Kilis 7 Aralık University

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Kilis 7 Aralık University
Kilis 7 Aralık Üniversitesi
Logo of Kilis 7 Aralık University
Motto "For a Bright Future, Kilis 7 Aralık University" "Aydınlık Yarınlar İçin, Kilis 7 Aralık Üniversitesi"
Type Public
Established 2007
Rector Prof. Dr. Mustafa Doğan KARACOŞKUN
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 9000
Address Mehmet Sanlı Mah. Doğan Güreş Paşa Bul. No:134 KİLİS / TURKEY, Kilis, Turkey
Campus Urban
Colors Turquoise and blue         
Nickname KIYU
Affiliations Erasmus+ Programme, The Magna Charta, Higher Education Council, TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey)
Website Official website

Kilis 7 Aralık University (Turkish: Kilis 7 Aralık Üniversitesi) is located in the southeastern city of Kilis, Turkey. The name of the university comes from the date when the city of Kilis was liberated from occupation during the Turkish War of Independence – December 7, 1921 (Turkish: 7 Aralık 1921). Coordinates: 36°42′57″N 37°06′54″E / 36.71583°N 37.11500°E / 36.71583; 37.11500


University Main Gate

Kilis 7 Aralık University was founded on May 29, 2007 by the 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.

The University serves more than 8000 undergraduate and graduate students from all around the world in six faculties, two vocational schools, and three institutes with 250 teaching staff in Karatas and Main Campus.

Kilis 7 Aralık University has had the Erasmus University Charter since 2009. Accordingly, the ECTS was implemented for all faculties. The university's strategy focuses on extending and improving of cooperation with foreign partners. The University recognizes a continued close involvement in LLP as essential to underpin and further develop its European strategy in a dynamic way. The introduction of ECTS in undergraduate programs has facilitated accreditation and the goals under curriculum development have been achieved. The University now plans to consolidate its existing exchange programs, and to ensure that they meet the Quality Assurance Agency's guidelines on placements. The University actively encourages its students to participate in EU students exchange programs and tries to remove barriers.

Because Kilis 7 Aralık University participates in Bologna process, the students get a diploma and diploma supplement (DS) that are valid throughout the world.

Basic facts[edit]

Students at Kilis 7 Aralık University Square
  • Both city and campus university
  • Continuous scholarship opportunities
  • Broad course options
  • Staff who have enough academic and industrial experience
  • Student mobility programs (Erasmus+, Mevlana (RUMI), and Farabi)
  • Dormitories and accommodation facilities
  • Social life and sports facilities

Education research and practice centers[edit]

Folk Music Concert by Students at Kilis 7 Aralık University
  • Continuing Education Center (KÜSEM)
  • Distance Education Center (KUZEM)
  • Agricultural Research and Application Center (TUAM)
  • Language Teaching Application and Research Center (DÖMER)
  • Research Center for Middle Eastern Studies
  • Application and Research Center for Computer Science

Social facilities[edit]

Basketball Match at Kilis 7 Aralık University
  • 2 Basketball Courts
  • Tennis Court
  • 2 Football Fields
  • Outdoor Sports Park
  • Fitness Saloon
  • Conference Halls
  • Cinema Hall
  • Theatre Hall
  • Kilis House
  • Music Room
  • Ebru (Turkish Water Painting, also known as Paper Marbling) Art Room
  • Exhibition Hall
  • Semi-Olympic Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Sports Facility

Student clubs[edit]

Pecic tournament, a traditional/local game, at Kilis 7 Aralık University
  • Community Volunteers Club
  • Culture, Arts and Literature Club
  • Travel and Organizing Club
  • Youth and the Red Crescent Club
  • Photography Club
  • Student Assistance and Solidarity Club
  • Career Club
    Kilis 7 Aralık University Nevruz Festival
  • Attraction Club
  • Turkish Culture Club
  • Health Club
  • Fit Youth Club
  • Textile Club
  • Scientific and Technical Club
  • Aviation Club
  • Music Club

Programs and departments[edit]

Programs in faculties and schools:

