Take the next step in your career with a Master’s degree in TEFL

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you're just thinking about applying for the MA TEFL Program, or you've received your acceptance letter to join us, you're sure to have many questions. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

1. What makes this program different from the other programs?
In 1988, Bilkent University introduced the Master of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) with the aim of enhancing the quality of English language instruction in Turkey. Today, the program is firmly established as one of the premier TEFL programs, prioritising research and the advancement of both practising and aspiring teachers. Over the course of three decades, the MA in TEFL program has successfully graduated numerous teachers from all over Turkey and beyond. Bilkent University takes pride in its MA TEFL alumni, many of whom are prominent figures in the field of English language instruction in Turkey.

2. Who can apply? The program is primarily geared towards the academic and professional development needs of teachers of English who work as, for example, instructors/lecturers (Ö─čretim Görevlileri or Okutmanlar). Application is also open to all local and international practising, and aspiring, EFL or ESL teachers/instructors.

3. How do I apply to the program?
Application is online.

4. Is prior teaching experience required?
No. However, while prior teaching experience is not mandatory, it is desirable.

5. What are the entry requirements? You can find all application requirements on the Application Requirements page of our website. Your application will be deemed complete, and ready for review, once we have received your online application as well as all supplemental materials.

6. Is your program full-time or part-time? Can I apply for part-time study? The program is designed for both full-time and part-time participants; practising teachers may enrol on a part-time basis. For part-time participants, coursework can be completed in four semesters, followed by the thesis. Full-time participants generally finish the coursework in two semesters and the entire program in three to four semesters.

7. How demanding is the MA TEFL Program? Both full-time and part-time participants need to be able to balance simultaneously the assignment load from challenging graduate classes each semester, and the work associated with conducting research and writing a high-quality MA thesis.

8. Is financial assistance provided?
  • Graduate education constitutes a pivotal component in a research university. Since its inception, Bilkent University has committed significant scholarships and resources towards establishing an environment conducive to advanced study and research.
  • At present, approximately 90% of graduate students receive financial support, which is extended in the form of either a tuition waiver or a tuition waiver in addition to a monthly stipend. Currently, ALL of our students are on scholarship.
  • We highly value academic accomplishment and scholarly promise; we, therefore, offer admission and financial assistance to those who exhibit these qualities.

9. Could you provide more information about the selection process?
Selection process is composed of several phases. In the first phase all applications are screened to check if the applicants meet the minimum academic threshold as indicated in the entry requirements. The ones who are shortlisted progress to the next phase, which includes a thorough review of the information, and supplemental materials including personal statement, provided by the applicants. This phase may also include an interview process (i.e. conversational) and/or written examination, should it be deemed necessary. Once review of the application file is completed, the candidates concerned are notified initially. The final phase includes the official approval of the university.

10. Are all applicants invited for an interview? If so, what exactly does the interview phase involve? Applicants may be required to attend an interview (i.e. conversational) which could be conducted online or face-to-face to clarify, any supporting documents, and/or to collect more information about a candidate’s educational and academic background, work experience and/or personal statement, if necessary

11. How do you communicate the results? Only shortlisted candidates get notified through e-mail.

12. Do you accept late applications?
Every year we have two application cycles. If one is missed, it is possible to apply for the following cycle.

13. I’m a practising teacher. Are there any classes that I could attend late in the afternoon?
Most classes are held after 4.30 pm to accommodate the needs of the practising teachers.

14. Are there any courses offered in the summer term?
There is usually at least one course offered every summer.

15. Does TEFL program offer distance or online learning?
Our program is conducted face-to-face except when a visiting/part-time professor from another university outside Ankara/Turkey teaches a course online.

16. Is GRE required?
for international applicants only

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