11 January 2022

Dear Boğaziçi University Members,

Due to mounting cases of COVID-19, personal protection and staying away from crowded places have become of utmost importance. Below are the decisions regarding the course of the pandemic, quarantine rules that were taken at the last meeting of the Science Committee:

Considering the present circumstances, quarantine period has been shortened. In this regard, recommended quarantine period for positive cases is 7 days. After day 7, the ones who display mild or no symptoms can end quarantine. Positive cases who take a PCR test on day 5 and test negative can also end quarantine. People who have been in contact with someone with confirmed Covid-19 but had their vaccine booster dose or got Covid-19 virus in the past 3 months do not need to go into quarantine. They continue their daily routines wearing a mask and watching for symptoms. Unvaccinated people or the ones whose vaccine booster dose is older than 3 months old are considered close contacts, so they must go into a 7-day quarantine. Symptoms are closely monitored in this period of time and on day 5, they take a PCR test. If they test negative, they can end quarantine early.

The quarantine period in our student dormitories has also been reduced to 7 days. As of 11.01.2022, the number of students in quarantine in our dormitories is 22.

4 December 2020


- Access to our campuses is possible with the HES Code integrated in the Covid Declaration Form:

- 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 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. ,

- 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 - 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 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:

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


25 October 2020

Dear Students,

We share the happiness and excitement of reconnecting with some of you face-to-face and many of you via online platforms. I would like to congratulate all new students admitted for Fall 2020 and welcome them to our University.  

I would like to update you with recent developments and all our efforts to ensure your academic success and social development at the highest levels under pandemic conditions during the Fall 2020 semester. As you are well aware, the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic has forced us to carry the majority of our academic and scientific activities online. We will also continue to offer the majority of our cultural activities, one of the distinguishing features of our University, compatible with online systems.

In the past few months, we have worked intensely to improve our communication infrastructure, necessary to continue our academic and social activities actively and efficiently on online platforms. We have organized workshops and training sessions for academic and administrative personnel from all units to improve their experience and knowledge of online systems. Thanks to all of the precautions taken, many of our research laboratories have been able to resume their work under safe and healthy conditions. These developments will help us to minimize and even eliminate issues related to online classes and other scientific activities this semester as well. These have been positive outcomes of our experiences gained from 2020 Spring and Summer terms. Without any doubt, your timely adaptation to new conditions, efforts, and understanding have led to successful management of this process, and I would like to thank each one of you for that.  

Similar to previous terms, you can access the latest updates and information regarding the pandemic from our dedicated website at, where you also can learn about new regulations, campus access, etc. Together, based on the acquisition and sharing of trusted information we will prevent the spread of cases.   

For this term, we will be initiating new projects to improve distance education conditions and eliminate the disadvantages of being away from campus for all of our students. Specifically, for English Preparatory Class students, we have established the Departmental Peer program, prepared and led by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs. With your support, we believe this program will help English Prep students to adjust to our University settings. Similarly, our psychological support units (BÜREM/BÜSÖD) are fully operational to serve and support all of our students online.  I would like to remind you that you do not need to wait for a preliminary interview and can reach out to them at any time. 

For our students having difficulty accessing distance education, the financial support for internet access and the tablets/laptops provided last Spring will be available this term as well. Although limited in numbers, book support will also continue.  Those in need of such support, must apply to the Bursaries Office with the required documentation. The dormitories will also be available at limited capacity under the restrictions of the pandemic, with one student per room in flat-type units to be shared by four students per flat maximum. Under the current circumstances, rooms and flats cannot be occupied at higher capacities. For students taking face-to-face classes, dorm petitions are being collected and evaluated. However, the dormitories will continue to be open only under strict regulations during pandemic conditions. We are confident that our students who choose to stay at dorms will follow all COVID-19 protocols as explained in the signed declaration forms to protect their own health and safety as well as those of others present on campus and in the dorms.

It ultimately is important to comply with all of the new regulations in common study areas for our students who would like to utilize library services this new term. As a general rule, access to campuses on weekdays and weekends has been extended to 18:00, while that to North Campus, and to the common study areas next to the main library have been extended to 24:00. Starting from November 2nd, the library will be open until 20:00 during the week days only. These conditions will only be sustained as long as social distancing, mask-wearing, hygiene, and general rules are strictly followed.

All necessary disinfection procedures are carried out and social distancing measures have been taken in the student cafeterias.  In addition to lunch and dinner, breakfast is served in the dining halls in the North and Kandilli Campuses.  

In cooperation with a publishing house, we have provided our students an opportunity to send their purchase requests for international edition textbooks to the publishing house through the publisher's website.

Although the risk of infection forces us to conduct the majority of the University’s social and art activities online, I believe we will continue to experience a culturally-enriched semester organized by most of our units and departments. Within this framework, I would like to draw your attention to “Life Lessons in the Days of Corona - Corona Günlerinde Hayat Dersleri,” which will be organized by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs; “Career Chats – Kariyer Sohbetleri” and meetings, by the Career Center; and “Alumni on Campus- Mezunlar Kampüste” activities, by the Alumni Office. Our Public Relations and Communication Office also will organize an “Open Lectures –Açık Dersler” series coordinated by the Art and Culture Commission. We will continue to support all our student clubs fully so that they can carry out their events and activities this semester.

This past week, I was very happy to see that the University Orientation Days Program was well attended by our newly admitted students. Even though organized remotely, I hope you had the chance to meet with our student support units as well as the BU student clubs during the virtual fair, and to observe campus life and experience being part of it during the University Orientation Lectures.

It is without any doubt that the pandemic has negatively affected all of us. As Boğaziçi Family, our wishes and efforts are aimed towards minimizing these effects. All of our staff are working with you to get through these hard times. As such, our biggest wish is for this pandemic to come to an end so that we can see you face-to-face again, and our campuses return to their usual joy and happiness stemming from you. I am fully confident that your diligence and effort to comply with precautions taken for the common areas will help end this term as a good reflectance on our University.

I wish you all a healthy, happy, and successful 2020-2021 academic year.


Prof. Dr. Mehmed Özkan


October 25, 2020

20 October 2020

To the attention of all students admitted in 2020:
Your Library Number, which is used to login to Library system for accessing to electronic resources provided by the Library, was sent to you with an email on October 15th, 2020. If you haven’t get your library number yet, please apply to the Library through the channels below in order to get your number:
BU Library
Tel: 0212 359 6921 or 0212 359 4422

Prof. Dr. Naz Zeynep Atay Gök
Vice Rector

13 October 2020

Dear Students,

I would like to share with you the decisions taken by the Senate on 7 October 2020:
During the Fall Semester of the 2020-2021 Academic Year:
1. Students can apply to the relevant executive committees for a leave of absence (this period not being counted toward their maximum period of study) due to COVID19 with a petition until the end of the add/d‌rop period. (The last day of the add/d‌rop period is 5 November, 2020)
2. Add/d‌rop and withdrawal procedures will be carried out by the relevant executive committees according to the Regulation, as they were before the COVID19 term.
Add/Drop Period. 3-5 November 2020
Withdrawal Period: 16-22 December 2020
Last day to apply for leave of absence: 13 January 2021 (When assessing the petitions given after 5 November 2020, the relevant executive committees can decide whether this period will or will NOT be counted toward their maximum period of study, depending on the excuse presented).

