Bilkent University is recognized and ranked internationally as the premier institution of higher education in Turkey. Located in the country’s capital city Ankara, a vibrant metropolis of 4.5 million, the university serves as a hub of academic, social and cultural activity.
Bilkent University was founded in 1984 as Turkey’s first private, nonprofit institution of higher education. With world-renowned scholars on its faculty and excellent educational facilities throughout its campus, Bilkent today attracts many of Turkey’s brightest high school graduates. The university hosts over 13,000 students pursuing degrees in 34 undergraduate and 53 graduate programs.
Bilkent University prides itself on its truly international perspective. The medium of instruction at Bilkent is English, and its international community of scholars and students forms an essential component of the university’s academic and social life. International faculty and instructors make up more than a quarter of all academic staff, representing 40 different countries. There is a growing body of full-time international students and exchange students coming from 75 countries.
Bilkent University offers a lively cultural and social atmosphere. The 500-hectare campus is only 12 kilometers from the center of Ankara, with easy access to the city’s parks, shopping areas, cultural activities, museums, and entertainment venues. In addition, Bilkent’s location in the historically rich Anatolian heartland allows easy access to other cities, traditional villages, stunning landscapes, historic sites, and places of great cultural interest throughout the country.
Bilkent University has been ranked 28th in the 2015 Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 list of the world’s best young universities and 30th in the 2015 Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings. Chief among the factors that ensure a high standard of education at Bilkent is a faculty actively engaged in research. As mentors and instructors, they interact with students in modern classrooms and state-of-the-art laboratories, connected by an extensive computer and internet infrastructure.
Bilkent actively invests in new educational and research technologies. Undergraduates may take part in projects conducted in high-tech facilities ranging from nanotechnology centers to digital content creation and editing laboratories. To support its students’ academic success, Bilkent provides unlimited access to computer labs around the clock.
The Bilkent University Library is the most extensive academic library in the country. In addition to its large collection of books, the Library provides on-site and remote access to journals and databases to meet the scholarly needs of students and faculty.
Bilkent University provides a rich and diverse environment for learning and intellectual growth.
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