Student Affairs Directorate

General Information



One academic year consists of two 14-week semesters, excluding end of semester examinations. The Senate may extend or shorten the semester period when it deems necessary. Summer School can be offered, if necessary. Matters related to the summer school are regulated by the Senate. If necessary, classes and exams can be held after the end of work hours on weekdays and/or on Saturdays and Sundays.


Students are required to complete the course registrations through Student Information System within the dates designated and announced by the University at the beginning of each semester, and get their advisor’s approval. Students, who fail to register within this period, will not be able to take the courses and exams in that semester.


Students, who cannot register for a course on the dates specified in the academic calendar and want to change the course or section of the course they are enrolled in, can change courses or course enrolments, or section during the period called "add-drop" period specified in the academic calendar providing they meet the terms in the Regulation for Associate and Undergraduate Degree Education and Examinations.

Students can also apply to withdraw from a course through Student Information System within the dates specified in the academic calendar upon the recommendation of their advisors. Their grade for that course would be entered as grade “W” in their transcript. Students can withdraw from one course at most in each semester.

A student is allowed to withdraw from one course, including double major, minor, or certificate program courses, at the most in one semester, and two courses at the most during his/ her associate degree study, and six courses during his/her undergraduate study upon the recommendation of their academic advisors and the permission of their faculty member.

Students in associate/undergraduate degree programs are not allowed to withdraw from compulsory courses during the first two semesters of their associate/undergraduate degree program, courses taken to increase the grades, courses they have to repeat, and received grade “W” before, which are not included in the grade average. Freshmen of undergraduate programs can only withdraw from general education courses that may be considered as elective courses in their instruction plans.

In accordance with the protocols made between Izmir University of Economics and educational institutions or official authorities abroad, the exchange program students studying at Izmir University of Economics may withdraw from courses upon the recommendation of Office of International Relations Directorate and the permission of the faculty member.  In this case, the rules concerning the grade of “W” will not be applied to these students.

COURSE LOAD (For Undergraduate and Associate Students)

The regular course load of a student for each semester is 30 ECTS credits. Repeated courses are counted as part of the regular course load.

Students, in addition to their regular course load for each semester, can:

a) take total of 6 ECTS credits if they wish with the approval of their academic advisor if their general point average is between 2.00 and 2.49,

b) take total of 12 ECTS credits if they wish with the approval of their academic advisor if their general point average is at least 2.50.

Senior students, who are in their last semester and qualify to graduate at the end of the academic semester they are studying (excluding the summer school and last semester exam right), can take additional course totaling to no more than 48 ECTS credits with the approval of their academic advisor if they took at least 80 ECTS credit course in associate programs, and at least 200 ECTS credit course in undergraduate programs.

Students can 48 ECTS credit courses the most in a semester in addition to double major, minor, and certificate program courses.

Undergraduate degree program students who are about to graduate may be permitted to take courses from graduate degree programs in accordance with the principles to be determined by the Senate.


A prerequisite course is a course that must be succeeded in or taken/followed in order for a course to be taken. Prerequisite courses and their prerequisites become final after the decision of the relevant faculty/school board and the approval of the Senate upon the recommendation of the department offering the course. Courses with prerequisites are shown in the syllabus published on the website.

For example, the prerequisite course of the course “GER 102 - German Language II” is “GER 101 - German Language I”. Students who want to register to GER 102 must take and succeed in GER 101 before.


Students are required to attend classes, laboratories and applied sessions, take the exams during the semester and at the end of the semester, and are required to participate in other activities deemed appropriate by instructors.

The students' attendance is supervised by the respective instructor. Regardless of any kind of excuse, including having a medical report or being suspended from University, students, who do not meet the attendance requirements specified by the Higher Education Council and the extent determined by the Senate, fail (attend 70% of the theoretical courses, and 80% of the applied courses).

REPEATING A COURSE (For Undergraduate and Associate Students)

Students, who have received an FF, FD, NA, W or U in any course, or have not taken a course during the regular semester, must repeat it in the first semester the course is offered.

Students, upon request and with the approval of their academic advisor, can repeat courses (excluding courses they received AA) to raise their grades in which they received a successful grade before, following the semester/s in which they were first taken. For repeated courses, the last grade received is valid regardless of the previous grade.


Students, upon the approval of their academic advisor, can take another course (departmental, technical, free elective course, or elective course from other departments,) or General Education Course (POOL courses) instead of the course that they have taken and failed or withdrew before.

Such change is indicated on the transcript but not taken into account while calculating the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).

Students, who want to change an elective course, should fill out and submit “Elective Course Change Form“, students, who want to change a general education course, should fill out and submit “General Education Course Change Form“, and apply to the Student Affairs Directorate after add-drop period.




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