Galatasaray University

İstanbul - Türkiye


Galatasaray University was first established in 1481 by Sultan Beyazit II as an “Enderun School” (Imperial School) and was called the “Galata Sarayı” (Galata Palace). The institution started with the mission of training civil servants for various ranks in the state administration.


Galatasaray is the only educational institution in Turkey maintaining its reputation, traditional structure and mission to this day.


The school building was reconstructed in 1838 and converted into “Tıbbiye-i Adliye-i Sahane” (The Faculty of Medicine). The first Turkish midwives and other health service personnel were educated in this faculty. This was a step forward to integrate Western science in the field of education.


In 1868, the school was opened under the name of “Galatasaray Mektebi Sultanisi” (Galatasaray High School), by order of Sultan Abdulaziz, the first Ottoman emperor who visited Europe and was highly influenced by the educational institutions in France, in particular. In 1874, three graduate schools were instituted by decree of Sultan Abdulaziz and were combined under the name of “Mekteb-i Aliye-i Sultaniye”, covering Galatasaray Faculty of Law, Galatasaray Faculty of Engineering and Galatasaray Faculty of Literature. At that stage, the administrative structure and courses of these schools were designed to be compatible with the Sorbonne University. Especially the Faculty of Law was in conformity with the level and quality of its European counterparts and as such, contributed to the development of today’s law school.


Having served as a state institution since its foundation, Galatasaray received the name of “Galatasaray High School” as of 1924 within the framework of the new Turkish Republic founded by Atatürk and has been a state high school since then.


In order to realize the “idea of establishing a university” on which many Galatasaray High School graduates set their hearts, a commission was founded by the alumni and concrete steps were taken in line with this objective.


The University Charter was signed by Turkish and French committees on 6th December, 1991. Before the charter was signed, Turgut Özal, President of the Turkish Republic at the time, had brought up the issue in the negotiations with his French counterpart François Mitterand in the Elysée Palace in June, 1991. President Mitterand, who visited Turkey with this objective, attended together with President Özal the signing ceremony of the Founding Act of Galatasaray University signed by foreign ministers Hikmet Çetin and Roland Dumas, in the presence of both Heads of State, on April 14th, 1992.


Galatasaray has thus become the first public university in Turkey to be founded on the basis of an international agreement and under the aegis of Heads of State.


Our institution was established under the name of Galatasaray Education and Training Institution. The Galatasaray Education and Training Institution was transformed into a university in 1994 and received the name of “Galatasaray University” as a state university in accordance with its legal status



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  1. Faculty of Communication


  1. Faculty of Engineering and Technology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering


3-Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences

  • International Relations
  • Business Asministration
  • Economics
  • Political Sciences


4-Faculty of Arts and Sciences

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Comparative Linguistics and Applied Languages
  • Political Mathematics


5-Faculty of Law




1-Graduate School of Social Sciences


a)Master Programs

  • International Relations
  • Master Program in Business Administration
  • Strategic Communications Management
  • Economics
  • LL.M in Private Law
  • LL.M in Public Law
  • Philosophy
  • Media and Communications Studies
  • Political Sciences
  • French Language and Literature
  • Sociology
  • Production Management and Marketing
  • Non-thesis Executive MBA Program (Non-Thesis)
  • Marketing and Logistics Management (Non-Thesis)
  • Regional and Strategic Studies (Non-Thesis)
  • Marketing Communication Management (Non-Thesis)
  • European Union (Non-Thesis)
  • Financial Economics (Non-Thesis)
  • Communication Strategies and Public Relations (Non-Thesis)
  • Economic Law (Non-Thesis)
  • Radio and Television Broadcasting (Non-Thesis)
  • Social Studies on Turkey (Non-Thesis)
  • Political Sciences (Non-Thesis)
  • Banking Law (Non-Thesis)
  • Human Rights (Non-Thesis)
  • Sports Law (Non-Thesis)


b)Doctoral Programs

  • Public Law
  • Media and Communications Studies
  • Political Sciences
  • International Relations
  • Business Administration
  • Private Law
  • Philosophy


2-Graduate School of Science and Engineering


a)Master Programs

  • Industrial Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Logistics and Financial Management
  • Engineering Management (Non-Thesis)
  • Information Technologies (Non-Thesis)


b)Doctoral Programs

  • Industrial Engineering

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