Study for a Semester or Year in Turkey!
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 29 undergraduate and 51 graduate programs.
Ankara is a modern city with a population of over 5 million, maintaining traces of civilizations dating back to the Bronze Age, to the Hittites, Phrygians, Lydians and Persians. The Romans and the Byzantines also left their mark in the region. On a hill in the center of Ankara stands the mausoleum (Anitkabir) of Kemal Atatürk, a fusion of ancient and modern architectural ideas. The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations houses a unique collection of treasures dating back to 2000 B.C. Besides the historical monuments within the heart of the city such as the Roman Theater, Ankara Citadel, Temple of Augustus, Roman Bath and the Column of Julian, the city's environment is also rich with ancient ruins.
- Fall Semester: Mid September to Mid January
- Spring Semester: Late January to Late May
For more information about the academic calendar please visit Bilkent's website
Bilkent University’s dormitories, consisting of 26 buildings with various designs and features, provide a peaceful, secure, comfortable, pleasant and hygienic atmosphere for more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds who have chosen to take advantage of the excellence in higher education offered by Bilkent University.
As Bilkent is a partial exchange program students will pay the Partial Exchange Program Fee to Appalachian State. Bilkent will cover the housing costs for students during the program. Students will be responsible for budgeting for their meals.
For more information about housing please visit Bilkent’s accommodation webpage
Paid to Appalachian State
The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
1Essential living expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, etc.
||$1000 - $1500
||$1000 - $1500
||$1300 - $1900
||$2600 - $3800
|1Essential Living Expenses
||$600 - $1000
||$1200 - $2000
|Books and Materials
||$100 - $150
||$200 - $300
|Visa (for US Citizens)
|2Appalachian Student Health Insurance
|Estimated Total Additional Expenses
||$3190 - $6000
||$5320 - $10,290
|3Personal Travel and Spending
||$600 - $800
||$1200 - $1600
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
2Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. Please visit the Bilkent website for additional information about living costs.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
To locate specific course offerings please visit the Bilkent University’s student academic information registration system. From there, students will click on the link to courses next to each department of interest.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the Bilkent program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page