Istanbul Bilgi University


Istanbul Bilgi University

About Istanbul

Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey with a population of about 13.5 million.  It is the country's economic, cultural and historical heart.  As a transcontinental city, Istanbul straddles one of the world's busiest waterways, the Bosphorus, between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies in Europe, while a third of its population lives in Asia. Historically, Istanbul was the capital of Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and home to countless cultures. Today, it retains its rich cosmopolitan character and is a great place to study as an international student.

About Istanbul Bilgi University

Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkish: ─░stanbul Bilgi ├ťniversitesi) is a private, non-profit university in Istanbul, Turkey. Established in 1994 under the name ISIS (Istanbul School of International Studies), its name was changed to Istanbul Bilgi University with the foundation of the school on June 7, 1996.  Istanbul Bilgi University joined Laureate International Universities in 2006 and is one of the largest private universities in the country.  It is recognized as a pioneer in providing a liberal arts-oriented curriculum in Turkey.  All instruction is in English.  In Turkish, Bilgi means knowledge.

The university currently has around 11,000 students, 600 academic staff members, 6 faculties, 4 institutes, 4 schools, and 7 programs associated with its Vocational Schools, and around 100 programs that provide education to its associate, undergraduate and graduate students.  As of 2011, the university has graduated over 14,000 students.  


Instanbul Bilgi University offers a wide array of courses in different disciplines, such as: literature, history, mathematics, music psychology, sociology, film & television, public relations, management of performing arts, media and communication systems, photography & video, political science, business administration, international finance, international trade & business, business economics, economics, marketing and international relations.

Students are allowed to study abroad at Bilgi University during the Academic year (Fall/Spring) or during the Spring semester. 

Bilgi University Fact Sheet for AY 2017-18

Bilgi University Fact Sheet for Fall 2017

Bilgi University Fact Sheet for Spring 2018

UNCA tuition and fees
Room and board paid in Turkey
Medical insurance (required through UNC Asheville)
International ID card (optional)

Go to the Istanbul Bilgi University's  website