Study Abroad

Why Study Abroad?

Studying abroad is almost a one time opportunity and a benefit which individuals will only get to experience as college students. If you think about it, most individuals in their working life will only be entitled to a few weeks vacation time during the year. If you are lucky to go abroad for a short period then you get the excitement of experiencing a different culture for a brief moment in time. Studying abroad for a summer and/or a semester-/year-long exchange program gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in an entire culture for an extended time. In short, it is likely that you will never get a similar opportunity to live and immerse yourself in a different culture outside of your college days, mainly because of time constraints! In turn, this gives you the opportunity to learn or perfect your language skills, broaden your academic and professional development, as well as make new friends. Added to this, you are given the rare opportunity to see your own country from the outside, which helps mature or change your existing ideas about the world or a particular culture.

If you are interested in Turkey or are a current student of Turkish Studies and are thinking of studying abroad, you have a wide array of opportunities open to you. There are two broad categories of study abroad programs which you can choose to attend in Turkey:

  1. Summer Study Abroad Sessions
  2. Semester or Year-Long Exchange Programs

Summer Study Abroad Sessions

The most popular are summer study abroad sessions, where you can attend a program put together by a U.S. based university. These programs, typically designed for the benefit of undergraduate students, last anywhere from six to eight weeks in length and can offer a combination of area studies and/or intensive Turkish language study.

Duke University
Summer Abroad
6 weeks
İstanbul, Ankara

Program: Duke Global Education for Undergraduates
Partner: Boğaziçi University
Contact: Erdag Goknar
Georgetown University
Semester Program (Fall)
4 months
Alanya

Program: McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies
Contact: Liz Greenfeld
Indiana University
Summer Language Workshop (Turkish, Tatar, Uzbek, Uighur)
8 weeks
Bloomington, IN

Program: Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European, and Central Asian Languages
Contact: Kemal Silay
Portland State University
Summer Abroad
4 weeks
İstanbul, Ankara

Program: PSU Study Abroad in Turkey
Contact: Tugrul Keskin
University of Arizona
Summer Abroad
8 weeks
İzmir

Program: Arizona in Turkey
Partner: Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi
Contact: Ahmet Okal
University of Nevada, Reno
Summer Abroad
2 weeks
İstanbul

Program: UNR Study Abroad in Turkey
Contact: Berch Berberoglu
University of Texas-Austin
Summer Abroad
8 weeks
Ankara

Program: Ankara Study Abroad
Partner: TOBB-ETU
Contact: Jeannette Okur

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Semester or Year-Long Exchange Programs

The other alternative is semester or year-long exchange programs. These are programs, again, typically designed for undergraduates, who are given the opportunity to study in Turkey, at a Turkish university for an extended period of time. The courses they take can sometimes be counted towards the major/minor programs they are studying for in their home institution in the U.S. In addition, students ordinarily do not have to pay the host Turkish institution additional fees.

Columbia University
Semester Program
1 semester (Fall or Spring)
İstanbul

Program: Boğaziçi University Exchange
Partner: Boğaziçi University
Contact: Lindsey Schram
Duke University
Semester Program
İstanbul, Ankara

Program: Duke Global Education for Undergraduates
Partner: Boğaziçi University
Contact: Erdag Goknar
The George Washington University
Semester Program
1 semester (Fall or Spring)
İstanbul

Program: George Washington University Exchange
Partner: Boğaziçi University
Contact: Taylor Wood
Georgetown University
Semester Program (Fall)
4 months
Alanya

Program: McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies
Contact: Liz Greenfeld
Georgia State University
Semester Program
1 semester (Fall or Spring)
İstanbul

Program: Georgia State University Exchange: Boğaziçi University
Partner: Boğaziçi University
Contact: Dr. Gayle Nelson
Georgia State University
Semester Program
1 semester (Fall or Spring)
İstanbul

Program: Georgia State University Exchange: Koç University
Partner: Koç University
Contact: Dr. Gayle Nelson
Syracuse University
Semester Abroad
1 semester (Fall or Spring)
İstanbul

Program: Syracuse University Study Abroad
Partner: Bahçeşehir University
Contact: Erika Wilkens-Sözen
Syracuse University
Semester Program
Usually 1 semester (can be up to 1 year)
İstanbul

Program: Syracuse University Study Abroad
Partner: Boğaziçi University
Contact: Ginny Pellam-Montalbano
University of California at Los Angeles
Semester, Full Year
1 semester, Full Year
Ankara

Program: Georgia State University Exchange: Koç University
Partner: Bilkent University
University of Nevada, Reno
Semester Program
1 semester (Fall or Spring)
İstanbul

Program: Koç University Exchange
Partner: Koç University
Contact: Berch Berberoglu
University of Nevada, Reno
Semester Program
1 semester (Fall or Spring)
İstanbul

Program: Koç University Exchange
Partner: İstanbul Technical University
Contact: Berch Berberoglu
University of Nevada, Reno
Semester Program
1 semester (Fall or Spring)
İstanbul

Program: Yeditepe University Exchange
Partner: Yeditepe University
Contact: Berch Berberoglu
University of Nevada, Reno
Semester Program
1 semester (Fall or Spring)
İstanbul

Program: Kocaeli University Exchange
Partner: Kocaeli University
Contact: Berch Berberoglu
University of Texas-Austin
Semester Program
1 semester (Fall or Spring)
İstanbul

Program: Boğaziçi University Study Abroad
Partner: Boğaziçi University
University of Texas-Austin
Semester Program
1 semester (Fall or Spring)
İstanbul

Program: Koç University Study Abroad
Partner: Koç University

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