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Ankara, Turkey (Outgoing Program)
Ankara, Turkey’s capital has quickly developed into a sprawling center of government, commerce, and higher education whose population is now four million. The city has its fair share of ancient Anatolian, Roman, Byzantine, and medieval Turkish monuments—don't miss the Museum of Anatolian Civilization or the newly restored citadel district. As you’d expect in a capital city, Ankara is abuzz with government activity and international business transactions. But with 19 universities in and around the city, it also has a cosmopolitan youth culture—the local cinema, theater, and concert scenes are all very lively. What’s more, Ankara is well-connected, with easy access to nearby ancient Anatolian sites (Gordion, Çatalhöyük, Beypazari) and daily buses and flights departing for Istanbul.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the Bilkent University website.
Students have the option of taking English instructed courses in economics, business, engineering, science, humanities, art and design, and education. The normal course load is 5 courses which is 15 Bilkent credits. Students can register up to 6 courses (18 Bilkent credits). You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Bilkent University and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 12 credits each semester. The credit translation system between Bilkent University and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at Bilkent University will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Early September – Mid-January
Spring Semester: Late January – Late May
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the Bilkent web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the program dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
For the 2016-17 terms, Bilkent offers a free on-campus accommodation for exchange students (double room; subject to availability and deadlines).
All dormitories are located on the Main and the East Campuses. You will be housed in single, double or triple rooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities. Rooms are furnished with single beds or bunk beds, desks, desk chairs, bookcases or shelves, wardrobes, and with local & international direct-dial phones and TV hookups in select rooms. All dormitories have common areas with TV/social lounges, study lounges, self-service laundry and ironing rooms, and game and visitors’ areas or rooms. Your particular placement is made entirely at the discretion of the University and thus, Rutgers Study Abroad cannot guarantee single rooms for this program.
You are responsible for the cost of your food on the program. You can prepare meals in the kitchen or purchase meals in the university cafeteria (mensa) and at various food establishments located around the dorm areas and campuses.
For more information regarding housing, please visit the Bilkent University website.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid please visit the Finances Section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
Study Abroad Turkey Scholarship for Minority Students- The Turkish Coalition of American in cooperation with Diversity Abroad offers a grant program to encourage African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American undergraduate students in the United States to participate in a study abroad program in Turkey. For more information please visit the TCA website.
Study Abroad Turkey Scholarship for US. Citizens of Armenian origin- The Turkish Coalition of American offers a scholarship for American students of Armenian descent to participate in a study abroad program in Turkey. For more information please visit the TCA website.
Study Abroad Turkey Scholarship for Bosnian-American Students- The Turkish Coalition of American offers a scholarship for Bosnian-American to participate in a study abroad program in Turkey. For more information please visit the TCA website.
Study Abroad Turkey Scholarship for Macedonian-American Students- The Turkish Coalition of American offers a scholarship for Macedonian-American to participate in a study abroad program in Turkey. For more information please visit the TCA website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.