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Dates:
09/03/2014 - 01/12/2015
Deadlines:
Extended to: 05/01/2014
Credit:
15 - 17 semester / 22.5 - 25.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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01/22/2014 - 06/03/2014
Deadlines:
11/01/2013
Credit:
15 - 17 semester / 22.5 - 25.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Deadlines:
11/01/2014
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15 - 17 semester / 22.5 - 25.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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09/03/2014 - TBA
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Extended to: 05/01/2014
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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Spend a semester or 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 Turkey’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
  • 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
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

In addition to an introduction to Turkish language, you can 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.

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Excursions

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 which will give you the opportunity to reflect on your experiences in Turkey and prepare you for your return to the U.S.

Immersion

Study abroad in Istanbul offers a number of programs and activities to help you integrate 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.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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End Date
Costs
Fall 2014 (19 wks)
Extended to: 05/01/2014
09/03/2014
01/12/2015
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, local government registration fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$15,148
Housing ***
$2,125
Insurance ****
$277

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** A limited number of homestays are available each semester. The homestay option includes two meals daily.

**** includes mandatory Turkish insurance

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,900
International Airfare **
$1,250
Local Transportation
$350
Books & Supplies
$250
Visa Fees
$60
Personal expenses
$2,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in apartments; students in homestays need to budget $900 for lunches

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2014 (19 wks)
11/01/2013
01/22/2014
06/03/2014
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, local government registration fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$15,148
Housing ***
$2,125
Insurance ****
$277

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** A limited number of homestays are available each semester. The homestay option includes two meals daily.

**** includes mandatory Turkish insurance

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,900
International Airfare **
$1,250
Local Transportation
$350
Books & Supplies
$250
Visa Fees
$60
Personal expenses
$2,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in apartments; students in homestays need to budget $900 for lunches

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2015
11/01/2014
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015
Extended to: 05/01/2014
09/03/2014
TBA
$33,900

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, local government registration fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$28,898
Housing ***
$4,250
Insurance ****
$452

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all student

*** A limited number of homestays are available each semester. The homestay option includes two meals daily.

**** includes mandatory Turkish insurance

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$3,800
International Airfare **
$1,250
Local Transportation
$700
Books & Supplies
$500
Visa Fees
$60
Personal expenses
$4,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in apartments; students in homestays need to budget $900 for lunches

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

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.

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Program Requirements

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 in Istanbul.

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About the City

About The City

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.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Kathryn Bourgeois

Originally from California, Kathryn Bourgeois has been a resident of Turkey since 1997. She comes to CIEE with many years experience in the study abroad field and is particularly adept with issues surrounding intercultural communication. Kathryn has served in study abroad capacities with Pitzer and Scripps Colleges in the U.S. and in Turkey. Kathryn holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Scripps College, has completed graduate work in Sociology at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and is a Certified Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (CTEFL).

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Your hands are warmed by endless cups of çay; your ears become attuned to the sounds of the call to prayer, arabesk, and pop alaturca; your feet get used to walking on marble ruins, ancient pathways, and the uneven and crowded pavement of city streets; your mouth becomes accustomed to the phrase “Inshallah” and the sweet taste of baklava; your eyes are delighted by the striking variety and beauty of the country and its historical and cultural sites; your mind is challenged by the contradictions experienced in your daily encounters with Turkish people and society.

Istanbul is a microcosm of Turkey, reflecting the diversity and complexity of the nation’s ethnic, religious, and cultural identities. The forces of rapid urbanization, gentrification, and globalization are clearly visible in the city’s public spaces and in the lifestyles of its inhabitants. From its skyline dominated by the minarets of the Blue Mosque, the dome of Haghia Sophia, and modern skyscrapers, to the synthesis of middle eastern and western motifs in the music and clothing sold on the city’s famed Istiklal Caddesi, Istanbul offers a feast for the senses and the opportunity to explore a nation trying to balance tradition with modernity in an age of rapid social transformation.

— Kathryn Bourgeois, Resident Director

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Koray Unur

A native of Istanbul, Koray Unur has been with CIEE since 2010. Koray holds a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from Bilgi University. His research interest centers on the construction and representation of history in photography.

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Where You'll Study

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.

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Housing & Meals

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. 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. 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.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Istanbul even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

The mandatory weeklong on-site orientation program introduces you to the country, culture, language, and academic program, as well as provides practical information about living in Turkey. The orientation includes a Koç University international student orientation, as well as specially designed CIEE activities, city tours, and discussions designed to help you adjust to life in Istanbul. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You'll have access to the Internet throughout the Koç University campus, including all residence halls and academic buildings. You will also be able to use the University computer labs. Students are assigned a Koç University email address upon arrival.

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Culture

Culture

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Visits to NGOs and places of historical and cultural interest are a regular part of the study abroad program. Local field trips include visits to the main Byzantine and Ottoman monuments in the Sultanahmet district, including Haghia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace. Visits to community centers, art centers and museums, research centers, and NGOs enable you to develop different perspectives on various elements of Turkish society. Participation in both local and international music, art, film, dance, and theater festivals is also part of the program each semester.

Two CIEE 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.

Throughout the semester, you can be reimbursed for cultural activities such as concerts, films, football games, or a Turkish bath via the program's Cultural Interaction Fund.

