Information for Fall 2021 Applicants
If you are about to apply for medical school for the first time, use the International Office site to apply.
If you are a medical school student already and wish to transfer, and you have Turkish citizenship, go the Student Affairs Office website and follow the instructions there.
If you are not a Turkish citizen, follow the instructions here.
The transfer application period for Fall 2021 will begin on August 1st, 2021.
Students who are in medical school and want to transfer credits must apply through the medical school transfer system (Click for details) and not the international office zero beginner application system or they will have to start from year 1.
Applying to begin medical school
Who gets selected?
We get about 2,500 applications per year for about 80 spots. (According to YÖK regulations (click here), only 8 of these spots can be taken by students of Turkish descent. Once the 8 student quota is filled, the deposit of the 9th student will be refunded and the admission decision will be withdrawn. Those who are naturalized Turkish citizens are not included in this limited quota.)
This large pool of applicants in addition to our intensive, year-based curriculum means that we try to select students who will be successful and happy here. We have found that students with a high level of English and excellent science grades from high school as well as a deep interest in medical science thrive at the BAU School of Medicine. Therefore, the admissions committee evaluates applications based on the following:
What do we look for in applicants?
-As seen from the grades in your full high school transcript covering all years up to point of application
-International tests like the SAT or ACT (if possible)
-Recommendation letters from your high school teachers (if possible)
-As proven by good high school grades in science; biology in particular.
-A Levels, advanced level courses or SAT Biology tests (if possible)
-As shown by your participation in science related projects, competitions, etc. (if any)
-As you will explain in your essay
-Time spent at a hospital such as an observership or volunteer work (if possible)
- High level academic English skills, unless your high school courses were taught in English. (TOEFL or PTE scores if possible) (Note: IELTS helps for admission but is not officially recognized to skip English Prep year)
-Read up on our website and mention what impressed / attracted you to our school in your essay
We do not require you to take any tests, but you need to show the admission committee that you have the foundational knowledge, study skills and passion for science to succeed within our system. The recommendations above and your account of them will make you a stronger candidate. When applying, you will need to show these in the documentation you submit and the essay you will write.
Carefully read the information on “Why BAU School of Medicine?”
Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis; therefore, students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible before the seats fill.
If you have medical school credits you wish to transfer, do not apply as a new student but as a transfer student.
If you are a medical school student interested in transferring in Fall 2021, have a look at the information here. If you have medical school credits you wish to transfer, do not apply as a new student but as a transfer student.
The Medical School tuition is 25,000 USD per academic year for students coming in through the international track, regardless of citizenship. We do not offer scholarships for incoming international students. Partial scholarships may be available for the top two students in the class as shown by their committee exams after they have spent two years at the BAU SoM.
Curriculum and course structure
For more information about the curriculum and course structure, click here.
For questions related to applying or the medical school please email: