Frequently Asked Questions — Undergraduate Students
For information on the registration procedures regarding incoming undergraduate students, please see University Registration website (http://ogrenciler.boun.edu.tr/Home/Content/universityregistration).
TOEFL® (PBT): 550, TWE 4.5
TOEFL® (IBT): 79, TWE 22
IELTS Academic: 6.5, Writing (Academic): 6.5
Test scores are valid for two years after the test date.
Information on attendance and performance requirements of the English Preparatory Division classes is available on the School of Foreign Languages (YADYOK) website (http://www.yadyok.boun.edu.tr).
Academic Calendar is the calendar that comprises the dates of all education-related activities (registration for the semester, course add/drop, withdrawal from courses, final examinations, submission of applications, etc.). The Academic Calendar is announced subsequent to its approval by the University Senate. It can be accessed at https://academiccalendar.boun.edu.tr.
Students are required to renew their registration at the beginning of each academic semester. Course registration is made online via OBIKAS at the following address: registration.boun.edu.tr.
English Preparatory Division (YADYOK) students do not have to renew their registration on OBIKAS; their academic registration is approved and finalized by the Registrar’s Office.
To complete their course registration, students must have met all financial requirements, if any, for that semester within the dates specified.
Course registrations are finalized following the academic advisor’s approval. At the end of the registration period, students must carefully examine their course lists recorded on OBIKAS, and submit a petition to the relevant department in case of any errors in their records.
All students, including those enrolled in the English Preparatory Division, are assigned at least one academic advisor, who is a full time faculty member or a lecturer holding a doctoral degree in the department or program the student is enrolled in. The academic advisor provides guidance to the students on various academic issues, and assists them in their adjustment to life at the university and in their career planning.
In each registration period, the academic advisor assists students in selecting the appropriate courses and preparing their course lists, and having their course lists approved. The advisor provides information on various academic issues including course add/drop procedures, transfer, leave of absence, prerequisite courses and their sequencing, double major programs, repeating courses, summer school, and transfer of courses from other universities. A student’s academic course registration is finalized following his/her academic advisor’s approval.
You can find your academic advisor on the following link: registration.boun.edu.tr → General Services → Advisor Lists.
The prerequisite for some courses is designated as “consent of instructor.” The instructor who teaches the course determines whether a student is adequately equipped to take that particular course. To be able to enroll in those courses, the student must have the instructor’s consent. The student applies for consent on OBIKAS; however, it is important to get in touch with the instructor prior to applying for consent. The student can add the course to his/her program upon receipt of the instructor’s consent. Approval of the academic advisor is required before registration to the said course can be finalized.
In case a student cannot register to the course due to quota/class/department/surname restrictions, he/she may be allowed to register by the consent of the instructor who is teaching that course. In this case, even if the instructor gives consent, the student cannot enroll in the course unless its prerequisites are completed.
To calculate a student’s Semester Point Average (SPA), the numerical value of the letter grade earned in each course taken in that semester is multiplied by the number of credits awarded to that course and dividing their sum by the total number of credits awarded to the same set of courses.
Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated in the same way, taking into account all of the courses that the student has taken during his studies.
For courses that are repeated, the last grade and credits earned are counted toward the calculation of the average.
A student is in senior standing if he/she has completed the minimum number of credits required for graduation minus the maximum number of credits stipulated for the last two semesters of the curriculum.
Senior students can register for 500-level courses. Course underload rules do not apply to senior students. Students of senior standing who are in repeating status are also exempt from the requirement to take a maximum of two new courses.
Summer School is offered during the summer, as separate from the two semesters of the academic year and comprises courses and education programs that are attended on voluntary basis.
In the summer school, students can complete the courses in a relatively intensified form and shorter time than in the fall and spring semesters. Summer school enables irregular undergraduate students who have started their studies in the spring semester to finish their studies in eight semesters. Courses offered in the summer school are offered for a fee. A student can take a maximum of three courses or 10 credits in the summer term. The courses to be offered in the summer school and their registration dates are announced on OBIKAS during the spring semester. Academic advisor’s approval is required before summer school registrations can be finalized. At the end of the registration period, students must examine their course lists as recorded on OBIKAS and apply to the relevant department in case of any errors in their records.
A student enrolled in a double major program fulfills the requirements of two separate undergraduate degree programs, as defined by the Senate, and earns two separate diplomas. Students in a double-major program are entitled to 10 semesters of study starting from the date they started their freshman year, even if they have already met the requirements for their major program. Students can begin a double major program as of the beginning of their third semester, but no later than the beginning of their fifth semester. Applications must be made to the Dean’s Office of the relevant faculty/school before the deadline announced in the academic calendar [Double Major Directives (TR)].
To earn a certificate in a specific field in addition to a diploma, a student may register for a minor program. Applications to a minor program are accepted as early as the beginning of the student’s third semester at the university, but no later than the beginning of the sixth semester. The student must successfully complete a predetermined number of courses in the minor program. Applications must be made to the Dean’s Office of the relevant faculty or school before the deadline announced in the academic calendar [Minor Program Directives (TR)].
Students can study for one or two semesters in a higher education institution which is an exchange partner of Boğaziçi University. Detailed information on exchange programs can be obtained from the Office of International Relations [Directives for Exchange Programs (TR)].
A student enrolled in an undergraduate program at Boğaziçi University can transfer to another undergraduate program in the university. Applications for transfer are made to the Registrar’s Office within the period stipulated in the academic calendar. All applications for transfer are evaluated by the relevant faculty/school [Regulations Governing Transfer to Undergraduate Programs of Bogazici University].
To be eligible for graduation and receive a diploma, the student must be registered at Boğaziçi University for his/her last semester before graduating (excepting summer school); complete all courses taken for credit with a grade no less than DD and all non-credit courses with a grade of P; earn no less than half of the total credits specified by the relevant department in courses taken at the university; and complete the undergraduate program with a GPA of no less than 2.00. Graduation of a student who has fulfilled all requirements for graduation cannot be deferred.
A student in his last semester of studies who is registered for the relevant semester and has fulfilled all requirements for graduation, and whose eligibility for graduation has been determined by the relevant executive board must apply for graduation on the OBIKAS system (registration.boun.edu.tr → Student Information →Application for Graduation) Click here for more information.