Prof. Dr. Naz Zeynep Atay Gök
Vice Rector

2 October 2020

Dear Students,

University Executive Board (Date: 30 September 2020, No:2020/25) has given the following group of students access to the registration system during Registration Period II on 15-19 October 2020:

• All students with the right to register who DID NOT COMPLETE their registration between 23-25 September 2020

• Students who had completed their registration during Registration Period I but were admitted to Double Major or Minor Programs for the first time on Fall Semester of Academic Year 2020/2021.

As announced before, newly admitted graduate students, students who brought proof of their English proficiency after 21 September 2020 and inter-university transfer students (with their new student numbers) will register to classes during the 15-19 October 2020.

Prof. Dr. Naz Zeynep Atay Gök
Vice Rector

21 September 2020



REGISTRATION PERIOD I: 23-25 September 2020 Wednesday-Friday

All students in their degree programs have to complete their academic registration in Registration Period I. If they fail to enter the system and complete their registrations, they will not be given access to the system in Registration Period II. (Only the students whose applications for inter-University transfers  are accepted will be able to enter the system in Registration Period II with their new student numbers).

Since these students will not have access to Registration Period II, they will have to make all changes in their programs during the add/drop period (3-5 November 2020).

  • Erasmus, Exchange and Visitor students will complete their academic registration during Registration Period I.
  • Students who have applied to Double Major or Minor Programs must comlete their registrations in Registration Period I. If they get accepted, they will reform their programs during the add/drop period.
  • Students who have applied inter-University transfers  I (except for transfer students accepted by their Central Placement Exam (ÖSYM) scores) have to register to the courses of  their present programs during Registration Period I. Those whose applications are accepted will be able to enter the system in Registration Period II with their new student numbers.
  • Transfer students from other Turkish universities have to complete their academic registration in Registration Period I (except for transfer students accepted by their Central Placement Exam (ÖSYM) scores).
  • Transfer students from international universities (except for transfer students accepted by their Central Placement Exam (ÖSYM) scores) have to complete their academic registration in Registration Period I.
  • Student who have proved their English proficiency before the Fall semester of the academic year 2020/2021 and those who proved their proficiency at the beginning of the Spring semester of the academic year 2019/2020 but were granted Leave of Absence for that term, will have to complete their registrations in Registration Period I. Their required courses will be loaded to their programs automatically. They will not be able to drop these required course but will be able to change their sections.

REGISTRATION PERIOD II: 15-19 October 2020 Thursday-Monday

  • Transfer students who have been accepted from other universities as well as from different departments of BU with their Central Placement Exam (ÖSYM) scores  should complete their registrations in Registration Period II.
  • All newly admitted graduate students (master and Ph.D.) should complete their registrations in Registration Period II.
  • Newly placed students who bring proof of their English proficiency until 12 October 2020 have to complete their registrations in Registration Period II.
  • Students whose applications for inter-University transfers  are accepted, and decided to change departments will be able to enter the system in Registration Period II with their new student numbers. Since all their courses taken during Registration Period I will be archived, they must register to the courses all over again.


Prof. Dr. Naz Zeynep Atay Gök
Vice Rector

1 September 2020

Dear Students,

Course Schedule for the Fall Term of the Academic Year 2020-2021, posted on the BUIS page (, now includes the information on the course delivery method for each course (online or classroom), as well as final exam location (again online or classroom) at the end of the term. Consult the syllabus if you see Not Applicable. Please check the schedule prior to choosing a course. Except for the courses with P/F grading system in the catalogue, all courses will be evaluated with letter grading (See: and

All students with the right to register (including those who will register to their degree programs for the first time and bring proof of their English proficiency by 21 September 2020) will have their registration between 23-25 September 2020. Students whose inter-university and Double Major Program/Minor Program applications that are not finalized by then should also register to the courses of their original departments. The dates are show below under section A).

Only and only newly admitted graduate students, students who will register to their degree programs for the first time and bring proof of their English proficiency after 21 September 2020 and inter-university transfer students will register to classes during the 15-19 October 2020. The dates are show below, under section B).

A)   Registration dates for all students with the right to register (including those who will register to their degree programs for the first time and bring proof of their English proficiency by 21 September 2020):

22 September 2020 Tuesday

Online registration payment system opens (10:00)

23-25 September 2020 Wednesday - Friday

Online registration period (for all students who have right to register)

23 September 2020 Wednesday

Registration system opens (10:00)

24 September 2020 Thursday

Student consultations with academic advisors

25 September 2020 Friday

Online registration payment system closes (17:00)

Registration system closes to students (23:59)

28 September 2020 Monday

Registration system closes to advisors (23:59)

29 September 2020 Tuesday

Online registration payment system opens (09:00), closes (17:00) (for students whose programs have been rejected by their advisors)

Registration system opens to students and advisors (10:00), closes to students (23:59) (for students whose programs have been rejected by their advisors)

30 September 2020 Wednesday

Registration system closes to advisors (23:59) (for students whose programs have been rejected by their advisors)

22 October 2020 Thursday

Classes begin

The rest of the academic calendar will be announced later

B)   Registration dates for newly admitted graduate students, students who will register to their degree programs for the first time and bring proof of their English proficiency after 21 September 2020 and inter-university transfer students:

14 October 2020 Wednesday

Online registration payment system opens (10:00)

15-19 October 2020 Thursday - Monday

Online registration period (for students with newly acquired right to register)

15 October 2020 Thursday

Registration system opens (10:00)

16 October 2020 Friday

Student consultations with academic advisor

19 October 2020 Monday

Online registration payment system closes (17:00)

Registration system closes to students (23:59)

20 October 2020 Tuesday

Registration system closes to advisors (23:59)

22 October 2020 Thursday

Classes begin

Online registration payment system opens (09:00), closes (17:00) (for students whose programs have been rejected by their advisors)

Registration system opens to students and advisors (10:00), closes to students (23:59) (for students whose programs have been rejected by their advisors)

23 October 2020 Friday

Registration system closes to advisors (23:59) (for students whose programs have been rejected by their advisors)

The rest of the academic calendar will be announced later.


Prof. Dr. Naz Zeynep Atay Gök
Vice Rector



28 August 2020

Dear Students,

The planning we have been working on for some time regarding the Fall 2020-21 semester educational activities at our university has been finalized and the implementation plan has now been better shaped.

Due to the COVID 19-related changes made in the Spring 2020 academic calendar, we had to push further and revise the 2020-21 Fall semester academic calendar.

