Contemporary Undergraduate Programs

Istanbul Technical University adapts an education system which continuously improves in parallel with current developments and demands brought on by globalization.
While ITU continues to improve Turkish as a language of science, in 1997, ITU has started to apply compulsory English Preparatory classes and required students to take 30% of overall courses in English with the aim for our graduates to outshine in the international arena in a globalizing world. In 2011, parallel with the developments around the world, ITU has started to apply 100% English programs. While students who are successful in English Proficiency Exam directly start their undergraduate education, the ones who fail are obliged to attend English Preparatory Classes for one or two semesters according to their levels of English.

ITU has designed the undergraduate programs according to the following tenets in order to educate well-rounded, creative individuals who are taught how to learn and possess the technology culture.

  • Total of 153 credits
  • 25% of total credits are Fundamentals of Science
  • 20% of total credits are Fundamentals of Engineering
  • 20% of total credits are Social Sciences
  • 25%-35% of total credits are towards vocation and vocational design courses,
  • Optional/compulsory courses ratio is at least 17%

Reducing the number of courses through new education programs, helps students to schedule their spare time according to their interests. In doing so, the aim is educating researchers and creative individuals who effectively make use of the library, computer labs and other educational environments. Students registered at various departments take many courses together such as Fundamentals of Sciences, Fundamentals of Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences and thereby; the cohesion of students from different departments is maintained while at the same time new opportunities for double major programs emerge as a result of common programs. Compulsory informatics courses in the undergraduate programs help students to improve themselves in this field. On the other hand, access to the Internet services from dormitories offer ITU students a modern education environment.

Foreign Language Education

The historic Maçka Campus was restored for English Preparatory Classes. With the capacity to serve 2300 students, it contains 93 classrooms each per 20 students, video and computer labs, library, and lecture halls.
Psychological Consultancy and Counseling Service Center and Social and Cultural Center are the facilities that students can benefit from at the School of Foreign Languages. Along with teaching English, the School of Foreign Languages also offers German, French and Japanese as elective courses.

Double Major

Students who have completed all of their courses at least with BB=3.0 GPAs, after the approval of their advisers, can apply to both the faculty they are under and the one they have chosen as the second major one month before their 3rd semester starts. In case of completing both programs successfully, students acquire both degrees of the majors when they graduate.

Transfer within the University

ITU offers its students the opportunity to transfer from one program to the other. ITU students can transfer to the program within the limits of the present quota if they are academically successful. Students applying for transfer are selected according to their GPAs.

Major/Minor Programs

Since 2007-2008, ITU has started major/minor programs which encompass 15 undergraduate programs (Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechatronics, Mining Engineering, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Physics Engineering, Mathematics Engineering, Aeronautics Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Meteorology Engineering, Textile Engineering) In order to apply for major/minor programs, a student has to have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Period of Instruction

An academic year comprises of summer, fall, and spring term. Normally, a period per semester lasts for 14 weeks. Courses continue for one semester. The academic calendar is determined by  the University Senate every year. Instruction includes;  courses, practices, projects, studio works, laboratory works, applied studies, conferences and a graduation project. Instruction plans include compulsory, elective and non-credit courses.

International Accreditation

In the process of globalization, within the framework of European Union integration policies, universities have to renew and update themselves continuously and possess a structure open to change. In our time, it is inevitable to periodically review the goals of the programs, inputs and outputs, and methods used for reaching those goals. To ensure this, ITU administration has started the accreditation process for all of the departments by international institutions. In this context, through realizing investments which are important in terms of their education technologies, and also alongside their content, the quality of education environments created by contemporary technologies have been increased. ITU, being an institution embracing the principle of being audited by an independent authority, improves its programs continuously by separating the serving institution and the authorities auditing the quality of the service.

Distance Education  Project

ITU gives importance to utilizing new technology in education. Our university unifies the campuses stretching across Istanbul with advanced technology; thus courses given at a campus can be tracked simultaneously and mutually from other campuses.

ITU E-learning Center: "Ninova"

Ninova gives a chance to meet academic staff and students out of the class independent of time and space. Students can ask their questions about courses from their homes, dorms and canteen or anywhere with internet access and they can get answers from their professors or their classmates.
At Ninova's website, there are documents and notes added by the instructors. Course contents can be enriched by visual supplements. In addition; in-class announcements and assignment announcements can be made and assignments can be collected and graded. Currently, more than 5000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students at Ninova can benefit from courses given free of charge and can keep in touch with classmates and academic staff.

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