Istanbul Okan University

True to its motto, “The University Closest to Business Life,” Okan University effectively combines theory and practice by employing an academic staff who are experts in their own fields, adopting a contemporary approach to education, and focusing upon practice-oriented studies which prepare the students for business life, starting from students’ very first year of study.

Indeed, the university, which had the pleasure of presenting its first graduates with their diplomas in 2006-2007, has fulfilled the promise of its motto, as all members of its first graduating class of graduates have found employment.

Language of Teaching

Courses are taught in both English and Turkish. Some courses are taught exclusively in Turkish and would require students to learn the language before beginning their program. Although Turkish is the main language of communication in Turkey, lots of people are also fluent in English.

Application Deadlines

Spring Intake: starts – August, ends – January (best to apply before October)

Fall Intake: starts – January, ends – August (best to apply before June)

Requirements

International students applying for an undergraduate program at Istanbul Okan University must submit a national or international examination result.

Bachelor Students

All undergraduate students have to prove their proficiency in English before they can start the first year of their academic program. International students who are unable to submit the required English language test scores during their application can take the Istanbul Okan University English Proficiency Test upon arrival. Students who fail the test will attend Istanbul Okan University Intensive English Program for one year. This year is not included in the total number of years required for graduation.

Test scores for English proficiency:

TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language / Internet-based) 79

Istanbul Okan University Proficiency Test 80/100

Students accepted to an academic program taught in Turkish, except for those whose native language is Turkish, have to prove their proficiency in Turkish before they can start the first year of their academic program. Students can take the TOMER test upon arrival. Students, who fail the TOMER test, can take intensive Turkish classes at TOMER or at Istanbul Okan University for a year.

Test score for Turkish proficiency: TOMER A or B level

Master Students

Graduate students accepted to a program taught in English have to prove their proficiency in English before they can start their academic studies. International students who are unable to submit the required English language test scores during their application can take the Istanbul Okan University English Proficiency Test upon arrival. Students who fail the test will attend Istanbul Okan University Intensive English Program for one year. This year is not included in the total number of years required for graduation.

Test scores for general English proficiency:

TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language / Internet-based) 72

Istanbul Okan University Proficiency Test 60/100.

Students accepted to a graduate program taught in Turkish, except for those whose native language are Turkish, have to prove their proficiency in Turkish before they can start the first year of their academic program. Students can take the TOMER examination upon arrival. Students who fail the TOMER test, can take intensive Turkish classes at TOMER or at Istanbul Okan University for a year.

Test score for Turkish proficiency: TOMER A or B level

Ph.D. Students

Graduate students accepted to a program taught in English have to prove their proficiency in English before they can start their academic studies. International students who are unable to submit the required English language test scores during their application can take the Istanbul Okan University English Proficiency Test upon arrival. Students who fail the test will attend Istanbul Okan University Intensive English Program for one year. This year is not included in the total number of years required for graduation.

Test scores for general English proficiency:

TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language / Internet – based) 72

Istanbul Okan University Proficiency Test 60 / 100.

Students accepted to a graduate program taught in Turkish, except for those whose native language are Turkish, have to prove their proficiency in Turkish before they can start the first year of their academic program.

Students may apply directly for a doctorate program after successfully completing undergraduate studies. These students may be required to take some extra foundation classes before taking doctorate level courses.

Undergraduate

Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences

Banking and Finance (English)

Business Administration (English)

International Relations (English)

International Logistics (English)

International Trade (English)

Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

Architecture (English)

Automotive Engineering (English)

Civil Engineering (English)

Computer Engineering (English)

Electrical and Electronics Engineering (English)

Energy Systems Engineering (English)

Food Engineering (English)

Geomatics Engineering (English)

Industrial Engineering (English)

Mechanical Engineering (English)

Mechatronics Engineering (English)

School of Applied Sciences

Tourism and Hotel Management (English)

Pilot training (English) **

Faculty of Medicine

Medicine (English)

Graduate Programs

Institute of Social Sciences

Ph.D. in Business Administration (English)

MBA (English)

Institute of Natural Sciences

Ph.D. in Architecture (English)

Ph.D. in Mechatronics Engineering (English)

MSc in Automotive Mechatronics and Intelligent Vehicles (English)

MSc in Advanced Electronics and Communication Technologies (English)

MArch in Architecture (English)

MSc in Power Electronics and Clean Energy Systems (English)

 HOSTEL

Istanbul Okan University offers accommodation for 1000 students in four fully equipped dormitories on its main campus. Students can choose to stay in single, double or four person rooms and an affordable meal plan with their accommodation. The dormitories have study halls, TV rooms and a medical centre. International students who apply within the given deadlines have a priority for accommodation on the campus.

Room size

Standard Room for 4 persons – 8,635TL to 9,790TL plus 8% VAT

Standard Room for 3 persons – 10,780TL plus 8% VAT

Double Standard Room – 15,620TL to 18,590TL plus 8% VAT

Single Standard Room – 26,670TL to 31,900TL plus 8% VAT

Visa Requirements & Documents

Document language:

All documents executed in a foreign language (except English) shall be accompanied by their translation into English. Translation of all documents must be notarized.

In order to apply for a student visa to study in Turkey you will need to submit several documents. These documents include:

6 months validity on passport — An International Passport or travel document valid for at least 6 months after the expiry of your visa. N:B: Your passport must have at least two unused page for entry/departure visa endorsements.

Photocopy of passport (all pages)

Filled visa application form online or provided by the embassy (varies in each country)

A proof of the visa application fee payment (An original receipt).

A 29mm x 34mm, colored passport with white background (have at least two more copies just in case).

Admission and acceptance letter by the university (for student visa applicants).
A letter from your employer outlining the reason for your visit, who you will be meeting and details of any payment/expenses (for work visa applicants).
Letter of Invitation (for visitor visa applicants).
Travel Itinerary (for tourist visa applicants).

Payment receipts of school fees usually from bank (or email of transaction if you paid online)

Confirmation letter from the University acknowledging receipt of payment

Proof of basic education qualification, etc, diploma, certificate and SSCE (IGCSE/A LEVEL/WAEC/NECO) signed and approved by the ministry of education.

Guarantors letter signed by the sponsor and the student, stating that sponsor will cover all the expenses of the student and the student will never apply to any person or institution (including, university) for financial support or scholarship certified notary public.

A copy of certificate incorporation of the sponsor. (Only if student is using a company bank statement of account).

A copy of certificate of income tax clearance of sponsor. (Only if student is using a company bank statement of account).

Original approval reference letter from the bank branch manager.

Bank statement (maximum 3 months old) — Financial documents to provide that you can financially sustain yourself in Turkey. Yours or that of a close relative or from your sponsoring company or government.
These documents might include:– bank statements- proof of earnings or the financial document of a guardian in the Turkey that has sufficient resources to financially support you.

(for Private medical treatment visa applicants) Letter from a doctor or consultant in Turkey showing:
– Details of health condition
– Cost and duration of treatment
– Location of treatment (for Private medical treatment visa applicants).

Most of the documents cut across all the different types of Turkish Visas and some are peculiar to the visa type needed. Submitting fake documents result in an abrupt closure of the visa application, and seizing of the documents. Original documents are mandatory for your application.

Please get the most updated visa requirement and document list from the Turkish embassy website or office in the country you wish to apply for your visa in.

Health Insurance Requirement

International students who study in Turkey will need to obtain a doctor’s certificate confirming that they can freely undertake study in the field of their choice.

You will also need to be insured for the duration of your stay in North Cyprus; this is part of your tuition fees.