study for Masters


Select your Master program

Istanbul Bilgi University in Rankings

  • Top 130 Universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia” (QS World Rankings, 2020)

  • Top 3 Universities in Turkey (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2018)
  • #36 among the Top Universities in Turkey (CWUR 2020)
  • 301-400th  Impact Rankings (THE World Rankings, 2020)

Cost of living at Istanbul Bilgi University

150 - 300 Euro / month
300 Euro / month
Cost of living
150 Euro / month
30 -50 Euro / month

About Istanbul Bilgi University

Istanbul Bilgi University was founded on June 7, 1996, with the motto "Learning for life, not for school" with the aim of bringing a new breath to university life.

With 4 main campuses and contribute to the academic life of students in Istanbul, and in Turkey. We invite you to become a part of an educational institution that is recognized all over the world with innovations that provide university education.

Non-Scholae Sed Vitae '(We must learn for life and not for school) principles by road to the Istanbul Bilgi University, 7 June 1996 Information Education and submissions made by the Cultural Foundation and the Turkey Grand National Assembly adopted with the 4142 numbered law, a Foundation University has taken its place in the Turkish University System as an institution with a public legal personality.

Istanbul Bilgi University grew to create new campuses spread across Istanbul since its creation in various processes, they include; Kuștepe, Dolapdere, and Santralistanbul making three campuses in total approximately 210,000 m² contributing immensely to the student and academic life in Turkey.

The university opened a fourth campus in Kozyataği, in the Asian part of the bi-continental city of Istanbul

For 23 years, Istanbul Bilgi University, who performed the first of many in Turkey, went into long-term cooperation with education between 2019 and 2006 and to improve the quality of research and Turkey with the goal of becoming a university that can compete with the world, one of the world's largest international education network Laureate Education and became a part of this network. In 2019, Can Holding joined the supporters of the Bilgi Culture and Education Foundation.

When they set out in 1996 to become a good and well-established university, the founders of this institution knew that a very long process was waiting for them.

However, they have put forward all their will, skill, and hopes for this long process to turn into a never-ending culture.

Thanks to the distinguished scientists and educators meeting on this ground, Bilgi has become one of the leading academic institutions in the country.

Today, BİLGİ, which has nearly 20,000 students, nearly 45,000 graduates, approximately 1,500 academic staff, continues its education with more than 150 programs offering undergraduate, graduate, and associate degree education in 7 faculties, 3 institutes, 4 colleges, and 3 vocational schools.

Quality and Accreditation Awards

BİLGİ attaches importance to accreditation and quality assessment studies in order to increase the quality of education and research and to maintain its academic activities at international quality standards.

BİLGİ, which adopts the approach of continuously improving its activities in line with its quality policy, has quality and accreditation awards given by the world's reputable institutions both institutionally and on a program basis.

QS Stars Rated for Excellence

Istanbul Bilgi University was awarded 4 stars by the UK-based independent QS Stars, which ranks the world's reputable universities. With this success, BİLGİ has registered its achievements in education, research, internationality, employability, social responsibility, inclusiveness, and opportunities in the international arena.

CEA (Commission on English Language Program Accreditation)

Istanbul Bilgi University English Preparatory program has received CEA (Commission on English Language Program Accreditation) accreditation for a period of 5 years, the world's most important English education quality certificate.

Turkish Psychological Association (TPD)

Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Social and Human Sciences Psychology Undergraduate Program was accredited by the Turkish Psychologists Association (TPD) until February 12, 2022.

International Family Therapy Association (IFTA)

Istanbul Bilgi University Clinical Psychology Graduate Program in Couple and Family Therapy sub-branches, the International Family Therapy Association (IFTA), the International Systemic Therapy Training Accreditation in 2015 by the Committee first in Turkey and was accredited as a single program. The renewed accreditation will be valid between 2018-2021.

MÜDEK (Engineering Education Programs Evaluation and Accreditation Association)

Five undergraduate programs (Computer, Electrical-Electronics, Industry, Energy Systems, Genetics, and Bioengineering) of Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences were accredited by MÜDEK until 30 September 2020. MÜDEK (Engineering Education Programs Evaluation and Accreditation Association) is an institution authorized by the Council of Higher Education to give accreditation.

FEDEK (Science, Literature, Science - Literature, Language and History - Geography Faculties Education Program Evaluation and Accreditation Association)

BİLGİ History Department was accredited by the Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Science, Literature, Science - Literature, Language and History - Geography Faculties of Education Programs (FEDEK), one of the leading accreditation institutions.

FEDEK science in different disciplines, literature, science and literature, language and history-geography faculty (FEF) in the curriculum for education, conducting scientific research and studies to promote the service to the society aims to raise the quality of teaching of the FAS program in Turkey.

In FEDEK accreditation, programs are evaluated according to the criteria determined by the institution in areas such as the success of the students enrolled in the program, program teaching objectives, program outputs, teaching plan, teaching staff, management structure, and program infrastructure.

Why Study at Istanbul Bilgi University

Research and Business

Istanbul Bilgi University has a focus on applied research and on providing practical solutions for businesses, large and small.

Modern Infrastructure

Modern style and design campus with 21st century infrastructure and facilities. Students can immerse into a healthy learning environment offered by the institute.

Affordable Education

Compared to many universities within Europe, IBU tuition fees are rather affordable and students have the opportunity to apply for scholarships.

Competent Staff

IBU institution has a diverse group of lecturers with substantial experience, having worked with respected international organizations worldwide.

Accommodation Istanbul Bilgi University

On Campus Accomodation at Istanbul Bilgi University

At IBU presently there are no university-owned student dormitories or residence halls on campus, however, housing needs are offered by contracted private bodies who provide upscale dormitories for the students’ convenience.

