Kadir Has University

İstanbul - Türkiye


Kadir Has University (KHU) was founded in 1997, in Istanbul. The university, with its five faculties of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Economics and Administrative Sciences, Communication, Law and Fine Arts, as well as its several vocational schools, is dedicated to becoming a leader in educational and cultural fields in Turkey, as well as establishing itself as an international center for research and scientific development.


Behind ancient Byzantine walls stands the oldest part of Istanbul. These ramparts distinguish and define Cibali, the neighborhood where Kadir Has University's main campus is situated. It is only a few meters away from the Haliç, the harbor inlet known to English speakers as "the Golden Horn," since Ottoman times.  After the conquest the Cibali area started to develop.


Two factors link Cibali with Istanbul's identity: fire and tobacco. The Cibali Tobacco Factory, founded in 1884, was an important institution that changed the neighborhood socially and economically.  Around the turn of the century its large factory building housed both tobacco processing and cigarette production. There were several reasons for locating such a large factory in this small neighborhood.  At that time tobacco customs were collected in that area and many people who supplied the factory's manpower lived nearby. Indeed, if we look at the many photographs taken during the 1900s that document the life of the factory, the picture is quite remarkable. There were 1500 women and 662 men (a total of 2162 people) working there.  The Tekel Cibali Cigarette Factory was, in fact, a small town complete with local police and civil servants, hospitals, a day care centre, grocery stores, schools, a fire department, sport facilities, trade unions, and restaurants.

On March 1, 1925, after forty years of French administration and with the establishment of the republic, the control of the factory passed to the state. For many years the factory processed, stored and sold tobacco. Then in 1995 the factory, most of which by that time had been shut down, was totally abandoned. In 1997, the Finance Ministry handed the buildings over to Kadir Has University. In March 1998 the work began. Working together with university planners, the architects in charge of the restoration have taken great care to preserve the original character and architectural integrity of the buildings, while at the same time enhancing the space to suit the university's needs.  Between 1998 and 2002, the Tekel Cibali Cigarette Factory was transformed, by the Kadir Has Foundation, from a warehouse that produced and sold tobacco into an institution of higher learning.  After four years of restoration work, Kadir Has University Cibali campus officially opened its doors on February 13, 2002. Now the new KHU campus combines elegant facades, sunny atria, and large, airy interiors with quality education and research facilities. 

Thus, the new campus of KHU represents a major step in fulfilling the university's mission of building a future out of the country's past, by establishing in the heart of Istanbul a hub where culture, education and scientific research meet to address the changing needs of Turkey and the world.




1-Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

  • Computer Engineering (Dual-degree option with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (USA))
  • Electronics Engineering (Dual-degree option with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (USA))
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Energy Systems Engineering
  • Information Technologies
  • Management of Information Systems


2-Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences

  • Economics (Dual-degree option with Coventry University (UK))
  • Business Administration (Dual-degree option with Coventry University (UK))
  • International Trade and Finance (Dual-degree option with Coventry University (UK))
  • International Relations (Dual-degree option with Coventry University (UK))
  • Political Science and Public Administration (Dual-degree option with Coventry University (UK))


3-Faculty of Law

  • Law (Turkish)


4-Faculty of Communications

  • Public Relations
  • Communication Design
  • Radio, Television and Cinema
  • Advertising
  • New Media


5-Faculty of Fine Arts

  • Industrial Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Theatre


6-School of Applied Sciences

  • Real Estate and Asset Evaluation (Turkish)
  • Capital Market Auditing and Rating (Turkish)
  • International Trade and Logistics (Turkish)
  • Banking and Insurance (Turkish)




1-Graduate School of Science and Engineering


a)Master’s Degree

  • Computer Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Technologies
  • Financial Engineering
  • Computational Biology and Bioenformatics
  • Preservation of Cultural HeritageTechnology, Science and Society
  • Management Information Systems


b)Doctorate Degree

  • Computer Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering


2-Graduate School of Social Sciences


a)Master’s Degree

·         American Culture and Literature

·         Economics

·         Film and Drama

·         Finance and Banking

·         Communication Sciences

·         Business Administration

·         Public Law LL.M.

·         Private Law LL.M.

·         Capital Markets and the Stock Market

·         Design

·         MA in International Relations

·         New Media

·         Cinema and Television

·         Corporate Communications and Public Relations

·         Management


b)Doctorate Degree

·         American Culture and Literature

·         Economics

·         Finance and Banking

·         PhD in International Relations

·         Private Law

English Requirements


KHAS has an extensive scholarship program to support well-qualified international students in their studies at KHAS. 25% to 50% tuition reduction scholarships are available for undergraduate studies.25%, 50% tuition reduction and full tuition-waiver scholarships are available for post-graduate studies.Every international student application for a KHAS academic program is evaluated for a scholarship. No separate scholarship application is necessary. Tuition reduction scholarships are awarded based on academic merit. High international or national examination scores and graduation grades are taken into consideration. Tuition reduction scholarships, once awarded upon admission, are applicable for all years of study until graduation.


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