4 December 2020


- Access to our campuses is possible with the HES Code integrated in the Covid Declaration Form:  https://covidform.boun.edu.tr/

- Students can enter the campuses between 08:00 and 19:00.

- Academic, administrative staff, students working in laboratories (with the permission of the responsible faculty member) and residents of the lodgings are allowed to enter the campuses without time limitation.

- Graduates can enter the campuses during working hours due to their jobs by informing the relevant offices. Graduates who are library members are required to inform bulib@boun.edu.tr the day before to enter the library.

- Guests are not allowed to enter the campuses, except in compulsory cases.

Catering Services

In cafeterias, delivery service is provided instead of open service.

- Food service information:

North Campus cafeteria serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including weekends.

Kandilli Campus cafeteria serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including weekends.

Kilyos Campus cafeteria serves lunch on weekdays.

South Campus cafeteria serves lunch on weekdays.

Hisar Campus cafeteria serves lunch on weekdays.

- It is not possible to serve at the existing tables in cafeterias.

- Food service at Kennedy Lodge Faculty Members Center has been suspended until 4.1.2021.

- Only take-away service is possible from the open canteens.


- The library is open between 10:00 and 19:00 on weekdays.

- The book borrowing period is 30 days, and book borrowing can be extended six times online.

Study Halls

- The study hall next to the library building is open until 24:00, including weekends.

- Square Block (Kare Blok) KBZ 001 is open until 24:00, including the weekend.

- North Campus staff cafeteria will serve as a study hall between 18:00 and 24:00, including weekends.

Computer labs

- The computer laboratory on the North Campus is open between 10:00 and 16:00.

Incubation Center

- The Incubation Center on the South Campus will be open between 10:00 and 16:00.

Student Dormitories

- Students who must be on campus can stay in student dormitories. This restriction is valid until 2020-21 Spring semester.

- Pandemic rules are applied in the dormitories that serve a small number of students.

- Kandilli, 3rd and 4th North Dormitories are opened to students' residences.

- 1st North Dormitory has been designated as a quarantine dormitory for students who test positive for Covid-19 during their stay in the dormitory.

- Students who apply to dormitories should document PCR test results (negative) made within 72 hours prior to placement as well as valid documents during their settlement.

- Students are placed in the rooms as single occupants. This practice will continue until the single-person capacity of the dormitories open to students is full. Should the single person capacity gets full, two people will be placed in the rooms.

- Fever measurement is performed at the entrance of the dormitory with digital ID control.

- After moving into the dormitory, students are subject to a one-week compulsory isolation period in the units previously determined by the dormitory supervisors. During this period, students stay alone in the unit. During isolation, students should not leave the dormitory, go to other rooms in the dormitory, or accept guests.

- For the students who are in isolation, meals are served to the dormitories by the University Cafeteria in exchange for a fee throughout the one-week isolation, provided that they have the receptionists write their names.

- Attendance is taken for students staying in the dormitories every night, including weekends and public holidays. Those who do not attend the roll call are removed from the dormitory within 24 hours.

- Delivery of cargo and orders to the dormitory is done at the outer door of the dormitory building.

Events and Student Clubs

- Event venues in our campuses are closed until 31.12.2020.

- Student club rooms are closed until 31.12.2020.

- Student activities are carried out online with the permission of the Dean of Students, as it has always been.

Sports Activities

- The Uçaksavar Sports Field, except shower areas, is open for outdoor sports.

- The basketball court on the South Campus is open.

- Other sports halls and pools on the campuses are closed.

Psychological support

- Psychological Counseling units, BüREM and BÜSOD, provide online services. https://burem.boun.edu.tr/ , https://busod.boun.edu.tr/

- The Department Peer program for students admitted in 2020 has started with the participation of department preparation advisors and department peers.

Internet and device support

- Internet and tablet/computer scholarships are provided for students who face financial difficulties in remote access.



- An agreement has been made with Çağlayan Kitap & Yayıncılık & Eğitim (Çağlayan Book & Publishing & Education - https://www.caglayan.com/etiket/BOUN_2020/135) to enable our students access to foreign-based coursebooks.

Personnel services

- In the service buses, each passenger’s temperature is checked, and a single seating arrangement provided.

- Passengers without a mask are not accepted on the service buses.

Preschool Education Unit

- Face-to-face education in the Preschool Education Unit has been suspended until 4.1.2021.

PCR Test

- For screening purposes, the PCR test is performed twice a week at the Boğaziçi University Health Center for academic/administrative staff and students living in the dormitories and working in the laboratories for a fee of 35 TL.


- The 2020-21 academic year is being carried out mainly by online methods. A small number of courses that are reported to be held in person will continue online until 31.12.2020.

- English Prep Classes are being conducted via distance education during the 2020-21 Fall semester.

- For questions about distance education, the webpage https://distancelearning.boun.edu.tr/ has been created.

What to do if COVID-19 is detected and other precautions

Detailed information on the subject can be found at the following link: https://coronavirus.boun.edu.tr/sites/coronavirus.boun.edu.tr/files/covidfiles/kovid_19_tedbirleri_16.11.2020.pdf

Boğaziçi University Rectorate

19 November 2020

Dear members of the University,

In line with the Ministry of Internal Affairs Circular issued subsequent to the decisions taken at the Presidential Cabinet Meeting on 17.11.2020, the Rectorate has decided to implement the following measures to prevent the spread of Covid 19 on our campuses.

1.      All classes held face-to-face on campus as well as all BÜYEM trainings will continue online until 31 December 2020.

2.      Our university dining halls will only provide take-away service, and it will not be possible to share a table in the cafeteria.

3.      No food service will be available at the Kennedy Lodge Faculty Center until 4 January 2021.

4.      No face-to-face education will be delivered at the Preschool Education Unit until 4 January 2021.

5.      No events will be held in the university halls and indoor areas on our campuses until 31 December 2020.

6.      Student club rooms will be closed until 31 December 2020. Club activities to be held in the open air will be subject to certain restrictions and can only be carried out upon the approval of the Office of the Dean of Students.

7.      The university library will be open between 10:00 and 20:00 on weekdays and between 11:00 and 19:00 on weekends.

8.      Study halls next to the library building will be open until 24:00 on weekdays and weekends. Students residing in the dormitories will be able to use the library study hall during the curfew hours.

