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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.

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

Accepted score starting from the 2022-2023 Academic year (including the students who enroll in the 2022-2023 Academic Year)

71 (Minimum score should be 67 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

70

*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 if the test is taken in Turkey.

**The minimum score of the PTE Academic exam for exemption from the Foundation Development Year for the undergraduate level, submitted by the end of the 2021-2022 Academic Year Spring and Summer semesters will remain at 60, and the minimum score in each module will remain at 59.

Those who have completed their high school education in an English speaking country 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.

Starting from the 2022-2023 Academic Year (including the students who enroll in the 2022-2023 Academic Year) the "home edition” and “online versions" of the external exam documents obtained from abroad, for exemption from the Foundation Development Year for undergraduate level students will not be accepted.

The "home edition” and “online versions" of the external exam documents obtained from "abroad" and submitted for the undergraduate level by the end of the 2021-2022 Academic Year Spring and Summer semesters will be accepted.

For the end of 2021-2022 Spring Semester, the deadline for submission of external exam test scores for exemption from SU FDY is 4th July 2022.

Original reports of test scores need to be submitted to Nilay Konuşkan (schooloflanguages@sabanciuniv.edu) at School of Languages.