Student Handbook





  • The language of study is English.
  • The duration of study of the department is 4 years, and the total amount of credits that must be collected is 240 ECTS. The English preparatory program is not included in this period.
  • 18% of the curriculum consists of practical and 25% of elective courses.
  • It is essential that students receive research-oriented education in accordance with the educational objectives of the department. For this reason, students are encouraged to participate in projects supported by TUBITAK and other institutions and in projects conducted by faculty members.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in national and international student exchange programs (Erasmus Exchange Program, etc.) at home or abroad. In this context, the credits of the courses or applications they have taken from another higher education institution at the same level are counted instead of the credits of the courses they are obliged to take in the diploma program in which they are registered by the decision of the relevant administration board.


Registration Renewal and Consultancy:


  • Students are required to renew their registration within the periods specified in the academic calendar at the beginning of each fall and spring semesters.
  • The registration renewal process is carried out with the approval of the advisor faculty member assigned to each semester/class by the Department Head.
  • The advisor informs students about the course selection.
  • The advisor meets with students during the weekly office hours and informs them about the legislation, course contents, academic performance.



Attendance Requirement:


  • The requirement to attend courses is determined by the university and is at least 70% for theoretical courses and 80% for applied courses (laboratory courses) of the total education and training period in that semester.
  • The instructor of the course monitors the attendance status of the students and processes it to the OBS (Student Information System).
  • With the approval of the Rector’s Office, the absences of students participating in meetings, sports, art and similar activities representing the University or Turkey at the national/international level on these activity days are not taken into account.
  • If the laboratory course is combined with the theory course (“General Chemistry I-II”, “General Biology I-II” and “Genetics”), the students are deemed to have failed the course completely if they are deemed to have failed due to absences from the laboratory course.


Success Criteria:


  • Students who have a success grade of AA, BA, BB, CB and CC from a course pass this course directly.
  • A student who receives one of the DC and DD letter grades from a course is considered to have conditionally completed that course. In order for a student’s conditional successful grades to be considered successful at graduation, the GPA (GPA) must be at least 2.00.



Course Load and Taking Courses from the next semester/year:


  • Course load is the total ECTS credits of the courses taken by a student in any semester.
  • The normal course load of a student per semester is 30 ECTS credits.
  • The course load of students enrolled in the first year of undergraduate and associate degree programs is 30 ECTS per semester and students cannot take courses above this.
  • From the third semester, if the advisor finds it appropriate and the courses that are required to continue do not coincide; Undergraduate students with a GPA of at least 1.70 can take up to 45 ECTS per semester, associate students can take up to 55 ECTS.
  • For the students at the graduation stage with a GPA of at least 2.00 and undergraduate students who have successfully completed 130 ECTS, the course load can be increased to 55 ECTS with the approval of the advisor.
  • Successful students can take courses from the next semester/year of their year with the approval of their advisor.
  • In order for a student to take lessons from the next semester/year;
    • He/She should succeed in taking all of the credit courses that he/she has to take until the application period,
    • At the time of application, his/her GPA should be at least 3.50 out of 4.00,
    • The courses taken should not coincide.
    • Students who have these qualifications can apply for the third semester at the earliest.



Compulsory Course Review:


  • As a result of the end-of-year or semester exams, students who fail these courses by obtaining FF, NA, W, I grades from the fall or spring semester courses, regardless of their GPA, should first review the courses they failed in the first semester in which the course is opened.
  • In case of review of the course, there is no attendance requirement if the students do not fail due to absence.
  • However, students in the case of course review should fulfill the 80% attendance requirement in practice, laboratory, workshop and similar studies of the course.



The Excuse Exam:


  • It is the exam that a student who cannot take the midterm exam despite meeting the conditions takes instead of midterm provided that his/her excuse is accepted by the Department board with a petition.
  • The process to be applied to the student who cannot attend the midterms or similar studies due to his/her excuse is determined by the relevant instructor.



Make-up exam:


  • Every student who is eligible to take the final exam can take the make-up exam.
  • The grade of the last exam entered is used to calculate the course success in OBS (Student Information System).
  • There is no make-up exam for project and laboratory courses.
  • The excuse of the students who have gained the right to complete and upgrade the exam and have not taken the exam is not accepted.
  • Since the make-up exam grade replaces the final grade, the measurement and evaluation method is the same as the methods for determining the final grade specified in this Regulation.
  • The make-up exam grade is used instead of the final grade in the raw success grade account, and the intervals of the make-up exam success grade should be the same as the intervals of the final exam letter success grade.
  • The students who are eligible for the make-up exam and cannot take the exam cannot be accepted as an excuse, and the make-up exam does not have an excuse exam.


Single Course Exam:


  • Students who have succeeded in all the courses they have taken and have a GPA of 2.00 and above, but have an FF grade from one course, regardless of the semester and duration of study in which the course opens, are given the right to take a single course exam.
  • The right to take a single course exam is granted within one month after the end of the semester exam period, on the date determined by the relevant board of directors.
  • In order for students to take a one-course exam, they should apply to the Student Affairs Department with a petition stating the course they will take for the exam and inform them that they want to use the right to take a single course exam.
  • A student should have at least 50 points out of 100 in order to be considered successful in a single course exam. Students who have failed the single course exam can use the right to take a single course exam in each exam period by applying with a petition for this course that they have failed.


Graduation Grade Improvement Exam:


  • Associate and undergraduate students who have taken all the courses they have to take and have succeeded, and whose GPA is below 2.00, are given the right to upgrade their grades for the two courses where they have received the DC and DD grades they want from the last semester / last two semesters courses.
  • The following principles are taken into account in the graduation grade improvement exam:
  • Students should apply to the Student Affairs Department with a petition stating the course they will take for the exam for the right to upgrade their grade.
  • Students who have failed the graduation grade improvement exams can upgrade their GPA by enrolling in the DC and DD courses they want in the next academic year.
  • The grade taken in the grade improvement exam is entered into the grade chart as the final grade of the course.


Disciplinary Rules:


  • The disciplinary procedures of the students studying in the department are carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Higher Education Institutions Student Disciplinary Regulation published in the Official Gazette dated 18/8/2012 and numbered 28388, like every student studying at T.R. İstanbul Arel University.