Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 14 k / Year(s)  
601–800 place StudyQA ranking:3208 Duration:48 months

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The aim of the undergraduate program in the Department of Archaeology is to provide a thorough and comprehensive understanding of archaeology, ancient history and art. The curriculum includes practical as well as academic work. There will be field trips to museums and sites in Turkey, and students will have the opportunity to participate in departmental survey/excavation projects; arrangements might also be made for students to take part in excavations and expeditions sponsored by other institutions.

The first two years of the program embrace a wide range of essential introductory subjects designed to familiarize the student with the background material required for the more specialized subjects offered over the following two years. In the third and fourth years, besides the compulsory courses, the student has the opportunity to choose elective topics in his or her field of particular interest. One of the options in the fourth year is supervised study on a topic of the student's own choice, at the end of which the student will produce a short dissertation.

This particular elective will be offered to students who would like to continue with graduate studies in the field of archaeology or related subjects. Every student is required to take at least one ancient language (Greek and Latin are offered). A basic knowledge of ancient Greek or Latin is invaluable for those students who decide to specialize in Greek or Roman art and archaeology, or ancient history.

At the end of the program the student will emerge with a good knowledge and comprehension of most aspects of Near Eastern, Mediterranean, and European art and archaeology from the Prehistoric period onwards. Emphasis will of course be placed on Anatolian civilizations since the environment at Bilkent provides an ideal opportunity for first-hand familiarity with the ancient sites and monuments of this country.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 2014-2015 Academic Year Spring Semester, beginning on 2 February 2015, will be open between 15 October - 15 December 2014; 2015-2016 Academic Year Fall Semester, beginning in mid-September 2015, will be open between 15 October 2014 - 16 July 2015 Tuition fee
  • USD 13950 Year (International)

The annual tuition for international students beginning their program in September 2014 is 13,950 US Dollars (includes 8% VAT). Tuition fees are collected in two equal installments at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters. Tuition fees are payable in US Dollars only.

Start date February,September 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content


Autumn Semester

Course Name

  • Introduction to Computing for Social Sciences
  • English and Composition I
  • Orientation
  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Ways of Seeing: Approaches to Art and Architectural History
  • Introductory Mathematics
  • Turkish I

Spring Semester

Course Name

  • Introduction to Computing and Programming for Social Sciences
  • English and Composition II
  • Introduction to Research Skills
  • Human Evolution and World Prehistory
  • Physics for Poets
  • Turkish II


Autumn Semester

Course Name

  • Collegiate Activities Program I
  • Anatolian Archaeology, Neolithic to the Iron Age
  • History of Civilization I
  • History of Turkey
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Ancient Language requirement I

Spring Semester

Course Name

  • Principles of Economics
  • Collegiate Activities Program II
  • Introduction to Mesopotamian and Egyptian Archaeology
  • Introduction to Classical Archaeology
  • History of Civilization II
  • Ancient Language requirement II


Autumn Semester

Course Name

  • Byzantine and Islamic Art and Archaeology
  • Archaeological Drawing and Planning in the Field
  • Ancient Language requirement III
  • Department Electives (2)

Spring Semester

Course Name

  • Archaeological Surveying and Planning
  • Ancient Language requirement IV
  • Department Electives (3)


Autumn Semester

Course Name

  • Summer Practice
  • Museum Practices and the Preservation of Cultural Heritage
  • Cities, Monuments and Landscapes of Classical Anatolia
  • Department Electives (2)
  • Free Elective

Spring Semester

Course Name

  • Senior Project
  • Ancient Technologies and Materials
  • Archaeological Method and Theory
  • Department Elective
  • Department Elective
  • Free Elective


