New Students

Dear Students,

Below you can find information about the Department of Turkish Language and Literature’s first academic year schedule and registration procedure. You can contact your advisors during the registration period and the academic year concerning your questions and problems regarding the information provided here as well as about other subjects. You can learn who the first year advisors are by clicking the “General Services” tab at this address: http://registration.boun.edu.tr/ Please check your e-mail box frequently for other announcements. After classes start, office hours will be posted on the office doors of your advisors and other instructors. Checking the academic calendar (https://academiccalendar.boun.edu.tr/) on the Boğaziçi University website will help you avoid delays during registration and the add-drop period.

Add-drop period generally starts one week after classes begin. This period gives students the opportunity to drop a course(s) that they have signed up for during the registration process and to add a course(s) that they have not. It is highly recommended that students come to the department on “meeting with the advisors day,” announced on the academic calendar. Should you fail to come to the meeting, you can still contact your advisors via e-mail.

We wish you a successful academic year.

  • First Academic Year Schedule

The Department of Turkish Language and Literature’s first academic year schedule is as follows:

First Semester

TKL 101

Ottoman Turkish I

4

TKL 103

Turkish Language and Grammar I

3

TKL 107

Introduction to Textual Analysis

3

LING 111

Introduction to Linguistics I

3

AE 111/Seç

Advanced English or HSS Elective

3

TOTAL

 

16

 

Second Semester

TKL 102

Ottoman Turkish II

4

TKL 104

Turkish Language and Grammar II

3

TKL 108

Turkish Writing Techniques

3

AE 112/Seç

Advanced English or HSS Elective

3

 

HSS Elective

3

TOTAL

 

16

You can register for courses with the code “TKL” without any problems. As seen in the schedule above, there are three HSS electives in the first year. Those who have passed Prep with a C grade are obliged to take AE111 or AE 112 (Advanced English) courses for one semester. Those who have passed with a grade above C can take one of the AE courses as an HSS elective only once and as an unrestricted elective only once during their four-year program.

As for the other two HSS electives, introductory level courses with the codes 101 or 111 are recommended, such as SOC 101 or PSY 101. Since there is a quota imposed on HSS courses, registering for these types of courses might be difficult. Thus, it is recommended that you get information about courses by examining the course catalogue, talking with the students who previously took these courses, or contacting your advisor, then register for the courses that you have chosen at an early time of the first day of the registration period. You can request “consent” for the courses that the system does not approve; this can be done on the registration page. There is a quota of 15 students allocated for Turkish Language and Literature students for the HSS courses with the codes HUM 101 and HUM 102. These courses are important as they will contribute to your general knowledge and also provide you with a comparative perspective on literatures and cultures. You are advised to register for them.

 

  • Registration Information

Before you start, you can take a look at Registration Guide (http://registration.boun.edu.tr/guide/index.html), a page designed to inform you about registration operations. If you want to read it in text form, or if you think that you cannot get enough information, please continue.

On Boğaziçi University Registrar’s Office web page http://registration.boun.edu.tr, when you click on “Departmental Programs” under “General Services” and find your department, you will see a table of all of the courses that you will take over four years. On this table, there is information about the names and codes of the courses and in which semester they will be offered. When you click “Schedule,” you can see all of the courses that all of the departments of the university will provide during that semester. When you click on “Turkish Language and Literature,” you will see a list of the courses that your department will offer for that semester, along with their codes and hours. The code of a course is made up of an abbreviated code indicating the department and a numerical part showing the year and the semester in which that course is open. For example, TKL 101 is offered by Turkish Language and Literature in the first semester of the first year. Also, some courses with a large number of students are split into sections. These parts are shown by the numbers added after a period (.), such as TKL 101.01. The course hours of the sections may vary and they may be given by several instructors. The abbreviation for the courses of Department of Turkish Language and Literature is generally “TKL.” As departmental electives, the code of Persian courses is “PER,” and that of Arabic courses is “AR.” Courses with the code of “TKF” are Turkish courses opened for foreign students. In the list, the abbreviation “Cr” shows the credits of the course, indicating how many hours a week that course is offered. As for “Ects,” this is the credit equivalent of the credit system in EU universities. It thus shows the credit equivalent for students attending through the Erasmus program. Under “Instr,” the names of the instructors giving the courses are indicated. Course days are indicated as “Days”, M (Monday), T (Tuesday) etc., and course hours as 1, 2 etc. “1” is the first course hour (9:00–9:50 AM), “2” is the second course hour (10:00–10:50 AM), and so on. For example, if a course’s days and hours are indicated as MWW 134, this means that the course meets Monday 9:00–9.50 AM and Wednesday 11:00 AM–1:00 PM.

You might be expected to have met some conditions in order to take some courses. You can learn about these conditions under “Prerequisites & co-requisites” under “General services” by entering the code of the course you want to take. For example, the prerequisite for TKL 102 is to have taken TKL 101. A prerequisite can be in the form of instructor consent, GPA, or being a junior or a senior. Students are expected to bear in mind these conditions when choosing the courses they will take,. It is important to find out whether the courses you want to take have a prerequisite or not.

In the “Quotas” section, you can enter the name, code and section of a course to learn which departments’ students can take that course as well as its capacity (current: current capacity, the number of students that have chosen that course during registration period; quota: general capacity).

In “ECTS Credits Lists” section, you can see the ECTS equivalents of the course you have taken. (This section concerns students going to one of the EU universities under the Erasmus program.)

In the “Advisors List” section, you can click “Turkish Language and Literature” to see the names of your advisors arranged by semester, as well as their office numbers, phone extensions, and e-mail addresses.

In “Course Final” section you can learn about the classrooms and time slots for the final exams of your courses.

