D.1. General Information about Program

Our department has been established in 1994 following the approval of the Higher Education Council in 1992. The Graduate Program (M.A. in International Relations) was started in 1997-1998 academic year. Following this, in 1999-2000, we began accepting our first undergraduate students. The curriculum is established on three basic fields of academic studies: International Relations (Theory and Politics), International Law, and Political History Curriculums of both the graduate and undergraduate programs have been established basically on these three pillars.

The undergraduate program is organized to provide the students with the capacity to understand, analyze and interpret the main international problems and contemporary international developments. Students are provided with the necessary knowledge of international law, political history and IR Theories that could be employed in the analysis of these problems and developments. The undergraduate program follows up scientific literature and other contemporary sources produced in the field of International Relations, and aims to employ these scientific data and theoretical approaches that are obtained through these literature and sources, in order to make research on the global and regional issues. In such scientific inquiries individuals or the department as a team takes responsibilities, and students are highly encouraged not only to participate in these researches but also to conduct similar practices by their own. While researching the students use advanced English, second foreign language at the intermediate level and employ computer technologies. While evaluating acquired knowledge the students attach importance to critical approach. All these procedures are being conducted compatibly with social, scientific and moral norms.

D.2 Qualification Awarded 

Bachelor's Degree

D.3. Level of Qualification 


D.4. Provisions for Registration 

The candidates must have a high school diploma. The admission of the students to the program is made according to the equiponderant type of grade of LYS exam.

Undergraduate Program's language of instruction is English. Before being admitted to International Relations Undergraduate Program students have to take the necessary score from the Hacettepe University English Proficiency Exam in order be exempted from English Preparatory Program or to take the one-year English Preparatory Program.

The admission requirements for international students are determined by “Hacettepe University Directive for Application and Registration Admission of Foreign Students”.

For detailed information check the links: //www.oid.hacettepe.edu.tr, //www.osym.gov.tr

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations 

To earn the degree, students must complete a total of 157 credits (148 program credits and 9 common compulsory courses credits) and 240 ECTS (see: Hacettepe University Undergraduate Study, Education and Examination Regulations, Article 18 (2)).

Any student who receives A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, C1, C2, C3 and D degree from a course is accepted as successful of the relevant course (see: Hacettepe University Undergraduate Study, Education and Examination Regulations, Article 24 (2)).

Any student who provides a cumulative GPA of at least 2,00 is approved as graduate (see: Hacettepe University Undergraduate Study, Education and Examination Regulations, Article 30 (c)).

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D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning 

For the students who will attend to the Department of International Relations from abroad, transfers between participant universities of the European Credit Transfer System and transfer of courses taken at another university are being applied in accordance with the principles determined by the Council of Higher Education and other related regulation provisions. Corresponding regulations: Hacettepe University Undergraduate, Graduate Education and Exams Regulations, Chapter II, Article 8 (2).

The articles related to exemptions from courses and their transfers to the transcript for those students who come to the International Relations Department from other Turkish universities with an exchange program (such as undergraduate transfer) are determined by ‘Regulations of Hacettepe University Undergraduate, Graduate Education and Exams Regulations, Chapter II, Undergraduate Transfer-Vertical Transfer-Course Exemption, Article-8, Article-9, Article-10. Undergraduate transfer and course exemptions are being suggested by the department's Academic Board and decided by Hacettepe University Board of Governors. Related link is below: //www.oid.hacettepe.edu.tr/index_sub.php?grp=y&dir=&file=lisans_20120928_0934&filetype=html&submenuheader=3

D.7. Goals and Objectives 

The purpose of the program is to train specialists, who are erudite in International Relations Theories, international law, political history and international economics, and who can contribute to the formation of national policies.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples 

The program graduates are mainly employed in such governmental bodies as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of the European Union, Ministry of Interior, Prime Ministry, Ministry of Customs and Trade, TIKA, and in prominent international organizations and their entities such as UNICEF, UNHCR, and in Turkish and international non-governmental organizations as well. Some graduates continue their eductaion in MA and PhD programs of the prominent universities in Turkey and abroad by obtaining various scholarships. The number of our graduates who dedicated themselves to an academic career is growing. In addition, our program graduates are the most demanded in think tanks, which have become widespread recently in Turkey, as analysts and senior analysts. Moreover our graduates are employed in managerial positions in multinational corporations and the foreign trade and foreign relations departments of firms operating in such sectors as media (for example TRT and BBC), automotive, food, logistics, banking, and others.