Admission is open to all bachelor’s degree holders, aiming academic or professional career and interested in furthering their education through a program of individual study in architecture and urban design.

Required application materials are:

1- Statement of Interest  (A personal statement explaining goals and objectives for the program, description of the intended field of study, research or design project based on Istanbul)
2- Current resume (CV) and creative portfolio
3- English Language Proficiency Test Result

Participants will be able to join the program without paying any contribution fee.

Given the individualized nature of the Academy’s program, there are a limited number of spots available each semester, so we suggest early applications. Interested participants are encouraged to contact the Academy’s director to express their intent to apply.

The language of the program is Turkish and English. Seminars, conferences and events are mostly held in Turkish. The applicants are expected to have sufficient knowledge in English to be able to read, discuss, research and present their studies. All applicants whose native language is not Turkish or English must submit YDS (min 65), TOEFL IBT (min 70) or IELTS  (min 6.0) score for admissions.

2022 / Fall Semester

Application Deadline: September 25, 23.59 (UTC+3)
Interview Date: October 1, 2022
Program Start Date: October 10, 2022
Program End Date: January 29, 2023

AURA Istanbul 2022 Fall Semester Certificate Program will start on October 10, 2022 and will continue for 16 weeks.

During the Fall Semester, seminars, conferences and events will be held in person at the AURA Istanbul’s center in Beşiktaş, Istanbul. Participants are expected to adapt to the dynamic structure of the events within the program and participate in the program fulltime on weekdays and Saturdays.

The core of the Academy’s program is the Research-Based Design Studio. The instructors of the studio will be Ersen Gürsel and Ayşegül Kuruç. The participants are expected to work in studio at least five days a week to advance their projects independently between sessions.

Detailed information about the program can be found on the Program, Program Modules and Design Studio pages.

The application deadline for the 2022 Fall Semester is September 25, 2022.




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