As previously announced, it has been decided that our classes will start on October 22, 2020. The course registration period has been brought forward so that students can make their dormitory applications following their registration. Accordingly, course registrations are between September 23-25, 2020. In addition, “only” for those newly accepted graduate students, first-time freshman students who can certify their English proficiency only after September 21, 2020, and for internal transfer students changing departments, the registration period is October 15-19, 2020

Based on substantial preparatory work and Senate meetings held throughout the summer, and the information provided by the departments, we can announce that the 2020-21 Fall semester will mainly be held remotely (online), but we will also have face-to-face classes (in classroom). The list of courses that will be held remotely (online) and those that will be held face to face (in classroom) has already been determined. The list will be announced in the week of August 31st and information about these courses will be available in the OBIKAS/BUIS registration system. The final exam of some of the online courses might be held in the classroom. Again, the information on these courses will also be included in the registration system and the announcement lists.

Applications to student dormitories will be made between September 26-28, 2020. Dormitory placements for the students will be prioritized based on the student needs.

For newly admitted students who passed the English language proficiency exam and needed to stay in the dormitory due to their on-campus course requirements, placement results will be announced on October 15, 2020. Since the English preparatory classes will be entirely online, our preparatory students will not be placed in dormitories in the Fall 2020-21 semester. These students will be able to apply for a dorm in the Spring semester in accordance with the plans to be determined based on the course of the pandemic.

Students who will participate in the courses to be carried out in the classroom or in the laboratory are required to fill out a COVID 19 Declaration Form on days that they will be on campus. The Declaration Form will be available for trial use in September. Access to our campuses will only be possible by filling out and submitting this form.

The suspected COVID 19-positive students will be directed to test centers or will be able to use the COVID 19 test infrastructure within our University. Until the test results are revealed, they will not be able to access the campuses. If a student living in a dorm is in this situation, s/he will be hosted in the isolation rooms to be provided in the dormitories until the test results are released. Those who test positive will be directed to health centers for treatment. In cases requiring outpatient treatment, these students will be able to stay in the quarantine dormitory on campus or leave the dormitory in a coordinated manner, if they wish to. Following the quarantine of our students who test positive, those who have come into contact with them will be determined through a contact tracing method, and will either be tested or directed to off-campus test centers.

Mask wearing and social distancing rules will be fully enforced at all times on campus. Cafeteria and canteens will continue their services in accordance with rules and instructions announced by The Ministry of Internal Affairs and The Ministry of Health.

Cultural and sports activities as well as student club activities can be carried out in a planned and coordinated manner by applying for permission in advance and taking the necessary health measures.

These COVID 19-related campus rules and measures shared with you here are subject to changes based on national authorities’ directives depending on how the pandemic conditions develop in the coming months.   

The new rules and regulations for the use of the University library and study rooms will be announced later.

I would like to remind you that all the measures listed above are valid for the Fall 2020-21 semester only. These rules and regulations will be re-evaluated and revised for the Spring 2020-21 term depending on how the pandemic dynamics change in the near future. You will be updated as conditions change.

In these hard times, it is utterly important for you to follow all these rules for your own health as well as the health and safety of your instructors’ and other members of our campus community.

I sincerely hope the conditions will return to normal shortly and we reunite again in healthy days.


Prof. Dr. Mehmed Özkan


12 August 2020

Dear students,

The COVID-19 pandemic affecting all the world has unfortunately forced us to complete all of our academic activities via online education in the Spring 2020 semester.  We continue to use these online tools in the Summer Term.

Accumulating evidence and data suggest that the effects of the pandemic will persist for a while. All of our academic units as well as the University Senate have been working diligently to plan for the Fall 2020 educational and academic activities under the pandemic conditions. I hereby write to you to provide you with an update regarding these campus planning activities and the decisions taken related to Fall 2020.

The dynamics of the pandemic indicate that the risk of transmission of COVID-19 is high in university dorms and classrooms. According to the new regulations announced in the Pandemic Management and Work Guide of the Ministry of Health, we will be obliged to reduce our 3600-student dorm capacity and classroom density dramatically, should we decide to hold our classes on campus via face-to-face education. Therefore, unless a completely different decision is taken by the government officials regarding the higher education institutions in the country, we have decided to restrict on-campus education and will implement it only under certain circumstances that absolutely require face-to-face interaction.

Within the framework of these regulations, the University Senate has unanimously decided to hold all English Prep classes online for the Fall 2020 semester. I would like to underline that this is a decision we have taken very reluctantly and it is limited to the upcoming Fall semester.

The University administration and Senate continue to work on the methods and tools to be used in both undergraduate and graduate classes to be held in the Fall 2020 Semester. We will provide you shortly with an update as to which classes will be held online and which on-campus. We will bring forward the registration period so that you can have sufficient time to decide on your workload and to make plans for your online or face-to-face courses. Only for those students who absolutely cannot continue their education via distance learning, admission and placement in dormitories will be arranged following the Pandemic Management and Work Guide.

A BUIS-based daily symptom tracking system and COVID-19 PCR testing will be implemented for the upcoming term considering the campus population and flu season dynamics affecting the infection rate of COVID-19. Guidelines on these new procedures will be conveyed to you in detail before October 22, 2020, the new semester start date.

Our university exhibits a distinct performance not only in its academic activities but also its social and cultural activities. I believe that we will maintain these unique qualities and heritage in these hard times. To this end, we will strive to do our best to ensure that you are able to carry out your social, cultural, and extracurricular activities either remotely or face-to-face. As such, you will be able to continue to use the same tools and infrastructure provided for distance education. You also will be sent written guidelines for COVID-19 measures that need to be taken in all student activities planned on-campus facilities soon.

I wish you a good summer term and a great Fall semester to be completed in success and good health. I strongly believe that we will overcome these extremely challenging times together in solidarity. 

With my very best wishes,

Prof. Dr. Mehmed Özkan


29 June 2020

Students who could not take one or more of the final exams due to their excuses, can apply, via ÖBİKAS/BUIS, to take an excuse exam by submitting all the related documents (medical report, etc.) as evidence supporting the absence from the exam(s). All e-exam requests will be reviewed and settled by the E-Exam Committee. 

Final exams will begin on June 26, 2020 and end on July 13, 2020. The E-Exam Committee meeting will be held on July 13, 2020 at 15:00.

Students who have not been able to attend the final exams due to their excuse must have completed their online requests by 14:00 on 13 July 2020 at the latest. No application will be accepted after the Committee’s meeting on that date. 


When you log in to your page via ÖBİKAS/BUIS;
• Click on “Applications / Other Systems”; “Excuse Exam Request”.
• On the page that opens, your courses with a final exam will be listed.
• Please mark the course/courses you could not take due to your excuse.
• From the section '..........', please mark your excuse. 
• In the 'Add Document' section, upload the document (medical report, private reason, appointment/duty, etc.) supporting your excuse request.
• The document size you will add must be 1MB maximum and its extension can only be .pdf, jpg, jpeg, png.
• Click on the 'Save' button.
• Your excuse will be listed under “Excuse Exam Request” and will be submitted to the Registrar's Office.
• Your application will be checked by the Registrar's Office and submitted to the E-Exam Committee. Once the application check is completed, you cannot change your request for excuse exams.


