The Bridge of Knowledge from History to the Future

Istanbul, historically also known as Constantinople and Byzantium, is the most populous city in Turkey and the country’s economic, cultural, and historic center. Approximately 12.56 million foreign visitors arrived in Istanbul in 2015. It hosts the headquarters of many Turkish companies and media outlets and accounts for more than a quarter of the country’s gross domestic product. Museums, churches, monuments, palaces, great mosques, attractive ba­zaars and “the Bosphorus” seem inexhaustible.

Istanbul University, the first university in Turkey, is in service with its more than 250.000 students and over 12.000 administrative and academic staff. It is the one of the ten oldest universities in Europe.

The history of Istanbul University dates back to the conquest of Con­stantinople by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453.

Istanbul University has been the locomo­tive of Turkey’s higher education with its 23 faculties,12 Campuses, 8 graduate schools, 17 insti­tutes, 829 Diplome Programmes and 40 Research and Application Centers under the Rectorate, and 27 Research and Application Centers under the faculties.


     Istanbul Faculty of Medicine
     Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine
     Faculty of Pharmacy
     Faculty of Dentistry
     Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
     Faculty of Letters
     Faculty of Engineering
     Faculty of Science
     Faculty of Law
     Faculty of Economics
     Faculty of Sport Science
     Faculty of Business Administration
     Faculty of Political Science
     Faculty of Communication
     Faculty of Education
     Faculty of Forestry
     Faculty of Fisheries
     Faculty of Theology
     Faculty of Open and Distance Education
     Faculty of Health Sciences
     Faculty of Nursing
     Faculty of Transportation
     Faculty of Architecture

The reason that why Istanbul Univer¬sity is the provider of teaching staff for all the universities in Turkey today is Istanbul University was the only in¬stitution of higher education when the Turkish Republic was founded. Many academics educated here have initiated the establishment of the other higher education institutions. Thus, Istanbul University has always been instrumental in the training and strengthening of our country’s scien¬tific cadres.

Undergraduate: 226.346
Graduate: 22.408
International Students: 7347
Academic staff: 5784
Administrative staff: 12337 


Istanbul University International Academic Relations Department implements exchange programmes within the Bilateral Aggreements of Istanbul University and ERASMUS + Programme. Istanbul University participated in Lifelong Learning-Erasmus Programme in 2003 with a pilot project. In 2003-2004 academic year, the process began with 11 agreements and has reached more than 600 agreements.