The architectural education at AGU is authentic with its innovative and flexible curriculum. A training system based on research and project-focused work in architecture such as history, theory and criticism of architecture, building and construction, architectural preservation and design as well as in related disciplines such as information technologies, environment, advanced materials, culture-art-heritage management.
AGU provides an architectural education model at international standards: It is based on empirical processes focused on material and spatial experience through art and history criticism. An architectural education characterized with research and experimentation is offered at modeling, material research, documentation, building biology and physics labs. Practice at various phases of building construction is also required.
AGU architecture school proposes an international contribution to the career development of the students during their education. The faculty is establishing international cooperation with prestigious schools of architecture in USA and Europe. AGU Department of Architecture has signed an agreement of partnership with IIT School of Architecture (Chicago, IL, USA) in May 2013.
A further contribution to the students’ career development is planned through project and site-focused internship at the leading national and international architectural offices and construction firms. Thus, the students would have the opportunity to partake in the professional environment before their graduation.
The Foci of AGU Architecture Education:
·Education in English
·Applied and Experimental Education
·Human and Environment Consciousness
·City and Urbanism Consciousness
·Leadership and Team Organization
Professional Liability and Ethics
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM IN ARCHITECTURE
A111 DESIGN STUDIO 1 The main objective of the course is to establish the fundamental skills of design thinking and design exploration by introducing the students to the basic principles of the design.
A112 ARCHITECTURE THEORY 1 Evaluation of the ideology of architecture and the processes of its evolution (on technique, economy, aesthetic, society …etc.) This course helps students to develop the sensitivity towards architecture and urban form, and to learn the basic concepts and terms related to architecture.
A113 GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION 1 This course builds on the students developing understanding of representation and drawing ability and reinforces drawing as a language for representation of things seen and imagined. The course discusses the whole area of representation and aims to practice the thought and skills required for freehand and formal drawing.
A121 BUILDINGS MATERIALS & ELEMENTS The course defines the development of the building with its materials and construction elements, throughout the history.
A131 ART HISTORY & CRITICISM Definition of the art from prehistoric to modern times, and to criticize it with comparing styles, artists and politics of their era.
A101 ADVANCED MATHEMATICS & GEOMETRY Mathematics and geometry deal with the size, shape and relative position of figures in space and helps us understand the world as we experience it. It is an indisputable part of architectural design as it plays a key role from the initial steps of design process to the actual construction.
T001 ADVANCED ENGLISH 1 The aim of this course is to introduce students to an academic approach to thinking, reading, speaking and writing in an integrated, meaningful manner such that they are able to apply the skills learnt to their departmental studies.
A211 DESIGN STUDIO 2 The course focused on the transformation of the design knowledge from abstract and conceptual to the concrete one. It is aimed to improve the way of thinking on integrating materials, structure, environmental aspects and user needs, as a design aspect.
A212 ARCHITECTURE THEORY 2 Introducing the (cultural, social or natural) facts that linked with the creation of the architectural object, and its interactions with philosophy, sociology, and civilization history. Basic information about contemporary and actual architecture, context, topography, environment, urban space, place, function, structure, construction and its elements, and basic forms.
A213 GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION 2 Practical design works oriented for understanding the phenomenological dimension of epistemological aspects of the geometrical knowledge through comparison between natural and man made figures.
A221 BUILDING TECHNOLOGIES Structural definitions, concepts, classifications of the buildings, building loads and the principal of their transmissions.
A231 ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY 1 History of architecture from prehistory to the beginning of the 8th Century.
T002 ADVANCED ENGLISH 2 The aim of this course is to introduce students to an academic approach to thinking, reading, speaking and writing in an integrated, meaningful manner such that they are able to apply the skills learnt to their departmental studies.
A311 DESIGN STUDIO 3 The studio aimed to examine the structure and the materials from experiencing the traditional forms, and the environment. A new form is to be expected with the articulation from the tradition and milieu.