After reviewing the applications and evaluating them based on the reasons, the E-Exam Committee will make a decision formulated as either 'APPROVE', 'REJECT' or 'CONDITIONAL APPROVAL: SUBJECT TO ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION” 
Those students whose requests are conditionally accepted must provide the required documentation before the exam date. Otherwise, the decision of 'CONDITIONAL APPROVAL' will be changed to “REJECT”.
The E-Exam Committee decisions will be announced on the ÖBİKAS/BUIS page under the heading “Announcements”.
Students whose excuses are accepted by the Committee will be able to take their excuse exam(s) on the dates announced in the Academic Calendar. Students who do not take the excuse exams are not given right to take another exam.

Prof. Dr. Naz Zeynep Atay Gök
Vice Rector

8 June 2020

Dear Students,

I would like to inform you on the recent academic decisions taken by the University:

1.     The following decisions were taken during the Senate meeting (Date: 03.06.2020 Meeting No: 2020/11);

-       All Summer Term courses will be conducted via distance education.

-       The grading system (letter grade or P/F) which will be used in each of the Summer Term courses will be decided by the Senate next week.

-       Once decided by the Senate, students will not be able to change the grading system of the course.

The following adjustments have been made in the academic calendar:

June 19, 2020 Friday:

Announcement of the Summer Term courses and opening of the online payment system for pre-registration

June 22-24, 2020 Monday-Wednesday:

Summer term pre-registration period

(As announced on the academic calendar, Summer Term registration is on 28-29 July, 2020, and the courses will start on Tuesday 4 August, 2020)

2. You can find the list of online laboratory/applied courses, which will be carried out in the period 15-25 June, 2020, under the Announcements on the BUIS entrance page ( Please check the schedule of your courses.

3. The English Proficiency Exam (BÜYES/BUEPT) on Wednesday, 24 June 2020 will be conducted online. Details of the exam will be announced in due time.

Prof. Dr. Naz Zeynep Atay Gök

Vice Rector

3 June 2020

Dear Students, 
You can apply for a leave of absence during June 4-11, 2020 (Thursday 10:00 – Thursday 23:59) period. Your leave will not be counted toward your overall number of semesters.
On your BUIS page:
• Go to General/E-petitions
• Choose New Petitions
• Then choose Covid-19 Term Leave of Absence from Subject and click on Send.
• Your reques will go directly to the Registrar’s Office and will put into action. 
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. Their requests will be forwarded to the executive board of their institutes. 
Petitions of the Students of Executive and Other Graduate Programs (with additional tuition and fees) also have to go to the executive board of their institutes. 
There will be a second period for Leave of Absence applications between July 6-17, 2020 (Monday – Friday)

Prof. Dr. Naz Zeynep Atay Gök
Vice Rector

29 May 2020

As you know, since March 16, 2020, access to our University campuses has been limited to academic staff, administrative staff, students who continue to stay in dormitories, students working in laboratories and university personnel living in on-campus housing. As of June 15, 2020, our campuses will be open to all students every day of the week between 10:00 and 16:00.

1.     Partial opening of campuses:

a.     In the period mentioned, students will be granted access to the campuses during the times specified. While on campus, they are required to maintain social distancing at all times and wear face masks, which they will need to obtain themselves. At campus entrances, if deemed necessary, security staff will be able to take people’s temperatures using a non-contact thermometer.

b.     As was the case according to the previously determined rules and regulations, students who work in laboratories or are involved in research projects, etc. will be able to enter campuses and buildings, provided that the supervising faculty has been informed and permission of the department chair has been granted. Those students are also required to maintain physical distance and wear masks at all times.

c.     In accordance with the academic calendar, as of June 15, 2020, it will be possible for faculty members and students to convene on campus for courses with applied components and to practice face-to-face education between 10:00 and 16:00.

d.     The computer labs on campus will be open between 10:00 and 16:00 on the condition that the rules concerning masks and social distancing are followed strictly.

e.     Guests and graduates are not yet permitted to enter the campuses except for those who are visiting academic/administrative staff residing in on-campus housing.

2.     Opening of the university library:

a.     As of June 15, 2020, the university library will be open between 10:00 and 16:00, provided that the following conditions are strictly followed.

b.     The number of users in the library will be limited and wearing a mask will be mandatory.

c.     In order to enable physical distancing in the use of library desks, the number of users per desk will be limited. Two users will be able to sit at partitioned tables, 1 user at round tables, and 2 users at tables for 4-6 people. Furthermore, capacities for people performing computer searches and watching movies will be determined on the basis of the need for social distancing. Similarly, the library and study hall will be limited to serving up to 350 people at a time.

3.     Study halls:

a.        As of 15 June 2020, the study hall located next to the library of our University will be open between 10:00 and 16:00.

b.        In study areas, restrictions will be imposed on the number of users, and special seating arrangement rules will be applied to ensure social distancing. Wearing a mask will be mandatory.

c.        The study halls in other areas of our University will be closed.

4.     Student dormitories:

a.     Due to force majeure, student dormitories are currently not available for use except for a limited number of students residing there; students who do not reside in the dormitories are not allowed to enter them. However, as previously announced, by getting permission and making an appointment, students will be able to retrieve their belongings from dormitory rooms.

b.     Students who have left their belongings in the dormitories are required to make an appointment with their dormitory supervisors and empty their dormitory rooms by 20 July 2020. Students who come to take their belongings should do so within the specified times allocated to them and leave the dorms afterwards.

c.     Students who are currently living in student dormitories must leave their dormitories by 20 July 2020 at the latest.

5.     Sports Facilities:

a.     As of June 15, 2020, only the outdoor part of the Uçaksavar Sports Complex will be open to use between 09:00 and 17:00.

b.     Other sports areas and pools in our University will remain closed for a while.

6.     Dining halls and canteens:

a.     Those dining halls that currently serve food will continue to serve all students who visit the campus.

b.     A limited number of students and staff will be allowed into the dining halls, and rules concerning masks and physical distancing will be applied.

c.     In those canteens that will be open, seating areas will be closed. Customers will only be able to purchase products and will not be allowed to sit and eat in closed areas.

d.     In the customer service areas of the canteens that will be open, everyone will be required to use masks and maintain physical distancing while ordering and during payment.

7.     Incubation Center:

a.     As of June 15, 2020, the Incubation Centre located in the South Campus will be open from 10:00 to 16:00.

b.     It is mandatory to wear a mask and follow physical distancing rules in the Incubation Centre.

8.     Places of worship:

a.     Starting 15 June 2020, the places of worship on our campuses will be open from 10:00 to 16:00.

b.     Individuals are allowed to enter places of worship provided that they use masks and follow social distancing rules strictly.  It is essential that these places are only used for the purpose of individual worship.  

9.     Activities:

a.     Until further notice, it will not be possible to organize sports and social activities that require classroom/room/indoor use.

b.     It is not yet possible for student clubs to organize activities on campus and use club rooms.

We wish you good health!

The Boğaziçi University Rectorate

9 May 2020

Dear Students,

Following our earlier announcement regarding the Senate’s decision of 6 May, 2020 concerning the latest changes in the Academic Calendar, we would like to share with you the following additional notes in response to the questions and comments you raised.