9.      Two new areas will be allocated to students in the North Campus to meet their study hall needs. Kare Blok Room KBZ 001 will be reserved for students' use until 24:00 every day, and the North Campus Staff Cafeteria will be open to students' use between 18:00 and 24:00 every day.

10.   Our members will be able to continue to use the Uçaksavar Sports Field but the shower area of the field will be closed.

11.   A Covid 19 test center has been established within our university, and the details on its operation will be shared with you as soon as possible.

We would like to thank you in advance for your understanding and for complying with the measures taken for the health of all of us, and wish you healthy days ahead.

The Boğazici University Rectorate


8 May 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Students who take a leave of absence will continue to receive their stipends as scholarship students or their salaries as research personnel from the BAP  sponsored projects provided that the project director approves  that the student continues to contribute to the project.  I would like to remind you that the approval should be granted between the 1st and the 5th of each month, over the Scholar Portal (Bilim İnsanı Portalı) as it has been until now. 

Best regards,

Ayşın Ertüzün

8 May 2020

Dear Colleagues,

TUBITAK has announced that students who take a leave of absence during the COVID-19 outbreak will continue to receive their stipends from the TUBITAK sponsored projects. For the announcement, please use the link https://tubitak.gov.tr/tr/duyuru/covid-19-surecinde-kayit-donduran-ogrenciler-tubitak-destekli-projelerden-burs-alabilecek

Best regards,

Ayşın Ertüzün

7 May 2020

12 Haziran/June 2020 Cuma/Friday
Derslerin son günü / Last day of classes

15-17 Haziran/June 2020 Pazartesi- Çarşamba/Monday -Wednesday
Yaz Öğretimi ön kayıtları / Pre-registration for Summer Term

15-25 Haziran/June 2020 Pazartesi – Perşembe/Monday - Thursday 
Laboratuvar ve uygulama dersleri / Lab and applied courses

24 Haziran/June 2020 Çarşamba/Wednesday 
İngilizce Yeterlik Sınavı (BÜYES) / English Proficiency Exam (BUEPT)

26 Haziran/June -13 Temmuz/July 2020 Salı-Pazartesi/Tuesday-Monday
Yarıyıl sonu sınavları / Final exams

6-17 Temmuz/July 2020 Pazartesi – Cuma/Monday-Friday
2020 Bahar Dönemi için süreye sayılmadan izin alma süreci II / Leave of Absence (not counted toward the overall number of semesters) request period for 2020 Spring Term II
13 Temmuz/July 2020 Pazartesi/Monday 
YADYOK Yaz Öğretimi Program I, II ve III derslerinin başlaması / First day of SFL Summer Term for Programs I, II and III

14, 16, 17 Temmuz/July 2020 Salı, Perşembe, Cuma/Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
E ve Mazeret Sınavları / E and excuse exams

22-27 Temmuz/July 2020 Çarşamba-Pazartesi/Wednesday - Monday
a) Sadece F notu alınan dersler için ders bırakma (drop) dönemi / Drop period for courses with F grade
b) Harf notunu Pass/Fail notu ile değiştirmek için başvuru dönemi / Letter Grade to Pass/Fail grade change request period
27-28 Temmuz/July 2020 Pazartesi –Salı/Monday-Tuesday
Yaz Öğretimi kesin kayıtları / Summer Term registration

4 Ağustos/August 2020 Salı/Tuesday
Yaz Öğretimi derslerinin başlaması (II. Öğretim dahil)/ First day of Summer Term courses (Including executive and other graduate programs)

18-20 Ağustos/August 2020 Salı – Perşembe/Tuesday - Thursday
Mezuniyet Töreni / Graduation

21 Ağustos/August 2020 Cuma/Friday 
YADYOK Yaz Öğretimi Program II ve III derslerinin son günü / Last day of SFL Summer Term for Programs II and III

28 Ağustos/August 2020 Cuma/Friday
YADYOK Yaz Öğretimi Programı I derslerinin son günü / Last day of SFL Summer Term for Program I 

8 Eylül/September 2020 Salı/Tuesday
İngilizce Yeterlik Sınavı (BÜYES) / English Proficiency Exam (BUEPT)

14 Eylül/September 2020 Pazartesi/Monday
Yaz Öğretimi derslerinin son günü (II. Öğretim dahil) / Last day of Summer Term (Including executive and other graduate programs)

15-17 Eylül/September 2020 Salı- Perşembe/Tuesday-Thursday 
Yaz Öğretimi dönem sonu sınavları (II. Öğretim dahil) / Summer Term final exams (Including executive and other graduate programs)

30 Eylül/September 2020 Çarşamba/Wednesday 
İngilizce Yeterlik Sınavı (BÜYES) / English Proficiency Exam (BUEPT)

15 -19 Ekim/October 2020 Perşembe – Pazartesi/Thursday - Monday
Online kayıt dönemi / Online registration period

19 Ekim/October 2020 Pazartesi/Monday
YADYOK Hazırlık sınıfı derslerinin başlaması / First day of SFL English Prep classes

22 Ekim/October 2020 Perşembe/Thursday
2020 Güz Dönemi derslerinin başlaması / First day of classes for 2020 Fall Term


4 May 2020

Dear Instructors,

If you have course(s) for which the grading system was changed to P/F only during the 2020 Spring Term, some students may request to receive letter grades in these courses. The system will be open to those requesting letter grades during the period May 4-11, 2020 (Monday 10:00 – Monday 23:59).

If you go to “Student Lists of the Courses” option on your BUIS menu, you will see the list of your courses, the grading system for each course, and the number of students requesting letter grades. When you go to your course list, you will also see the names of the students who made the requests on the column inserted to the left-hand side of the file.

According to the University Senate decision, these students can be awarded a letter grade based on additional assessment to be determined by the instructor.


Prof. Dr. Naz Zeynep Atay Gök

Rektör Yardımcısı
Vice Rector


18 April 2020

Dear Students/Faculty,
International students and faculty with valid residence permits are eligible to apply to receive free surgical masks from the government for themselves and their family members.
Please visit 
fill in your information, submit, and you should receive an SMS telling you your masks are ready for pick up at your local pharmacy (eczane).
Stay safe, stay healthy!