A312 COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN 1 Introduction to the computer aided design software and their interface, file conversions, and printing etc.
A321 MATERIALS & CONTRUCTION 1 Masonry, timber, timber frame and skeleton system construction, foundation systems, walls and wall openings (door and windows), arches, vault and floors.
A322 LAW & MANAGEMENT Constitutions and institutions of the architectural production.
A331 ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY 2 Architectural history from Baroque, to the industrial revolution and the end of the 20th century.
T011 TURKISH LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION SKILLS 1 The meaning and nature of language; importance of language in society; language-culture relationship; world languages and Turkish; history and the present state of Turkish; Turkish languages; phonetic features of Turkish; structure of Turkish; punctuation and style; introduction to speech and composition.
A411 DESIGN STUDIO 4 The studio focused on the architectural programming with the problems of the user, function, structure and environment.
A412 COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN 2 Computer based 2D and 3D design techniques.
A421 MATERIALS & CONTRUCTION 2 Stairs and roof systems. Construction details.
A422 STRUCTURE 1 Definition and the history of the structural systems, materials of the construction, loads acting on buildings, forming a structural system, frame systems, earthquake resistance in structural design.
A431 ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY 3 Islamic architecture in Europe and out of Anatolia, Anatolian Emirates, Anatolian Seljuk, and Ottoman architecture.
T012 TURKISH LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION SKILLS 2 The meaning and nature of language; importance of language in society; language-culture relationship; world languages and Turkish; history and the present state of Turkish; Turkish languages; phonetic features of Turkish; structure of Turkish; punctuation and style; introduction to speech and composition.
A511 DESIGN STUDIO 5 The aim of studio is not only to support the students for designing unique buildings but also for designing good quality layouts in different scales from individual units to urban scale.
A512 URBAN PLANNING THEORY History and development of urban form and cities.
A521 BUILDING SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY Fundamental knowledge about; concept of physical environment and elements of building physics, basic principles of solar control, fundamentals of heat transfer, measures of heat transfer from building envelope, heat and humidity.
A522 STRUCTURE 2 High technological buildings, steel structure design, multi story building design, wide span building systems, shell structure, tension structure and seismic isolation.
A540 ANALYSIS OF BUILDING Documentation and survey of an existing building.
T021 HISTORY OF TURKISH REPUBLIC 1 This course focuses on aspects of Turkey's history with an emphasis on research. It is designed as an interactive course with the objective to investigate events, chronologically short historical periods, as well as historic representations
A611 DESIGN STUDIO 6 Studio concentrated on very new buildings and structures articulated in historic areas.
A612 URBAN DESIGN STUDIO Designing an urban pattern.
A621 BUILDING SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 2 Acoustics in build form, sound and noise control, lighting and lightening, color and color components.
A622 STRUCTURAL DESIGN STUDIO A design studio focused on new wide span structure and its statics.
T022 HISTORY OF TURKISH REPUBLIC 2 This course focuses on aspects of Turkey's history with an emphasis on research. It is designed as an interactive course with the objective to investigate events, chronologically short historical periods, as well as historic representations
A711 DESIGN STUDIO 7 The studio focused on spatial problems of the downtown to produce new functions that effects the development of the cultural and spatial order.
A712 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO Designing an interior space and production management.
A721 PROJECT MANAGEMENT Defining and programming the each process of a construction.
A811 DESIGN STUDIO 8 Complex spatial problems are expected to solve that improves a new structure/form to the urban environment
BA01 Elements of Architecture Basic discussions about architecture, space and place concepts, and culture.
BA02 Culture and Space Defining the intimate relations between culture, society and architecture.
BA03 Photography Basic and architectural photographing techniques.
BA04 Freehand Drawing Working with drawing materials, proportion and abstraction, application of light and shade, working with watercolor and gouache; presentation of site plans, floor plans and elevations through various techniques.