As you know, at the cabinet meeting of 4 May 2020, it was decided that Turkish universities would be able to resume their academic calendars as of 15 June 2020; in a statement made by the Council of Higher Education on 5 May 2020, it was further clarified that this would only apply “if the relevant state institutions officially announced that the Covid-19 pandemic was under control and there was a definite decline in new infections during the 14-day period starting from 1 June 2020”. The Council of Higher Education also stated that, as of 15 June 2020, spring semester courses that cannot be conducted via distance education due to their applied components can be offered gradually on campus provided that the number of students is reasonable and that all protective measures are in place.

Following these decisions by the governmental bodies, the Academic Calendar was replanned at the Senate’s meeting on 6 May 2020, and some adjustments were made to the previous schedule.

In the light of the recent announcements by the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) and the date YÖK specified for assessment of control of the pandemic (see (1) above), the dates previously assigned in the calendar for “Laboratory and Applied Courses Period” have been changed from 1-11 June to 15-25 June. This decision as to which laboratory and applied courses will require students’ on-campus attendance during these dates will be taken by instructors and academic units and then be announced to you.

Regardless of whether courses have been conducted partially or completely through distance education, final exams can be held either online through a method determined by the instructor or, if necessary, on campus. The dates for the final exams in language and culture courses (including HUM courses) have been scheduled between 26 June and 13 July. For all other courses, the final exam period is between 30 June and 13 July.  If the evaluation of these courses will be done remotely, the relevant faculty members will make the necessary notification and the Registrar’s Office will announce the dates of the exams. 

Another change made at the Senate meeting on 6 May 2020 is that the last day of classes was moved from 29 May to 12 June. This change does not mean that all courses have to continue until 12 June. This two-week period can be considered an additional compensation period that the instructors, who are having problems completing the curriculum, might want to use.

The exam period, the beginning of Summer School and the dates of other academic activities have also been changed and moved forward 2 weeks within the framework we have tried to explain above. Accordingly, the deadline to submit the final grades is now 24 July 2020 and the decisions on graduation will be taken after this date.

The application dates for double major and minor programs have been rearranged according to the new calendar and will be reflected in the academic calendar as soon as possible.

There is a consensus that the 2020 Summer School will be conducted exclusively via distance education tools unless there is a positive change in the Covid-19 pandemic related conditions. The question of which courses will be online is being discussed in the relevant boards. When the issue becomes settled, information will be shared with you.

The issue of internships will be settled after receiving the opinions of the relevant departments and faculties / schools that have internship requirements for graduation.

The students who normally stay in the dormitories and who are required to attend the lab and other applied courses and/or take final exams on campus will be allowed to return to their dorms only “if  the relevant state institutions officially announce that the Covid-19 pandemic is under control and there is a definite decline in new infections during the 14-day period starting from 1 June 2020”. The possibility of returning to the dorms will only be available for the above-mentioned group of students for the dates to be announced next week.

Prof. Dr. Naz Zeynep Atay Gök
Vice Rector

7 May 2020

To the Attention of our Students
The letter-graded undergraduate courses that have been designated as Pass/Fail courses for the Spring 2020 semester in accordance with the decisions taken at the University Senate's meetings on April 3, 2020 (meeting no: 2020/7) and on April 15, 2020 (meeting no: 2020/9), were discussed in reference to the Articles 9 (3) and 23 (3) of the Regulation on Transfer to Boğaziçi University Undergraduate Programs in line with the decisions taken at the meeting of the Committee on Academic Rules on April 30, 2020 (meeting no 2020/10).
It was decided, by majority vote that, the courses that were graded as “Pass” in the Spring 2020 semester would not be transferred into the new program of undergraduate students who apply to change programs within the University (internal transfer) and those who are admitted to the University on the basis of their Central Placement Exam Score. (Senate decision May 6, 2020)
Prof. N.Z. Atay Gök

7 May 2020

Dear Students,
Following the official statements from the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey and from the Higher Education Council that universities can go back to their academic calendars after June 15, 2020, University Senate met on May 6, 2020 and u‌pdated the academic calendar June onwards. You will be notified as issues regarding the dormitories, final exams, summer term courses, etc. as they are clarified in due time. 

Prof. Dr. Naz Zeynep Atay Gök
Vice Rector

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 Students,

There are two new buttons added to your BUIS menu:
May 4-11, 2020 (Monday 10:00 – Monday 23:59)
You will see the list of courses for which P/F grades will be given only during the 2020 Spring (COVID-19) Term. You can request a letter grade in any of these courses.
ATTENTION: When you make a request for a letter grade, you can only cancel your request while you are still on the page. Once you leave the page or reload, you will not be able to cancel your request. Please be sure before you click on LETTER GRADE REQUEST.
Remember that according to the University Senate decision, those who make a request can be awarded a letter grade based on additional assessment to be determined by the instructor.

May 4-29, 2020 (Monday 10:00 – Friday 23:59)
You will see the list of courses you are attending this term. You can DROP any course(s) you wish. However, once your advisor CONFIRMS your new program, you will not be able to cancel your request. 
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

8 April 2020

Drafted by Adil Sarıbay, 2020-04-04; some additions by Yasemin Sohtorik

Preface:  Please feel free to use this guide and share it, at your own risk.  A similar, shorter one is available in Turkish via BÜREM:

The ongoing crisis has made our lives more difficult in various ways.  The following are some tips for reducing the burden on our psychological well-being.  They will not stop the crisis or remove any pain, anxiety or other difficulties it brings.  However, they are simple and well-known to work for managing these kinds of situations better.  However little you can do of these, it should prove better than not doing any of them at all.  Don’t miss the footnotes for some helpful links.

Recalibrate your expectations

These are exceptional times and most of us will not be able to continue our regular pursuits and activities.  It may help to intentionally calibrate your expectations for what you can and cannot do during this period. 

Do not expect to be productive

Times like these are extra hard on our cognitive resources.  People may have sleep and concentration problems, experience intrusive thoughts or emotions.  Try not to place any extra burden on yourself or others in terms of being productive.  Turn a blind eye to “internet advice” in the form of “stop sitting around and do something.”  It is completely fine to simply sit around much more than usual.  If someone like an instructor or employer is placing pressure on you to go about business as usual, gently remind them that this will not be possible and that they also should be more self-compassionate.  Giving up everything is also not an option, but we should expect difficulties and slower pace in continuing our regular activities.

Nobody knows what the coming weeks will look like but it may be wise to expect yourself to have much more difficulty finishing tasks than before.  For instance, if you are a student, we recommend you to reduce your course load by a bit more than you think you should, especially if you have experienced psychological difficulties in the past.  If things go well, it’s easy to compensate for the lost time after the crisis.  There is no harm in having a light semester but a heavy one could put you at further risk of developing mental health problems.