Prof. Dr. Naz Zeynep Atay Gök
Vice Rector

5 April 2020

 Q1: Can all students apply for a leave of absence?

A: Yes. Upon their requests, all undergraduate and graduate students can apply for a leave of absence for the Spring 2002 semester, as summarized below. This period will NOT be counted toward their maximum period of study. 

- Undergraduate students as well as MS/MA students, remedial students in graduate programs, and PhD students whose status is “Course” or “Qualifying” can apply for a leave of absence for the Spring term.

- MS/MA students who are registered in thesis (690) and PhD students in the ‘thesis status’ (790) and unable to carry on with their thesis work need the consent of their thesis advisor to be apply to the executive board for a leave of absence.

- Graduate students in the thesis period and who have completed the maximum time limit can be granted extension of time up to the duration of the break.

Q2: Why are there two different dates for course drop?

A:  To give students more chances for course drop. Students who wish to attend some classes with a letter grade may want to convert the grade they will receive to a P/F for different reasons later in the semester. An additional date after the grading period is specified for students to drop only the course for which they received an F.

Q3: Do I need to wait for the date in July to drop the course that I think I will fail due to absence.

A: No. The course can be dropped in the first course drop period which is between May 4-29.

Q4:  Can we freely choose to receive a P/F or a letter grade in the courses we take? Will there be any preconditions or justifications to be sought for our decision?

A:  Only in undergraduate courses, students will be able to request a change in the grading system (without any need for permission/approval) only once for a given course (from Letter Grade to Pass/Fail or vice versa). Nevertheless, some courses (e.g., some mass courses) can be designated, by the Senate, as P/F courses for this semester with the suggestion of the relevant Department/Faculty /Institute from the beginning. Students who want to receive a letter grade in these courses should apply to their departments/academic units via e-petition between 4-11 May. In these courses,  the final grade will then be determined subsequent to some extra work (e.g., exam, homework, etc.) to be given by the course instructor.

Q5:  Why do we get to choose a letter grade before the final exams; and the  P/F grades after the final exams?

A:  If, in a given course designated as a P/F course, the student necessarily requires  a letter grade, the instructor can ask the student to do additional work (e.g., additional readings, assignments, etc.).  The student will need time to complete these assignments before the final grades are submitted by the instructor.  In a course with a letter grade, the student may be dissatisfied with the grade and request a P/F. For this, the student must learn her/his grade first.Therefore, students need to choose a letter grade prior the final exams but can opt for a P/F grade after the final grades are announced.

Q6: What does it mean to say “courses in which distance education makes it unfeasible to assess the student’s performance for a letter grade”?

A: For undergraduate courses which normally use letter grades, but where distance education makes it difficult to assess the student’s performance adequately for a letter grade, the instructor, through the academic unit, can apply to the board of the relevant faculty, school, or institute for these letter-grade courses to be designated as pass/fail. The Senate will take the final decision on these courses. Students who wish to receive a letter grade in these P/F courses need to apply for a grade system change.

Q7:   Can a student revert to a P/F grade once requested a letter grade in a P/F course?

No. Grade change is possible only once in given course. Only under exceptional circumstances, a student can apply, via e-petition, to the relevant executive committtes for this.

Q8: Are senior (graduation) projects included in this system?

A: This new grading system applies to all undergraduate courses.

Q9: Can we drop a course that we are repeating in case we receive an F in the Spring 2020 term?

A: Yes, you can do this within the specified time period.

Q10: Can we drop a course we are repeating?

A: Yes, you can do this within the specified time period.

Q11: Can we drop a course even though we get into an underload status?

A: Yes, you can drop a course and be in an underload in this semester.

Q12: What is the critieria for a Pass or Fail grade?

A: Grades above DD are considered (P)ass and others are F.  Apart from this, specific evaluation criteria for a course are determined by the course instructor.

Q13:  Will the choice of a P/F or a letter grade to be made by the students be determined by the instructors or the Senate?

A:  Students can request to receive a P/F in all letter grade courses.  Only in this semster, some of the letter grade courses will be designated as P/F courses by the Senate upon the request/suggestion of the academic unit and the board of the relevant faculty, school, or institute. Students need to apply to receive a letter grade in these P/F courses.

Q14: Will the regular “repeating” rules be followed for students who are in the ‘repeating’ or ‘on probation’ status in the next two terms?

A: There is no change in the rules and regulations. If a student is granted a leave of absence this term, s/he will begin the next semester in the same status as the beginning of the Spring 2020 term.

Q15: Can we request a P/F for a DC course we are repeating this semester? If so, will we still be considered having repeated the DC course at the end of the semester? How will or GPA be affected by this?

A: Please use the GPA Calculator on your BUIS page to observe the effect of Pass grade on your GPA.

Q16: If a course is listed in both the ‘minor’ and ‘major’ transcripts, can we request a P/F in one and a letter in the other?

A: No. One particular course can be assigned only one single grade.

Q17: If we receive a P(ass) for all courses, will our GPA remain the same?

A: Please use the GPA Calculator on your BUIS page to observe the effect of Pass grade on your GPA.

Q18: If I receive a P(ass) for all the courses I repeat, how will my GPA be affected?

A: Please use the GPA Calculator on your BUIS page to observe the effect of Pass grade on your GPA.

Q19: If we extend our period of study or get a leave of absence, will there be any flexibility in the dates of graduation required by TÜBİTAK in undergraduate/graduate scholarships?

A:   The scholarships granted by TÜBİTAK will be suspended for the period of a leave of absence and will resume later on. For those requesting a leave of absence, should submit the official document indicating COVID-19 related leave of absence to TÜBİTAK on the term they re-start.

Q20: If the regular grading system of a course is P/F in the previous semesters, can a letter grade be requested for this course this semester?

A: No, it is not possible to request a letter grade from a course that is already a P/F course. What is being done in this semester is to allow some courses that normally use a letter grade to switch to P/F grades by the Senate’s decision.

Q21: How will I apply for a change in the grading system for a particular course?

A:  You will be informed about the application procedures in the coming days.

