University was founded in 2013 in the center of the capital of Turkey in order to pioneer research in the social sciences and is Turkey’s first and only state university on this field.
Social Sciences University of Ankara (ASBU),
- • is research oriented,
- • is dedicated to post-graduate study,
- • acknowledges the importance of international cooperation,
- • prioritizes the most current areas of research,
- • includes the whole world as a field of interest,
- • is enthusiastic to be a leading university in the development of social science education in Turkey,
- • has one of the most extensive libraries in Turkey,
- • is multilingual and multicultural,
- • positively contributes to university’s surrounding community.
ASBU is a research-oriented university for both undergraduate and graduate studies. Among the university’s primary aims is the publication of social sciences research that positively contributes to the international literature. A large number of research and application centers at ASBU are active for this purpose.
ASBU is not a campus university outside the city, it is a city university that penetrates the city’s tissue and veins, intertwined with the community, which is the natural laboratory of social sciences. Being a city university gives ASBU the opportunity to integrate into society and examine the dynamic structure of society.
An Environment where Education and Research Integrate with History and Culture
ASBU carries out its education and research activities in buildings with high historical, cultural and aesthetic value in Ulus, one of the oldest districts of Ankara. The ASBU campus is located in historic buildings that also include the first Prime Ministry Building of the Republic of Turkey. Our rectorate building was built in 1925 by the architect Yahya Ahmet Bey and served as the Prime Ministry Building until 1937. After the 1950s, the building, which was the home of the treasury, was used by the Undersecretariat of Customs after 2001, and was allocated to ASBU in April 2013. The campus of our university is also adjacent to the tomb of Hacı Bayram Veli, one of the oldest historical sites in Ankara, the 2000-year-old archaeological Roman Baths of Ankara, the Monumentum Ancyranum and the historic Turkish Parliament Buildings. In this historical texture, the university intends to create educational and research environments using modern technology and to blend past and future in its structure.
Possibility to learn more than one language
ASBU, which gives importance to multilingualism in education, provides students with opportunities to improve their language skills. In this context, Language Center offers its students with its Turkish and international experts to a high quality language education. The medium of instruction in all of our programs is English. ASBU students are not only able to acquire a high level of English, but are also particularly encouraged to learn a second foreign language.
Strong and Equipped Academic StaffIn university, there is a well-equipped academic staff who has taken postgraduate degrees from distinguished universities at home and abroad and who conducts international scientific projects. ASBU, which is very selective when forming its academic staff, is based on international standards in recruitment and evaluation processes. In this way, ASBU has brought together an internationally qualified, equipped and experienced academician group who carries out original projects and researches in different fields.
In ASBU, students are seen as an active participant in the learning process. Aim is to enable students to get the right information, to use critical and analytical filters, to interpret and analyse them, to use them in the context of current issues and discussions. Education in ASBU is not limited only to theoretical knowledge. Students are encouraged to take responsibility in projects, and they are promoted to learn the research processes in practice.
Courses Compatible with Bologna Information Package
University prepares all courses in accordance with the Bologna information package. In this way, the students will adhere to a standard process that will not have any credit problems in the courses they will take within the scope of exchange programs.