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.

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

Exams Validity Minimum Scores
PTE Academic 2 years 60 (Minimum score should be 59 from each part)
TOEFL IBT 2 years

80 (MyBest scores are not accepted)

CAE 3 years C
CPE 3 years C
YDS 5 years 90
ELAE Stage 2 (Sabanci University's own Proficiency Exam)* 2 years


*This exam is organized by Sabanci University. It is generally held before the start of each term. Passing students are exempt from the FDY.

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 have taken place in a building owned by a state university.

Only original reports of test scores will be accepted.

2019-2020 Academic Year, deadline for submission of Fall Semester External Exam Test Scores for Exemption from SU FDY is 8th January 2020.

Original reports of test scores need to be submitted to Aslı TUAN ACER at School of Languages and will only be accepted during the period state above.

Original reports of test scores should preferably be posted by the test center to Sabancı University.