Kilis 7 Aralık University, at a Glance!

Kilis 7 Aralık University (Turkish: Kilis 7 Aralık Üniversitesi) is located in southeastern city of Kilis, Turkey. The name of the university comes from the date, when the city, Kilis was liberated from occupation (December 7, 1921- Turkish: 7 Aralık 1921).

Kilis 7 Aralık University was founded in 2007 as a state university in Kilis, Turkey. There are three campuses of the university:

  1. Main Campus: Muallim Rıfat Faculty of Education, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Vocational School, College of Physical Education and Sports.
  2. Karatas Campus: Yusuf Şerefoğlu School of Health and Vocational School of Health
  3. Mercidabık Campus: Faculty of Agriculture.

Associate, Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral education are given by 282 academic staff at Kilis 7 Aralık University and there are currently 8000 native and international students enrolled in our institution.



Kilis is located on the Southeastern border of Turkey and ideal for university students due to its low-cost living conditions. Because Kilis is a “college” town, you will feel at home and establish friendships that never end. You will also experience the hospitality of Turkish culture and be able to taste the delicious food of Southern cuisine.

At Kilis 7 Aralık University, we believe that knowledge, innovation, creativity, and transferable skills are necessary factors for employment and our objective is to equip students with these qualifications and we are committed to providing you with a high quality and internationally focused education in Kilis, where the diversity of people and culture is the central. As a border city, Kilis is located in a position that opens the doors of multicultural atmosphere of Southern Anatolia and Middle East. With its highly qualified and internationally recognized faculty, you will have an education that expands your visions for life and career. Because Kilis 7 Aralık University participates at Bologna process, you will get a diploma and diploma supplement (DS) that are valid throughout the world.


Kilis 7 Aralık University was founded on May 29, 2007 by Turkish government. Muallim Rıfat Education Faculty was founded in 1998 and Yusuf Şerefoğlu School of Health was founded in 1997. They were followed by Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 2003; Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Vocational School of Health, Graduate Schools of Science and Social Sciences in 2007, then Faculty of Engineering and Architecture in 2010, College of Physical Education and Sports (BESYO), and Faculty of Theology in 2012.

Basic Facts

Education Research and Practice Centers

  1. Continuing Education Center (KÜSEM)
  2. Distance Education Center (KUZEM)
  3. Agricultural Research and Application Center (TUAM)
  4. Language Teaching Application and Research Center (DÖMER)
  5. Research Center for Middle Eastern Studies
  6. Application and Research Center for Computer Science

Social Facilities

Student Clubs

Student Clubs at Kilis 7 Aralık University

  1. Community Volunteers Club
  2. Culture, Arts and Literature Club
  3. Travel and Organizing Club
  4. Youth and the Red Crescent Club
  5. Photography Club
  6. Student Assistance and Solidarity Club
  7. Career Club
  8. Attraction Club
  9. Turkish Culture Club
  10. Health Club
  11. Fit Youth Club
  12. Textile Club
  13. Scientific and Technical Club
  14. Aviation Club
  15. Music Club

Courses in English and Turkish

Available courses in English and Turkish can be accessed at http://erasmus.kilis.edu.tr/sayfa/4410/academic-units-&-course-catalog

Grading System

     Associate's Degree

Students who complete 120 ECTS credits and have minimum 2.00 out of 4.00 grade point average (GPA) will have Associate's degree.

     Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.)

Students who complete 240 ECTS credits and have minimum 2.00 out of 4.00 grade point average (GPA) will have Bachelor’s degree (B.A.).

     Ph.D. Degree

The degree is awarded to students who have successfully completed all courses with a GPA of at least 3.00 out of 4.00, and prepared and defended a thesis.

     Grading Scale

ECTS System is used at Kilis 7 Aralık University.

Students who receive any of the grades CC or higher (CC, CB, BB, BA, and AA) are considered satisfactorily completed the course. Students who receive a grade of either DC or DD in one or more courses can only be considered successful if his/her Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is 2.00 or higher at the end of the semester. Student who receives FD or FF are considered unsuccessful. N/A means that the student never attended to courses and failed. Non-credit courses and applications (stage) are evaluated by S (satisfactory) and U (Unsatisfactory). The grades S and U are not considered while calculating CGPA. ECTS, European Credit Transfer System, was created by the European Commission in order to offer standard procedures for academic recognition of studies abroad. A student can obtain 30 ECTS credits for a semester and 60 ECTS credits for an entire academic year.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The Teaching methods used at Kilis 7 Aralık University vary with class size. The early years can be characterized by large groups. Almost all the modules require smaller laboratory size interactive groups. For Erasmus+ students, if there are not enough students registered for the courses, we usually use individual study.

Student Orientation

The volunteers from the student clubs of Kilis 7 Aralık University introduce the incoming Erasmus+ students to various services and systems in Kilis, the local authorities also help them get familiar with the city. As a part of the Orientation Program, the incoming students usually meet their departmental coordinators to discuss their course choices.


The main library includes reading rooms and Internet access center equipped with scanners, copy-machines, and printers. The library offers:

       University Library opening hours: 8:00 am to 20:00 pm.

Information Technologies

The Communication and information Technologies Department provides computer facilities and information technologies for all staff and students. Each department has its own computer lab for students and all classrooms have wireless Internet access, a PC, and projector.

Health Care at Kilis 7 Aralık University

Center for Medico-Social Unit is on the ground floor of Sosyal-Kültürel Merkez building on main campus. In the unit, basic health services are provided for students such as Glucose and Blood pressure measurement. It also provides first aid services for all students at Kilis 7 Aralık University. Complicated issues are directed to Kilis Hospital close the campus.All exchange students should possess current and up to date medical insurance before arrival. International students with a private medical insurance need to confirm that their insurance covers the expenses that may occur during their stay in Turkey. Make sure you have emergency/hospital coverage by getting a health insurance policy valid in Turkey before coming. Kilis 7 Aralık University is not responsible from the students who arrive without a proper Health Insurance.

Disability Support

This unit at the campus supports handicapped students to minimize challenges encountered during their education and campus life and improve the environment around them. The lifts, ramps, toilets, sidewalks, and road at the campus are suitable for disabled students. The book reading system for visually impaired students is available at main library. The ring service is available for students physically disabled.

More info: http://engelsiz.kilis.edu.tr/EN

Disability and the Year Abroad: (http://www.thirdyearabroad.com/advice-and-tips/year-abroad-with-a-disability.html)

Food & Drinks

Student Dining Hall: There is an on-campus dining hall with a capacity of 1000 students at the university. Lunch and dinner, also including traditional Turkish food, are served daily. Kilis House Social Facility: Breakfast and lunch are served in a renovated authentic Kilis House. Cafeterias: Student cafeterias serve hot and cold drinks. They also offer various food options in every faculty.

Estimates of Living Expenses in Kilis

                                  University-Owned Dorm         Private Apart. 1+1/1+2


Gas/Electricity/Water………Included in Rent……………….€40-75

Internet……………………….Included in Rent……………….€10-30


Mobile Communication……€10-30…………………………...€10-30



Total per Month…………….180-330………………………..320-655

           * Based on the data in September 2014  1 = 2,95 TL


A Guide for International Students (PDF)

City Guide for Kilis (PDF)

Erasmus+ Information Booklet (PDF)

Introductory Guide for Incoming International Students (PDF)