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Kadir Has University

Why Kadir Has University?

Kadir Has University (KHAS) was founded in 1997, in Istanbul. The university will celebrate the 20th age this year. The university, with its six undergraduate faculties, two graduate schools and two vocational and applied schools, is dedicated to become a leader in Turkish higher education as well as and culture, and strives to become an international center for research and scientific development.

Kadir Has University is the place where history and contemporary Istanbul life are blended to create a perfect academic atmosphere.

Located in the heart of Istanbul, our main Cibali Campus stands on the crossroads of old and new city, only a few minutes away both from the historical Sultanahmet Square and from Taksim- the famous center of culture, entertainment, business, and shopping. The central location of the Campus offers an important opportunity for our students to stay connected to the beaming life of Istanbul.  

In 2002 the historical Tekel Cibali Cigarette Factory was transformed by the Kadir Has Foundation into the university campus.  Now the Campus combines elegant facades, sunny atria, and large, airy interiors with quality education and research facilities.

However, the central location and modern campus are not the only properties what attract students from all around the world to Kadir Has University.
Our distinguishing feature is the educational approach, based on both traditional disciplines and interdisciplinary models. Here at Kadir Has University, we foster knowledge, innovation and creativity. We strive to encourage our students to search for higher truths and help them to prepare for the future.

If you are a full time international students, an exchange student or an Erasmus student, coming to study in our undegradaute or graduate programs, your study location will be the Cibali Campus.
If you are coming to study in a 2 year associate program, your study location will be Selimpasa Campus, located on the Marmamra Sea shore in Silivri, Istanbul. Our English Language School is located on Bahcelievler Campus.

To help our students become global citizens we:
•    Use English language as medium of teaching;
•    Implement international standards of quality education;
•    Attract faculty members from internationally respected universities;
•    Offer student exchange opportunities with prominent foreign universities;
•    Give them an option to receive a dual degree diploma with foreign universities;
•    Foster the freedom of speech
Focus on positive human relations and a democratic environment for intellectual discussion
•    Give students access to our advanced technological facilities and intellectual resources
•    Encourage student participation in social responsibility projects and motivate them to be responsible citizens

Our ultimate goal is to see our graduates as successful scholars and fulfilled individuals, and true leaders of their society.

• Coventry University (UK)
• Purdue University Indianapolis (USA)
• Montana State University (USA)
• Bremen University (Germany)

• Europa Nostra Architectural Award Winner
• 1 main and 2 satellite campuses
• 3300 m² Research Area
• 12000 m² Study Area
• 12000 m² Recreation Area
• Dormitories in the city center

• Tuition per year: 14300 USD
• 25% and 50% Entry tuition waivers
• 2016 average entry undergraduate scholarship: 50%
• 2016 average graduate scholarship: 36%
• 2016 average PhD scholarship: 55%
• Performance scholarship from sophomore year

•    6 Faculties,
•    2 Vocational Schools
•    2 Graduate Schools
•    9 Associate Programs
•    25 Undergraduate Programs
•    20 Master’s Programs
•    8 PhD Programs
•    7 Research Centers
•    Lifelong Education Center

•    6500 Students
•    75% in Undergraduate Programs
•    Full Time International students from 39 countries
•    Student/Professor ratio: 27

•    6% Foreign Faculty Members
•    49% with PhD from abroad
•    16% Full Professors
•    8% Assistant Professors

•    English Language Instruction
•    Small Classes
•    Double Majors
•    Social Responsibility Projects
•    Electives during 3rd and 4th years

•    in Erasmus Program: 84 Exchange Partners from 21 Countries
•    Other Exchange Programs:  63 Partners from 21 Countries
•    Exchange opportunities in USA, UK, Canada, Taiwan, China, Korea, India, Russia

International Students Testimonials
Sabina Jafarova
Full-time graduate student from Azerbaijan
I discovered that Kadir Has University has lots of opportunities for students in their future career and self-development. I am happy to be a part of this institution. It is the most complete pleasure and confidence to study here and to be in the center of plenty of activities, especially in the New Media industry. Kadir Has University is an education brand in Turkey and I wish everyone to be a part of this brand.

Yan Karpinsiy
Full-time undergraduate student from Russia
The university with its high education standards and career counseling has become my home. English medium of teaching has contributed to my academic development and improved my chances of getting a good job upon my graduation. Kadir Has University has a very attractive location. My friends in Russia admire the sea views from my university.  I am very happy and proud to be a Kadir Has student.


Tugba Kalaz
Erasmus student from Ghent University (Belgium), Masters student in Business Engineering
Kadir Has University is located near the Golden Horn and from the university there is an amazing view of the city. The campus is beautiful. I can't forget my first impression: I was astonished by the crowded places; I loved the beautiful historical views and the food... I'm happy that I chose to be here for a year. In Turkey, I get the chance to study, meet new people and I learn the Turkish culture better. Overall, I love Istanbul and the busy life here.”

Ursula Mlynarek
Guest masters student from Roosevelt University, USA

I really enjoyed my time at Kadir Has, in Istanbul.  I am blessed to have spent the semester surrounded by such caring, challenging professors and classmates that mentored me in economics and in learning about Turkey.  I consistently found myself in classroom discussions that demanded my full attention, and encouraged my studies. From my perspective, my classes were truly heterodox, which allowed me to learn a variety of different economic tools, and the ability to choose which fit for me and which did not fit.  How valuable! I also loved the wide variety of seminars the economics department hosted this semester!



