If you are interested in spending an academic semester or year at Özyeğin, but there is no exchange agreement between your home institution and us, you can still apply as a free mover and get a visiting student status. Visiting students pay the regular semester based tuition fee of Özyeğin University. For tuition and other fees.
To apply as a visiting student you may contact the respective academic unit.
As part of the online application, you will need to complete your course selection. Follow this link to our course offerings.
After completing the online application, we ask you to mail in the following documents:
Print-out of the online application
Academic transcript of your studies at your home institution. Electronic version is acceptable.
Proof of English language proficiency if not a native speaker. TOEFL 80 (IBT) or certification of proficiency signed by your home institution. Students applying from partner institutions teaching fully in English do not need to submit a proof of language proficiency.
Copy of the passport (pages that have the passport number, personal information and validity/expiration date)
Two passport size photos
Housing reservation form (will be available from our website)
Turkish residency permit application form (will be available from our website)
After receiving your Acceptance Letter, you should immediately contact the Turkish Consulate in your home country and apply for a Student Visa to Turkey. Please be advised that it might take up to 6-8 weeks for the processing of the visa.
In response to your housing reservation you will be contacted personally regarding our various housing options. Özyeğin University has established agreements with local municipality student dormitory and, given the central location of the university, there is a wide range of suitable rental options in the surrounding area. As the International Office we will advise and assist such interested students in finding and renting off-campus, but please note that these are private rentals and the university does not assume any responsibilities in this regard.
Once you have finalized your travel arrangements, you should let us know your arrival details. We will arrange for a pick-up service from the airport during the official arrival dates for exchange students. Istanbul is served by two international airports, Atatürk on the European side and Sabiha Gökçen on the Asian side. If you arrive on your own, you can find directions to our campus using this map.
At the beginning of each semester, there is an Orientation Program for incoming exchange students. We strongly recommend participating in the orientation, as it helps you to find your way around the university and Istanbul. Besides, it is great fun! Check the orientation program website for exact dates and detail. As part of the orientation, the International Office will also assist incoming exchange students in procuring their Residency Permits.
The tuition payment is due at arrival. You will not be able to complete the course registration before you pay the tuition.
The course registration will take place in beginning of each semester and there is a period for adding and dropping of courses.
Students accepted to Özyeğin University as visiting students are considered Özyeğin students for the period of enrollment, and have the same rights and privileges as Özyeğin students while also subject to academic and administrative rules as applied to Özyeğin students.
At the end of the semester, don't forget to take a Length of Stay verification signed by the International Office to take back to your home institution.
Özyeğin University issues academic transcripts automatically to all incoming exchange students. Our system uses European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).
ECTS is a student-centered system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a program, objectives preferably specified in terms of the learning outcomes and competences to be acquired. Student workload in ECTS consists of the time required to complete all planned learning activities such as attending lectures, seminars, independent and private study, preparation of projects, examinations, and so forth. ECTS is based on the principle that 60 credits measure the workload of a full-time student during one academic year. The student workload of a full-time study programme in Europe amounts in most cases to around 1500-1800 hours per year and in those cases one credit stands for around 25 to 30 working hours.
In most cases, ECTS credits and American credits can be compared in a following manner:
Our grading system is standard American letter grade.
B+ B B-
C+ C C-
We send one copy of the academic transcript to the home institution and one copy directly to the student. Make sure that we have your correct contact information!