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CIEE Arts and Sciences Program in Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, General Business, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Sociology Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Academic Level: Sophomore Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Dorms, Host Family
Program Description:

Spend a semester or a year in Istanbul pursuing a wide variety of academic fields and gaining a deeper understanding of Turkey as a society undergoing rapid urbanization and social transformation.

Through studies at one of the most prestigious private universities in the country, volunteering, peer language tutors and a variety of cultural activities and excursions,  you’ll immerse youself in Tukey’s fascinating history, traditions, and people.

Study abroad in Istanbul and you will:

  • Study in a country that offers a unique blend of East and West—rich in history and tradition, yet undergoing rapid social transformation
  • Study and live with local and international students on a beautifulcampus near the Black Sea and the Bosphorus
  • Take a Turkish language course and participate in weekly practice sessions with peer language tutors
  • Engage in weekly discussion sessions, guest lectures, and visits to NGOs and cultural sites
  • Explore the cultural and geographic diversity of Turkey through excursions to various regions ofthe country

The CIEE Difference


In addition to an introduction to Turkish language, enroll in a variety of courses with regional and regional focuses in subjects including Archaeology, History, Art, Philosophy and International Relations. Courses are also available in the Humanities, Sciences and Engineering.


Two weekend excursions provide you the opportunity to explore and compare the varied regions of Turkey. Excursions typically include a visit to a local NGO, a volunteering or cultural activity, and guided walking tours of historical and cultural sites. Past excursions have included Ankara, Çanakkale, Konya, Kars, Trabzon, and Gaziantep. 

You’ll also enjoy a day-long retreat at the end of the semester giving to the opportunity to reflect on your experiences in Turkey and prepare you to return to the U.S.


Study abroad in Istanbul offers a number of programs and activities to help integrate you into the local and university communities. Join a student club;  take in a movie night, cooking workshop, or sporting event; or volunteer with a local NGO, school, or community center. 


Total recommended credit for the semester is 15-17 semester/22.5-25.5 quarter hours and for the academic year, 30-32 semester/45-48 quarter hours.

Course contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.

Program Requirements

All students are required to enroll in a Turkish language course at their level and four additional courses at Koç University. Students may also enroll in the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning.

About Istanbul

Spanning the continents of Europe and Asia and over 3,000 years of history, the city of Istanbul is the largest in Turkey with a population of over 13  million. Once the seat of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, Istanbul is transforming rapidly with the forces of migration, urbanization, and globalization. The CIEE Study Center at Koç University provides study abroad students many opportunities to experience how the influences of the past, present, and possible futures have and continue to shape the physical and cultural landscapes of Turkey.

Where You’ll Study

Founded in 1993, Koç University is a private university located on a beautiful hillside campus overlooking the Black Sea, near the Sariyer district of Istanbul and approximately 45 minutes from the central part of the city. A liberal arts university, courses are taught in English, and most of the faculty received their graduate degrees from universities in North America and Western Europe. The campus includes facilities consistent with those found on U.S. campuses, and there is a vibrant student campus life offering numerous clubs and special activities.

Housing & Meals

Participants live in residence halls on the Koç University campus. Study abroad students typically share a double room with a Turkish roommate. The residence halls are close to all campus buildings and include free laundry and kitchen facilities. A limited number of homestays are available each semester to students.All homestays are carefully recruited and screened by CIEE staff. Host families provide two meals daily and a private room. Students should contact CIEE at the time of application to learn more about the homestay option.Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students can prepare their meals in the residence hall or eat at campus or neighborhood restaurants and cafés. The University has its own small grocery store and several restaurants and cafés, some open 24 hours.

Academic Program

Established in the fall of 2009, the CIEE Study Center at Koç University provides a rigorous academic study abroad program through direct enrollment in Koç University language and area studies courses. In addition to Turkish language courses students select from regular Koç University courses in the social sciences, humanities, natural and physical sciences, business, and engineering.

Academic Culture

All Koç University courses are taught in English and combine lecture and discussion formats. Class-size tends to be small, allowing for maximum interaction between students and faculty. Some introductory level courses combine large weekly lectures with smaller discussion sections. The Turkish language courses are small and include weekly practice sessions with peer tutors for optimal language acquisition. Most courses meet three to four hours per week. Study abroad students may take any course offered as long as they have completed the necessary prerequisites and received permission from the instructor.