Q21:  In the guideline, it is noted that “MS/MA students who are registered in thesis (690) and unable to carry on with their thesis work need the consent of their thesis advisor in order to be apply to the executive board for a leave of absence”. How can MS/MA students in the thesis stage and who are also taking courses apply for a leave of absence?  If they apply for a leave of absence by getting the consent of their advisor, can they still continue taking courses? Will they be granted an extra semester for the thesis?

A: If MS/MA students who are taking courses and registered for the 690-thesis are granted a leave of absence, they will be given another semester (the Fall 2020 semester) in which they will need to register for the thesis and the courses just like the beginning of this spring semester. They will not be granted an additional semester for the thesis.  These students cannot be taking any courses in the semester for which they are granted a leave of absence.

Q22: Are P(ass) courses counted toward the total credit required for graduation?

A:  Yes, they are.

Q23: Can we drop the first-year courses in our undergraduate programs?

A:  Yes, you can. The restriction for this has been lifted for the Spring 2020 semester only.

Q24: Can we add courses in this semester?

A:  No, you cannot. You are not allowed to add a course at this stage.

Q25: How will the new grading system work for students who are in their first semester; if they opt for P/F grades in all of their courses, how will their GPAs be calculated? If their GPA is 0, will they fall into the on-probation status?

A:  If students in their first semester take all their courses as P/F in the Spring 2020 semester, their transcripts will look like those of transfer students whose courses are transferred with a Pass grade. In other words, their GPA will not be calculated this semester but it will be calculated on the basis of the grades they will obtain from the courses they will take next semester.

5 April 2020



- Upon their requests, all undergraduate students as well as MS/MA students*, remedial students in graduate programs, and Ph.D. students whose status is Course or Qualifying** will be granted leave of absence for the Spring term.

- This period will NOT be counted toward their maximum period of study.

- Students can apply for a leave of absence in the following periods:

June 4-11, 2020 (Thursday – Thursday)

July 6-17, 2020 (Monday – Friday)

- For the executive committees to take action, e-petition requests are sufficient. Students are not required to provide extra documents.

- MS/MA* students who are registered in thesis (690) and Ph.D. students in Thesis status** (790) and unable to carry on with their thesis work need the consent of their thesis advisor in order to be apply to the executive board for a leave of absence.

- This period will not be included into their maximum period of education.

- Students who are not registered this term but are eligible to register can also apply for a leave of absence.


- Students will be able to drop as many courses as they wish, including the first year courses, without any restrictions. This also includes dropping of the first year courses.

- The course dropping periods are as follows:

May 4-29, 2020 (Monday- Friday)

July 4-8, 2020 (Saturday – Wednesday) (Only courses with F grades)

- Approval of the academic advisors is required in this process.

- Since these courses will be erased from students’ transcripts, there will not be a need to repeat (R) these courses in the future. They can be taken as new courses later on.

- There will be no additional Withdrawal period.


- For a given course, it will be possible to give Letter Grades or Pass/Fail grades concurrently.

- Only in undergraduate courses, students will be able to request a change in the grading system (without any need for advisor approval) only once for a given course (from Letter Grade to Pass/Fail or vice versa). If  they subsequently want to reverse their request, they have to apply to the executive board of the faculty/school/institute.

- Students who are registered in courses that have changed their grading system with the Senate decision only for the 2020 Spring Term, can request to receive a Letter Grade instead. The final grade will then be determined with the extra work (exam, homework, etc.) given by the instructor of the course. Applications should be made via the registration system BUIS on the dates given above.

- Students registered in a graduate course, in which grades are given as Letter Grades, can apply to receive a Pass/Fail grade. They will not be able to reverse their request once it is granted.

- Students should apply for grade system changes in the following periods:

From Pass/Fail to Letter Grade: May 4-11, 2020 (Monday – Monday)

From Letter Grade to Pass/Fail: July 4-8, 2020 (Saturday – Wednesday)

There will be a further announcement next week regarding the the thesis procedures of the graduate students.

Prof. N. Zeynep Atay Gök

Vice rector

3 April 2020

Dear Colleagues,

On April 3, 2020 the University Senate took the following decisions regarding the grading system for the spring 2020 semester, in which distance education had to be implemented due to the suspension of face-to-face education.

-It will be possible for students to receive either a letter-grade or a Pass/Fail grade in the courses that are currently letter-graded.

-Letter grades in graduate and undergraduate courses may be converted, at the request of the student, into a Pass/Fail grade. Such conversion will be allowed only once for each course.

-Only for undergraduate courses, it may be possible to convert the grading system from letter-grade to Pass/Fail if distance education makes it unfeasible to assess the students’ performance adequately for a letter grade. Such requests should be made by the departments to the board of the relevant Faculty, School, or Institute. The decisions regarding these courses will be taken by the Senate. Students who want to receive a letter grade in courses that are designated as Pass/Fail through this procedure should make requests within the deadlines determined by the Senate. In such cases, students can be awarded a letter grade based on additional assessment (e.g. an exam), to be determined by the faculty member and the department.

The following calendar outlines the dates for the procedures described above.

Best Regards,

Ali İ. Tekcan




Application period for students who want a letter grade for courses that have been designated as Pass/Fail courses by the Senate.

4-11 May 2020 (Monday-Monday)


Course drop period

4-29 May 2020 (Monday–Friday)

First application period for leave of absence (not counted toward the overall number of semesters) for the spring 2020 semester

4-11 June 2020 (Thursday – Thursday)

Course drop period for courses in which students received an F

4-8 July 2020 (Saturday – Wednesday)

The second application period for leave of absence (not counted toward the overall number of semesters) for the spring 2020 semester

6-17 July 2020 (Monday-Friday)

Application period for students who want to convert a letter grade to a Pass/Fail grade


4-8 July 2020 (Saturday-Wednesday)

3 April 2020

Effective 4.4.2020, campus food cafeterias will operate as follows:

Kuzey, Güney, Kandilli and Kilyos Campus cafeterias will serve lunch during weekdays as usual. Kuzey Campus cafeteria will continue serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner for weekdays and weekends whereas Kilyos and Kandilli Campus cafeterias will only serve lunch and dinner.