BA05 Modeling The definition of modeling materials and types of models
BA06 Cinema and Architecture Relationship between architecture and cinema, as conceptual and visual observation.
BA07 Cities and Spatial Experiences Architectural experiences about cities with their history and urban development process.
BB01 Traditional Materials Basic knowledge about timber, stone, lime and etc.
BC01 History of the Architecture as a Profession The historical transformation of the architect and his/her practice as a modern subject.
BC02 Sensing the Space Discussions on space concept and its personal experience.
CA01 Architectural Readings I Discussions on literal works and their spatial background.
CA02 Architectural Readings II Discussions on literal works and their spatial background.
CA03 Architectural Perspective Techniques Basic rules and techniques on architectural perspective.
CA04 Watercolor Painting Techniques Basic rules and techniques on watercolor painting, as an architectural representation.
CA05 Sketching Techniques Sketching techniques, as a basic designing instrument.
CB01 Stone Architecture Stone, as an architectural and structural element. Basis of masonry architecture.
CB02 Timber Architecture Timber, as an architectural and structural element. Basis of frame structures.
CC01 20th Century Architects Architects and architectures after the Industrial Revolution, as the threshold on the art, culture and the form.
CC02 Modern Art Art history after the French and Industrial Revolution, with its influences and effects.
DA01 Architecture and Identity Discussions on space concept and identity problematic, and relations between architecture, culture and society.
DA02 Form and Geometry Advanced course on form, order and geometry, as architectural instruments
DA03 Order and Society Discussing the relations between space, order and social identity.
DA04 Cultural Codes of the Space Defining space as a cultural code.
DA05 Housing Housing as a dwelling problem in history, its cultural background and variety.
DA06 Landscape Architecture The factors affecting landscape design (built-forms and plants)
DB01 Ecology and Environment Explanation of environmental effects, problems and principles by architectural design, ecological design by new use in old buildings, ecological design
DB02 Energy Savings and Design Energy friendly design concepts and applications.
DB03 Contemporary Materials Contemporary materials and their usage in architecture.
DB04 Acoustics Sound and sound components, sound propagation and transmission. Noise and basic principles on noise control.
DB05 Humidity Protection Water and humidity effects and problems in buildings, water and humidity insulation products, precaution and details for water and humidity.
DB06 Prefabricated Buildings General terms and concepts of prefabrication in construction. The underlying reasons of prefabrication in the building construction process.
DB07 Construction Technology The dynamics of construction industry, construction management and project management and feasibility in construction.
DB08 Construction Methods Review on management theory, project life-cycle organization structure and project management tools.
DB09 Building Economics & Management Investors and cost relationship. Cost management. Cost data getting. Model selection and factors affecting model selection. Costing models and management.
DB10 Contemporary Structures. Contemporary Structural Systems, its definition and classification.
DB11 Climate and Architecture The development of fundamental knowledge about the climatic factors, the climate types and data, the effect of different climatic alteration in design. Examining climate with 2D and 3D techniques.
DC01 Seljuk Architecture Architectural codes and history of Seljuk art and architecture
DC02 Design History of the Mosque Spatial formation of the mosque in history an Islamic culture.
DC03 Russian Constructivists Russian Constructivist architects and their avant-garde architectures
DC04 Avant-Garde Art and Architecture Influences and effects of the avant-garde art and architecture
DC05 Turkish Art Turkish Art before Islam and during the Islamic period.
DC06 Post-Modern Architecture Theoretical understanding of the architects, architectures and architectural trends of the Post-Modern era.
DC07 Sinan Architecture Architectures of the Master Architect Sinan, as the royal/head architect of the Ottomans.
DC08 Modernity in Art & Design An inter-disciplinary survey of conceptual issues of 20th century practices in art and design, ranging from literature and music to architecture and graphic design.
DC09 Advanced Conservation Theory International conservation theory, 19th and 20th centuries, international charters, etc.
DC10 Modern Architecture The development and phases of Modern Architecture, starting from late 18th century.
