IR Postgraduate Students Talking

─░smail Erkam Sula, PhD Candidate “I joined the Department of International Relations in 2009; an occasion which I consider as a huge step for my academic career. The four years that I have spent at the department have been full of enthusiasm, self-fulfillment, and great future expectations. The academic environment enables us to believe in our own potential. It teaches us to study with passion, to develop personal intellectual abilities, to become philosophers, and to become social scientists as well. The variety of research areas and scholarly approaches among the faculty is like a bench full of a variety of delicious fruits out of which one can select what he/she desires. In this regard, the department offers a large number of research specializations to its graduate students on the theory and practice of international relations.”

Anastassia Boitsova-Bugday, PhD Candidate┬á“I have been at the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University for five and a half years now and the aspect of studying here that amazes me every time is its incredible learning environment. Starting from the courses provided, to multiple seminar series, to out of class discussion with professors and colleagues, Bilkent IR is one of the best places to constantly learn, debate, exchange views on IR theories and international politics, as well as produce and share oneÔÇÖs research and experience.”┬á

 

Uluc Karakas, MA student “After ending my undergraduate education by having many questions in my mind, I needed a graduate education combining skills on analytical-critical thinking with research enthusiasm and conducting decent research. In this sense, “Master of Arts in International Relations” provided me with this opportunity through systematic academic cultivation by taking courses on international relations theory, research methods, security studies and foreign policy. What’s more, through this sort of academic cultivation, I had a distinctive imagination on academic culture involving many scholars from different schools of thoughts and research skills. These were what a graduate student could expect from a graduate institution for me.”

 

Nigarhan G├╝rp─▒nar, MA student “AmerikaÔÇÖdan AvrupaÔÇÖya, Orta Do─čuÔÇÖdan RusyaÔÇÖya bir├žok co─črafyan─▒n yan─▒s─▒ra,┬ád─▒┼č politika, diplomasi, g├╝venlik, ├ževre, enerji, uluslararas─▒ hukuk, uluslararas─▒ siyasi ekonomi gibi konular─▒ndaki derslerin bollu─ču ve bu ba─člamda mevcut olan derslerin ├že┼čitlili─či ├Â─črencilerin ilgi duyduklar─▒ alanlar─▒ ke┼čfetmesi, bu alanlarda ders al─▒p bu alanlara dair teorik ve pratik anlamda farkl─▒ pencerelerden bakma f─▒rsat─▒na sahip olmas─▒ olana─č─▒n─▒ sunuyor. Gerek bu tip derslerin ├že┼čitlili─či, gerekse hocalar─▒n ├Â─črencileriyle yak─▒ndan ilgilenip onlar─▒ y├Ânlendirmesi ve hatta gerekti─či yerlerde cesaret vermesi sayesinde ben de ilgi duydu─čum alan─▒ ke┼čfetme f─▒rsat─▒ buldum ve bu alan hakk─▒nda varolan ├že┼čitli g├Âr├╝┼čleri, teorik bilgileri daha detayl─▒ tan─▒ma ve inceleme f─▒rsat─▒m oldu. Bu sayede ├Â─črenciler sadece ders almakla y├╝k├╝ml├╝ olduklar─▒ bir programla k─▒s─▒tl─▒ kalmay─▒p yeteneklerini ke┼čfedecekleri, ileriye d├Ân├╝k planlar yapabilecekleri ve destek bulabilecekleri bir ortamda kendilerini geli┼čtirme f─▒rsat─▒ buluyorlar.”

Sercan Canbolat, MA Student “Bilkent ├ťniversitesi Uluslararas─▒ ─░li┼čkiler Master Program─▒nda ald─▒─č─▒m derslerin niteli─či ve ayr─▒ca dan─▒┼čman hocalar─▒n─▒n te┼čvik etmesiyle lisans├╝st├╝ ├Â─črencilerinin tez ├žal─▒┼čmalar─▒nda yapt─▒klar─▒ ara┼čt─▒rmalar─▒n bilimsel anlamda evrenselli─či ve genellenebilir olmas─▒n─▒ birlikte d├╝┼č├╝nd├╝─č├╝mde Uluslararas─▒ ─░li┼čkiler b├Âl├╝m├╝n├╝n sundu─ču lisans├╝st├╝ programlar─▒n─▒n bizleri T├╝rkiyeÔÇÖnin di─čer bir├žok ├╝niversitesinde bu alanda e─čitim alan ├Â─črencilerden ├žok daha ayr─▒cal─▒kl─▒ k─▒ld─▒─č─▒na inan─▒yorum. Yurt i├žinde d├╝zenlenen bir├žok lisans├╝st├╝ d├╝zeyde konferans, ├žal─▒┼čtay vb. organizasyonlarda Bilkent ├ťniversitesi lisans├╝st├╝ ├Â─črencileri sundu─ču ├žal─▒┼čmalar ile fark yaratt─▒─č─▒n─▒ ve bu ├žal─▒┼čmalar─▒n T├╝rkiye genelinde di─čer kurumlar ve akademisyenler taraf─▒ndan takdir edildi─čini defalarca g├Âzlemledim. Son olarak, Bilkent ├ťniversitesi Uluslararas─▒ ─░li┼čkiler b├Âl├╝m├╝n├╝n ├Ânerdi─či lisans├╝st├╝ programlar─▒n─▒n bizleri yurt i├žinde daha ayr─▒cal─▒kl─▒ ve sayg─▒n bir yere ta┼č─▒mas─▒n─▒n yan─▒nda uluslararas─▒ alanda da Uluslararas─▒ ─░li┼čkiler alan─▒nda faaliyet g├Âsteren di─čer ├╝niversite ve lisans├╝st├╝ ├Â─črencilerle tam anlam─▒yla rekabet edebilir duruma getirdi─čini belirtmek isterim. Bilkent ├ťniversitesiÔÇÖnde verilen lisans├╝st├╝ e─čitimin d├╝nya standartlar─▒nda oldu─čunu ve ├Âzellikle Uluslararas─▒ ─░li┼čkiler disiplinin temellerinin at─▒ld─▒─č─▒ Kuzey Amerika ve Avrupa k─▒talar─▒nda bulunan iyi ├╝niversitelerin sundu─ču programlar ile e┼čde─čer oldu─čunu d├╝┼č├╝n├╝yorum.

Ali Oguz Dirioz, PhD Candidate “The department of International Relations at Bilkent University is highly selective and expects its graduate students to be amongst the best in Turkey and internationally. One could conduct research in one of the best libraries in Turkey, get TUBITAK funding for conferences, publish good papers or gain experiences while teaching undergraduates. My Best memories, however, are those with my friends during MA studies in the MIAPP program, as well as the PhD classes. Our classmates and Professors made us feel as if we were members of a privileged fellowship rather than mere graduate students. Maybe that was in my cohort, but over the years I’ve had the privilege to meet and work with wonderful students, faculty and staff. And had friendships that I hope will last a lifetime.”

Burak Toygar Halistoprak, PhD Candidate “Bilkent IR Department consists of faculty members with very diversified research profiles. Structure of the department is pluralist both in theoretical and methodological manners. This provides a unique opportunity to the graduate students who are willing to be engaged with different research techniques, cases and theoretical stances.”

 


Mine Nur Kucuk, PhD Candidate
┬á“Bilkent IR provides its students the ability to analyze different international issues from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Therefore, while you are becoming aware of the vital global subject matters, you are also acquiring critical lenses through which you make sense of these matters.”