Mission

Language is the key factor of self-improvement

The mission of Bahçeşehir Cyprus University English Preparatory Program (BAU CYPRUS PREP) is to equip non-native speakers of English from different parts of the world with the necessary level of language proficiency and study skills required by their departments. To achieve its mission, BAU Cyprus gives great importance to student centeredness by integrating various technological tools into the process of teaching and learning at the same time raising awareness of being a part of a globalized world.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the English Preparatory Program compulsory for all students?

The English Preparatory Program is “compulsory” for students who are registered in departments in which the language of instruction is completely  English.

How long is the English Preparatory Program?

The normal period of study for the English Preparatory Program is 1 (one) academic year, and the maximum duration is 2 (two) academic years. Students who successfully complete the English Preparatory Program at the end of the first academic year start attending their programs in the related faculties at the university, at the beginning of the following academic year. The students who are not successful continue to attend the English Preparatory Program. Students who fail to complete the English Preparatory Program until the end of the second academic year are (academically) dismissed from the university.

How can I be exempt from the English Preparatory Program?

New students who want to be exempt from the English Preparatory Program are required to take and pass the exams given by the English Preparatory School. In addition, students who hold a document verifying that they have achieved an acceptable score in an international English proficiency exam (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson PTE Academic) recognized by the Senate at Bahçeşehir Cyprus University, may be exempt from the English Preparatory Program, as well as the students who have attended a program instructed 100% in English at their previous university and who hold a document verifying their Proficiency in English from the relevant university’s English Preparatory Program.

In order for a student to be exempt from the English Preparatory Program, the student must achieve a satisfactory score in an international exam whose equivalency is recognized by Bahçeşehir Cyprus University.

Which exams do l have to take to be exempt from the English Preparatory Program?
  1.  English Placement Exam
  2.  English Proficiency Exam
What is the English Placement Exam? Is taking the English Placement Exam compulsory?

The English Placement Exam is an exam for evaluating the English proficiency levels of the students who will be attending university for the first time and for determining the students who are eligible to take the English Proficiency Exam. Students who achieve a net score of 30 out of 60  and writing grades correspond to at least B1 (intermediate) level will be eligible to take the English Proficiency Examination. The students who score less than the above mentioned rates and fail, will be placed in an appropriate level in the English Preparatory Program, according to the results of their English Placement Exam.

What sections are there in the English Placement Exam?

The English Placement Exam consists of two sections including 60 multiple choice questions on grammar and reading comprehension, and a writing section. In scoring the multiple choice questions in the English Placement Exam, for every 4 (four) incorrect answers, one correct answer WILL BE DEDUCTED.You can access sample questions for the How can I learn the result of my English Placement Exam?

You can learn the result of your English Placement Exam on Bahçeşehir Cyprus University webpage.

What is the passing grade for the English Proficiency Exam?

For undergraduate students who would like to continue to the 4-year undergraduate programs, the minimum passing grade required is 60 (sixty) out of 100 (one hundred). 

What is the date, time and place of the English Proficiency Exam given at the beginning of the Academic Year?

Information regarding the date, time and place of the English Proficiency Exam can be found in the Academic Calendar. 

How can I learn the result of my English Proficiency Exam?

You can learn the result of your English Proficiency Exam on Bahçeşehir Cyprus University webpage.

Do I have a chance of being exempt from the English Preparatory Program without sitting the English Proficiency Exam?

In order for a student to be exempt from the English Preparatory Program, the student must achieve a satisfactory score in an international exam whose equivalency is recognized by Bahçeşehir Cyprus University. Foreign language exam results which are not expired are acceptable.

TOEFL (IBT 72)
Pearson PTE Academic 55
CAE C
IELTS 6

Also students who submit “English proficiency documents” verifying that they have successfully completed the English Preparatory Program of a university in which the language of instruction is 100% English, as well as students who have attended high school at least in the last three years in a country where English is the official and native language and have completed their education in such an  institution may be exempt from the English Preparatory Program.

What are the components of the English Proficiency Examination?

Written Exam: assesses the Reading, Listening and Writing skills of the students, and their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. Speaking Exam: assesses the students’ Speaking skills.You can find sample English Proficiency Exams through the link “English Proficiency Sample Exams” on the Webpage of  Bahçeşehir Cyprus University Preparatory School

How am I assigned to a class in the English Preparatory Program?

Students who score below net 30 out of 60 questions in the English Placement Exam and students who fail in the English Proficiency Exam are assigned to classes appropriate to their levels.

What is the minimum acceptable achievement level in the English Placement Exam in order to be eligible for the English Proficiency Exam?

Students who achieve a net score of at least 30 out of 60 in this exam and whose scores in the writing section correspond to at least B1 (intermediate) level will be eligible to take the English Proficiency Exam.

What is the date, time and place of the English Placement Exam given at the beginning of the Academic Year?

Information regarding the date, time, and place of the English Placement Exam can be found in the Academic Calendar of the English Preparatory School

What is the English Proficiency Exam? How many times is it held in 1 (one) academic year?

The English Proficiency Examination is an exam that assesses the students’ proficiency in English and that may exempt the students from the English Preparatory Program. Students who are successful in the English Placement Exam administered at the beginning of the academic year and therefore eligible for the English Proficiency Exam, as well as the students attending the English Preparatory Program will be considered as having successfully completed the English Preparatory Program if they pass the English Proficiency Exam.

The English Proficiency Exam is held three times during an academic year; in September, January, and June. (for exam dates refer to the Academic Calendar).

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