Confirmed Courses

Courses offered may change from year to year.

The schedules of the confirmed courses that will be offered in a particular semester are announced on the departmental websites and they are listed in the student information systems (OBS for undergraduate, GSIS for graduate programmes) before the online course registration period, which takes place before the courses start.

In other words, the lists of the confirmed courses are announced just before the courses start. So, students do not know for sure which courses will be offered in their mobility period when they prepare their provisional study plan, that is, their learning agreement.

Therefore, students must contact their departmental coordinator at YTU to ask for guidance for their course selection, before they start to  prepare their learning agreements:


Sample Course Plans

Sample course plans are designed as a supplementary course planning guide.

The sample course plans provided are examples only and do not reflect all of the course planning options available to students. Likewise, all the courses listed on these plans may not be offered in the semester.

The semester based sample course plans can be found on

Students should refer to these plans to fill in their learning agreements.

If you need to make any alterations to the courses you selected on your application, please do not forget to complete during the mobility section of the learning agreement after classes start. More information will be given during the orientation session that will be held before the courses stated and can be found on


Checking the Course Plans / Curriculum

When selecting courses, there are several factors that must be taken into account:

First, choose courses that correspond to the level at which you were accepted at YTU (undergraduate or graduate).

Second, select courses from the department you will be enrolled in YTU and courses that correspond to your level of experience with the subject matter.

Third, make sure the the course is included in the semester plan of the semester (fall or spring) you will make your mobility.


To see the course plans of the departments:

Go to

Check the section "Information on the programmes' and click on your study cycle: bachelor/master/doctorate.

Click on the programme title.

On the opening page, you will see the sample course programme, prepared on a semester basis.

If you will study at YTU in the fall semester, you should choose among the courses listed for the fall semester.

If you will study at YTU in the spring semester, you should choose among the courses listed for the spring semester.

Exchange students may choose courses offered in all years regardless of the year of study at the home university as long as they meet the prerequisites.

There is a bunch of electives in the course plans. Keep in mind the fact that electives may not be offered every year. Try not to include the electives in your learning agreement. You can add the electives after the semester begins and you know for sure which ones will be offered.

To check the elective course lists scroll down curriculum the page.

If you choose any electives, make sure they coresspond to the numbers regarding the semesters stated in the sample plan.



• Prerequisites are courses that must be taken prior to enrolment in a particular course. The prerequisite system is in place to ensure that students have the appropriate knowledge base for a course.

• Prerequisites, if associated with a course, are listed on the course description page on Also, you see a checked box in the "requirement' column on the curriculum page on and when you put your cursor on the box, it appears.

• By utilizing the course description pages you must determine if you have the necessary academic foundation.


Course Description Page

• The course description pages on open when you click on the course code.

• Some course descriptions are more detailed than others but the basic information is always included for all courses, which are listed in the catalogue.

• Make sure that you have read the course description carefully. In cases of doubt or you need specific information about a course, you can always contact the course coordinator or the instructor(s) for help and advice. Click on the names to see the contact information of the professors.


Semester Information

• For some courses, the field “semester information” on reads "Fall, Spring.' This means that the course may be offered either only in the fall or only in spring or in both semesters.

You can only be sure if a course is offered in the semester after the list of the confirmed courses are announced (during the course registration period). Therefore, refer to the sample course plans while preparing your learning agreement.


Language of Instruction

• YTU does not require language certificates. However, the expected level for students to follow classes in English or Turkish is at least B1/B2.

• If the field “language of instruction” on reads "Turkish, English,' this means that the course may be offered either only in Turkish or only in English or in both languages. You can only be sure of the language by checking the list of the confirmed courses offered during the course registration period.

Not all departments offer courses taught in English regularly. While there are some departments that offer courses in English and a few degrees taught entirely in English, the language of instruction at YTU is mainly Turkish.

Here you can see the language of instruction of the departments:


Course Codes

Course codes are composed of:

· 3 letters: abbreviation of the name of the department offering the course: Course Code Guide

· 4 numbers: indicating the levels (bachelor: 1000-4000, master: 5000, doctorate: 6000)

For example, MAT1051 is a first year and MAT2042 is a second year bachelor course. MAT5064 is a master and MAT6037 is a doctorate course.



· Your home university informs you about the minimum number of ECTS credits you are supposed to achieve during the study abroad. However, it is suggested to choose 30 ECTS credits per semester.

· You are expected to choose your courses from the department into which you have been nominated.

· You may choose courses offered in all years regardless of the year of study at the home university.

· If you cannot find enough number of credits in the department you are nominated, with the consent of the academic coordinators at YTU and home university you may take courses from other departments/faculties or lower/upper cycles, as long as there are still places available in the course in question and you meet the requirements.

· For any specific information about a course you choose out of the department you are nominated, please get in touch with the relevant departmental coordinator. To give an example, you are nominated for Chemistry but you would like to take some courses from Mathematics. For your questions about Maths courses, you should contact the departmental coordinator of Maths.



· Graduate students who would like to continue their research/thesis study at YTU should find a supervisor at YTU themselves before they complete their application. Students can contact the relevant departmental coordinator to ask for assistance in finding a suitable supervisor.



Assessment procedure for each course are usually described and documented in the first lecture. Assessments vary from class to class. Assessment may consist of a 100% exam or a division of marks between assessments and mid-term(s)/final examination.

Assesments are made in the official language of instruction of the course. For example, if a course is lectured in Turkish, the exam of the course is conducted in Turkish.

Erasmus students are assessed in the same way as all other students on the same course. This means that you must sit examinations and complete the tasks set by the academic department offering the course. If you do not, you fail. 

For information about the grading system, please check:



Regular and punctual class attendance is compulsory and if you do not attend the classes as stated by the lecturer, you receive a failing grade due to absence.



Course registration is compulsory:

Always keep in mind the fact that the course registration (enrolment) system at YTU will not allow you to register the courses that are not included in the curriculum of your hosting department. If you have to take courses from other departments, you may need to fill in additional forms.



· If you are mixing courses from different departments/faculties, be aware of the location:

· Yıldız Campus, Beşiktaş

· Davutpaşa Campus, Esenler




added by Asena Dogru, last update 24.01.2022