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Summer School for International Students

Dear Students,

As you make your plans for the coming summer, I would like to invite you to be part of a truly international educational experience: Summer School 2023 at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

Here at Bilkent, we offer you the best of both worlds in a number of ways. You will live on our modern campus, and take courses taught in English by our international faculty members. At the same time, you will have the chance to experience the culture of Turkey, a country where Europe and Asia meet. In addition, our Summer School gives you the opportunity to study abroad and earn credits without missing a fall or spring semester at your own university.

Bilkent is one of Turkey’s leading universities. Its faculty members include well-known scholars from a number of countries all over the world as well as from Turkey; the medium of instruction is English. Bilkent Summer School offers courses in many departments and subject areas.

Of course, Summer School is more than studies and classes! Our spacious, modern campus is a 20-minute ride away from the center of Ankara, Turkey’s capital, and there is shuttle bus service between the city and the university. You can buy the latest European fashions in Ankara’s malls and shopping districts, or browse for antiques and handicrafts in the old city with its historic sites and museums. Ankara’s numerous bars, clubs and restaurants offer lively entertainment, and above all, the chance to sample Turkey’s delicious and varied cuisine.

While here, you can also visit coastal resort areas like Antalya, archaeological sites like Ephesus, and, of course, İstanbul, one of the world’s greatest cities. Ankara, as Turkey’s centrally located capital, is a transport hub with good connections both by air and by bus (Turkey has an excellent intercity bus system) to the rest of the country.

To apply to Bilkent Summer School, you can fill in the Application Form and send it to sumsch@bilkent.edu.tr as an attachment for approval between 1 – 22 May 2023. Then you can register in the Office of the Director of the Summer School upon the approval of your application.

If you’d like any additional information about the application procedure, the course offerings, or any other aspect of Bilkent Summer School, please contact sumsch@bilkent.edu.tr. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have, including life in Ankara and in Turkey for international visitors.

I’m certain that if you choose to attend Bilkent Summer School this year, you’ll find your time here both academically and culturally rewarding. We look forward to welcoming you!


Prof. Dr. Uğur Güdükbay
Director, Bilkent Summer School