Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences
International Relations
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International Relations

Program Objectives Fellowships and Discount in Tuition Fee International Cooperations
Establishment Tuition Fee Occupational Profiles Of Graduates
Qualification Awarded Double Major–Minor Programs Access to Further Studies
Language of Instruction Internship Departmental Facilities
Mode of Education Grading Scheme Program Activities
Admission and Registration Requirements Graduation Requirements Contact Information

Program Objectives

With increasing globalization being experienced all around the world, to have an awareness and understanding of current international affairs is becoming more and more important. Besides the relations among the states, the relationships between states and other international actors such as nongovernmental organizations or transnational bodies and the relations among these non-state organizations form the focus of the discipline. The main conceptions of international relations; power, security, foreign affairs and claims of authority and liberty; are critically analyzed by students enabling them to make new explanations and comparisons. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the field, the scope is not limited to these issues and knowledge on economics, sociology, psychology and statistics is also aimed to be generated at the end of an undergraduate degree in the department. Besides the abilities of explaining, comparing and analyzing, the students are trained to attain the ability of questioning; that is asking about ‘how’s and ‘why’s when they confront a certain situation. Equipped with this abundance of knowledge and such enriching qualities, the graduates of the program will be able to easily obtain job opportunities in different areas such as diplomacy, media, academia or private and government sector.           


The Depatment of International Relations in Istanbul Kultur University was established in 1998 by Prof. Dr. Esat Çam. Master program was established by Prof. Dr. Ülkü Demirdöğen. Master program of International Relations began to education in 2004-2005 Academic year.

Qualification Awarded

Students are required to have minimum CGPA of 2.00/4.00, have obtained 240 ECTS and no failing grades.


Language of Instruction

All the courses given in the Department of IR have been conducted in English


Mode of Education

Full Time

Admission and Registration Requirements


BÖLÜMÜN ADI Eğitim Süresi Kontenjan Taban Puan 2016/2017 Ücretler
Uluslararası İlişkiler (İngilizce) (Tam Burslu) TM-3 4 8 407,67730  0

Uluslararası İlişkiler (İngilizce) (%50 Burslu) TM-3
4 47 293,80811  18,425

Uluslararası İlişkiler (İngilizce) (%25 Burslu) TM-3
4 25 219,56787  27,637

For International Students, please contact with International Office to learn about application procedures.

Fellowships and Discount in Tuition Fee

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Tuition Fee

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Double Major–Minor Programs

The double-major program means education in both of the departments at the same time and hence proficiency in a wider scope and job opportunities in a wider market. Istanbul Kultur University offers the opportunity to attend the double major program for its high up students.

The students who successfully accomplished the double major program have the both of Bachelor of Art degrees.

Students of International Relations Department have opportunity to attend minor programs. The students who successfully accomplished the minor programs could receive Minor Program Certificate.

Students of IKU International Relations Department can pursue the double major or minor program with any program in University.


The students of  IKU International Relations Department are not obliged to do intership.

Grading Scheme

Students are granted one of following letter grades and/or symbols by instructor of the course for each academic year they are enrolled.



























G: Not sat for semester-end exam

P: Course continues

R: Repeated

E: Incomplete semester studies

T: Transfer

V: Withdrawal

Student who got one of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C grades as success grade, shall be considered as being succeeded that course. Student who got one of C-, D+, D, D- grades for a course, shall be considered as being succeeded that course conditionally. In the event that student must repeat the semester in which he got these grades, student shall be considered as being failed these courses. Student who got FD and FF grades for any course shall be considered as failed that course. Student who attended but not succeeded the course is granted FD grade; student who didn’t fulfill the attendance condition is granted FF grade. Procedures and principles applicable to enrollment, education and examinations carried out at the level of bachelor’s degree and associate degree have been determined by Regulations of Istanbul KulturUniversity Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree Education.

Graduation Requirements

According to requirements, students who accomplished 240 ECTS could have right to receive their undergraduate diploma.

