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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

Istanbul Kultur University International Relations Department also offers a MA degree which can be completed with or without writing a thesis. Aiming to provide its students with an analytical outlook to current international relations, the program includes courses offered by expert academicians, retired diplomats and active journalists. The focus of the MA program lies extensively on diplomacy and the graduates of the program are especially prepared for positions in international organizations and in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.       


  International Relations Department has begun to accept first students in 2004-2005 academic year. The first graduate was in 2005-2006 academic year and the department continues masters education either with thesis or non-thesis. There is 1 professor, 2 associate professors and 1 assistant professor and 3 lecturers in the department.

Qualification Awarded

Graduate Degree

Language of Instruction


Mode of Education

Thesis Programme: 2 academic years (4 semesters)   Non –thesis programme: 1 academic year (2 semesters)   Thesis program course load is 8 in total ; 2 compulsary and 2 elective for each semesters. Students also take a non-credit seminar course in addition to all these courses.   Non-thesis program course load is 10 in total and it is 30 credits ;2 compulsary and elective course for each semesters. Students prepare a term project in this programme.            

Admission and Registration Requirements


* To be graduated from a four year licence program. 
* ALES point of minimum 55 (equally weighted)) within the last three years before application.

Fellowships and Discount in Tuition Fee

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Tuition Fee

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Double Major–Minor Programs

There are no double major-minor programmes in this PHD programme.


There is no internship in this programme.

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


The minimum GPA required is 2.70 to graduate. In addition to regular work load, students are obliged to prepare a " Master Thesis" for the program with Thesis and a "Project" for the program without Thesis. 

International Cooperations

ERASMUS is a European Union based program established to promote collaboration among the higher education institutions of European countries. It provides grants for joint projects and short term student and academic staff exchange programmes. Students have the opportunity to study at a European Union institution and receive financial support during the academic exchange period (one or two terms/ 3 to 12 months). Students of Architecture department may qualify to be Erasmus students in one of the following partner universitie
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Occupational Profiles Of Graduates


Diplomacy, academy, international organizations ( EU, NATO, UN etc.), think tanks, media enterprises, private and public organizations, private firms, banks.

Access to Further Studies

Students , graduating from our program, can apply to all universities for PhD studies.

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 EconomicsCenter for Geostrategic Studies at the École Normale SupérieureThe Swedish Institute for International AffairsIbn-Khaldun Center for Development StudiesEUROPEUMCenter for Arab Unity StudiesArab Democracy FoundationSlovak 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

Program Activities

 With an understanding of supporting our academic program with applied studies, we attach great importance to the participation of our students in extracurricular activities of our Department. Our students are able to improve themselves by participating in conferences, panels and seminars held by the Global Political Trends unit of the IKU International Relations Department. In addition to this, with the international visits held every year, the students also have the opportunity to be in the center of politics, diplomas and many other factors about the field.

Contact Information

Head of the International Relations Department: Professor Mensur Akgün e-mail: makgun phone:: (212) 4984141/ 4460