General Description of the Institution

A Brief History of BAU

Bahçeşehir University was founded in 1998 as a non-profit foundation university. Since then, it has constantly expanded its intellectual boundaries and maintained its commitment to providing a high-quality university education by focusing on fundamental academic disciplines. In the past 15 years, Bahçeşehir University has established nine undergraduate faculties, four graduate institutes, a vocational school, an English preparatory school, and a continuing education school.

After the university’s first graduation ceremony in 2003, Bahçeşehir University moved its main campus to its current picturesque Beşiktaş location.  Situated in downtown Istanbul, BAU is in and of the city, drawing its inspiration from the city’s essence. The campus reflects the university’s overall philosophy, which is to provide students with a gate-free yet nurturing environment in which students can become active and inquisitive learners, grow social and cultural awareness, acquire problem-solving and decision-making skills and develop strong ethical and moral standards.

Looking back on the past 15 years, Bahçeşehir University has become an important center for innovation, arts, sciences, culture, and civic affairs. This success has only been made possible with the help of its dedicated academic and administrative staff, well-managed resources, research opportunities, and most importantly, its top-notch students who best represent BAU’s vision and goals.