Ready to Study Abroad?

The Student Exchange Program will give students the opportunity to study abroad during the 2011-2012 academic year. Here is your chance to experience a different culture. Students with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 and currently in their 3rd or 4th registration semester are eligible to apply for the program.
Applicants should submit
* a CV
* a statement of purpose
* an application form
which is available at:
to the Office of International Students and Exchange Programs in the Registrar’s Office. The application deadline is November 3, 2010.

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Bilkent Celebrates UN Day

Bilkent University will celebrate United Nations Day on Sunday, October 24. United Nations Day has been celebrated since 1948 to commemorate the passing of the UN Charter on October 24, 1945.
Bilkent will host two events to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the UN.
The knotted gun sculpture outside the United Nations in New York City.The Bilkent Laboratory & International School (BLIS)
Sunday, October 24, 2 to 5 p.m.

BLIS is celebrating United Nations day commemorating the beginning of the UN charter in 1945. They are inviting individuals and organizations in the Ankara community to join them for an afternoon of song, food, and tradition from different parts of the world. A number of embassies, UN agencies, and NGOs based here in Ankara are participating in the event.

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New Cafe Opens on Main Campus

Cafe Biz, Bilkent's newest cafe, started serving on October 11. The cafe is located in the Student Council Building, basement floor. Cafe Biz provides fast-food, light meals such as salads, pizzas, sandwiches, desserts, and main courses. You can also have breakfast and cold and hot beverages. Cafe Biz seats 200, has a big screen TV, and is WiFi ready. Stop by Cafe Biz and enjoy delicious food in a welcoming atmosphere. Open 8 a.m. to midnight, everyday.


Library Lunchtime “Cinephilia”

October 14 was the opening of the lunchtime lecture series, which started with Asst. Prof. Ahmet Gürata acting chair of the Department of Communication and Design. The topic was definitely an interesting one, Cinephilia. Cinephilia refers to being having a passionate interest in cinema, in both its theory and criticism. The lecture was focused on the idea of cinema and its great transformation to what exactly it is today; 40 years ago cinema had a different meaning than it has today. According to Dr. Gürata, film watching behavior has changed a lot since 1945. Dr. Gürata has kept the audience thinking about such questions - is cinema disappearing? Or changing? Why is there a loss of audience in the cinema industry? What is cinema? These questions are difficult to answer since every individual will have a different perspective. He argued that in Europe and Turkey, the audience, has decreased over the past decades because of the improvement and advancement of technology, where people prefer to watch DVDs at home or on personal computers, since this helps them control when and where they can watch a movie.

Dr. Gürata has also mentioned that the "digital revolution" has had a great impact on the concept of cinema. Even before the digital revolution, technologies such as VCR, cable television, and remote control had an impact on cinema.

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"Love, Life, Death" at the Library

“Creativity is required for expressing; art is required for creativity," said Mr. Atilla Güllü, who is the coordinator of Bilkent Library Art Gallery. "There are many times that we need to make decisions in our lives. To make the best decision, we should put much more importance on art. We can bring our creativity out only with it.”

Bilkent Library Art Gallery opened its new season on Wednesday, October 13 with an exhibition of new works by outstanding Turkish painter Prof. Sema Ilgaz Temel,         who is an instructor in Faculty of Art of Marmara University and also in Yeditepe University. In her 30 years of art, she made lots of things fit into her career. She was the department chairman in the Faculty of Art of Marmara University from 2000 to 2003 and from 2006 to 2009. She is also the founder member of International Fine Arts and Istanbul Exlibris Academy Association.

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