Being a Student @ BAU – Registration

Registering for classes

All international students must arrange for the following before beginning classes at BAU:

1. Payment

2. Enrollment

3. Residency

Contact the International Recruitment and Marketing Office for any questions about the instructions below.


All full-time international students must show a receipt for their first tuition payment before registering for classes.  Undergraduate students may pay for their program in two installments.  Graduate students may pay in three installments.

BAU accepts all major forms of payment.  Cash or credit cards are accepted in-person at the university financial department.  Direct deposits may be sent to the following accounts.  Students who pay through direct deposit should email a SWIFT confirmation to the International Recruitment and Marketing Office.

Payments in United States Dollars Payments in Turkish Lira
Bank name (“Banka”): Denizbank Bank Account : Denizbank
Branch (“Şuba Adı”):  Güneşli Ticari Merkez Şb Branch: Güneşli Ticari Merkez Şb
Account Name (“Hesap ismi”): Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi Account Name: Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi
Account Number (“Hesap No.”): 4510- 1992146-473 Account Number: 4510-1992146-479
IBAN: TR21 0013 4000 0019 9214 6005 28 IBAN : TR04 0013 4000 0019 9214 6005 43


Please deliver the following documents to the International Recruitment and Marketing Office. 

  • Original High School Diploma, in English or Turkish
  • Equivalency document for high school diplomas in other languages, available at Turkish foreign consuls or from Istanbul’s Provincial Department of Education
  • Original High School Transcript, in English or Turkish
  • Original Passport
  • Receipt for payment of tuition
  • 8 passport-size photos
  • Certified copy of an IELTS, FCE, or TOEFL English proficiency test if available

Students must meet minimum scores on English tests to register for classes in their faculty.  Admitted students who do not demonstrate sufficient mastery of English will be referred to the BAU College of English Preparation for preliminary language instruction.


  • Undergraduate students must enroll with the school by mid-September of each year.  Graduate students must enroll each September or each February, depending on their term of entry.

Class selection

In addition to enrolling, students must go through an online class registration at the beginning of each semester.  Details will be made available shortly before the start of each term.

BAU requires all international students at the Istanbul campuses to obtain residence permits from the Turkish government.  Under Turkish law students must apply for permits within 30 days of entering the country.  Applications for permits can take up to 90 days to process, or occasionally longer.  Applicants may not leave Turkey until their application is processed and they have received their residency permit.

Students must have an education visa or they will not be able apply for a residency permit.  BAU will not enroll students without this visa.

Education visas cannot be obtained upon arrival in Turkey.  Students must apply for one at a nearby consulate before leaving their home country.  Visa applications should be filed at least two months before coming to Turkey.

The Residency application process is as follows:

1) Make an appointment to visit the Foreign Affairs Police Department:

Go to the website for appointments at

Choose the earliest available date.  The system will ask for personal information and for information about plans for staying in Turkey.  This may include the address that a student will live at, classes in their program of study, expected date of departure, or other information.  Before leaving the website, make a copy of the confirmation page on colored paper.  If this is not possible, write down and keep the confirmation number for the appointment.

Turkey considers students to have “applied” for their residency after they have signed up for their appointment.  Students with appointments pending will be able to live and travel in the country until their appointment regardless of other deadlines, unless told otherwise.

2) Go to the Foreign Affairs Police Department for the Application Appointment

Students must go to the Foreign Affairs Police Department in person for their application appointment.  Do not fail to appear for this appointment.  The Police will not reschedule missed appointments.  Plan to arrive several minutes early.

Students must bring the following items to their appointment.

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport ID page, and of any pages with entry stamps.
  • Printout of the confirmation page on colored paper.  Students without this can tell the police clerk their confirmation number, but will have to pay an additional fee and visit an additional office.
  • Letter from BAU confirming enrollment
  • 4 passport-sized photographs
  • 200 Lira for application fees

At the end of the appointment students will be given a receipt.  If there are any problems at this appointment, contact the BAU International Student Office.

3) Return to the police office to pick up the residence permit.

Students must return to the Foreign Affairs Police Department 10-14 days after their residency appointment to pick up their permit, with their receipt from the first appointment.

How to Get to the Foreign Affairs Police Department:

Department Address
İstanbul İl Emniyet Müdürlüğü Yabancılar Şube Müdürlüğü
Fatih, Vatan Caddesi Metro Emniyet-Fatih Durağı.
Tel : 0212 635 00 00

From Taksim or Beşiktaş: Take buses 32T or 89T. These buses leave from the bus stop which is located at the Beşiktaş Ferry Port.

From Kabataş: Take the Kabataş-Zeytinburnu tram. Get off at Yusufpaşa and walk to the police headquarters.

From Kadikoy: Take the ferry to Eminonu or Karakoy.  Get on the Kabataş-Zeytinburnu tram towards Zeytinburnu at either station.  Get off at Yusufpaşa and walk to the police headquarters.