International Cooperations

The Erasmus Exchange Program which enables students to spend a semester or two in a university in one of the European Union countries as a part of their undergraduate studies. This exchange program provides students with the opportunity of broadening their educational and cultural horizons through the different courses they can attend abroad and through interaction with new people and cultures.


Who should you contact for Erasmus Program?

The Erasmus Coordinator of IKU International Relations Department is Ali Murat Aydın. Applications for Erasmus Program are handled twice in every academic year.

What are the application requirements for Erasmus Program?

GPA must be minimum 2.00. The student is evaluated on the basis of his/her score from English Proficiency Exam and interview. He/she is then sent to one of the Erasmus participating universities for a one- or two semester period.

Are you alone in Europe?

Our answer is ‘no’. Students and the Erasmus coordinator remain in contact during the period of study abroad. The Department’s Erasmus Coordinator contacts the Erasmus Coordinator of the other university on matters such as course selection, accommodation and any other problems. Consequently, our student is not deprived of the support and concern of our department.

Contact Information
Erasmus Coordinator of the Department: Ali Murat Aydın

E-mail: ali.aydin@iku.edu.tr

Phone: 0(212) 498 4141 / line:4379


Occupational Profiles Of Graduates

Students of IKU International Relations Department have been working as academicians in the universities, as researchers in non-governmental organizaions. United Nations, Institutions of European Unions, head positions in the ministries and the state departments of Turkey, in media and multinational private companies. 


Access to Further Studies

Detailed information can be obtained from the Student Affairs Office.


Departmental Facilities

Global Political Trends Center (GPoT/(GPOT is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution established under the auspices of Istanbul Kültür University in January 2009.

Our mission is to conduct high quality, independent and innovative research and education, acting as a link between policy-making institutions, academia, civil society and the media.

The Center aims to achieve this by routinely bringing together opinion leaders, government officials and other policy-makers, analysts and members of the media from Turkey, the region and elsewhere. Our activities range from conducting projects and research that analyze the contemporary social, political and economic trends in regional and international politics and producing policy recommendations, contributing to public debate through roundtable discussions and international conferences to publishing policy briefs and monographs, among others.

In accordance with its mission, GPoT Center has been active in virtually all fronts concerning not only Turkish foreign policy but the current regional and international agenda, including Turkey’s European Union accession process, the Cyprus issue, NATO, the Turkish-Armenian reconciliation process, issues in the Middle East and North Africa, national and regional democratization, the Arab-Israeli Conflict and, most recently, the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

Having become one of Turkey’s most active think-tanks in a short amount of time, GPoT Center conducts these activities either independently or in partnership with national and international institutions. The Center has collaborated with institutions such as the London School of Economics, Center for Geostrategic Studies at the École Normale Supérieure, The Swedish Institute for International Affairs, Ibn-Khaldun Center for Development Studies, EUROPEUM, Center for Arab Unity Studies, Arab Democracy Foundation, Slovak Foreign Policy Association and Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) on various projects.

Besides, international organizations, international meetings and various visits are organized. In this context, it is ensured that the theoretical knowledge students learn with their departmental courses is reinforced with practical experiences.

Thanks to the dynamic and competent academic staff of our department, the students are ready for their professional lives with the scientific knowledge and theoretical background they have in their education life.

The students of our department have the opportunity to study abroad for 6 months and 1 year, besides the Erasmus program, thanks to bilateral agreements made by our school. For bilateral agreements, see https://www.iku.edu.tr/eng/14/358/ogrenim-hareketliligi.html



Program Activities

The students of the department are highly encouraged to participate in social and cultural activities. As actors in International Relations Club, they can organize conferences and seminars, with participants from other departments, to enhance their participation in knowledge production and exchange. GPOT, Global Political Trends Center, acts as an independent research unit within Istanbul Kultur University.


Contact Information

Prof.Dr. Mensur Akgün

T: +90 212 498 44 41
E-mail: makgun@iku.edu.tr