Multilingualism Policy

The core value underlying the Ibn Haldun University humanities and social sciences research policy is intellectual independence. As part of its effort to uphold this value, IHU’s mission includes training its graduate students to comprehensively understand the intellectual traditions of, and to utilize methods and concepts pertaining to, Eastern and Western civilizations. This educational endeavor necessitates a certain degree of proficiency in multiple languages. For this reason, all students enrolled in thesis-based graduate programs at Ibn Haldun University are required to gain said proficiency in a minimum of three languages by the time they graduate. Not only will this requirement help IHU graduates think in different languages and express their ideas in these languages, it will also allow them significantly greater access to primary sources.

The minimum three languages necessitated by the Ibn Haldun University curriculum consist of: Arabic, the gateway to intellectual traditions in Eastern and Islamic social sciences; English, the common research language in Western social sciences; and Turkish, our national language and the bridge that has connected these civilizations and intellectual traditions throughout history. In order to help both national and international students acquire these languages, the University offers an English preparation program at a set fee, and offers Turkish and Arabic preparation programs at no cost to the student. If necessary, enrolled students are able to take additional courses to fulfill the language proficiency requirement. IHU provides all graduate students with the opportunity to take courses on other languages that are necessary and specific to their chosen research fields.


Ibn Haldun University offers three kinds of financial aid to eligible students admitted to Graduate Schools:

  • Partial or full tuition waiver
  • Monthly stipend
  • Housing support

Every admitted student may be eligible for one or more of the financial aid options stated above.

Scholarships available for students admitted to thesis-based M.A. programs and PhD degree programs at IHU, GSHSS, are classified into five categories:

  • Ibn Haldun Merit Scholarship (UBB): a highly competitive and selective scholarship awarded to candidates with excellent academic records, and to candidates who have made significant contributions to their scholarly fields. UBB recipients are chosen from a pool of qualified candidates following the assessment of their graduate school interviews.
  • Full Scholarship (TAB): a scholarship awarded on the grounds of academic merit, following the assessment of the candidates’ scholarship application files and graduate school interviews.
  • Tuition Waiver (OGB): a merit-based waiver granted to candidates with strong scholarship application files, following the assessment of their graduate school interviews.
  • Partner Institution and Project Scholarship (APB): a scholarship awarded to candidates applying from partner institutions, and to applicants whose degrees are funded within the scope of projects financed by partner institutions.
  • IHU Staff Scholarship (PEB): a scholarship awarded to IHU staff members who are graduate program applicants, following the assessment of their graduate school interviews.

Students admitted to course-based Master’s degree programs (and to forthcoming non-dissertation doctoral degree programs) can benefit from the following scholarship options:

  • Tuition Waiver (OGB): partial exemption from tuition fees.
  • Partner Institution and Project Scholarship (APB)
  • IHU Staff Scholarship (PEB)

The scope and details of the scholarships and financial aid offered in graduate programs, course-based or thesis-based, are provided in Tables 1 and 2 respectively.

The kinds of scholarships and aid awarded to a candidate are decided according to the evaluations of his or her academic record, application file (statement of purpose, scholarship application letter), and of his or her performance during the graduate school interview.

The details of the scholarships and financial aid offered within the scope of Ibn Haldun University’s master’s and doctoral programs are specified in the Directive for Graduate Scholarships dated 03.09.2018. Applicants should refer to these directives during the application process.

Table 1: Scholarship and Financial Aid Packages Offered at Ibn Haldun University for Master’s Programs with Thesis during the 2019 – 2020 Academic Year

  Tuition Waiver (%) Monthly Stipend (TL) Housing* Conditions
UBB1 100 3000 Refer to the Directive for Graduate Scholarships 
UBB2 100 2500 +
TAB1 100 2000
TAB2 100 1500 +
TAB3 100 1500
TAB4 100 1000
OGB1 100 +
OGB2 100
OGB3 75
OGB4 50
OBG5 25
APB1** 50
APB2** 50
APB4*** Up to 100 may vary depending on the institution financing the project
PEB1 100
PEB2 75
PEB3 50
PEB4 25
* Student Housing is limited. In case the housing option becomes unavailable, it will be substituted with monetary aid.

** May vary according to the scope of the agreement signed with the

partner institution.

*** Conditions vary according to the institution financing the project.



Table 2: Ibn Haldun University can make a discount for some students according to their performances in the exam and interview.

  Tuition Waiver (%) Monthly Stipend (TL) Housing* Conditions
OGB3 %75 Refer to the Directive for Graduate Scholarships 
OGB4 %50
OBG5 %25
APB1** %50
APB3** %25
PEB1 %100
PEB2 %75
PEB3 %50
PEB4 %25
** May vary according to the scope of the agreement signed with the partner institution.



PhD Program Student Quota

Program Student Quota
PhD in Clinical Psychology (in Turkish) 10
PhD in Economics (in English) 10
PhD in History (in English) 10
PhD in Islamic Studies (in 30% English) 15
PhD in Private Law (in Turkish) 10

Thesis Master Programs Student Quota

Program Student Quota
Islamic Studies (in 30% English) 35
Management (in English) 30
Management (in Turkish) 20
Managing Educational Institutions (in 30% English) 20
Clinical Psychology (in Turkish) 25
Counseling Psychology (in 30% English) 20
Economics (in English) 30
Financial Economics (in English) 30
International and Comparative Law (in Turkish) 25
Philosophy (in English) 20
Political Science and International Relations (in English) 25
Radio, Television, and Cinema (in 30% English) 15
Religious Studies (in Turkish) 25
Sociology (in English) 20
Turkish Studies (in English) 20

Fields marked with an * are required