The first two weeks I felt very insecure, I even considered going back to Austria. The reason: The lack of English-speaking lecturers and students. In the course catalogues it is stated whether the course is "recommended for international students". If so, it is supposedly taught in English. Bilgi claims to be an English-speaking University. Well, it is not. Some of the students and the lecturers speak hardly any English at all. Some speak English brilliantly. Go figure...
So my problem was: There were courses that were "recommended for international students", but many of them did not interest me or were the wrong level (Introduction to Webdesign :-| ummmmm..no.).
The solution: It is Turkey. Anything is possible and rules always come with the extended possibilities of exceptions. The thing to do: Go and talk to the course instructors whether he/she will be willing to teach in English. As this is a big uni and many of the instructors aren't in most of the time, it's not THAT easy. (I ended up with approx. 20 small white papers with notes about different assistants and an entire weeks of "office-hopping" and "Sorry, does-anyone-here-speak-English-can-you-help-me".)
After the consents of the instructors you write down the courses and go to the administration, they have to register you manually if the courses are not marked "recommended for international students". Usually you do the registration online yourself. this is just an exception.
The other problem: Even if the courses are taught in English, people switch back to Turkish all the time. And: Some of the "recommended" courses are not taught in English either.
On the other hand it doesn't matter as much as it would in the FHV as there are NO GROUP PROJECTS. You are just doing your own stuff.
Resume: There is a huge amount of courses and many of them sound interesting. If you get around the language problem you can end up with thriling stuff. The pro: You can choose from many different departments. Art, Literature, Informatics, Media Studies, Visual Communication Design, Photography, Business, Mathematics (*uh*yeah*that's*fun*), Radio and Television, Journalism, ..... Apart from the language prob I felt like a kid with a thousand dollar voucher for a candy store :-)