Ankara: Belkint University

                ​- Belkint University -    


General information: 

Bilkent University is one of the nation's leading research universities. It enrolls 10840 students in faculties and schools on campus in Ankara, Turkey.

Admission: Via the International Office of the Faculty of Arts
Additional requirements (such as the TOEFL test): No
How did you experience your semester abroad:

The city of Ankara is not as vibrant as the rest of the country, but for one semester it's a great place to go to. Since Bilkent is a private university and considered as one of the best in the country, the campus is modern and all facilities are present. 
The level of the courses is quite low compared to the level in Groningen, but education is much more intensive with a lot of class hours, mandatory attendance, homeworks, etc. Bilkent has a large IR department, and a great variety of interesting courses is offered. 
It is free for exchange students to stay in a shared dorm, but most Dutch students choose to rent an apartment in the city center, from which free buses go to the Bilkent campus every hour (30 min drive). Rental costs in the city center are comparable to the price for staying in a private dorm on campus. 
At Bilkent, ESN is very active during the introduction period and beyond, organizing trips and drinks for a group of about 150 exchange students. 

Every part is rated on a scale of 1 <-> 5


Culture

Points of interests (not so many <-> lots of museums etc.) 2
Food (only local food <-> great variety of restaurants) 5
Nature (none <-> several natural parks/recreational parks)  2
Recreation/Sports (limited <-> many options/extra courses) 3
Social Activities (limited <-> many theatres/cinemas/pubs 3


Study

Size of the University (small <-> big) 3
Relationship students-professors (informal <-> formal) 3
Language requirements (English suffices <-> Official Language) 2
The study programme (easy <-> difficult/intense) 3
Internationality (few international students <-> many int. students) 3
Students from Dutch universities (few <-> a lot) 5
Location of the University (hard to reach <-> close by) 4


Finances

Funds (difficult to acquire <-> very easy to acquire) 5
Accommodation (difficult to find & expensive <-> easy & affordable) 5
Food (expensive <-> cheap) 5
Public transport (expensive <-> cheap) 5

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