If you find too much unstructured time in your hands, it may be overwhelming not knowing what to do with it.  But as Dan Falk recently wrote, use that time to “look after yourself, and those around you. You don’t have to learn a new language, master a musical instrument, write a screenplay or discover the Theory of Everything. Just getting through what lies ahead is enough.”[1]  If you can establish a small routine and get a bit of work done or continue to progress in a few courses (even just one), that’s great.  But approach the situation gently and put your health first.  Take it one step at a time and adjust your routine to the developments around and inside you (i.e., how you feel).

Pay attention to the changing needs in relationships

Whether you are in the same household or just continuing to keep in contact online, your relationships will require recalibration.  Check with yourself to make sure that you are not having unrealistic expectations from relationship partners.  For instance, this is not a time when they can continue to provide stimulation and excitement.  Instead, most relationships will begin to emphasize functions like soothing the other person when they are anxious, helping each other take care of more vulnerable people (like elderly in the family, children in the household), sharing household chores, and so on.  If the other person continues to hold you to the same standards and expectations as before the crisis, gently remind them that some or all of those will not be possible to meet during this time.

Expect conflict beyond the normal.  You can prepare for this by formulating an intention in the form of “If conflict erupts, I will remind my [parent, friend, etc.] that we should be extra forgiving and gentle.”[2]  This is not a good time to resolve chronic relationship issues.  It may give you extra time to think about them and to have deep conversations, but do not take those options unless you feel extra comfortable with the other person and judge them to be adjusting well to the current crisis.  

Remind yourself that different people have different coping strategies with stressful events. So expect others to have different reactions and courses of recovery. For example, others may feel overprotective and overly worried about your safety. It is important to understand and tolerate differences. Because you differ in how you handle stress, you should not pull you away from family members, friends, and significant others.

Do not hold yourself to unrealistic standards

During this time, it’s okay and even necessary for your topmost priority to be protecting your own health.  If you can manage that, the next best thing would be to protect the health of others via self-quarantine.  No single person (save certain bureaucrats) has the power to drastically alter the course of the crisis but it can be done by collective effort.  This collective effort doesn’t require you to do anything heroic.  Give support to people around you if you can do so safely.  Do not expect anything more of yourself or others. This is not the best time to make drastic changes in your life-style, relationships, and future plans. Avoid making significant decisions and taking unnecessary risks in this stressful period.

Accept Your Feelings

Under stress, particularly when our lives are disrupted, we may feel scared and angry. These are common reactions and will return to normal over time. You may also feel vulnerable and helpless.  It is important to reach out to loved ones (e.g., family and friends) during these times, and seek their support.  Remind yourself that these feelings are expected and common, and you are not going “crazy.”  Talking about your feelings may reduce their intensity.  Even the simple act of labeling a feeling (“I am anxious”) is known to reduce its activation.  Try to accept your feelings and share them with trusted others.

Move around

Exercise is one of the best ways to cope with stress.  However, modern forms of work and entertainment typically entail sitting for long hours, which is dangerous for physical health.  We strongly recommend moving around to compensate for this.  Exercise also improves sleep and these times are particularly tough on our sleep quality and duration. 

You may need to be creative and discover new ways to exercise around the house.  If space allows or if there is a safe outdoors confinement, the best option is to walk briskly and get exposure to daylight.  If space does not allow walking, stretching and yoga are good options.  Video guides for those can be easily found on the internet[3].  The 7-minute workout[4] can be a good way to get some cardio exercise and help blood circulation.

If none of these are possible due to lack of space or physical ailment[5], some simple exercises can be done even without leaving one’s chair[6].

This is not a time to pursue goals such as losing weight or getting fit.  We recommend that you focus on a form of exercise that is safe for you physically and makes you feel good afterwards. Doing it even a little bit will help to manage stress and to maintain a healthy body.


Another well-established way to control stress is to breathe deeply.  There are many well-known breathing exercises[7].  Just keep in mind that you do not have to do anything complicated.  Doing a simple exercise for longer durations and doing it frequently and regularly matters more.  It’s also important to be comfortable during the exercise and to not push too hard (i.e., do not breathe too deeply and unnaturally; too much oxygen may trigger panic).

For these exercises to alleviate stress, try to do them for long periods of time rather than just a few moments.  Put your phone away, get in comfortable clothes and find a comfortable place where you won’t be interrupted (as much as possible--some of us lack that kind of space right now; do what you can).

During this time, we do not recommend starting more serious forms of discipline involving breathing.  Specifically, we do not recommend meditation.  Meditation is known to have benefits for mental and physical health but it also brings serious risks.  If you are experienced in a certain discipline, however, we recommend that you continue practicing as long as it engenders feelings of calm and well-being.  Stick with what has proven to work for you in the past and approach novel methods with caution, moving forward in small steps.

Get in “Flow”

Coping with boredom can be just as difficult as coping with anxiety.  Being in a state called “flow” may buffer the negative psychological effects of long-term quarantine.  Flow happens when you are challenged just enough--not too little (which is boring) and not too heavily (which is demotivating)--by a task such that you engage fully with it and lose sense of time.  Even though the evidence on how flow helps people cope with difficult circumstances is not so well-established, flow-inducing activities can help you feel like time is passing more quickly and cope with impatience and boredom during this crisis.  A common example of a flow-inducing activity is physical workout.  If you can manage to continue exercising safely, it’s a good idea both for its flow-inducing potential and for other health reasons.  However, flow can be induced by any task.  Certain repetitive tasks such as knitting may induce flow for some.  For others, it could be crafts and arts (drawing, music).  Modern video games are actually designed to adjust the challenge level to your skills and thereby keep you in a flow state.  Thus, it could be a good idea to play video games, especially if they also afford positive socializing (e.g., playing with family members).  But don’t overdo it; protect your eye health and blood circulation. 

Stay in Touch

The current physical isolation we are going through is different than choosing to be alone under regular circumstances.  The situation has been unfortunately framed as “social distancing.”  However, many people have access to tools that allow them to continue their relationships in some form.  Using these tools to keep in touch with loved ones will help you cope with stress and regulate your emotions.  On the other hand, a chronic state of feeling lonely is associated with many poor health outcomes mentally and physically.  Thus, take action to avoid sinking into such a state.  The elderly are particularly vulnerable in terms of social isolation.  Thus, if you can, try to help your loved ones by frequently calling them.

As stated before, it’s better to avoid conflict, especially on topics that are not relevant to surviving through the current crisis.  A better option is to think of a cherished memory before you call someone and mention it to them; and to focus on your common identity, shared values, and dreams and hopes for the post-crisis period. 

Go Slower

Some of us don’t do well with too much stimulation.  Overstimulation may bring about a higher level of stress and cause feeling overwhelmed by the tasks you need to accomplish.  Make sure to bring in a few slower activities into your day.  However little, it will help.  These are activities that have a clearer beginning and end and they feel more meaningful as they stand on their own; giving you a feeling of completion and satisfaction.  Watching a movie is a slower form of activity than browsing the timeline on twitter or facebook.  Other options are reading a book, engaging in crafts (e.g., drawing for an hour), trying to teach your pet a trick, organizing your drawer, and so on. Preparing a healthy meal is another slower activity that would also contribute to your overall health.  When you have tasks you need to accomplish during the day, try to prioritize them and break them down into small steps to make them more manageable.   

