To The Attention of All 1st Year Students Who Were Placed Into Turkish-Medium Departments!



In accordance with the article 5, clause (ı), of Higher Education Law, numbered 2547, foreign language courses at higher education institutions are within the scope of compulsory course and this course is programmed and applied at least for two semesters. The common compulsory foreign language at our university in English and comprises English education at the basic level (CEFR A1/A2). Also, these courses are taught through distance education.

Foreign Language Exemption Exam is held for all the 1st year students who get placed into Turkish-medium departments every year on the date specified according to the related academic calendar. All of our 1st year students who match the criteria (including those who failed the optional preparatory program and our 1st year students who suspended their registration in the previous year) have the right to take the exam. The exam is not compulsory. The students who haven’t taken or couldn’t take the exam will take the course in the related term.

Our students who take the pass mark (60 – letter grade CC- and above) as specified pursuant to “Undergraduate Education and Teaching Regulation” of our university are exempt from the courses, Foreign Language I (English I), to be taught in the fall semester and, Foreign Language II (English II), to be taught in the spring semester. The students who pass the Exemption Exam have the right, upon their wish, to continue their courses, renouncing their rights of exemption by writing a petition within the frameworks of codes of practice which are to be determined later.

In line with the resolutions taken by the Chairmanship of Higher Education Council due to COVID 19 outbreak, Common Compulsory Foreign Language I-II Exemption Exam will be held ONLINE on Monday, 12 October 2020 for all the faculties and departments (EXCLUDING the Faculty of Medicine) but the hour of the exam will differ according to faculties and departments. As the academic calendar is different from that of the other departments, Compulsory Foreign Language I-II Exemption Exam, which is for the 1st year students at the Faculty of Medicine, will be also held ONLINE on Thursday, 15 October 2020 at 15.30.

Note: The students who successfully complete the optional preparatory program and will continue their 1st year don’t need to take the Exemption Exam. Foreign Language I (English I) and Foreign Language II (English II) course grades of those students will be entered on the system as AA in accordance with Istanbul Medeniyet University Foreign Language Preparation Education and Exam Regulations (Article 11/1-d), dated 13 April 2019, and numbered 3074


- As all the announcements regarding the process of examination will be made through the website of the School of Foreign Languages (, the website should be constantly followed for all the up-to-date announcements.

-It is quite important that students must keep their contact details (email etc.) on Student Information System (OBS) up-to-date so that we can follow up with them, especially in this process of online education that we are all going through.

-You can receive detailed information about the course and the Exemption Exam from the instructors of the course, attending Foreign Language I, which is in your course schedule, during 5-9 October 2020.

- You can send an email to for your questions and problems.

Owing to the outbreak, the School of Foreign Languages reserves the right to make any amendments in the academic calendar and exam applications in line with unexpected developments. Therefore, our institution is not liable for the plans our students do in the exam week.