Kilyos and Kandilli Campus students and staff can pre-collect breakfast packages when they arrive for dinner service.

Güney Campus cafeteria will be closed during weekdays and continue lunch and dinner service during weekdays.

31 March 2020

Dear Students,

I am writing to inform you about the rigorous measures we are taking at Boğaziçi to deal with the COVID-19 threat and to brief you about the distance-education phase that will begin on 6 April. These measures were stepped up on 11 March, and we have been working ever harder since then. Our actions can be summarised under four main headings:

1.     Taking precautions to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading and from reaching our university,

2.     Developing methods to enable students to continue with their studies and research, despite the challenges posed by the extraordinary circumstances facing us,

3.     Creating a safe environment in which the scientific research being undertaken at the university may continue,

4.     Enabling all university employees to take care of their own safety, thereby creating sustainable conditions in which the university can continue to operate.

Entrance to the Campuses and Use of University Buildings

Within the framework of these new measures, until further notice, entrance to the university has been halted for all students, alumni and retired personnel. Only the following will be allowed to enter the campus:  currently employed academic and administrative personnel, as well as students who are either staying in the university’s dormitories or engaged in laboratory work, provided that a faculty member or thesis supervisor has granted permission and accepts responsibility for the laboratory. In cases where someone urgently needs to enter the campus, permission must be obtained from the Rectorate. For the time being, visitors will not be allowed in to any of the University’s campuses.

Events of all kind on campus have been cancelled, and until further notice indoor sports facilities, swimming pools and social facilities will remain closed.

A small number of volunteers will be allowed to access the animal shelter at prearranged times.


Following the announcement of measures concerning COVID-19 and the beginning of the rescheduled Spring Break, between 11 March and today a large number of students who normally stay in the university’s dormitories decided to return home on a temporary basis. These students will not be required to pay for the period between their leaving the dormitory and returning to it. Students who have left their dormitory will not be allowed to re-enter it until further notice.

The small number of students who need to continue staying in a dormitory will be able to do so, provided that conditions do not force them to leave. We would like to advise these students not to leave their rooms unless it is essential. No-one will be allowed to enter the dormitories other than these students and the personnel on duty. Access to the dormitories by others will only be possible in emergencies, and special permission will need to be obtained from the Rectorate. Anyone requiring to enter a dormitory will also need to make an appointment with the official responsible for the respective dormitory and will only be allowed to enter the building accompanied by an on-duty employee.

For those students who are staying in a dormitory and for the academic and administrative personnel responsible for keeping the university running, three meals a day are being prepared and served in covered containers. We would like to remind people that, in the refectories, only one person should sit at a table. In fact, people may prefer not to eat in a refectory but on their own in a separate room.

Distance Education

In the current situation, the conditions surrounding teaching and learning may change at short notice, and sudden decisions may have to be made. All the same, the Senate, University Executive Board and Rectorate are doing everything within their power to ensure that, while necessary precautions are being taken to protect the health of students, academic and administrative personnel, our University continues to maintain its principal activities. This is why the Senate decided that for this semester only, teaching and learning activities would be carried out primarily using the methods of distance education, since it became clear that it would be impossible for universities to offer face-to-face education in the current Spring term of 2020. The Senate also ruled that, in view of the inevitable interruption caused by the COVID crisis, changes would have to be made to the schedule for the Spring and Fall semesters, as well as that of the Boğaziçi Summer School. In addition, modifications will need to be made to the schedule for graduate programs; our Institutes are working on proposals regarding this, which will be discussed and voted on soon at the relevant executive bodies at Boğaziçi, the decisions being announced thereafter. As for activities that cannot be carried out using distance education, such as laboratory sessions, applied classes and internships, these have been postponed until the summer, on the assumption that conditions will return to normal around the beginning of June. We will continue to evaluate the ever-changing situation, and should it be necessary to revise our strategy for the summer term, we will inform you about this in advance.

Starting from 13 March 2020, it was decided to make use of a number of educational tools that both faculty members and students would be able to become familiar with quickly and start using effectively.

One of these is the Moodle Learning Management System, which can be accessed either directly at https://moodle.boun.edu.tr/login/login.php or from within the BUIS platform at https://registration.boun.edu.tr/buis/Login.aspx.  As of the beginning of the Spring Term of 2020, teaching staff were already using Moodle for approximately 600 classes, and the total for the entire year is 1200.  Moodle has been enriched through the addition of software that can supplement the platform in various ways.  For the very first time, the University has purchased a license for the Zoom videoconferencing platform, which allows instructors to hold synchronous (live) classes and to share visuals (e.g. PowerPoint) with students. Secondly, we have renewed our license and increased our capacity with Panopto, a Moodle-integrated system that has been actively used by a number of instructors in previous years. Through Panopto, instructors can choose to share video recordings via Moodle with the students registered on their courses. Our choice to use Moodle as our Learning Management System was based not only on its features that enable the sharing of course materials, the initiation of forums and discussion groups and the setting of assignments and exams, but also the fact that it provides data security and encrypted usage, has an open source format, and offers a broad range of open-access educational materials. Although at the beginning of the distance-education phase we may experience technical problems because of the heavy use of the systems, our expert technical team is working night and day to forestall such problems.

Between 23 and 27 March 2020, faculty members with extensive experience of these systems gave training on them to faculty members and research assistants. This training consisted of courses on three levels (Moodle 101, Moodle 201 and Moodle 301), and a total of 2224 participants benefited from the 9 sessions on offer. Q&A sessions about the platform are also being held between 30 March and 3 April 2020

In addition, for any questions about Moodle, the team at the Computer Centre can be reached by email at moodle@boun.edu.tr. Furthermore, two research assistants from each academic unit have been assigned responsibility for answering questions about departmental courses that are being taught online.

The remainder of the semester, beginning on 6 April, is being arranged in such a way that the program for classes given through distance education should be no different from the existing weekly schedule. For technical reasons, it might become necessary to modify the schedule, but great care is being taken to ensure that this will not lead to conflicts between classes. The times allocated for ‘live’ sessions of classes will be announced in a weekly schedule.