Limit Media Exposure

The news (and people’s responses to news) are piling up very fast on our social media timelines and catching up feels impossible.  Worse, some news are fake and it’s hard to tell them apart.  As we need to stay indoors, most of the news you are exposed to are also practically useless--there’s nothing you can do in response other than feel bad.  You really only need to receive an update from a trusted source once a day.  Instead of limitless media exposure, it’s better to tune in to your trusted source at a chosen time of each day and move one to something else after you are done getting an update.       

Watching news may induce intense distress. It is important to reduce and limit the time spent reading/watching news related to Covid-19. Avoid constant exposure to negative aspects of the news. Try to do things to take your mind off the news, like activities suggested in the other parts of this guide.  It is more important to stay in connection with others, calm the mind, and comfort the body. 

Sleep well

Taking a nap is another option for a slow and restorative activity.  Indeed, protecting your sleep is of utmost importance for your mental and physical health.  Expect interruptions.  Many people will report having difficulty falling asleep and waking up frequently.  When people feel on the edge and anxious about the changes taking place in their lives, they experience more difficulty sleeping, and may have nightmares. However, keeping a bit of sleep hygiene may be possible to reduce these negative effects of the crisis on sleep.  The most important element of sleep hygiene is regular hours for waking up and going to bed.  If you have a strong need to sleep before your scheduled bedtime, take a nap in the middle of the day.  This is better than sleeping in and missing your wake-up time.  Naps in the middle of the day are less disruptive to your biological clock. Try to go to sleep at the same time every day, avoid consuming caffeinated beverages in the evening, relax before bedtime, and reduce alcohol consumption[8].  When you can’t fall asleep, do not spend more than about 20 minutes lying awake in bed.  Sleep is elusive but your chances of getting a good night’s sleep are higher if you stick to these suggestions.


Try to do/remind yourself these as much as you can:

- Go easy on yourself and others--calibrate your expectations about everything

- Move around--it’s possible even in small spaces and exercise reduces stress

- Breathe to reduce stress--it’s a simple and effective tool available to you always on demand

- Engage in activities that make you lose track of time (flow)

- Stay connected to family and friends--connectedness helps you cope with tough times

- Choose slower activities--avoid being overstimulated by social media

- Sleep well--try to keep regular sleeping hours and take naps in the middle of the day if needed

Remember that these activities support each other.  For instance, if you can limit exposure to stressful news, your sleep quality may increase.  Having had enough sleep, you may find more willpower to exercise during that day.  This in turn helps your sleep.  And so on, and you will feel a noticeable difference in how you handle stress as a result.  Small choices and tiny actions matter in the long run.  

Seek Help

The current crisis will be tough on many individuals.  There is and will be chronic stress and uncertainty and this will test our patience and strength.  There is absolutely no shame in needing and seeking help.  Opportunities to receive help may not be as before but you should warn us if you are having serious trouble coping with the current situation.  If you understand that someone you know in our community needs help, please warn us also.  Informing your department chair, advisor, and course instructor about your situation is wise.

For emergencies, BÜREM indicates that Psychiatrist Görkem Yılmaz can be contacted by email and that it’s possible to book an online meeting. 

Best of luck to everyone for getting through this crisis. 

[2] Such if-then formulations, called “implementation intentions,” are known to be automatically activated in contexts defined by the “if” part, even after a single repetition.  Use this general idea to remind yourself of the other adjustments you need to make to your habits. 

[3] If you want to save on your mobile data plan, you can use the app Youtube Go (this is a different app than the regular Youtube app) by Google to download a low quality version of such exercise videos to your phone.  This way, you can play them whenever you want to exercise without wasting your internet quota. 

[5] For instance, some moves in the 7-minute workout can be hard on the knees.  You could easily find similar exercises that are designed to be easier on the knees (or whichever part of the body you wish to not strain).  Here’s a short cardio exercise that is easy on the knees:

[7]   On the second page of this weblink, you will see a simple guide for progressive muscle relaxation, which is another method known to alleviate stress.

[8] Alcohol only induces drowsiness, sometimes making it easier to fall asleep in the short run.  However, your sleep is much more likely to be shorter and of lower quality if you consume alcohol during the day.  Relying on alcohol to solve sleep-related issues is a bad choice. 

8 April 2020

Dear Students,
Leave of Absence (NOT be counted toward their maximum period of study) applications, course d‌rop processes and applications for grade system change will all be carried out using a new system in BUIS/ÖBİKAS the announced dates. You do NOT have to do anything (like handing in your petitions) until those periods. Please wait for our announcements. 

Prof. Dr. Naz Zeynep Atay Gök
Rektör Yardımcısı

Vice Rector

6 April 2020

Dear Students, 
You can use the GPA Calculator on your BUIS page ( to enter a grade (letter grade or Pass) to any of the courses on your list and calculate your grade point average for the semester. You can even remove course(s) using the Remove button. You can go back to the original page by clicking Reset, and do as many simulations as possible. 
This way you will be able to see the effects of Pass grades as well as the letter grades on your grade point average.

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 Students,

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 courses that are currently letter-grade courses.

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

-Only for undergraduate courses, it may be possible to change 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.

A second announcement as to how the Senate and University Executive Board decisions will be implemented will be shared with you soon.

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


Prof. N. Zeynep Atay Gök

Vice Rector


-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)

-2019-2020 Academic Year-the 1st 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 which students received an F grade:  22-27 July 2020 (Wednesday – Monday)

-2019-2020 Academic Year-the 2nd 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 change a letter grade to pass/fail in courses that have been designated as letter-grade courses: 22-27 July 2020 (Wednesday – Monday) [(Except for those who requested letter grades between 4-11 May 2020)]

3 April 2020

Dear Students,
You can reach the Distance Education web site of our University from the following link:
Prof. N.Z. Atay Gök
Vice Rector

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 or from within the BUIS platform at  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 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 “”. 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 ( 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 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, 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.

27 March 2020

You need to use your BOUN e-mail addresses to access Moodle. If you do not remember your BOUN e-mail address or password, follow the instructions here.

20 March 2020

Dear Students,

This is an update on the recent developments regarding the education activities that have been suspended until 6 April 2020 Monday due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can access all recent announcements at:

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. Previously announced 7/24 service will not be provided until further notice.

Due to the uncertainty of the events regarding the pandemic, the University is planning to resume its Spring Term courses on 6 April 2020 Monday via distance (online) education.

The basic planning for the transition to distance education involves the following:

1-) Distance education activities at our university will essentially be carried out through Moodle, Learning Management System (LMS), which we are currently using.

2-) In order to access Moodle, all our students must use their e-mail addresses with BOUN extension. Students who have not experienced Moodle before can access the system from BUIS website using their BOUN e-mail addresses.

3-) Zoom and Panopto will also be used as modules integrated with Moodle for live streams and recorded lectures. University has the needed licenses. Neither the students nor the lecturers need to buy any software.

