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About BAU

BAU offers a contemporary approach to higher education. Our undergraduate and graduate programs offer real-world insights from a faculty of scholar-practitioners. As thought leaders in their fields, they are closely involved with the newest policy developments in Washington, the city that impacts the world. Our students are members of a closely-knit community of global citizens who are committed to making the world a better place. It is specifically set to empower our students to reach their goals.

BAU is a private, non-profit institution of higher education and offers BA programs in Economics and International Affairs, and an MBA with three concentrations: Entrepreneurship, Global Affairs, and International Law and Economics. BAU is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

We are part of the BAU Global Network, which has provided outstanding higher education for over fifteen years. The BAU flagship university, Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, has eight faculties, a school of languages, and two vocational schools. BAU Global’s network of universities and educational programs spans three continents, with offices in Toronto, Berlin, Rome, Hong Kong, and elsewhere.


BAU is located at the political and cultural heart of the nation’s capital, just two blocks from the White House. Our location in Washington, D.C. affords students easy access to key U.S. government agencies, foreign embassies, and leading international institutions (World Bank, IMF, IDB). This ideal location allows interaction with Washington-based think tanks as well as national and international media. BAU is also home to the Global Policy Institute, a highly regarded think tank focused on energy, education, economics, global affairs, and international security.

Washington is home to internationally-recognized monuments and museums and a vibrant cultural life. These include the Smithsonian, the world’s largest network of museums, the Library of Congress, the world’s largest library, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Neighborhoods such as Columbia Heights, Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, and Eastern Market offer countless dining and nightlife opportunities. The beautiful wildlife of the Shenandoah Valley and Chesapeake Bay are short trips from the city, while Rock Creek Park, the C&O Canal, and the Potomac River offer outdoor activities within the District.

Washington is at the center of everything. Here, opportunities are endless.

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