During the forthcoming distance-education phase, to access the Moodle system you will need to use your Boğaziçi University e-mail address, i.e. the one ending “@boun.edu.tr”. In order to remind those students who have not used their BOUN address what this address is, BOUN addresses have been uploaded to the BUIS registration system as their second email address. If they feel it necessary, the 10,000 or so students in this situation will have the opportunity to update their passwords by following the instructions on BUIS. Once you acquire an account with Zoom (zoom.us) using your Boğaziçi e-mail address, you will be able to set up sessions (maximum 40 minutes in length) in which you and your friends can communicate through live audio and video with up to 300 people.

Work continues on a number of issues related to teaching and learning, and faculty members and students alike have been developing and discussing alternative ideas. These include the form that mid-term and final exams will take, the grading system to be implemented, and the rights that students will be granted with respect to taking leave for the semester and withdrawing from classes.

We are doing everything we can to develop appropriate responses to the situation in which we find ourselves. On the one hand, we want to give our students recognition for what they have already achieved in the Spring 2020 semester and for their academic efforts in the  coming weeks; on the other hand, we wish to minimise the negative impact and stress that current circumstances may impose on our students, not least because of the insecurity that these circumstances are likely to cause. Through identifying and applying appropriate models, we aim to continue providing our students the knowledge and skills they will need throughout their careers, to prevent our students from losing a semester, and to act fairly and transparently when it comes to assessing students’ performances. Our Senate and other executive authorities continue to work intensively, and any decisions they take will be announced without delay.

Dear Students,

The issue that is of greatest importance to us is your health, and this is why the decision was swiftly taken to bring forward and extend our Spring Break. As we wait for the day when we can be together once again, we will have to keep our distance from our beloved campus for a time, but that does not mean that we will be completely separated from each other. As always, Boğaziçi University will be the glue that binds our hearts and minds together, and once again you will have the chance to see the faces of your instructors and classmates, whether in classes or club activities.

Until that time comes, I would like to emphasise that staff at BÜREM and BÜSOD, as well as our resident psychiatrists, are making their own preparations so that, should you feel the need, you can have online consultations with them. We will inform you as soon as the preparations are complete.

Just as we value your health, we also recognise the importance of your academic and scientific development, not only for you as individuals but also for the country and for humanity as a whole. In a very short time —a few years at most— you will be leading researchers and scientists, with key roles in various organisations, in good times and bad, and you will be in a position to create solutions based on innovative and reasoned approaches. Our primary duty is to provide a safe, free and scientific environment which will help you to advance towards this stage. It is with this in mind that all of my colleagues at Boğaziçi University have, with the selfless support of our administrative staff, continued to work tirelessly, not just out of a sense of duty but also out of a belief in certain principles and ideals and a desire to fulfil academic objectives. Many colleagues have already contacted you through Moodle or other platforms; the others are all busy getting ready to see you again after 6 April!

Our alumni, who have always stood beside us in good times and bad, have once again shown their support in these difficult times. Under the leadership of BÜVAK, we have initiated an Internet Bursary for those students whose financial circumstances are likely to make it difficult for them to get Internet access. We are now in a position to be able to also provide internet support to students who are already in receipt of other bursaries. Students in this position can access the relevant application information by going to https://coronavirus.boun.edu.tr/tr/duyurular/internet-destek-bursu-hk. When we weigh up the current situation, the decision taken by the Boğaziçi University Senate and the academic calendar, it becomes clear that we will be continuing our courses via distance education for the next two months. We have begun the transfer of payments for the first month into the bank accounts of students deemed eligible to receive this support.

Dear Students,

In this global crisis, we are all affected to a greater or lesser extent by the virus. At the very least we all feel some level of concern about the threat posed by COVID-19. Although it will not be possible to go on as though nothing has happened, as long as we remain healthy and united, we will be able to struggle against all kinds of hardships, just as is the case with this virus. To win this struggle, we must not forget that we are all members of the Boğaziçi University community, and we must maintain our strong ties. Throughout the rest of this semester, the best way we can achieve success together is for you to remain dedicated to your classes, your classmates and friends, and to the academic and administrative staff of the university. We believe in you and trust in you.

I hope to hear that you are well and managing to succeed and look forward to seeing you again as soon as possible.

With my very best wishes,

Prof. Mehmed Özkan

Rector of Boğaziçi University

31 March 2020


Boğaziçi University is now offering internet bursaries for students who require financial assistance during the phase of distance learning introduced in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. Following the suspension of courses because of the Coronavirus pandemic, universities in Turkey have adopted the methods of distance and online education. To assist students with limited financial means, Boğaziçi University is supplementing its repertoire of student awards with the launch of an internet bursary.

The semester at Boğaziçi University will resume on April 6th, and preparations for the transition to online education are complete. In addition to strengthening its existing infrastructure, the University has also integrated new applications into its online learning platform. During the past week, faculty members, including the Rector and Vice Rectors, participated in ‘training the trainer’ sessions (taught remotely) and managed to finish the preparation of the classes they will be offering to their students.

Until today, the University has provided bursaries to help students cover the costs of accommodation, food and books and to award them for achievement. This new bursary will come to the assistance of those students who, because of the measures taken in view of Covid-19, have been compelled to continue their education remotely but who would find it difficult to meet the costs of the Internet coverage they require for their classes. The award is a monthly internet bursary worth 100 TL. Eligibility criteria have been established for this bursary, from which approximately 1300 students will be able to benefit for the next two months, that is, until the end of the semester. The Bursaries Office has already started accepting applications.

The Rector, Prof. Mehmed Özkan, said the following about this new type of bursary: ‘Because classes are not taking place on campus, many of our students are currently at home and will therefore be attending their courses from outside the university. There are very successful students at Boğaziçi who currently find themselves in places where the Internet infrastructure is such that they could participate in online classes. Their economic circumstances, though, mean that they would not be able to shoulder the additional financial burden. Our aim with this modest contribution is to prevent these young people from falling behind with their studies, young people who will no doubt achieve great things in tomorrow’s Turkey. While Boğaziçi University will be sharing its own resources, we would also like to invite friends of Boğaziçi and especially our alumni to support this campaign and donate to the Boğaziçi University Foundation’s bursary pool, making it a little bit easier for our students to get through these tough times.’