4-) Classes will resume on April 6th, 2020. However, online training workshops will be organized for all our instructors and research assistants during the week of 23 March 2020. During these workshops, the instructors may ask their students to be part of their courses on Moodle for practice purposes. Please follow the messages sent to you carefully and contribute to the transition process.

5-) Changes in the course schedules and in the academic calendar will be announced following the Senate meeting that will be held during the week of 23 March 2020.

6-) A new announcement will be made in due time regarding the laboratories, internships and applied courses, which cannot be carried out via distance education.

We will keep you updated regarding the future developments. We thank you all for your patience and cooperation in this difficult time and wish you all healthy days ahead.

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

13 March 2020

Dear students,

The government announced yesterday that all universities in Turkey will be closed for three weeks starting March 16 (Monday) 2020. Bogazici University will resume its courses on April 6 (Monday) 2020.

Should you decide to return to your home country, you will need to talk to each of your course instructors to learn if they will allow you to complete your coursework from abroad. Please note that the sole person to give this permission is the instructor.

When communicating with instructors via email, please be sure to add (cc) the following people to the email so that everyone can follow what is happening.

  1. Your academic advisor
  2. Ece Günay, Director of the International Office
  3. Hande Tekin, Advisor for Incoming Exchange, Erasmus, and Special students
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Those of you who will stay at Bogazici University, please consider the following issues during the period March 16 (Monday) – April 5 (Sunday) 2020:

  • The dormitories will be open
  • Food halls, except for Hisar Campus will be serving food
  • The library will remain open between 8:30- 17:00 until April 6th 2020. 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.
  • All sports halls, except for the Uçaksavar Sports Field will be closed.
  • Medical Center (Infirmary) will remain open
  • Instructors should be contacted for ongoing laboratory work
  • The shuttle bus will be active between 16 – 20 March 2020, but not between 23 March – 3 April 2020 only for Kandilli, Sarıtepe campuses and for disabled students/staff till May 30th.
  • All laboratories associated with the Computer Center will be open between 8:30- 17:00
  • All places of worship will be available between 8:30-17:00

Please note that students who travel abroad during this break will not be allowed to come back into the dorms until they have quarantined themselves for 15 days in another place.

Emergency Contact Information

Familiarize yourself with local emergency numbers and emergency assistance provided by your insurer. The emergency number at Boğazici University, available 24/7, is +90-212-359 1100/ +90 (0212) 911 60 60 if you need assistance.

Please inform and update your families/guardians and significant people about your whereabouts and remain contactable. If your emergency contact information has changed since you provided it to our office at the beginning of the semester, please let us know.

The Office of International Relations will remain open during the break.

Distribution of Residence Permit Cards will continue as before. As soon as Nilüfer Kırıcı has received your card, she will contact you via email to let you know, and you can come to the office to pick it up.

Ece Günay, Office Director;

Hande Tekin, Advisor to Incoming Exchange, Erasmus, and Special Students;

Nilüfer Kırıcı, Advisor to Degree-seeking Students

13 March 2020

Dear Erasmus and Exchange Students,

We would like to share with you the decisions made by the University Administration on 13.03.2020 regarding COVID-19

1.  Erasmus/Exchange students who would like to return to Turkey because of Coronavirus can complete their programs by following their lectures online if their universities are currently offering online education.

2. Exchange/Erasmus students who have not gone abroad yet and are attending their classes online in Turkey may fill out the form (which can be found in the ‘Announcements’ section on the website of the Office of International Relations) with their department advisors and send it to Dean’s Office/Schools/Graduate Enstitutes until Friday, 20th of March, in case they change their minds and decide to register at Boğaziçi University for the semester. The students must send a copy of this form to the Office of International Relations as well. These students may attend classes starting from 6th of April.

3. In case their current university is not providing online education or they decide to return to Turkey for any other reason, students may fill out the form (which can be found in the ‘Announcements’ section on the website of the Office of International Relations) with their department advisors and send it to Dean’s Office/Schools/Graduate Enstitutes until 20th of March. The students must send a copy of this form to the Office of International Relations as well. The students may attend classes starting from 6th of April after being quarantined for 14 days after their arrival. For students to explain their trip and, if necessary, for their return to the university, we might ask for a medical report and a 14-day-long recovery at home.

4. In case their current university is not providing online education and the student does not want to register to any courses in this semester at BU, he/she may ask for permisson to have a leave of absence not to be counted in their study period. 

About the grant for Erasmus+ Student Mobility Programme

The Erasmus students who receive a grant and are planning to return to Turkey should check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) published by Turkish National Agency and submit a petition to our Office. The petitions will be evaluated regarding the budget of the Project.

12 March 2020

Dear Students,

This is an update on the previous announcement:

It has been announced today that all universities in Turkey will be closed for 3 weeks starting March 16 (Monday) 2020. Bogazici University will resume its courses on April 6 (Monday) 2020.

During the period March 16 (Monday) – April 5 (Sunday) 2020:

  • We strongly recommend our students who stay in the dormitories that they go home. The dormitories will be open for those who are unable to leave.
  • Based on University Executive Board decisio, students who will not stay at the dorms during the interim break will not pay for the duration they do not stay .
  • Food halls, except for Hisar Campus, will be serving food.
  • The library will remain open between 8:30-17:00 until April 6th 2020. 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. Book returns has been extended till further notice. No late fees will be charged.
  • All sports halls, except for the Uçaksavar Sports Field,  will be closed.
  • Medical Centre (Infirmary) will remain open.
  • Instructors should be contacted for ongoing laboratory work.
  • Shuttle bus will be active between 16-20 March 2020, but not between 23 March-3 April 2020. only for Sarıtepe and Kandilli campuses, and also for disabled students/staff till May 30th.
  • All laboratories associated with the Computer Centre will be open between 8:30-17:00.
  • Places of worship in Kuzey and Guney Campuses will be open between 6:00-21:00. Hours remain unchanged for the others.



10 March 2020

Dear Students,

Below you will find our updates following the announcements made by the Higher Education Council (YÖK) and other authorities:

  • All educational activities, exchange programs, previously planned social and sports activities, as well as sports competitions, cultural trips and travels, etc., and international travels have been cancelled until further notice (Previously announced date of 30th April 2020 as the last day of suspension of activities will be revised according to developments).

  • All undergraduate internships and applied studies, as well as graduate studies have been suspended until 6th April 2020.
  • Students (with Turkish or international citizenship) travelling abroad will not be able to continue their studies, and remain at home for 14 days after they return to Turkey.
  • Students in the scope of the Erasmus/Exchange programs who wish to return to the University and register for the 2020 Spring Term should fill out the form obtained from the Office of International Relations (OIR) web page until Friday, 20th March 2020. More detailed information will be sent by the IAO on the subject. Those who are returning to Turkey must plan their journeys so that they can stay at home during their 14-day isolation period prior to attending courses on 6th April 2020.
  • Students coming from abroad and wishing to stay in the dormitories upon their return should spend their 14-day isolation period at home and present a health certificate at the dormitory.
  • Previously planned thesis defenses can be carried out on the planned date, upon the consent of the student and the jury members.