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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Programs 2016-2017 Applications

Cultural Studies, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Economics, European Studies, History, Political Science, Turkish Studies and Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design programs are accepting applications for 2016-2017 academic year Fall semester. Contact names for each program have been provided for academic inquiries only. For administrative or procedure related questions, please contact Student Resources Office. 

Click here for Admission Requirements for Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

PLEASE NOTE THAT Candidates are required to submit their English proficiency exam scores like TOEFL, IELTS e-YDS, YDS, KPDS and ÜDS during the application. Applicants who are unable to provide a valid English Proficiency Exam score can only be admitted to graduate study upon obtaining a satisfactory grade in Sabanci University English Language Assessment Exam (ELAE). Those candidates who fail to attend or get a satisfactory grade in ELAE exam are obliged to attend and successfully complete English Language Preparation course(s) in order to enroll in a graduate program. Scholarships do not apply to the English Language Preparation courses.

Ayşe Parla at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

FASS Faculty Member Ayşe Parla has been accepted to the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton for the academic year 2016-17 for the completion of her book project entitled “Anxious Hope: Bulgarian-Turkish Labor Migrants, Ethnic Privilege and Everyday Law.” The book proposes a legal anthropology of hope through the exploration of the legal regulation of migrants as well as  law’s informal manifestations in producing a structure of feeling designated as anxious hope.

Achievement by FASS Faculty Member Arzu Kıbrıs

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences member Arzu Kıbrıs became one of the two people in Turkey to receive “ERC Starting Grant” in humanities and social sciences with her project "Exposure to Political Violence and Individual Behavior".


Arzu Kıbrıs, professor of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, received an ERC Starting Grant, which is one of the most prestigious scientific research support awards of the European Union. Arzu Kıbrıs’ project "Exposure to Political Violence and Individual Behavior" will receive European Research Council funding for five years. 

The project, as its title suggests, investigates the impact of being exposed to political violence on the political, economic and social behavior of individuals in the Turkish example. 

We are among the top 450 universities worldwide!

Recognized as Turkey's most entrepreneurial and innovative university, Sabancı advanced 30 places on the QS World University Rankings of the most prestigious institutions in the world, and ranked between 441th and 450th place.  Sabancı University is the 3rd best Turkish university on the QS World University Rankings.  Sabancı was the highest-advancing entrant on the QS World University Rankings this year.

This is our success

Sabanci University entered in 21. place the Times Higher Education (THE) Asian Universities (of all ages) Ranking.  Six universities from Turkey entered this ranking, with our University being the top foundation university.

Last month, Sabancı University also placed 13. in the world and 1. In Turkey, in the Times Higher Education (THE) Top 100 Universities in the World under 50  Years Ranking.

Sabancı University Center of Excellence for Gender and Women's Studies

We are honored and delighted to announce that the SU Gender and Women's Studies Forum has been approved as a Center of Excellence. The new opportunities this restructuring will create, as well as the Center's goals and activities in the areas of education, research and social responsibility will be presented to the university community in greater detail through several meetings in the coming days. All members and students of the university are invited to contribute to and benefit from the Center.

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