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Bilkent University
Ankara, Turkey
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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 Program Type:
Exchange / Direct Enroll
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 Housing Options:
Residence hall or dormitory
Program Description:
About the Program Accommodations
Eligibility Dates and Costs
Academics Visa Information

About Bilkent University

Temple ruins, by Ella FratantuonoBilkent University is an English speaking university. Established in 1984, Bilkent is one of Turkey's premier private universities with an outstanding international reputation and ranking. Bilkent is located in the political capital, Ankara, a major cosmopolitan city offering a plethora of historical and cultural attractions. With a student population at approximately 10,000, Bilkent offers academics and activities of interest to all Richmond students.


Bilkent University offers university accommodation and many services such as a career development center, computer services, health center and library with many English holdings. Additionally, there are sporting facilities and clubs for students to join in the student life with Turkish students.


Turkey is a modern and hospitable country offering students an opportunity to study at the crossroads of East and West. A country rich in cultural and historical traditions and artifacts with some of the best Greek and Roman ruins to explore, Turkey is a wonderful learning environment for Richmond students. A new high-speed rail line has just been completed between Ankara and Istanbul, to make it easier for students to visit big-city Istanbul during their semester abroad. For more information on why to study and travel to Turkey, check the web site To read exchange student comments regarding their experiences, visit the web page



Alex Jakubow, a UR student abroad at Bilkent University in the fall 2007 semester, kept a journal of his time in Turkey. Click here to read Alex's journal (you must select a week from the drop-down menu to read that week's entries).


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Students should have a 3.00 cumulative GPA. However, the grade in the major is most important.

Note:  Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean's Office to study abroad. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of the semester abroad program.


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View of Ankara from the Citadel, by Emily HejaziStudents take English taught courses with Turkish students. There is an exchange program coordinator in each department who meets exchange students before the registration and whenever they need assistance. UR students will be required to take a beginning Turkish class. There are also various levels of Turkish language classes for students who have a Turkish language background. To see the undergraduate offerings for exchange students, see here.


Students will take 4-5 courses each semester. At Bilkent, each courses is valued at three semester credits. Bilkent uses a U.S. and GPA grading system.


Semester hours from Bilkent will be converted using the formula: Semester hours/3.5, round up to nearest tenth of a unit. A 3-semester credit course will be transferred back to Richmond as .9 units. A 4-semester course will be transferred back as 1.2 units. Click Conversion to Units for more information.
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Students typically live in on-campus housing (living in an off-campus apartment is an option as well). In the campus housing, students typically share a double room with a Turkish student; campus housing is same-sex only (no co-ed housing). Lodging is self-catered, with students buying food and cooking for themselves. Campus cafeterias or cafes are available for a quick bite.

Free housing!  Continuing in 2016-17, incoming study abroad students will have free on-campus double-room accommodation*! Those wanting single rooms can just pay the difference between a single and a double room. See Bilkent University Brochure for more information.         
*Subject to availability


Dates and Costs

Click Dates and Costs for Bilkent University to see information about dates and costs.

Visa Information

Students must obtain a student visa prior to departure. For the most up-to-date information, go to the Turkish embassy website. Click the word "English" in the upper right corner of the page to display the page in English.

For more information

See Amy Bergmann in the Office of International Education and consult Bilkent's web page


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Revised June 2016

This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered. 




This program is currently not accepting applications.