ISTANBUL AREL UNIVERSITY

ECTS Information Package

General Admission Requirements

1. For Turkish Students


a. Admission to Associate and Undergraduate Degree Programs

Students are admitted to Istanbul Arel University in the following ways pursuant to Article 45 of the Law No. 2547:

  • By being placed by the Student Selection and Placement Centre (ÖSYM)
  • By passing the Istanbul Arel University Special Ability Exam
  • By passing the Vertical Transfer Exam (DGS) after graduating from associate programs at vocational schools or open universities.
  • At Istanbul Arel University Vocational Schools students arel placed by the Student Selection and Placement Centre (ÖSYM) without examination after graduating from vocational or technical high schools

b. Admission to Graduate Programs

  1. Students applying for admission to MA programs must hold a Bachelor's degree. Students are admitted to MA programs within announced quota by being listed according to their ALES (Akademik Personel ve Lisansüstü Eğitimi Giriş Sınavı - Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Exam) scores.
  2. For graduates of Faculty of Fine Arts or Conservatory, the cumulative GPA and the interview and/or art department practice exam score will have a weight of 50% each in the calculation of the admission score for related MA programs.
  3. For students applying for admission to PhD programs with an MA, ALES score will have a weight of 50%, the cumulative GPA of their BA will have a weight of 20% and the cumulative GPA of their MA will have a weight of 30% in the calculation of the admission score for related PhD programs. 
  4. For students applying for admission to PhD programs with a BA, ALES score will have a weight of 50%, the cumulative GPA of their BA will have a weight of 50% in the calculation of the admission score for related PhD programs.
  5. Applicants are admitted to PhD programs within announced quotas by being listed according to their admission score. In case admission scores are equal, the applicants will be given priority according to their ALES score, the cumulative GPA of their MA and the cumulative GPA of their BA respectively.
  6. For students applying for admission to PhD in Arts with an MA, the cumulative GPA of their BA will have a weight of 10%, the cumulative GPA of their MA will have a weight of 50% and the interview and/or art department practice exam score will have a weight of 50% in the calculation of the admission score.
  7. For students applying for admission to PhD in Arts with a BA, the cumulative GPA of their BA will have a weight of 50% and the interview and/or art department practice exam score will have a weight of 50% in the calculation of the admission score.
  8. For admission to PhD in Arts, the related exam jury may take into consideration, besides the above mentioned calculations, at least two reference letters and a letter of intention that explains the interests and motivation of the applicant for pursuing graduate study. 
  9. Applicants are admitted to PhD in Arts within announced quotas by being listed according to their admission score.  In case admission scores are equal, the applicants will be given priority according to the cumulative GPA of their MA, the cumulative GPA of their BA and the interview and/or art department practice exam score respectively.
  10. At the end of each semester, departments/arts divisions submit to the related institute their suggestions for the graduate programs to be started the following semester, the student quotas and the application and admission requirements for each program including the foreign language requirements. The suggestions are then submitted to the Rectorate after being decided upon by the related institute board. The MA and PhD programs/PhD in Arts programs of the related institute and the announced student quotas approved by the Senate becomes definite with the decision of the Board of Trustees. The required documents, dates of application and exams and other requirements for application to the programs are announced by the Rectorate. The original copies of the required documents or the copies thereof approved by the Institute are accepted. Procedures with regard to military status and criminal record of the applicants are conducted based on the statements of the applicants.

2. For International Students


a. Admission to Associate and Undergraduate Degree Programs

International students who are high school or university graduates and students in their final year of high schools can directly apply to our university to enroll in associate and undergraduate degree programs.

 

b. Master's and Doctorate Programmes

Applicants who receive scholarships from the government of the Republic of Turkey or their own governments and those who are citizens of other countries applying for admission to graduate programs according to bilateral agreements or individually are admitted with the decision of the administrative board of the institute by the evaluation of their BA points without being given an additional exam. If these students are willing to study in programs where the medium of instruction is English, they may be granted exemption from the English proficiency exam with the decision of the administrative board of the institute provided that they document their TOEFL or equivalent test scores. When deemed necessary, an exam is given in order to assess their level of language and scientific knowledge and a special program is offered for those who lack the required level thereof. Those students should pay the tuition fee determined each year by the Board of Trustees in order to enroll in the related graduate program.

  1. The Admission requirements of the graduate programs for applicants who are Turkish citizens residing abroad or citizens of other countries are determined at the beginning of each academic year with the decision of the Board of Trustees after being approved by the University Executive Board upon the advice of the heads of departments and the suggestion of the administrative board of the institute.
  2. The principles and procedures to be applied in the admission of applicants who are Turkish citizens residing abroad or citizens of other countries are as follows:
    • Applicants should receive a minimum standard score of 55 in ALES or the equivalent minimum GMAT/GRE score determined by YÖK (Yüksek Öğretim Kurulu - Council of Higher Education); those applying for admission to PhD programs with BA degrees should receive a minimum standard score of 70 in ALES or GMAT/GRE score determined by YÖK.
    • Applicants who are citizens of other countries should receive a minimum score of 55 on the Inter-University Foreign Language Examination (ÜDS) in English, French or German or its equivalent in a foreign language test accepted by the Inter-University Board.
    • Applicants who are citizens of other countries should pass the TÖMER (Language Studies Center of Ankara University) proficiency exam in Turkish and foreign language proficiency exam.  
    • Of the applicants from Turkey or Turkic countries residing in Turkic countries, Asia and Balkans applying for admission to MA or PhD programs, those who receive scholarships from the government of the Republic of Turkey or their own governments or who apply in cases whereby there is a provision in bilateral agreements or individually, are admitted with the decision of the administrative board of the institute by the evaluation of their BA and, if available, MA points without being given an additional exam. When deemed necessary, an exam is given in order to assess their level of language and knowledge and additional educational support is provided for those who lack the required level thereof. The exam jury consists of three full members and one alternate member. Students receiving scholarships should take the ALES exam, however they are not subject to the minimum score rule applied to Turkish students and they are placed at the University based on the assessment of their ALES score. Placements are made via the methods approved by the related institute administrative boards within announced quotas.

3. For Erasmus Students


Before arrival at Istanbul Arel University, incoming students are required to :

  • fill in the Student Application Form,
  • fill in the Learning Agreement Form with their advisor,
  • ensure that their Learning Agreement has been signed by Istanbul Arel University and their home institution,
  • send two photos, the Student Application Form, the Learning Agreement Form and official transcripts of record to the following address:

İstanbul Arel Üniversitesi
Türkoba Mahallesi Erguvan Sokak No:26 / K 34537
Tepekent - Büyükçekmece
İstanbul-Türkiye

4. For Farabi Programs


Minimum requirements for application to Farabi Exchange Programs are as follows:

  • Applicant should be enrolled in an undergraduate, MA or PhD program at a higher education institution where mainstream education is offered. 
  • The cumulative GPA of undergraduate applicants should be minimum 2.0/4 and the cumulative GPA of graduate students must be minimum 2.5/4 with no failed courses.
  • Applicants should have no disciplinary action taken against them.