Bahçeşehir University (BAU) is a private educational institution in Turkey, located at the European side of Istanbul. The Turkish National Assembly authorized the establishment of the University of Bahçeşehir by the Bahçeşehir Uğur Education Foundation in 1998. An academic and strategic protocol was signed shortly after (February 1998) with San Diego State University in California, USA. The enrollment of the first students was made after the first placement exam (ÖSYS) in 1999–2000 academic year. The university is one of the few universities in Turkey which has it lectures in English and therefore students applying to BAU are required to have high English proficiency.
The university consists of 8 faculties, 1 school of languages and 2 vocational schools 4 Institutes provides post graduate education. 17.048 registered students study at the university. The number of undergraduate students is 10.137. The number of graduate students is 4716. The number of associate degree students is 1072. 1047 academicians lecture at the university. 506 administrative personnel work at the university. There are 4 campuses in Istanbul. Bahçeşehir University Library, which is established on 1.400 meter square field renders service with 250.000 publications, books and electronic books. 5 different café and restaurants render service in the campus. The total audience capacity of the conference hall is 1000.