In Sabancı University, the language of instruction is English.
A course description is available at our catalog. Please notice that some courses have especial requirements. Even though most courses are conducted in English, it is important to check the ‘Language’ section of the catalog for exceptions. Please click the below links to see the courses offered within each faculty:
Please read the following information related to the course and grade structures at Sabancı University.
Course Codes and Credit Values
In the course catalog, a special code is used to define each course unit. The letters in the course unit code refer to the ’subject area’. The numbers between ‘1XX’ and ‘4XX’ in the course unit code refer to the undergraduate courses whereas the numbers between ‘5XX’ and ‘9XX’ refer to the graduate courses.
At Sabancı University, the credit value of an undergraduate and/or a graduate course is the sum of 1.0 times the weekly course hours plus 0.5 times of weekly application hours. The credit values of undergraduate courses and non-credit courses are determined by the Faculty Administrative Board whereas the credit values of the graduate courses are determined by the Graduate School Administrative Board.
On the other hand, ECTS credit of a course is calculated based on the total work such as lectures, seminars, self studies, practicum, etc. that is necessary to complete that course in accordance with the total amount involved.
Both credit systems are used at Sabancı University.
Any changes to the curriculum and courses of the undergraduate and graduate programs are finalized at the beginning of each semester by the Faculty Executive Board and the Graduate School Administrative Board respectively. Therefore, Sabancı University reserves the right to change course offerings and the credits of the courses at the beginning of each semester. Exchange students are advised to check the status of the courses and reconsider their course selections upon their arrival to Sabancı University.
Depending on the each course’s structure as well as the course instructor, various combinations of the following assessment methods are used: mid-term exam, final exam, project work, term paper, take-home, class presentation (individual /group), weekly assignments, discussion sessions, exhibit (of an art work), etc. In most cases regular attendance in classes is also taken into consideration. Please check out the each course’s syllabus to learn about the assessment method of that specific course and/or contact the instructor.
A (4.00), A- (3.70), B+ (3.30), B (3.00), B- (2.70), C+ (2.30), C (2.00), C- (1.70), D+ (1.30), D (1.00), F (0.00)
P (Progressing), S (Satisfactory), U (Unsatisfactory), I (Incomplete), T (Transfer), NA (Not-Attended), W (Withdrawn).
The total credit of a student for a course is calculated by multiplying the credit of the course by its coefficient. In calculating the Grade Point Average (GPA), the total credit of a student for all courses in a specific semester is divided by the total credit of the courses taken. The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is calculated by using the same method however taking into account all the courses taken starting from the enrolment of the student in SU. The average figures calculated are shown with two decimals. In GPA calculations, the last grade for a repeated course is taken into account. The transcripts include all registered courses of students.
Based on a min. CGPA of 2.00: Term GPA 2.00 – 2.99 as ‘Satisfactory’; 3.00 – 3.49 as ‘Honour’; 3.50 – 4.00 as ‘High Honour’
Our system has also been adapted to ECTS:
All degree students make their course registrations by themselves through the ‘Web For Students’ system during the registration period announced in the academic calendar.
Exchange students make their registrations, before their arival at SU, via online from the link below between the announced dates:
Prior to the online course registrations, exchange students' learning agreements should be approved by both institutions’ authorized staff.
All the course registrations are recommended to be completed before arrival at Sabancı University due to capacity limitations. However, students can change their registered courses till the end of the add-drop period indicated in the SU academic calendar. Additionally, any change that exchange student makes on his/her course list must necessarily be displayed in the related page of the learning agreement. The page indicating the changes together with the first page must certainly be submitted to both the sending and receving institutions. All students must be aware of that they can not make any changes on their course list after the add-drop period.
For schedules of the courses click here
Please also note the following info for a smooth registration:
1- School of Management (SOM) Graduate Courses: Only graduate-level students can take
2- Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Graduate Courses: Only graduate-level students can take
3- EMBA (Executive MBA) Courses (SOM courses with code 9XX): Not open to exchange students
4- MIF (Master of Finance courses with code MFIN) Courses: Up to the approval of the instructor.
5- LFI (Leaders for Industry) Engineering Courses: Up to the approval of the instructor
6- LFI FMAN Courses: Only graduate-level students can take
7- IT Master Courses are not open for Exchange Students
The language of instruction at SU is English (with only a few exceptions). Still learning some Turkish can be very useful and students can find some opportunities during their exchange semester to learn this language. Basic Turkish I (TUR 101), Basic Turkish II (TUR 102), Pre-intermediate Turkish I (TUR 201), Advanced Readings in Turkish for Foreigners (TUR 403) are offered during each semester. Please check: School of Languages