In “Excuse Final” section, you can find the dates and places of the make-up exams of the courses, announced for the students who could not take the final(s) for some reason. In such cases, applying to the Excuse Committee for requesting a make-up exam is necessary. In this department, the places and times of those whose excuses have been accepted are announced.

In the “Tuition and Fees” section, you can see the education fees announced at the beginning of every academic year.

 

  • Registration Operations

For online registration, first you must click on the “course list preparation” tab on https://registration.boun.edu.tr/, then enter your student number into “User ID” section and the password you were given during registration into the “password” section. (We recommend that you check your personal information in the “student information” section, then enter a valid e-mail address and change your user password so that it will be easier for you during registration period.)

When you open your registration page you will see two sections; one of them is your education status and the other is course choosing tabs. In the section where your personal/educational information is located, “Degree Status” shows your education status in the university, “GPA” shows your grade point average, “Semester” shows the semester which you have registered for, “Tuition Fee” shows the amount of the fee to be paid, “Amount Paid” shows the amount if you have paid any money, “Registration Fee” shows the required registration fee, “Advisor” shows your advisor’s name, “E-Mail Address” shows the e-mail address that you have entered into the system, and “Last Login” shows the date and time that you last logged into the system. If you have a university fee loan, the “Amount Paid” section will show zero.

In the lower section, where the tabs for choosing courses are located, you have to click on the add button and choose your courses from required courses, electives, or others in this section. In the “Required courses” and “Electives” sections, you can see which of your department’s required and elective courses are open that semester. You can choose these courses by marking them one by one and clicking on the “add” button. In the “Others” section, you can choose your courses by writing the (short) name and section of the course that you want to take and clicking on the “add” button. If you will take the course with credit, mark “Credit”; if you want to take the course without credit, mark “Non-Credit.” If you failed the course with an F grade, or if you got a grade below CC and you want to take that course again, mark “Repeat Section with” option and click on the “add” button. It is of vital importance not to forget to mark this option. Otherwise, the course you failed will be shown as incomplete.

In order to drop the course click on the “drop” button; to change section, mark the “Change Section” option. If you want to add courses faster, you can use the “Quick Add Menu” located below the registration page so that you can choose multiple courses. In the “Abbreviation” section of this menu, enter the abbreviation of the course (e.g., TKL), enter the code of the course (e.g., 107), choose Credit, Non-Credit or Repeat, and click on the “Quick Add” button. The use of this section during registration, especially for elective courses, is advised.

There might be some situations in which you cannot add course(s): If you cannot add the course because of “quota restrictions,” it means the quota of the course has been filled. If you cannot take it because of “Class quota restrictions,” it means that the course is not available for the students of that year/semester. If the reason is “Surname restrictions,” the first letter of your surname is not within the range of the surnames of those who will take that course. If “Course is not open for your department” appears, then that course is not available for your department. The statement of “You need the consent of the instructor” means that you need the approval of the instructor giving the course in order to be able to register for the course.

If you cannot add a course, click on the “Consent Requests” button below the main screen and send a message to the instructor of that course marking the course you want to take and thus request an approval for the course. (The maximum number of consents you can request is 10. We recommend that you consider the fact that your consent requests can be rejected by the instructors for a number of reasons, so you should check your consent requests frequently.) You can follow the status of your consent requests on “current consents” tab and see the details by clicking on “Show/Hide Details.” Consent requests may not be replied to for a while, depending on the working hours of the instructors. The approval of your consent request does not mean that the course will be added to your list automatically. The course whose consent request has been approved has to be added to the registration list (including marking the options of credit/non-credit, repeat, etc.).

If you have not completed your registration and want to quit the registration page, you must use the “Log Out” button located below the registration screen; if you quit the page by closing the browser only, you will not be able to log into the system for 20 minutes.

Before sending your schedule for approval, you can see whether there is any conflict or not in your schedule from “Schedule” below the screen. You can recheck the must and elective courses that you have to take according to semesters by clicking the “curriculum” button next to “Schedule.” If you have any questions or problems, you can send a message to your advisor using the “Send Message to Advisor” button at the bottom corner of the registration screen.

After you have completed choosing your courses, you have to send your course list for your advisor’s approval by using the “Send To Approval” button. (Do not forget to use the “Log Out” button every time you log out of the system.)

During registration period, you should check the registration page to see whether your course list has been approved or not. In case your course list is rejected for some reason (e.g. due to a conflict of courses), you should reorganize your course list and submit it for approval again. If your course list has not been approved and the registration period is over, you should send your course list to your advisor during the additional registration period that is granted right after the registration period “for rejected students.”

One week after the courses begin, the registration system is reopened for a few more days. You can make some changes in your schedule or take or drop a course during this period, called the “Add-Drop Period.” Should you not want to make any changes in your schedule, then you do not need to do anything. If you have made some changes please do not forget to send your schedule to your advisor for consent and check to see whether the advisor has approved it or not.

 

  • Dear Prep Students,

Although you will spend your first year in the prep class of the School of Foreign Languages, you are still an integral part of our department. The advisors of the senior class are your advisors as well. You can share your questions, opinions, and problems concerning both your department and university with them. You can also get help from them and ask them to guide you. At the beginning of the first academic year, your advisors will have a meeting with you and provide general information about your department. As the date of this meeting and other information will be announced via e-mail, we advise you to enter a valid e-mail address and check your e-mail box regularly. In order to have an easier registration process next year and choose your courses correctly, it is to your advantage to read the information prepared for freshman students in the website of the department and to direct your questions to your advisors. For more information about the services and facilities students will have access to at Bogazici University, please refer to the students’ website.