Study Abroad Programs - Bilkent University
Bilkent University- the first private, nonprofit university in Turkey – was founded on October 20, 1984, by Professor İhsan Doğramacı, M.D., with the fundamental aim of creating a center of excellence in higher education and research. The name “Bilkent” exemplifies this aim, since it is an acronym of “bilim kenti”: Turkish for “city of learning and science.” The University campus is located off the main highway to Eskişehir about 12 km. (10 miles) west of the center of Ankara, and covers an area of more than 500 hectares (1200 acres).
Bilkent’s large, modern, residential campus is situated within Turkey’s young and vibrant capital city, Ankara. The city, located on the high Anatolian plain, is the hub of governmental activities for all of Turkey and, as host to embassies and a variety of international organizations, is a gateway to the rest of the world. Bilkent has its own, direct worldwide connections as well, through its many collaborative projects and exchange programs with universities abroad. Read more about Turkey and Ankara here.
Areas of Study (in English):
Arabic, Archeology, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering (Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical), English Literature, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, History, International Affairs, Landscape Architecture, Mathematics, New Media, Philosophy, Political Science, Physics, Psychology, Turkish Language
Minimum overall GPA 3.0
Fall semester: mid-September to early January
Spring semester: late January to end of May
For specific dates see the Academic Calendar.
Bilkent University has a strong program in Engineering and Liberal Arts. Course descriptions are available at Course Registration . Under ”Offerings” you can view which courses are offered in the semester you would like to study abroad at Bilkent.
3 credits at Bilkent= 3 credits at UMaine
Housing at Bilkent University offers 24 dormitories on campus. Rooms are arranged for single, double, or 4-person occupancy. Kitchens, laundry, and study rooms— all the usual basics— are offered in modern, comfortable buildings. Students can also rent an apartments off-campus once they arrive for orientation. Food is available in campus cafeterias and restaurants.
Estimated budget for one semester:
- Tuition – 15 credit hours of in-state or out-of-state tuition to UMaine
- Fees – mandatory fees for 15 credit hours to UMaine (Unified fee, Activity fee, Communication fee and Rec Center fee)
- Housing – $660 (quad room) – 2,500 (double room)
- Food – $2,000
- Airfare – $1,600
- Health insurance – $100-200
- Textbooks – $200
- Local transportation – $300
- Turkish visa application fee – $60
- Personal expenses – vary
Schedule a meeting with the Study Abroad Advisor to start the study abroad process at 207-581-1509.