EA01 Architectural Codes of the Cities Examining and analyzing the urban form, its spatial development, culture, social order and architectural identity.
EA02 Skyscraper Design General principles of skyscraper design, and high-tech structures.
EA03 Space Syntax and Spatial Analysis Analyzing the space, its form, usage and codes.
EA04 Design Aspects of the Hospitals General principles of hospital design and health centers
EA05 Design Aspects of the Hotels General principles of hotel design, and accommodation units.
EA06 Animation in Architectural Presentation Animation techniques and 3D applications.
EB01 Green Building Design Methodology of the energy control and savings in design process.
EB02 Solar Control in Design Process Effective usage of the sun light and heat in design process.
EB03 Steel Structure Design Studio Examining steel productions and material properties, advantage and disadvantages.
EC01 Architectural History Studio Examining and analyzing of the historical monuments and sites.
EC02 Conservation and Laboratory Experience Experiments on the conservation and restoration process.
EC03 Structural Analysis of the Sinan Architecture Examining the structures of the Sinan architecture and its structures.
EC04 New Buildings in Historic Context Design of new buildings (infills) in historic context and/or additions to historic buildings.
The Exams /
Diplomas Accepted for the Application and Minimum Necessary Grades
Exams and Diplomas
Minimum Grades and Points
1. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) *
“math” and “critical reading”
tests minimum 1100 points out
of 1600, "math" test minimum 660 points out of 800.
2. American College Testing
minimum 24 points out of 36
3. International Baccalaureate (IB)
(IB) diploma grade minimum 33
4. General Certificate Education (GCE)
Releated with the program applied A Level (A-Level)
5. Student Selection and Placement Exam (ÖSYS)
The applicant’s score must be higher than or equal to
the previos year’s score of the department applied to.
Necessary Documents for Application :
1) Verified copy of high school diploma. ( If it is not in Turkish and English, verified translated copy
in one ogf these languages will be attached. The School, Embassy, Consulate or Notary Public from
which diploma was taken can be verifying authority.)
2) Exam Result : Verified copy of the exam result used for application. ( The exam result should be for
the year 2013 or 2014. The School, Embassy, Consulate or Notary Public from which diploma was
taken can be verifying authority.)
3) Application form : It should be filled in online, printed out, signed and should be submitted during
4) The photocopy of the page of the passport with the photograph of the candidate.
5) Those students with Turkish citizenship willing to apply in accordance with the article 4 of the
Application Requirements are to submit any document proving that the applicant has completed
his/her high school education outside Turkey.(A transcript or any other document approved by the high school which covers the whole high school education period is to be submitted)
The Abdullah Gül University offers a full scholarship (covering 100% of the tuition fees) to the top 10% of our international students.
Moreover AGU also provides:
-Free top-quality laptop computers during you time in AGU
-Constant support and help (regarding immigration, academic, daily life matters, etc.)
The scholarship is open to all students who want to pursue an undergraduate degree program in Turkey on the following conditions:
-Applicants should be non-Turkish citizens. Applicants who hold dual citizenship with Turkey are not eligible to apply.
-Applicants should have medal(s) in the International Science Olympiads.
-Applicants who hold a high school diploma or who are currently enrolled in their last year of high school are eligible to apply for scholarship on the condition that they should enroll in an undergraduate program related to topic of the Olympiad.
-Medal winners who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in Turkey are also eligible for the scholarship on the condition that they are enrolled in an undergraduate program related to topic of the Olympiad.
The scholarship will consist of:
-A monthly stipend of 1.000 Turkish Liras (TL)
-Tuition fee (up to 2,000 Turkish Liras (TL))
-The scholarship lasts four to six years depending on the duration the undergraduate degree program enrolled.
-All scholarship awardees who successfully complete an undergraduate program will be rewarded scholarship for graduate program on the condition that they are admitted to a graduate program at a Turkish University.
-Awardees must begin their undergraduate program within one year of having been notified of the award.