Exemption from Foundation Development Year

The students who can certify that they have passed one of the national and/or international foreign language examinations at a level determined by the university are entitled to begin undergraduate programs. 

According to the latest instruction letter for Foreign Language Exam Equivalencies issued by the Centre for Selection and Placement of Students in order for an exam to be accepted as equivalent, it must be taken in a building owned by a state university if the test is taken in Turkey. 

The "home edition” and “online versions" of the external exams are not accepted for exemption from the Foundation Development Year for undergraduate level students. 

The following international exams and minimum scores will exempt students from the SU Foundation Development Year (FDY).

ExamsValidityMinimum Scores
PTE Academic2 years71 ( (Minimum score should be
67 from each part)
TOEFL IBT2 years85 (MyBest scores are not accepted)
CAE3 yearsC
CPE3 yearsC
YDS5 years90
ELAE Stage 2 (Sabanci University's own Proficiency Exam)2 years70

Those who have completed their high school education in an English-speaking country, such as the USA, Canada or England, can also be exempted from the Foundations Development Year if they have attended for the last three years an institution that the citizens of the country concerned attend. 

Original reports of test scores need to be submitted to (schooloflanguages@sabanciuniv.edu) at School of Languages by e-mail.

ELAE ( Sabancı University School of Languages English Language Assessment Exam )

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