This is why the administration of the Boğaziçi University Foundation (BÜVAK) has established an Internet Bursary Fund. If you would like to contribute to this, please visit BÜVAK’s online donation page at http://www.buvak.org.tr/internet_bagis.php, select the option ‘Burs Havuzu Bağışı’ (Bursary Pool Donation), specify the amount you would like to donate and, in the space for explanations (Açıklama), write ‘internet bursu’ (Internet Bursary).

Calling all Friends of Boğaziçi!

Distance learning is starting. To support our students who need help with getting Internet access…

100 TL will cover 1 bursary

Our aim: Over 2 months, bursaries for 1250 students, totalling 250, 000 TL

To contribute to our Bursary Pool.

22 March 2020
Dear Colleagues,
As we noted in our earlier announcements, training workshops for Moodle and the associated software for faculty members and assistants will be held starting on Tuesday, March 24. Please find here the description of and the syllabi for the workshops prepared by the faculty members who will facilitate those workshops.
Schedule for the workshops and registration information will be sent to you on Monday, March 23, 2020, but please be ready to participate in the workshops on March 24th, 25th and 26th. You will need an Internet access ( 10Mbits/sec or more), a computer with a microphone and a camera. You can join the workshops from your home or from the university premises. These trainings will take place over the next two weeks, during which the three workshops (Moodle 101, 201, and 301) will be offered at least twice. Therefore, you will need to attend between only 1-3 sessions in this two week period. The number of sessions you will need to attend is entirely up to you. Please have a look at the attached document, which may help you determine your level and the workshops that you feel you need to attend. 
If you are actively teaching this semester (Spring 2020), you will have access to all Moodle Training workshops. Registration information for the sessions will be provided soon. In addition, it will be mandatory  for all the assistants (araştırma görevlileri) to attend these trainings, as you will probably need their assistance, especially in your large scale courses. For those of you who are not teaching this semester, additional sessions will be organized in the coming months. Recorded copies of the workshops will also be accessible by all the faculty members. 
We thank you sincerely for your cooperation and understanding during these relatively hard times. 
Best regards,
Ali İ. Tekcan
20 March 2020

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to you to provide a further update on the recent developments regarding our educational activities that have been suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

As you know, on 11 March 2020, our University Senate decided to make a change in the academic calendar and brought forward the date of the Spring Break to 16-29 March 2020. In the meantime, the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) decided, on 13 March 2020, to suspend instruction in all higher education institutions in Turkey between 16 March 2020 and 06 April 2020.

On 19 March 2020, YÖK announced that all universities were given permission to carry out distance education in the theoretical parts of courses in all disciplines, provided that it is limited to this semester only.

Within the context of measures taken in higher education institutions against the continuing pandemic, we have planned for our University to temporarily switch to distance education in the Spring 2020 semester, which will resume on Monday, April 6, 2020. This is the only option to ensure that our students may complete the Spring Semester.

Following the aforementioned decisions to suspend face-to-face instruction, with the support of faculty members experienced in distance education practices, the Rectorate has begun investigating potential ways to implement our courses through online methods. These efforts are aimed at maintaining our educational activities as effectively as possible during the difficult period we are in. This shift in methods does not in any way imply that we will be abandoning in-class teaching, which is one of the strengths of our University. Nevertheless, we believe that the experience that will be gained during this period may contribute to our efforts to enrich teaching practices in the future.

The following summarizes the activities that have been planned or completed regarding distance education since March 16, 2020:

  1. Distance education at our University will essentially be carried out through Moodle – the Learning Management System we are currently using – which is integrated into the BUIS (ÖBİKAS) system. 

  2. To this end, the hardware infrastructure has been strengthened and the software infrastructure has been purchased to allow the integration of additional modules to provide synchronous / asynchronous video conferencing options.

  3. Training activities for faculty members and research assistants regarding the use of Moodle and other modules to be used in connection with it such as Zoom and Panopto, have been scheduled to start as of 23 March 2020. Detailed information about these workshops will be sent to you soon.

  4. Changes that might occur in the curriculum and in the academic calendar due to the shift to distance education in certain courses as well as the planning of courses that cannot be offered via distance education (e.g. labs and other applied components) will be addressed at the Senate meeting on March 26, 2020.

Finally, I would like to remind you that students should not be asked to take exams or other assessments until 06 April 2020, given that all instructional activities have been suspended until then. 

I would like to thank you all for your contributions to this joint effort and wish you good health.

Best Regards,

Ali İ. Tekcan

19 March 2020

16 March 2020

1.     The chair of the commission will be Prof. Ali İzzet Tekcan.

2.     In consideration of possible developments regarding the pandemic, preparations for implementing distance education programs will begin.

3.     The academic and administrative staff are strongly encouraged not to participate any national meetings with high attendance.

4.     Following the Council of Higher Education decisions on 16.03.2020, the Boğaziçi University students who previously received approval to go to exchange programs will not be able to leave the country. The academic units will have to cancel the decisions taken for these students. Nevertheless, the students will be able to continue with the exchange programs provided that the host university is carrying out online education programs.

5.     The Preschool on our campus will be closed from 17.03.2020 through 06.04.2020.

6.     The academic and administrative staff will be able to use their annual leaves between 16.03.2020-06.04.2020. Those with no annual leave days left will be able to request “mazeret” (excuse) leave for which they should contact the head of their academic/administrative units.

7.     The Aptullah Kuran Library working hours between 16.03.2020-06.04.2020 will be 08:30-17:00. As of Saturday, March 21, 2020, the library will be closed on the weekends and on the weekdays, it will be open between 10:00 – 13:00 only for book check-outs and returns. The deadline for book renewals has been extended to 13.04.2020 till further notice, no late-fees will be charged.

8.     The study halls adjacent to the Aptullah Kuran Library will be open until 24:00 as of 17.03.2020.

9.     The Aptullah Kuran Library will be open only to Boğaziçi University students, faculty and staff between 17.03.2020 - 06.04.2020.

10.  Following the University Executive Board decision on 11.03. 2020 dormitory residents who will not be staying in the dormitories until 06.04.2020 will not be required to pay dormitory fees for the period of absence. Therefore, students who will leave the dormitories will have to inform the Dormitory Managers regarding this issue. Otherwise, the students will have to pay the regular dormitory fees.

