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Exemption from FDY

The students who can certify that they have passed one of the national and/or international foreign language examinations at a level determined by the university are entitled to begin undergraduate programs. 

According to the latest instruction letter for Foreign Language Exam Equivalencies issued by the Centre for Selection and Placement of Students in order for an exam to be accepted as equivalent, it must be taken in a building owned by a state university if the test is taken in Turkey. 

The "home edition” and “online versions" of the external exams are not accepted for exemption from the Foundation Development Year for undergraduate level students. 

The following international exams and minimum scores will exempt students from the SU Foundation Development Year (FDY).


ExamsValidityMinimum Scores
PTE Academic2 years


(Minimum score should be 67 from each part)

TOEFL IBT2 years


(MyBest scores are not accepted)

CAE3 yearsC
CPE3 yearsC
YDS5 years90
ELAE Stage 2 (Sabanci University's own Proficiency Exam)2 years70

Those who have completed their high school education in a majority native English-speaking country, such as the USA, Canada or England, can also be exempted from the Foundations Development Year if they have attended for the last three years an institution that the citizens of the country concerned attend.

For exemption from SU FDY in 2023-2024 Summer Semester, submission dates of external exam test scores are 7- 27 June 2024.

Original reports of test scores need to be submitted to Nilay Konuşkan ( at School of Languages by e-mail.