EAP students are fully integrated into Bilkent University classes and have access to all fields of instruction. Bilkent University is Turkey’s first private university and was founded with the goal of creating a center of excellence in higher education and research. All courses are in English, but students are able to increase their ability to interact socially with Turkish students outside of classes by studying Turkish.
Academic highlights include:
- Opportunities to study the archaeology of Anatolia, the Ancient Near East, the Mediterranean, as well as the history of art from the Byzantine period to the 20th century through courses offered in the Department of Archaeology and History of Art; practical work complements lectures and students have the opportunity to participate in excavations
- Courses relating to current political and security issues in the Middle East, the Balkans, and the Central Asian Republics for students in international relations and political science
Engineering courses that focus on artificial intelligence, database management, graphics, parallel processing, computer networks, software engineering, materials science and engineering, and thermodynamics
- Beginning Turkish for study abroad students with little or no prior study of the language; a course in Turkish culture and literature is available for students with an intermediate knowledge of Turkish
Orientation at Bilkent University:
Start the first day of your orientation right with a traditional Turkish breakfast and campus tour.
- Welcome by the Rector
- Workshops on campus life, Turkish customs, Anatolian archaeology
- City tour and visit to Ataturk's mausoleum
- Meet and bond with other international students
- Receive guidance on how to register your courses with both the host university and UC, to make sure you receive UC credit for courses taken abroad
- Gain "survival" Turkish language skills
- Lunches and dinners showcasing the famous Turkish hospitality
- Visit nearby towns
- Learn what to do in matters of health, safety, emergencies
Participation in orientation sessions and events is mandatory; missing them could result in dismissal from the program.
Students attend classes with host country students.
Language of Instruction
Courses are taught in English if there are English speakers in the class, with the exception of music courses at Bilkent, which are taught only in Turkish. These classes are Western, classical music; they are not ethnic or folk music.
If a class is being taught in Turkish, you may request the instructor to teach in English (he or she may not be aware non-Turkish students are in the class) or you may ask the Exchange Program Coordinator to request instruction in English on your behalf.
Two weeks of Turkish language instruction precede the fall term. Turkish language study is required for fall and year students during the fall term and for spring students during the spring term.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late August to mid-January
late January to late May
late August to late May
Extension is possible from the fall to the year.
NEW beginning Fall 2013: UCEAP students will receive FREE housing (double room in dormitory) if applying by the housing application deadline and subject to availability. Students who prefer a single dormitory room would pay only the difference in cost between single and double rooms.
Half of Bilkent's students live in dormitories on campus while others locate apartments for themselves in Ankara, about 30 minutes away. Most UCEAP students select on-campus housing because the campus offers almost everything students want to purchase, it is a secure campus with restricted entry, and students do not have to arrange daily transportation to class. Dormitory life also offers the best opportunity to meet and interact with Turkish and other international students.
You are responsible to reserve and pay for your own housing, either on- or off-campus, directly to the housing provider. Bilkent will send you a housing form along with the acceptance letter and other materials. Complete and return the form as soon as you receive it. Payment is made upon arrival.
Bilkent offers several dorm options for international students, including single, double, and four-person rooms. The range of on-campus housing is vast; dorm options and costs vary much more than they typically do at UC. UCEAP students recommend that you avoid the temptation to save money by choosing the least expensive option. Dorms designated as private or “special” (with suites and studios) generally offer a high level of comfort, while the least expensive options may include worn furniture and bedding and communal bathrooms. Privacy, water, and heating can be problematic. Generally, the mid-range to expensive options offer conditions that would be comparable to what is found on a UC campus, with the most expensive offering the best conditions. The lowest priced dorms have one kitchen per building, while the higher-priced dorms have one kitchen per floor. Common to all dorms are access to full kitchens, study and computer rooms, laundry facilities, cafés, housekeeping, phone service, and in-room Internet connections. Bed linens are provided in the dorms, but UCEAP recommends that you take a sleeping bag for the early fall—before the heat is turned on—and for travel. Pack your own towels or purchase them after arrival.
While the dorms are convenient and provide an excellent opportunity to meet Turkish students, all dorms have strict regulations that you will be required to follow. These regulations include curfews, which are usually midnight. All dorms are segregated by gender and visitors of the opposite sex are allowed in common rooms only; no visitors of the opposite sex are allowed in your room. All students and visitors are required to check in with the front desk every time they enter, and must be “buzzed in” to the dorms. If you plan to spend the night away from the dorm, you must inform the dorm director in advance. Alcoholic drinks are not allowed in the dorms.
Dorm #50 has received a positive evaluation from past UCEAP students.
Bilkent has extensive sports facilities including a new sports center with an indoor running track, aerobics studios, swimming facilities, and courts for squash, basketball, volleyball, and handball, as well as a fitness room containing a full array of free weights and stationary equipment. Intramural sports include basketball, soccer, and squash; physical education classes are available in mountaineering, aerobics, Turkish folk dancing, and more.
EAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. Local staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of their host country and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the EAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
Bilkent University, Ankara
Bilkent University enrolls over 12,000 students from 72 countries. As a major center for research and teaching, the university is home to nine faculties including Business Administration, Humanities, and Letters and Science. Instruction is in English. Founded in 1984, Bilkent is a private institution distinguished by high-quality education and research. The university’s name comes from the Turkish phrase bilim kenti, or city of knowledge. Its three campuses are located about 12 kilometers from central Ankara.
Regular university courses in a wide variety of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. Archaeology and art history are particularly strong.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
- EAP Program Search provides information on general areas of study.
- Host institution online catalogs or course listings:
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. Since courses in new programs have not yet been taken for credit, they may not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. Students enroll in five courses for a total of 22.5 UC quarter units per semester.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Independent study and internships for academic credit may be possible in this program. Arrangements are generally made at the Study Center after arrival at the host institution. Pre-departure preparation may be required.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
|Fall||16 - 18||22.5||15||$6,750||$7,750|
* Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2012-13. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2012-13 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non Resident Fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Cost of attending Bilkent University
- Accident and medical insurance
- On-site orientation
- Intensive Language Program
- Room and Board
- Local transportation
- Optional excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 0 quarters / 0 semesters.
* Required for fall semester and academic year students during the fall term and for spring semester students during the spring term.
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental predeparture materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by Bilkent University.
Visit your Campus EAP Office for more information: