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Boğaziçi University, which also known as Bosphorus University, is a research university that is located in Istanbul. Its roots can be traced back to 1863, when it was founded as the Robert College, the first American higher education institution that was founded outside the US. The school is entirely under Turkish administration nowadays, but it still maintains strong ties to the American educational system. The renowned university has four faculties and 2 schools, as well as 6 institutes where 33 undergraduate, 65 graduate and 33 PhD programmes are offered. At the moment, the body of staff is made up of 437 full-time faculty members, 81 instructors, 92 international lecturers, 260 research assistants, as well as 917 administrative personnel. All of the staff are highly trained professional who are experienced in teaching and are eager to pass on their knowledge. 12,082 students are enrolled in undergraduate programmes, while 5,042 students take part in graduate programmes, adding up to a total of 17,124 students and 2,499 graduates. Among those are many international students who appreciate the university’s perfect location and the multicultural learning environment that comes with it.

About 232 foreign students from 40 countries are represented on site. The school has 6 main campuses (South, North, Hisar, Uçaksavar, Kilyos-Saritepe and Kandilli). In order to provide students with the perfect college experience, the university offers student organizations- 44 student clubs are currently being operated on campus. The campus is also home to a large library that has about 481.616 books, 79.921 electronic journal and newspaper, 3.256.021 e-books, 620 printed journal and 174 interactive database, 2.283 books written in Braille alphabet and voice-books, and is visited by around 5,500 researcher and students on a daily basis. The university also has state-of-the-art facilities, such as 141 research laboratories and 31 research centres. Students who want to succeed in a global career are likely to apply to Boğaziçi University, as the degree programmes are completely taught in English.


Boğaziçi University’s vision is to be a leading institution of higher education, one that shapes the future through being a pioneer in education, teaching, and research. The primary tenets of our vision are to

  • Enrich the education and teaching experiences with innovative and creative approaches;
  • Strengthen the culture of science, research, creativity, and innovation to become one of the leading research universities in the world; and to
  • Contribute to shaping a better future through our academic, scientific, and cultural activities.

Boğaziçi University’s mission is to educate individuals who embrace it’s institutional values, who are able to think both creatively and critically, who are independent and egalitarian, who appreciate ethical values, who respect nature and are aware of environmental issues, who are rooted in the local and open to the global, and who can, with their self-confidence and scholarly, social and cultural foundations, successfully take on leadership positions anywhere in the world.

Boğaziçi University’s mission also encompasses producing universal thought, science, and technology in service of humanity, and playing a pioneering role in encouraging the spread of science, culture, and the arts throughout society.

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