Course Name

  • Mythologies of the Ancient Mediterranean World
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Ancient Greek I
  • Ancient Greek II
  • Latin I
  • Latin II
  • The Roman Empire Under Trajan
  • Greek Sculpture
  • Hellenistic and Roman Sculpture
  • Monumental Painting
  • Greek Vase Painting
  • European Prehistory
  • Archaeology of Iran
  • Greek Architecture
  • Roman Architecture
  • Archaeology of Troy
  • Archaeology of Syria and Palestine
  • Bronze Age in Iran
  • Orientalizing Period
  • Hittite Archaeology
  • Near Eastern and Anatolian Glyptic
  • Bronze Age in Anatolia
  • The Aegean Bronze Age
  • Egyptian Art and Archaeology
  • Ancient Greek III
  • Ancient Greek IV
  • Monuments of Babylon
  • Hittite Texts I
  • Archaeology of Ionia
  • Latin III
  • Latin IV
  • Monuments of Athens
  • Monuments of Rome
  • Introduction to Akkadian
  • Ancient Mesoamerican Civilizations
  • Ancient Cities
  • Iron Age Sculpture of the Near East
  • Achaemenian Art and Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Phoenicia
  • Greek Sanctuaries
  • Art Arch.and Arch
  • Greek and Roman Portraiture
  • Museum Education
  • Archaeological Photography
  • Readings in Prehistory
  • Archaeological Conservation
  • Religion and Society in the Ancient Near East
  • Readings in Near Eastern Art and Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Cyprus in the Bronze Age
  • The Eastern Roman Provinces
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Selected Topics in Anatolian Art and Archaeology
  • Neolithic and Chalcolithic Periods in Anatolia
  • Readings in Anatolian Art and Archaeology
  • Readings in Greek Art and Archaeology
  • Introduction to Sumerology
  • Readings in Roman Art and Archaeology
  • Neo-Assyrian Art and Archaeology
  • Supervised Study
  • Readings From Near Eastern Texts
  • Readings From Greek/Latin Texts


The Minor Track in Archaeology aims to provide students with a useful and appreciated background for many careers different from "hardcore archaeology", such as publishing, tourism, communications, law, management and finance, international relations, and government service. The Minor track is designed to equip candidates with both broad and in-depth knowledge in Pre-Classical and Classical archaeology, its current research objectives, methodologies and applications, to supplement their Major studies in a firm and enduring way.

Prerequisite Courses: None



Course Name

  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Human Evolution and World Prehistory
  • Introduction to Mesopotamian and Egyptian Archaeology
  • Introduction to Classical Archaeology
  • HART electives (2)

HART electives: HART courses excluding ancient languages and certain technical courses like Archaeological Drafting and Illustration.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test : 87

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test.


International students, who had graduated or are expecting to graduate from a High School equivalent to Turkish High Schools in Turkey, can apply to Bilkent University. All International applicants who are applying for full-time undergraduate degree programs are required to fill out the following application form at:

Online Application Form

The applications for:

  • 2014-2015 Academic Year Spring Semester, beginning on 2 February 2015, will be open between 15 October - 15 December 2014
  • 2015-2016 Academic Year Fall Semester, beginning in mid-September 2015, will be open between 15 October 2014 - 16 July 2015

How to complete your online application:

Step 1: Obtain a login ID and password

Step 2: Fill out the personal information part and upload the personal information page of your passport.

Step 3: Fill out the family Information part. All students who would like to be considered for partial tuition wavier recipients are recommended to fill out this part.


Bilkent accepts the photocopies of exams/diplomas and certificates listed below for application. In the absence of national or international exams, high school graduation score can be evaluated for admission. Scanned copies of Turkish or English translation of the high school diploma and official transcript along with the explanation of the high school’s grading system should be submitted for application.

  • - In the SAT I, a total score of at least 1000 out of 1600 (in the combined Critical Reading and Math Reasoning tests), depending on the department to which application is made.
  • - In the General Certificate Education (GCE), including Cambridge International A Level, at least three A level scores, one of which is received in the particular subject area of the program applied for.
  • - In the ACT examination, a minimum score of 24 in Mathematics, Science and Composite.
  • - In the TQDK examination, a minimum score of 450 out of 700 in "Group II-III-IV" and a minimum score of 550 out of 700 in "Group I".
  • - In the Baccalaureate Libanais examinations given in Lebanon, a diploma score of at least 14 in the Scientific Stream.
  • - In the Tawjih examinations given in Jordan and Palestine, a minimum average of 85 points in all courses in the Scientific Stream.
  • - In the West African Examinations Council - (International) Senior School Certificate examination (WAEC - SSCE), a maximum score of 2 in each of the six subjects, and a maximum total score of 9 from the same six subjects.
  • - An International Baccalaureate diploma with a diploma score of at least 28 or higher up to 32 depending on the department to which application is made.
  • - A French Baccalaureate diploma with a diploma score of at least 12.
  • - ABITUR with a score of at least 4 and a minimum score of 5 out of 15 in the subjects related to the program applied for.
  • - In the Libyan Al Shahada Al Thanawiya examination, a score of at least 195 in the Scientific Stream for Engineering and Science programs and at least 185 in the Social Sciences / Art Stream for other programs.
  • - In the Gao Kao examination of the People's Republic of China, a score of at least 540 (It may vary according to the department applied for).
  • - In Diploma Debirestan / Pisdanesgahi administered in Iran, with a score of at least 16 out of 20.
  • - In the International University Test examination administered in Kazakhstan, a minimum score of 85 out of 100.
  • - Gold, silver or bronze medals in the International Science Olympiads (*) recognized by TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey):

