Incoming Students


Erasmus exchange students can apply only if their University has a Erasmus+ Bilateral Agreement with Bahçeşehir University. The prospective students must be nominated and selected by their home institution.

Incoming Erasmus students need to apply to the Erasmus Office of their home university. The ECTS Learning Agreement must be signed by the student and both the home and host universities so as to ensure the student’s agreement on the courses to undertake, the home institution’s recognition of courses that will be taken at Bahçeşehir University by the exchange student and Bahçeşehir University’s acceptance of the courses. Incoming Erasmus students must submit the documents below to the Erasmus Office at Bahçeşehir University.

General Requirements For Admission:

  • Attending a partner university who has an Erasmus Student Exchange Agreement with Bahçeşehir University
  • Completed at least one semester, students have to have a CGPA.
  • Being selected and nominated by the home institution (home institution’s selection criteria might slightly vary)
  • Signing of the ECTS Learning Agrement by student, home institution and Bahçeşehir University

Application Period:

Fall Semester: 01 March – 1 May
Spring Semester: 24 September –  1 November 

  • IMPORTANT: These aforementioned deadlines are universities’ nomination deadlines. Nominated students will have 1 month after these to complete and send their documents to BAU Exchange Office.

Click Here for Online Application  

Documents Required for Application:

  • Learning Agreement (3 original copies)
  • Official Transcript of Records
  • Passport copy
  • 6x passport size/shaped photographs pressed on glassy paper
  • Printout of Online Application Approval Page
  • Life Health Insurance (not Travel Insurance); that is valid and has a center/office in Turkey
    • ATTENTION: Due to the fact that the Immigration Office has strict regulations and may demand a new one, it is highly recommended to purchase a health insurance in Turkey upon arrival. The fee scale for a proper Life Health Insurance is 100-150 Euros.

Useful Information about BAU


Bahçeşehir University is a fastly growing young Turkish university at the heart of Istanbul, on the coastline of Bosphorus, where Asia meets Europe.  Bahçeşehir University is a foundation university established in 1998, now with a student population of about 18, 000 and around 800 full-timeacademician. Bahçeşehir University has 9 faculties; Communications, Engineering, Business Administration, Architecture, Law, Art and Sciences, Education, Medical, Health Sciences. Bahcesehir University has also a vocational school and four institutions for graduate programs (Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Educational Sciences & Health Sciences).

Bahçeşehir University is one of the largest universities

Bahçeşehir University is one of the leading international universities of Turkey. It aims to increase the number of international students in order to create and maintain the diverse student population on its campus.

Enrollment:  18,000 students / 1000 International students from 90 different countries


Academic Calendar:

The academic calendar for Vocational School and Undergraduate Students is included HERE.

The academic calendar for Graduate/Master Students is included HERE.


Language of Instruction: English except for Law faculty. Law faculty offers some English courses for exchange students.

Local Language Requirement: Turkish language is not required.

Exchange Duration: One semester or one academic year.

Semester Load: ECTS 30 credits

Course Restrictions: Exchange students should choose %50 of their courses from the related department.



Foreign students must secure a 3-month tourist visa prior to their arrival in Turkey.

There is no need for student/study visa.



Foreign students are required to apply for a residence permit. Bahçeşehir University Exchange Programs Office assists international students during their residence permit application.

Students are going to have an appointment with the officers from immigration office at the BAU Beşiktaş Campus during the orientation week.

!!! No residence permit application will be accepted without passport.

Important: the online application has to be submitted before the appointment date.

Mentor students will be assigned  to each exchange student for assistance.


Admission Requirements: For Undergraduate Students Minimum GPA must be 2,20. For Graduate Students Minimum GPA must be 2,50.

Application Deadlines:

For Fall Semester: 01 July

For Spring Semester: 01 November


Housing and Meals(Pg_4): We have fully furnished very luxurious SGL, DBL, TRPL rooms in University Dormitories. Regarding the university dormitories please contact Yunus Karadağ @: yunus@geziyoruz.comIf you cannot afford to stay at our dorms, our International Student Club will help you to find private housing at a cheaper rate. In this case please contact our student buddies.

Orientation: Our Orientation will take a place at the University Academia Restaurant. For 2016 – 2017 Fall Semester, the orientation will take place between September 5th– 10th. In 2016 – 2017 Spring Semester, the orientation will take place between February 23rd-28th. It is obligatory to attend our Orientation Week because you will receive general information about the University and Istanbul life, select courses online and apply for residence permit e as well as have lots of fun.



Incoming Students Coordinator

Mr. Selim Övünç ALTINKÖK

Phone: +90 212 381 01 50


Some Useful Information

Facebook Page:

Twitter: @BAUExchange 

Location:BAU campus located in the city center (Beşiktaş)

Meal: There are a lot of good affordable places to eat. For example one meal average in University student 5-8$, same prices for fast food out of the Campus. It is cheaper if students make grocery shopping and cook for themselves

Monthly living cost estimate for international student:

Private accommodation: $300-600

Food varies between: $200-300

Transportation: $ 15-50

Miscellaneous (Entertainment etc): $ 60-150


Istanbul private housing:                                                          (%20-25 Discount for BAU Students)                                                       


Istanbul guides:


International student handbook:

How to go City Center:

Students can take the shuttles from both airports to the city center Taxim Square.

Please go to the link below to get more information about the shuttles.

From Atatürk Airport:

From Gökçen Airport:

How to find BAU campus ?

Address: Çırağan Caddesi Osmanpaşa Mektebi Sokak No: 4 34353 Beşiktaş, İSTANBUL / TURKEY