Documents Required for Application to Graduate Programs

Please note: Some Graduate Programs require that you present the original versions of your documents at the time of the subject exams or interviews. Please contact the program to which you are applying to learn whether you need to bring them.

Diploma or certification of graduation


Official Transcripts


Curriculum Vitae



Documentation of English proficiency

See explanation below

Statement of Purpose

How to Write a SOP

Reference Letters

Two reference letters are required.

Student disciplinary record

This document is required from candidates who have graduated from the Turkish university

Application fee receipt

A separate application fee is required for each program to which you apply. Please make sure that you fulfill all of the requirements for the department you are applying to, and that the department does have a quota, before paying the application fee(s). The application fee must be paid in person or by bank wire. The university does not accept credit cards or payment by PayPal. The application fee is non-refundable.

Language Proficiency

The medium of instruction at Boğaziçi University is English. All applicants must submit documentation proving proficiency in English. The Boğaziçi University Senate recognizes the results from a number of standardized tests for this purpose. Exemptions to this rule are listed below.


Boğaziçi University English Proficiency Exam



Information on the BUEPT and the TWE may be found on the website of YADYOK,



YADYOK website



Test of English as a Foreign Language


TOEFL (PBT) 550, TWE 4.5

TOEFL (CBT) 213, TWE 4.5

TOEFL (IBT)    79, TWE 22

TOEFL® (IBT Special Home Edition Test) 79, TWE 22

Please note: TOEFL is mandatory for all native speakers of English who are applying for Ph.D. programs.


UK IELTS International English Language Testing System

IELTS Academic: 6.5, Academic Writing: 6.5

Scores are valid for two years after the test date.

Exemption from the English Proficiency Test

Applicants who have received their undergraduate or graduate degree from Boğaziçi University and are applying to a graduate or Ph.D. program within at most two years of graduation are exempt from the English proficiency test.

The English proficiency level of citizens from countries where English is the official language will be determined via an interview at the School of Foreign Languages (YADYOK), and a written exam if deemed necessary.

Applicants who studied at and graduated from institutions of higher education where the language of instruction was English, in a country where English was the mother tongue, during at least the last four years of their education, will be exempt from the English proficiency test for at most two years following their graduation date. Please contact the School of Foreign Languages at 

General Information

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  • General academic information

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