These contracted residences are well maintained and under premium conditions with amenities like 24/7 wireless internet connectivity, heating, student lounges, study halls, recreational centers, cable tv, kitchen space for individuals who prefer home-cooked meals, etc. 

Off Campus Accomodation at Istanbul Bilgi University

Istanbul Bilgi University provides dormitory services to our students with reliable dormitories close to our campuses. The dormitories we recommend offer different room options in single, double, quadruple, and, various capacities.

Santral Dormitory for Girls

Santral Girls' Dormitory is a 2-minute walk from BİLGİ Santralistanbul Campus.

The restaurant in the dormitory is open between 11:00 and 23:00. The restaurant offers 72 à la carte menus, as well as a 6-course main course menu that changes around the clock. Students can enjoy free breakfast service in the mornings. XOOM Training Club, which provides professional training in the dormitory where the gym is located, can also be used free of charge. In the dormitory where the Turkish bath, sauna, student kitchens, and infirmary are located, reception service and room cleaning service are provided every day.

In order to ensure security, the dormitory building is followed by security guards; the dormitory building and its surroundings are monitored with 84 cameras for 40 days.


The dormitory has single, double, triple, quadruple, and six-person rooms. The rooms have furniture that the student can personalize.

Home Istanbul Girls' Dormitory

Ev Istanbul Girls' Dormitory has a capacity of 50 beds. It has single, double, and triple rooms. The rooms have a desk, wardrobe, mini-fridge, television, washbasin, and bathroom. Also, the dormitory's fitness center, study room, cinema hall, laundry room, luggage room, dining hall, and terrace are open to students every day and hour of the week. Students can benefit from the free breakfast service and also use the common hobby kitchen in the dormitory.

To ensure security, the dormitory building is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a security guard and security cameras; Card and fingerprint system is applied at the entrance and exit of the dormitory.

The dormitory has uninterrupted internet, cooling and heating systems, a generator, a fire detection system, and a water tank. The dormitory building has an earthquake resistance report. The dormitory is a 5-minute walk from BİLGİ Santralistanbul Campus. Besides, students are provided with shuttle service, and public transportation is easily accessible from the front of the dormitory.

Room cleaning is done by cleaning teams 3 days a week. Necessary precautions are taken against the Covid-19 virus and disinfection procedures are carried out in the dormitory.

Residence Apartments

Republika Academic Aparts Ortaköy

Republika is in the center of Ortaköy and provides a shuttle service to the university. It is a 2-minute walk from bus stops. The facilities include a gym, medical staff, pool, study room, cafeteria, cinema room, game room, common kitchen, and laundry room. Rooms are cleaned twice a week by the cleaning team. Internet service is provided, three meals are served in the cafeteria. Breakfast is included in monthly fees.

In order to ensure security, buildings are monitored 24/7 by security guards and security cameras. The rooms vary as 3-2 person shared rooms, 3-2 person individual use rooms, and single rooms. All rooms have toilets, bathrooms, and furniture. RocApply has a partnership with Republika Apartments, and offer accommodation assistance on our platform.

Sports at Istanbul Bilgi University

Istanbul Bilgi University also values and appreciates the need for extramural activities allowing students to chill, wind-down, interact socially and network. The University intends through sport to create an open environment to encourage students to actively engage in sport and social clubs so as to promote the development of leadership and skills training.

Upon arrival, new students are informed on several sports and clubs that BUC has, and are encouraged to take part. Some of the sports the university offers include: Athletics; Basketball; Tennis; Volleyball; Table Tennis; Swimming; Football etc.

For students looking at taking sports more competitively, there's an opportunity to represent the university and be considered for a sporting scholarship. Istanbul Bilgi University is actively engaged in competitions and sporting challenges all year round. Trials and thereafter selection of the best players are carried out at the beginning of each semester for each team.

Through sporting activities students are able to: Improved teamwork; Confidence boost; Better Time management; improved interaction; have fun; meet new people; destress and relax etc.

Food at Istanbul Bilgi University

Turkish cuisine is considered to be one of the most elegant and diverse cuisines in the world, emphasizing fresh seasonal food items and regional features. In addition to grilled meat specialties (kebab), a wide range of fresh sea and throat fish should be tried and then sweet delights such as baklava should be followed.

Transportation at Istanbul Bilgi University

Istanbul Bilgi University provides an efficient and reliable bus service so at to ease student and stuff travel concerns. The university offers free (identified and registered students) shuttle service around campus while there's bus around the city at designated bus stops, even into areas not covered by the city transportation provider. 

This service is free of charge for all IBU students upon presentation of their Student ID or registration form to the bus driver.

To complement the university efforts in offering reliable and efficient transport there are local commutes dedicated to the task of board students on fixed schedules.

The university busses are modern looking with WIFI, comfortable, spacious and air-conditioned.

About Istanbul

Istanbul is the economic, cultural, and, historical hub of Turkey, the city is also the largest, most dynamic, and vibrant city in the Mediterranean and Eurasian region. 

Exploring international students, streets, neighborhoods, ethnic groups, and other offerings; by being aware of cultural events, music festivals, art scenes; we invite you to experience Istanbul completely by tasting Turkish and world cuisines in Istanbul restaurants.

Cultural Life in Istanbul:

There is no need to say much about the cultural life of Istanbul, which has a diverse and comprehensive list of museums, photo exhibitions, art events, historical artifacts, music festivals and much more. In addition to the 3-day May Fest Festival at Istanbul Bilgi University, there are many music festivals in Istanbul

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