Muallim Rıfat Faculty of Education[edit]

University Square

Faculty of Arts and Sciences[edit]

Arts and Sciences Faculty Building
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Philosophy
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • History
  • Turkish Language and Literature

Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences[edit]

  • Economics
  • Business Administration
  • Political Science and Public Administration
  • International Trade and Logistics

Faculty of Engineering and Architecture[edit]

  • Civil Engineering
    Kilis 7 Aralık University Graduation Party
  • Food Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Faculty of Theology[edit]

  • Theology

Faculty of Agriculture[edit]

  • Horticulture

Yusuf Şerefoğlu School of Health[edit]

  • Nursing

College of Physical Education and Sports (BESYO)[edit]

University Square

Vocational School of Health[edit]

  • Paramedics
  • Medical Documentation and Secretary
  • Care of the Elderly
  • Opticianry
  • Child Development/Care
  • Physiotherapy

Kilis Vocational School[edit]

  • Gardening
  • Cookery
  • Computer Programming
  • Foreign Trade
  • Electricity
  • Gas and Installation Technology
  • Construction Technology
  • Business Management
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Machine Design
  • Accounting and Taxation Applications
  • Landscape and Ornamental Plants
  • Textile Technology
  • Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
  • Tourism and Hotel Management
  • Construction Inspector Training

Institute of Science (Graduate School of Science)[edit]

  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Science Education

Institute of Social Sciences (Graduate School of Social Sciences)[edit]

Masters Program

  • Elementary School Religious Culture and Moral Knowledge Education
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • History
  • Economics
  • Business Administration

Doctoral Program

  • Business Administration

Institute of Health Sciences (Graduate School of Health Sciences)[edit]

Courses in English and Turkish[edit]

Available courses in English and Turkish can be accessed at


Grading system[edit]


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

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.).

The Ph.D. 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[edit]

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS System) is used.

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[edit]

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.


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

  • 40,000 books in open shelf system and various periodicals
  • Database for research
  • Book reading system for visually impaired people
  • YORDAM Automation System for resource scan and access
  • KITS: Inter-library book loan system
  • Lounge with daily newspapers

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

Information technologies[edit]

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[edit]

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.


A 100-student dormitory for international students is available in Karatas campus. There are also private student dorms around the campus that provide affordable accommodation to students. Application form can be accessed at

Kilis 7 Aralık University Guest House
Kilis 7 Aralık University Guest House
Kilis 7 Aralık University Guest House

Disability support[edit]

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: Disability and the Year Abroad: (

Food and drink[edit]

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.


There are intercity coaches in Kilis and Gaziantep to travel to any city in Turkey. Kilis bus station is in the city center and easily accessible by the students.

When traveling by coach/bus, the Özgür Dolmuş (Midi Bus) at Gaziantep Otogar (Central Station for coaches) is taken to go to Kilis. It costs 7 TL (€2).

The distance from Kilis 7 Aralık University to the nearest airport (Gaziantep) is 40 km.

Local public transportation consists of midi buses (Dolmus) operating from 6.00 am to 23.00 pm. The price of a ticket (bilet) is 1.25 TL for students (€0.40). Taxis you take in town are equipped with a meter. One kilometer by a taxi costs around 1.50 TL (€0.45).

Estimates of Living Expenses in Kilis[edit]

University-Owned Dorm Private Apartment 1+1/1+2
Rent €60-80 €150-300
Gas/Electricity/Water Included in Rent €40-75
Internet Included in Rent €10-30
Food €75-150 €75-150
Mobile Communication €10-30 €10-30
Transportation €10-20 €10-20
Entertainment €25-50 €25-50
Total per Month €180-330 €320-655

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

Guide for International Students[edit]

(K7AU Info Pack for International Students PDF)


The university is a member of the Caucasus University Association.[1]


  1. ^ Tüm Uyeler.
  8. Trip Advisor
  9. Kilis
  10. Population of Kilis
  11. All About Kilis
  12. Statistics about Kilis
  13. Southeastern Anatolia Project

External links[edit]

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