4-5-6-7 September
KUEPE Exam (For 2017 Entry students with a 2.00 GPA)
8 September
13 September
ELC Orientation (For Newcomer Students)
17 September
Fall Semester Classes Begin
30-31 October
Midterm Exams
13 December
Practice KUEPE
21 December
Last Day of Classes (Int, Upper Int, Extension)
24 December
Final Examinations (Int, Upper Int, Extension)
28 December
Last Day of Classes (Foundation, Pre-Intermediate)
2 January
Final Examinations (Foundation, Pre-Intermediate)
7-8-9-10-11 January
4 February
Spring Semester Begins
18-19 March
Midterm Exams
8 - 12 April
Spring Break
23 April
Children's Day / No classes
1 May
Labor and Solidarity Day / No classes
9 May
Practice KUEPE
15 May
Last day of classes
16 - 17 May
Final Examinations
27-28-29-30-31 May
12 June
Summer School Begins
9 July
Last day of classes
16-17-18-19 July
















The ELC reserves the right to make changes in the dates of all types of exams. 


Proficiency Exam Requirements for ELC Students

First Year Students (Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters): GPA of 2.0 in order to take KUEPE or to submit outside exam scores.

Second Year Students (Fall Semester): GPA of 2.0, or SPA of 2.0 in the fall semester, in order to take KUEPE. No GPA or SPA requirement for the submission of outside exam scores.

Second Year Students (Spring Semester): GPA of 2.0, or SPA of 2.0 in the spring semester, in order to take KUEPE. No GPA or SPA requirement for the submission of outside exam scores.

Second Year Students (After Spring Semester): These students have completed two years in the ELC, and are eligible to take three amnesty exams. If they choose, they may study in the ELC in summer semester, but are not required to do so. They are eligible without any GPA or SPA requirement to take the following amnesty exams:

  • KUEPE at the end of summer semester (late July)
  • TOEFL exam which the ELC administers in August or September
  • KUEPE in early September.

These students may also take outside exams as an amnesty exam. If the student does not have a satisfactory score by the time the Amnesty Exam period is completed, the student must leave the university. ELC score and test center requirements for all ELC students apply as well to outside exams taken as amnesty exams. All proficiency exams accepted by the ELC may also serve as Amnesty Exams. Please see the Required Scores for ELC Promotion below.

Required Scores for ELC Promotion:

  • KUEPE: 60 out of 100.
  • Institutional TOEFL: 550/4 (Administered once a year in August or September)
  • TOEFL IBT: 80/20 on the writing section. We only accept scores from Turkish state universities. If the student takes the exam outside of Turkey, he or she may petition the Executive Council for getting the exam score accepted. (Valid for 2 years)
  • YDS / E-YDS: 80 out of 100. (Valid for 5 years)
  • CAE: Grade of C. (Valid for 3 years)

Attendance Policy:

Students are expected to attend a minimum of 90% of the class time for each course they are taking. Students whose unexcused absences exceed 10% of class time will lose 5 points from their final grade, with each unexcused absence (that is above the 10% threshold).  In order to be counted present for class, a student may miss no more than 5 minutes of class time. Students are granted excused absences for the following reasons:

  • Student illness, as documented by a medical report approved by the university clinic,
  • Student suspension from the university due to disciplinary measures Participation in university activities at the request of university authorities,
  • Compelling circumstances beyond the student’s control

Students who are absent due to compelling circumstances beyond their control, such as a severe personal or family crisis, should as soon as possible present documentation as to the nature of this crisis to the ELC administration, which will then evaluate whether the crisis merits an excused absence.

Health Report Policy:

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Leave Policy:

All requests to take leave from the ELC should be submitted in the form of a petition explaining why the student wishes to take leave.

The petition may be submitted via KUSIS or directly to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA).

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