* (IOI) The International Olympiad in Informatics
(IBO) The International Biology Olympiad
(IPhO) The International Physics Olympiad
(IChO) The International Chemistry Olympiad
(IMO) The International Mathematical Olympiad
(JBMO) Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad
(BMO) Balkan Mathematical Olympiad
(BOI) Balkan Olympiad in Informatics


As Bilkent is an English medium university, students are required to meet the language requirement to be able to pursue their studies in their departments. The language requirement can be met through the submission of an exam result meeting the minimum requirements in any of the following exams as outlined below:

  • TOEFL iBT, a score of at least 87
  • IELTS Academic, a score of at least 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 scored in every section
  • CAE, a grade of at least "C"
  • FCE, a grade of at least "B"

External exam results are valid for two years. When students submit results for any of the exams mentioned above, Bilkent University School of English Language reserves the right to investigate these exam results for reliability purposes, the right to give an exam to students to check the validity of their exam results, and the right to not accept exam results that are considered to be suspicious.

If students cannot submit an exam result which meets the minimum requirements, they can take the COPE exam administered by Bilkent University after registration. Students, who cannot meet the minimum pass score in the COPE exam, will have to attend classes in the English Language Preparatory Program which is a one to two year program where they will receive 25-30 hours of classroom input every week.

PLEASE NOTE: The exam results must be sent to the university directly by the related institution. The exam results that are not sent to the university by the related institution will not be accepted.

  • TOEFL should be sent directly from ETS to Bilkent University - CODE: 0620.
  • IELTS should be sent directly from British Council to Bilkent University.

Step 6: List and rank your selected programs up to 5 choices. Please note that students who choose Graphic Design; Fine Arts and Music must take an aptitude test administered by the related faculties in August.

Step 7: Please write a 250-word statement of purpose describing your academic goals and reasons to study at Bilkent.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Alumni Study Travel Fund

    Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

  • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

    The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Bilkent University.


Scholarships for International Students
  • Prospective students who apply for financial assistance are evaluated according to their high school grades, their national and/or international exam scores, and other relevant academic criteria.

  • Qualified applicants are offered partial or full tuition waiver scholarships. Tuition waiver scholarships are awarded at five levels, ranging from 20% to 100% in increments of 20%. Accommodation scholarships are also available for a limited number of top students who are on full tuition waiver scholarship.

  • Students can benefit from scholarships for maximum of 2 years in the English Preparatory Program and for a maximum of 5 years in 4-year undergraduate programs.

  • Students on scholarship are required to take at least the minimum course load* specified for their department each semester (excluding any withdrawn courses**, GE100, GE251 and non-credit courses) and to maintain a minimum annual GPA of 2.00/4.00. (The annual GPA is calculated as a weighted average of Fall and Spring semester grades; courses taken in the optional Summer School are also included in calculation.) English Preparatory Program students are required to qualify to take the ECA or COPE exam at the end of each course or pass COPE by the end of the academic year. Scholarships of students who fail to meet these conditions will be decreased one level and cannot be restored even if the students improve their performance. If there are no Fall or Spring semester courses within the annual GPA, students with less than 2.00 are given a warning; if these students fail to meet the required conditions at the end of the following year, their scholarships will be decreased by two levels.

  • Students on accommodation scholarship are required to maintain a minimum annual GPA of 2. 50/4.00. Students who fail to meet this condition will loose their accommodation scholarship.
    * The minimum course load depends on the department. This information can be found in SRS ( ) under "Information Card" and "lower limit".

    ** The number of withdraws is irrelevant, provided that students finish the semester with the minimum course load. If a student falls one course below the minimum course load by withdrawing a course, this is also possible provided that this situation occurs only once over the fall and spring semesters combined.

  • Merit Scholarship

    At the end of each academic year, international students who have taken at least a minimum curriculum course load (excluding any additional courses, withdrawn courses, GE 100-250-251, non-credit courses and repeated courses in Spring, already taken in Fall semester) and attained an annual grade point average of 3.30 or above, as well as being in the top 5% of all the non-scholarship students in their program, may become eligible to receive a merit scholarship for the following academic year on top of any partial tuition waiver scholarship they may already have.

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