Bilkent is an English-medium, private, non-profit research university located in Turkey. Situated in the country's capital Ankara, a vibrant metropolis of 5 million, Bilkent is a hub of academic, social, and cultural activity.

Currently, there are 13,000 students seeking degrees in 29 undergraduate and 58 graduate programs. 62% of Bilkent University's student body benefits from a variety of scholarships. 43% of the undergraduate students are awarded scholarships that are equivalent to full scholarship.

Bilkent University has a truly international perspective. The international community of scholars and students forms an essential component of academic programs, research activities, and social life. International faculty members make up more than a quarter of all academic staff, representing 40 countries. There is a growing body of full-time international students, as well as exchange students from some 293 partner institutions worldwide.

Bilkent faculty members are prolific scholars in their fields. Academic papers published by faculty have a sizable footprint in literature and many get highly cited. The university ranks highest in Turkey in terms of the number of external research grants from national funding agencies. Collaborations with a network of scholars around the globe are a vital component of the University’s interdisciplinary research climate.

Bilkent University is proud to provide an environment for learning and intellectual growth encompassing the sciences, technology, humanities, and the arts.

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Founded in 1984, Bilkent University is Turkey's first private, non-profit institution of higher education. The medium of instruction at the University is English. With world-renowned scholars among its faculty and top-notch facilities throughout its campus, Bilkent attracts brightest students.

Chief among the factors that ensure a remarkable standard of education at Bilkent is a highly productive faculty body, eminent in their fields. Academic papers published by Bilkent faculty have a substantial influence in literature. The University continuously invests in new educational and research technologies, cultivating a dynamic learning and research atmosphere. Facilities include cutting-edge research laboratories, comprehensive computer and internet infrastructure, modern classrooms, and state-of-the-art studios. Students take part in projects that utilize high-tech research facilities such as nanotechnology centers, clean room laboratories, microbiology and genetics laboratories, and digital content creation and editing laboratories.

The Bilkent University Library is the most extensive academic library in the country. In addition to its large collection of books, the Library maintains on-site and remote access to a large selection of journals and databases to meet the scholarly needs of students and faculty.

The 1,200-acre Bilkent campus and environs provide many options for engaging with the University community. The reputable Bilkent Symphony Orchestra offers weekly performances during the academic year. Radio Bilkent provides a mix of international hits and sponsors many activities on campus. Student clubs number around 100 and engage students on topics from martial arts to social activism. The campus features two art galleries that display travelling exhibitions alongside the many smaller venues for showcasing student and faculty art. Students find many daily choices from lecture and film series offerings to outdoor concerts. Furthermore, located a short walk from the campus are diversions such as a multiplex cinema showing international films, a bowling alley, boutiques, salons, along with Bilkent Station which is a lively complex where students can try various pubs and restaurants, and also enjoy live music.

A wide range of indoor and outdoor facilities provide students with many choices of sports activities and competitive events. Student teams compete with local rivals in football, basketball, volleyball and American football. The campus features three sports halls with modern fitness centers, athletic fields, tennis courts, and a semi-olympic indoor swimming pool.

Bilkent University provides high-quality on-campus housing for the duration of a student's stay. The dormitories offer a safe and comfortable environment for 4,000 students. Students who live off-campus commute via a frequent and free shuttle system. Besides snack bars in all the dormitories, Bilkent campus and adjacent areas feature a variety of eateries, cafeterias, cafés, and coffee shops for enjoying a quick snack or a full meal with friends. 

Bilkent University’s employees are one of its most valuable assets. Right at the heart of this prestigious institution are talented people dedicated to the advancement of the University, its students, and the campus life.

The University employs over 800 academic staff. As prominent scholars and educators in a broad variety of fields, faculty members engage undergraduate and graduate students in diverse learning and research opportunities. They make significant contributions to higher education and science, representing a notable breadth of knowledge and innovative research.

Bilkent's administrative units are also essential to supporting the operations of the University. They comprise some 450 personnel and deal with an ample range of topics including student affairs, human resources, health, and security. Their work is central to the day-to-day life of the Bilkent community.

Bilkent University offers bright careers to teaching, research, and professional staff who aim to advance in their area of expertise in an equitable and pleasant working environment.

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Key statistics

  • 10,007
    Number of Students
  • 45 : 55
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 5%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 14.4
    No. of students per staff
Based on data collected for the 2018 World University Rankings


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