End of Semester CIEE Program Retreat

This day-long retreat facilitates your reflection on your experiences in Turkey and prepares you for your return to the U.S. and the opportunity to build on your new perspectives and knowledge. The retreat is typically held off-campus and includes group meals, activities, and discussions as well as the chance to relax.

Immersion

Volunteering

In consultation with CIEE staff, you may take part in non-credit community service/volunteer opportunities. You may volunteer in various NGOs, schools, and community centers. Placements are competitive and cannot be guaranteed. Former CIEE students have done a variety of volunteer work, including teaching English to children in low-income neighborhoods and developing websites and brochures for local organizations. There is also an active volunteering club on the Koç campus which you may join.

Student Clubs

There are a variety of student clubs that organize both on- and off-campus events and volunteer opportunities on a regular basis.

CIEE Student Assistants

Student assistants recruited by CIEE from Koç University organize weekly activities for CIEE students both on and off campus throughout the semester. Activities may include Turkish movie nights, cooking workshops, coffee and discussion, and sporting events.

Koç Student Mentors

Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by Koç student mentors who will assist you with settling into life on campus and in Istanbul during the first month of the program.

Peer Language Tutors

As part of the Turkish language course small groups of CIEE students are assigned a peer language tutor with whom they meet once a week for language practice

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Academics

Academics

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 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 a week. Study abroad students may take any course offered as long as they have completed the necessary prerequisites and received permission from the instructor.

Nature of Classes

Participants take Turkish language alongside other CIEE and international students at Koç University. For all other classes, participants directly enroll in host University courses and take classes with Turkish and other international students.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

As students gain proficiency in Turkish, resident staff encourages them to use their language skills in everyday settings. The more students participate, the more a community that contributes to Turkish language proficiency and understanding of Turkish society develops.

Grading System

As the Koç University curriculum was initially based on a U.S. academic model, the grading scale follows an American model of letter grades A-F with pluses and minuses, based on a scale of 100. Courses include mid-term and final exams and, depending on the course, additional assignments such as a research paper or class presentation. Attendance and class participation are also incorporated into the final grade for the program courses.

Language of Instruction

English
Turkish (Turkish course only)

Faculty

All courses are taught by faculty from Koç University.

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

CLST 3001 ISTA

Seminar on Living and Learning in Istanbul
The CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Istanbul is designed to improve students' intercultural communication and competence while studying abroad by considering how Turkish people are different from, and similar to, themselves and others. The course offers opportunities, both in and outside the classroom, to develop insights and the skills necessary to interact effectively and appropriately, and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the cultural richness of Turkey. Contact hours: 25. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours. Instructor: Kathryn Bourgeois, CIEE Resident Director

Koç University Courses

The following is a sampling of academic disciplines available at Koç University in which CIEE students can enroll. The Koç University website includes updated course information at www.ku.edu.tr .

College of Administrative Sciences and Economics
Business Administration
Economics
International Relations

College of Arts and Humanities
Archaeology and History of Art
Cinema
English Language and Comparative Literature
History
Media and Visual Arts
Music
Philosophy
Psychology
Sociology

College of Engineering
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

College of Sciences
Chemistry
Mathematics
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Physics

The following courses have a Turkish or regional focus and are recommended to program participants.

Archaeology and History of Art
Anatolian Archaeology I, II, III, and IV
Archaeology and History of Hittites
Art and Archaeology of Seljuk Period
The Art of Mediterranean and European Civilizations: Ancient to Pre-Modern Constantinople 1330–1453
Islamic Cities
Painting in the Ottoman Empire

Business Administration
Legal Aspects of International Business
Turkish Accounting and Tax System

Economics
Economics of the European Union
Tracking the Turkish Economy
Turkish Economy I and II

History
Comparative Urban History
European Diplomacy and the Ottoman Empire
History of Ideologies: Nationalism, Socialism, and Fascism
Labor History of the Late Ottoman Empire and Early Republican Turkey
Modernization and Social Change in the Ottoman Empire
The Ottoman World in Transition: 1566-1839
Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union: 1917-1991

International Relations
Contemporary Issues in Turkish Politics
Identity and Foreign Policy of the EU
Governments and Politics of the Middle East
International Migration in a Global World
The Turkish Constitutional System
Turkish Foreign Policy
U.S.-Turkish Relations

Philosophy
Philosophy in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Psychology
Family Studies and Turkish Family

Sociology
Social Stratification
Turkish Society in Comparative Perspective
Urban Sociology

Required Turkish Language Courses

Beginning Turkish: Basic Turkish I and II

Intermediate Turkish: Basic Turkish III and IV

Students are required to enroll in a Turkish language course at their level (i.e. Basic Turkish I). These courses focus on developing communication skills through reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students are introduced to the basics of grammar and vocabulary. Readings include level-appropriate texts. Students meet one hour a week with a peer language tutor as part of the course. Contact hours: 45–60. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Koç University Elective Course for Foreign Students

EXCH 301 Turkish Culture and History

The aim of this course is to introduce foreign students to the cultural and social issues which are significant in molding modern Turkey. The course covers the period from the early 19th century, with specific emphasis on the cultural and social transformations in major moments and turning points. To give an overview of the history of Turkey, the first weeks of the course covers the leading issues in the history of the Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic. Then, the course proceeds with selected topics that are important in understanding Turkish society.

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