Boğaziçi University was established in 1863 as Robert College, the first American college founded outside the borders of the United States. In 1971, it was transformed into Boğaziçi University, an elite Turkish public research university that has kept the liberal arts education tradition and English as the language of instruction. Since then, it has expanded its undergraduate and graduate programs and added new campuses.
Boğaziçi University pursues high impact research with its 32 academic departments, six graduate institutes, and 19 research centers, covering a wide range of disciplines. The university attracts research funding from both national and international research funding organizations as well as from industry. Partnerships with leading academic institutions across the world have strengthened the university’s prominence in research.
Currently, Boğaziçi University is one of the most prominent universities in Turkey with outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs in natural and social sciences, humanities, engineering, education, and applied disciplines. It is the most sought after university for students in Turkey and the region, with world-class faculty, top-notch laboratories and facilities, and a breathtaking campus. The total number of students has reached 15,000 with more than 4500 graduate students. 7% of the student body and 15% of the faculty are international. Boğaziçi University maintains an active portfolio of high caliber academic partners from 34 countries. The university receives approximately 800 incoming students and sends about 500 students for exchange programs every year.
Boğaziçi University takes pride in its lively and colorful campus life. To complement and enrich the academic experience with an active campus life, the university supports student clubs and arts and sports activities, and provides a variety of services from health care to counseling for students and staff. Campus life aims to cultivate a liberal, democratic and happy Boğaziçi community.
The University residence halls can accommodate approximately 3500 students, offering co-ed housing options where one can choose between 2, 3, or 4-bedroom suites.
Boğaziçi University is looking to expand its programs to research-based exchange of students and scholars with integrated research internships, thematic joint summer schools that will possibly lead to carefully crafted joint degree programs.