Application criteria

International applicants are admitted based on the high school diploma GPA, international and national high school leaving or university entrance examinations’ results, providing that the application requirement is not less than accepted minimum for each application criteria.

All acceptance decisions are determined based on the recommendation of the relevant admission committee and the approval of the Senate. The validity period of university entrance examinations is two years as of the date of their administration. High school exit examinations do not have any limitation on the period of validity

SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) Reasoning
Min. 1000 combined  from Math and Critical Reading with min 600 from Math

Al-Shahada-Al Thanawiyya
For all B.Sc. Min. 180, for B.A. programs min. 170

Al-Shahada-Al Thanawiyya Al-Amma
For all B.Sc. Min. 180, for B.A. programs min. 170

American College Test (ACT)
Math, Science and total Min. 21

French Baccalaureate
Min. 10

International Baccalaureate (IB)
Min. 24

European Baccalaureate
Min. 60%

International High School Diploma
Min. 60%

International Student Orientation

Moving to another country might be a challenging. This is why here, at Kadir Has University designed a special oration week for full time international students. All exchange and Erasmus students are also welcomed to join all the events.

International Student Orientation Week will help you settle in to life at Kadir Has University and Istanbul. Along with lots of fun events and activities, you will also complete all the necessary University procedures to make your enrolment as smooth as possible.

The orientation program will provide you with opportunities to meet all the new first year students and attend meetings and sessions with your School(s), Program Teams or Research Institute.

If you have any questions during the International Orientation Program, come to the International Admissions Office.

University Life

Kadir Has University strives to ensure that every international student has the opportunity to succeed in the classroom as well as experience the social and cultural highlights of Istanbul and Turkey.

Student Clubs
We believe that student clubs form the backbone of a lively, colorful university environment while serving to cultivate individuals with multiple interests. Clubs help complete students’ personal development and turn wasted time into valuable experiences.  

As a modern educational institution, Kadir Has University recognizes and heartily supports the positive social, cultural, physical health, and artistic influence of student clubs, as well as the associated increase in students’ knowledge, skills, and creativity.  

Kadir Has University Student Clubs enthusiastically support panel sessions, conferences, and forums with politicians, businesspeople, specialists, and cutting-edge thinkers of every discipline.  Our clubs also publish and interact with magazines, bulletins, and other media, as well as hosting and partaking in concerts, theater events, and talks by prominent artists.  Moreover, they organize and take part in sporting competitions and events, celebrations, and series.  Below is a list of ever-developing KHAS student clubs, powered by student interest and energy.

Advertising Club
Arts and Culture Club
Business Club
Chess Club
Cinema Club
Dance Club
Debate Club
Economics Club
Engineering Club
Environment and Ecology Club
Erasmus Club
Factory Design Club
Finance and Banking Club
Folk Dance and Folk Music Club
Futurists Club
Graphic Design Club
HAS Runners
Human Rights and Democracy Club
Information Security Club
Innovative Entrepreneurial Leaders Club
Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineering Student Branch
Institute of Engineers and Everyone Else)
International Business Club
Kemalist Thought Club
Law Club
Literature Club
Logistics Club
Marketing Club
Model United Nations Club
Mountaineering and Outdoors Sports Club
Music Club
New Media Club
Operations Research Club
Photography Club
Poetry Club
Political Science and International Relations Club
Property and Asset Valuation Club
Public Relations and Publicity Club
Radio Club
Sailing Club
Short Film Club
Uni Socia Club
Student Council

The Student Council at Kadir Has University consists of democratically elected student representatives, and serves as a bridge between the student body and the administration, the goal of which is to foster students’ participation in the governing the university.

What does Student Council do?

•    Through the president and the representatives chosen from every faculty, the Council participates in the meetings of university administrative bodies on those issues pertaining to students, bringing problems, perspectives and potential solutions to the table and generally representing the student body.
•    Committees formed by the Council also suggest and implement scientific, creative, novel, and research projects and/or ideas aimed at addressing student concerns and providing solutions to student problems at the university.
•    Council members work to publicize announcements and opportunities at the university in a way that allows students to benefit from them, and prepare surveys and reports to better understand the student perspectives and needs.
•    All student members of Kadir Has University’s faculties, vocational schools, language schools, institutes, and graduate schools are natural members of the Council and can benefit from the Council’s activities.

Sports and recreation

What can be better than taking a break from your classes and streching your legs in the on-campus gym?  Here, on Cibali Campus, students can spend their free time playing on basketball court or taking a small tournament on the mini football field. Those who are interested in a real work out can practice in the fitness center or indoor sports center.

On the Selimpasa Campus there are multipurpose sports areas for basketball, volleyball, and tennis, as well as a minim football field, climbing wall and fitness center.

If you are a professional athlete and you’re looking to join a team or compete on an individual level, sport clubs are great ways to share common interests and get competitive in a structured way.

Kadir Has University is famous for its rowing team, which owns numerous trophies from both Turkish University Sports Federation and Turkish Interuniversity Rowing Championship. The university also hosts national events such as the Golden Horn Boad Race and Cumhuriyet Cup Rowing Contest.

Other teams represented at Kadir Has University:
•    Basketball
•    Chess
•    Rowing
•    Badminton
•    Football
•    Volleyball
•    Handball
•    Table tennis
•    Korfball
•    Alpinism