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Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. It explores the way in which humans (and sometimes animals) see, learn, remember, and think; as well as the way they behave among others. It also looks at the relationship between mind and brain physiology, and studies how all these faculties develop from conception and birth through to the end of life.
Psychology has a wide scope. Its subject matter ranges from biology of the brain and the nervous system, to social issues like what makes people behave the way they do in a group. Thus, it is widely accepted that psychology is a discipline of both natural and social science. There are five core areas of psychological science. These are biological, cognitive, social, developmental, and personality psychology. The undergraduate program offered by the department aims to provide a balanced education in all these areas as well as some more specialised areas offered as electives. It places importance on an active learning process with discussion-based classes and partly essay-based assessment.
The most important aspect of the program is its emphasis on scientific method and research. It is impossible to learn everything there is to know about such a vast area of scientific study. Thus it is more important to gain an understanding of the methods with which to study mind and behaviour. The main aim of the program therefore is to establish a good understanding of scientific method and analytic thinking as well as skills necessary to conduct research including data analysis and efficient use of computer software. In this capacity, students are required to take part in and conduct a range of research projects, which involve an increasing level of independence as the course progresses. In the final year students are required to complete an independent research project culminating in a senior thesis.
The program also aims to place somewhat more emphasis on the natural science aspect of psychology than social. Both the curriculum and research conducted in the department provide opportunity for students to specialise in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. However, the program also gives the choice to students to take courses in specialised application areas of psychology like health psychology or clinical psychology.
Detailed Course FactsApplication 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
- Introduction to Computing and Programming for Social Sciences
- English and Composition I
- Introduction to Calculus I
- Introduction to Psychology I / Cognitive and Biological
- Turkish I
- English and Composition II
- Introduction to Calculus II
- Introduction to Modern Biology
- Introduction to Psychology II / Social and Developmental
- Turkish II
- Collegiate Activities Program I
- History of Turkey
- Cultures Civilizations and Ideas I
- Cognitive Psychology
- Statistics I
- Research Methods I
- Social Psychology
- Collegiate Activities Program II
- Cultures Civilizations and Ideas II
- Statistics II
- Research Methods II
- Brain and Behaviour
- Developmental Psychology
- Perception, Attention, and Action
- Learning, Remembering, and Thinking
- Cognitive and Social Development
- Abnormal Psychology
- Electives (2)
- Department Electives (3)
- Electives (2)
- Summer Training
- Senior Project I
- Department Electives (2)
- Restricted Elective
- Senior Project II
- Department Electives (2)
- Restricted Elective
DEPARTMENTAL ELECTIVE COURSES
- Laboratory in Psychological Research
- Industrial Psychology
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Theory and Practice of Applied Social Psychology
- Individual Differences and Personality
- Directed Research in Psychology
- Psychology in Historical Context
- Experimental Methods in Psychology
- Introduction to FMRI
- Cognitive Aging
- Selected Topics in Cognitive Psychology
- Selected Topics in Social Psychology
- Selected Topics in Developmental Psychology
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychological Testing and Measurement
- Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
- Industrial and Organisational Psychology
- Economic Psychology and Consumer Behaviour
- Program Evaluation
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Visual Neuroscience
- Cross-cultural Psychology
- Cognitive Science Education and Literacy
- Mind in Evolution
- Theory of Mind
- Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Learning: Theory and Practice
The undergraduate curriculum requires students to take a total of 16 elective courses. At least 7 (seven) of these must be chosen from the list of Psychology (PSYC) "elective courses" seen above. Not all of these courses may be offered in a given academic year, and new courses not mentioned here may be offered during the academic year. Available courses will be announced by the Department at the beginning of each academic year mainly in the "undergraduate" section of the psychology department website (www.psy.bilkent.edu.tr). Students have the sole responsibility to follow announcements made on the website and other media specified by the department.
At least 7 (seven) elective courses in the curriculum must be chosen from the list of "Elective".
At least 2 (two) elective courses in the curriculum must be chosen from the list of "Restricted Elective".
These lists may be changed during the academic year, which will be announced on the department website. Elective lists can also be followed under STARS Academic Units page.
The minor Program in Psychology aims to provide the student with a general introduction to the main issues in the science of psychology. Demonstrating the way psychologists study mind and behaviour, the minor program will form the basis for further study in the field. The minor program student must take three fundamental courses in Psychology that require no specialized background. Cognitive Psychology studies the way people know: perception, memory and learning among its main focuses. Social Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour of the individual in a group setting: from families to workplace organisation, people spend a great deal of their lives in the presence of others. Finally, Developmental Psychology investigates the way people develop from birth to old age. In addition to these three courses, minor candidates are expected to attend three elective courses offered by the department. This is an opportunity for students to further deepen their understanding in a particular area, and experience first hand, contemporary research in psychological science.
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Social Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Electives (3)
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test : 87
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake 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.
Step 4:REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
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 schools 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
Step 5: ENGLISH PROFICIENCY
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.
No work experience is required.
- 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.
FundingScholarships 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 ( https://stars.bilkent.edu.tr/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.
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.