Sabancı University

World University Rankings 2024
Impact Rankings 2020
Young University Rankings 2024
Orta Mahalle, Tuzla, Istanbul, 34956, Turkey

About Sabancı University

Sabancı University has a unique education system arising from its mission to use innovative trans-disciplinary research to develop internationally competent and confident individuals who advance and foster knowledge in the natural sciences, engineering, humanities and social and management sciences.

Our full strength to the Future

In its 21st year, Sabancı University is continuing its vision of becoming a leading research university through its applied strategic projects which are shaping the future. It also continues to educate self-confident individuals who embrace universal values and show compassion for the needs of society. Sabancı University graduates come to understand that in order to achieve creative solutions knowing how to learn and being open to continuous development through collaboration are key.

Structure of Education

Sabancı University is the first and only university in Turkey to offer students complete freedom to choose their program. In order to achieve this, the university has adopted a program structure, which enables inter-disciplinary transition and interaction, instead of a department structure. During the first year, all students go through the Foundations Development Program, the core of the Sabancı educational system. They follow a comprehensive core curriculum, studying courses in a wide spectrum of subject areas ranging from social sciences to mathematics, natural sciences and algorithmic thinking. Following the end of the Foundations Development Year, students can declare a major program of their choice without having to go through any further examinations and without being subject to any quotas or limitations.

Faculties and Programs

Sabancı University has 3 faculties, namely the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Sabancı Business School, with 11 undergraduate programs being offered by these faculties. All three faculties have acted in accordance with the mission of creating and developing together since the foundation of the university.

Double Major Opportunities

In addition to the freedom to choose a program, students have the opportunity to register for double-major programs in any undergraduate program of their choice. Moreover, students can pursue minor programs offered in 12 fields. In all undergraduate programs, the curriculum has been designed in a flexible way, making it possible to cherry-pick courses offered by other programs.

A Reputable Research University

At Sabancı University, an interdisciplinary approach to research is taken by faculties, centers and forums in the fields of science, technology and art.

Sabanci University’s  main aim  is "to solve selected global and regional problems and to train people to solve them".

In order to achieve this aim, Sabancı University has determined the following strategic research goals:

  • To improve the University's interaction with the sectors and civil society in selected fields
  • To enable centers to support research and undergraduate / graduate research projects
  • To increase the number of doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and researchers.

Sabancı University has 10 different centers and forums contributing to scientific development, and supporting social research and development.

As indicated in the Higher Education Council (YÖK) "Foundation (Private) Higher Education Institutions 2020" report, Sabancı University has the highest total research project budget among the Foundation (Private) universities in Turkey. 

Facts and Figures

  • Sabancı University has issued more than 6,500 publications and secured 250 patents since its establishment.
  • In 2020 alone, over 525 scientific publications were published and 14 patents obatined.
  • From its foundation until March 2021, Sabancı University’s alumni number reached 13,742.
  • Sabancı University graduates’ employment rate in the first year following graduation is as high as 97%.

Campus University

The Sabancı University Tuzla campus, with its health, sports, and performing arts centers, the information center (library and collaboration space) and dormitories, provides a spacious living environment and is host to quite an intense social life.

With a total area of 1,163,697 m2 (including a total open area of 976,173m2) it is among the foundation universities with the most open areas / green areas.

Striding into the Future with New Investments

  • New Digital Campus in the core of the city

Empowered by the research it conducts, Sabancı University continues to make investments towards its goal of becoming one of the best campus universities in the world. A new campus was established in the center of Istanbul, Sabancı University Altunizade Digital Campus in the 2021 Fall semester. This Digital Campus is used for various purposes and activities such as professional program courses, trainings, seminars, meetings, and digital filming.

  • Sabancı University Art and Research Center

Sabancı University Art and Research Center (SUSAM) started its activities in the 2020-2021 academic year. Workshops and lessons in visual language, drawing language and art are given in SUSAM.

A Pioneer for Remote Education

Sabancı University has been held up as an example in online education applications among universities in Turkey. Thanks to its strong technological infrastructure, Sabancı University was able to adapt promptly to a remote learning/distance education system during the pandemic. With its internationally successful academic staff and an education system that makes a difference in higher education, the university continued to provide uninterrupted and exemplary education to its students at world standards.

Continuous Contribution to Society and Science in Pressing Times

Sabancı University’s mission of "creating and developing together" is more meaningful than ever in 2021. Sabancı University continued its contributions to society and science by prioritizing the health and uninterrupted education of its students and employees in 2021.

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Subjects taught at Sabancı University

  • Arts & humanities

    • History, Philosophy & Theology
    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
  • Physical sciences

    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Physics & Astronomy
  • Social sciences

    • Sociology
    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
  • Business & economics

    • Business & Management
    • Economics & Econometrics
    • Accounting & Finance
  • Life sciences

    • Biological Sciences
  • Engineering & technology

    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    • General Engineering
  • Psychology

    • Psychology
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science

Key statistics

  • 20.5
    No. of students per staff
  • 3,847
    Number of FTE Students
  • 11%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 33%
    Proportion of ISR Publication
  • 38 : 62
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
Based on data collected for the (1) 2024 World University Rankings