11.  In the cafeterias, irrespective of the number of people present, all tables will be available for use to ensure and encourage ample distance between people.

12.  Shuttles running between the Etiler Gate – South Campus and the Hisar Campus – South Campus will not be in service between  17.03.2020 – 06.04.2020. The hourly shuttle for  individuals with disability will continue to run between the South Campus – North Kampus.

13.  Alumni access to all campuses has been restricted: they will not be allowed to campuses until 06.04.2020 unless there is an urgent need of an official documentation.

14.  Students will not be able bring guests to campuses until 06.04.2020.

15.  Individuals who are not Boğaziçi University faculty, staff, or students will not be able to enter campuses until 06.04.2020 – unless they are on official business or visiting a Boğaziçi member living in on-campus housing (lojmanlar).

Date: 16.03.2020

Issue: 2020/01

16 March 2020

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, pre-school education unit is closed between March 17 - April 6, 2020. Academic and administrative staff who has children utilizing the unit may request annual leave.


Secretary General

12 March 2020

Dear Colleagues,

As you may know, within the framework of COVID-19 measures, it is decided on the University Executive Board meeting held on 11 March 2020, to suspend all trips related to the university activities from 12 March 2020 until 30 April 2020.

Payments can be made for “görevlendirmeler” (appointments) that have been approved/will be approved to participate in scientific meetings, in accordance with the following plan:

Travel expenses

-First thing is to contact the airline/transportation company for a refund.

-If the company accepts to refund the ticket, any expenses incurred such as return taxes, etc. will be covered by the University (by the source (BAP, Rectorate conference support fund, Faculty / Institute / Department overheads, Revolving Fund, etc. ) specified in the letter of appointment (görevlendirme yazısı)).

-In the case that the company issues an open ticket, the ticket fare will be covered by the University (by the source (BAP, Rectorate conference support fund, Faculty / Institute / Department institution shares, Revolving Fund, etc.) specified in the letter of appointment (görevlendirme yazısı)) provided that a commitment letter addressed to the Rectorate Office indicating that the ticket will be used for a future scientific meeting, is submitted via EBYS.

Registration fee

-If the scientific meeting is cancelled by the organizers, the conference fee must be refunded by the organization itself.

-If the person appointed cannot attend the scientific meeting in line with the decisions of the University Executive Board, the organizing committee must be contacted and a refund of the registration fee should be requested.

-In case that the organizers of the scientific meeting do not accept the refund request, a petition, addressed to the Rectorate Office and to which the correspondence with the organizers are attached, should be submitted via EBYS; the registration fee will be covered  by the University (by the source (BAP, Rectorate conference support fund, Faculty / Institute / Department overheads, Revolving Fund, etc.)  specified in the letter of appointment (görevlendirme yazısı)).

-If the presentations are conducted with remote access, a petition, addressed to the Rectorate Office and to which the documents of proof are attached, should be submitted via EBYS; then the registration fee will be covered  by the University (by the source (BAP, Rectorate conference support fund, Faculty / Institute / Department overheads, Revolving Fund, etc.) specified in the letter of appointment (görevlendirme yazısı)).

Advance payments for hotel reservations

-If the reservation is refundable, hotel administration should be contacted for any refunds.

-In case of a non-refundable reservation, a petition addressed to the Rectorate’s Office and to which the documents of proof are attached, should be submitted via EBYS; the advance payment will be covered  by the University (by the source (BAP, Rectorate conference support fund, Faculty / Institute / Department overheads, Revolving Fund, etc.) specified in the letter of appointment (görevlendirme yazısı)).

Best Regards,

Prof. Dr. Ayşın Ertüzün

14 March 2020

Due to emerging concerns related to the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we strongly discourage any personal domestic or international trips until a further notice. Nevertheless, if it is absolutely necessary to travel, you must register your travel by filling out this form and attach it below to the online EBYS leave application form.

Following the warnings issued by the Ministry of Health, faculty or staff returning from international travel are required to enter into quarantine for 14 days at their permanent home residence upon their return to Turkey.

13 March 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, in addition to the practices announced earlier, the following ones will be implemented by our University on the basis of  the decisions taken by the Higher Education Council (YÖK) on 13 March 2020:

1. With the exception of the rector, vice-rectors, deans, and school directors, all academic and administrative personnel who are over the age of 60, have a disability, are pregnant or document their chronic illness will be considered on administrative leave. Other academic and administrative staff will be able to use annual leave upon request.

2. All international travel of academic and administrative personnel, including those previously planned, have been canceled until further notice.

3. Those who have to go abroad due to their particular conditions are required to obtain permission from the governorship along with the rectorate. Those who go abroad with this kind of authorization should make their permission plans considering an obligatory 14-day isolation period upon return.

13 March 2020

Dear Colleagues,

In response to COVID-19 (Coronovirus), the University Senate and the University Executive Council jointly decided to change the dates of the Spring Break from April 20-26 2020, to March 16 (Monday) - March 29 (Sunday) 2020.

The University Executive Council also voted to cancel all on-campus activities, all off-campus activities organized by the University and all university-related travels between March 12, 2020 and April 30, 2020.  

The details regarding activities and travel are as follows:


•   All on-campus activities are cancelled, including academic activities (e.g., conferences, symposiums), student club activities, and any activity that includes visits to our campuses (e.g., high-school visits).


•   All academic travel are cancelled. There will be no “görevlendirme” for domestic or international conference attendance. Any academic travel approved earlier are also cancelled.

•   It is strongly advised that faculty and staff avoid domestic or international travel for personal reasons.

•   Following the warnings issued by the Ministry of Health, it is strongly advised that any faculty or staff returning from international travel isolate themselves for 14 days.

•   Those who return from countries for which the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued travel warnings as well as those who plan to travel internationally for personal reasons should fill out the "Travel Form” that will be sent to the academic and administrative units.

In addition, I would like to inform you that for those students living on-campus, the dormitories, the student cafeterias and the library will continue to be open. The frequency of disinfection procedures will be increased in dormitories, classrooms, and other closed spaces where students tend to interact. 

We will follow the developments and the decisions that might be taken by the Ministry of Health and the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) and will update precautions as necessary.