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Study Abroad in Istanbul
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Program Overview

Program Overview

CIEE offers unique opportunities to learn about contemporary Turkey as a society undergoing rapid urbanization and social transformation. During three weeks in January, discover Turkey’s history, politics, traditions, and people through cultural activities, excursions, and a course taught by an expert from a prestigious academic institution. This is a fantastic opportunity to study the dynamics at the border of Europe and the Middle East.

Study abroad in Istanbul and you will:

  • Experience the country from multiple perspectives through visits to community centers, arts centers, and museums, research centers, and NGOs
  • Live with a host family or a local student in a dorm in central Istanbul
  • Go on a daytrip to Bursa, the first Ottoman capital
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Excursions

This program includes visits to NGOs and places of historical and cultural interest. You might visit Byzantine and Ottoman monuments in the Sultanahmet district, including Haghia Sophia, the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace. Use all your senses to take in the history, culture, and traditions of Turkey. The January program includes one daytrip to Bursa to explore the cultural and architectural masterpieces of the first Ottoman capital.

Volunteering

In consultation with CIEE staff, you may take part in non-credit community service/volunteer opportunities in NGOs, schools, and community centers. Placements are competitive and cannot be guaranteed. 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.

Student to Student

In consultation with CIEE staff, you may take part in non-credit community service/volunteer opportunities in NGOs, schools, and community centers. Placements are competitive and cannot be guaranteed. 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.

Cultural Activities

Visits to community centers, arts centers and museums, research centers, and NGOs allow you experience Turkish society from multiple perspectives. Weekly walking explorations of various neighborhoods of Istanbul will give you an in-depth experience of local life and livelihoods. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy Turkish movie nights, Turkish cooking or art workshops and other hands-on experiences of local culture.

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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.

  • 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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Application Due
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End Date
Costs
January 2017 (3 wks)
11/15/2016
01/02/2017
01/20/2017
$2,950

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, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$1,603
Housing ***
$1,000
Insurance
$47

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Two meals a day are included for students in a homestay; students in downtown dormitories are responsible for all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$400
International Airfare **
$850
Local Transportation
$100
Books & Supplies
$50
Visa Fees
$20
Personal expenses
$700

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 dormitories; students staying in homestays should budget approximately $150 for weekday 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 credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours and 45 contact hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students are required to enroll in one course.

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About the City

About The City

Istanbul spans 8,000 years of history and two continents. Its commercial and historic center lies in Europe, while a third of its nearly 15 million citizens live in Asia. The city straddles the Bosphorus – one of the world’s busiest waterways – which connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara. Once the seat of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, Istanbul is now the cultural and economic capital of the Republic of Turkey. Its historic evolution continues with the ongoing transformation wrought by rapid migration and urbanization.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Kathryn Bourgeois

Resident Director

Originally from California, Kathryn Bourgeois has been a resident of Turkey since 1997. She comes to CIEE with many years of 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 United States. and in Turkey. Kathryn holds a bachelor’s degree 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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Pinar Guctekin

Program Coordinator

Originally from Antalya, Turkey, Pınar has an M.A. in Visual Arts and Communication Design from Sabanci University in Istanbul and is a Ph.D candidate in Media Studies at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul. Her research interests include contemporary video practices in Turkey and critical theory.

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Koray Unur

Program Coordinator

A native of Istanbul, Koray Unur has been with CIEE since 2010. Koray holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree 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

Your course will be held at the Turkuaz Language and Culture Center located just above the Kabataş tramway stop in central Istanbul. Students have the opportunity to meet with other international students studying Turkish language at the center.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

You may either live in a student dorm in the central Istanbul districts of Şişli (for women) or Osmanbey (for men) or choose a homestay. Breakfast and dinner are included in the homestay option. Homestays are located 20 minutes to an hour by public transportation from the Turkuaz Language and Culture Center, where classes will be held. Dorms are a 40-minute walk or 20-minute commute by public transportation to the center. Students staying in the dorms typically share a double room with a CIEE or other international student or a Turkish roommate. Dorms have Wi-Fi, laundry and kitchen facilities, however meals are not included in this option. You can prepare your own meals in the residence hall kitchen or eat at neighborhood restaurants and cafés.

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Orientations

Orientations

Each session begins with a mandatory, two-day orientation that will introduce you to the academic program. Orientation also covers health and safety issues, intercultural awareness and communication, and practical information about living and studying in Turkey. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

Wireless Internet access is available in the dorms, homestays, and at the Turkuaz Language and Culture Center.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE January Contemporary Turkish Studies program offers students the opportunity to learn about the history, politics, and culture of Turkey in an academically challenging and engaged environment.

Students enroll in one, three-credit (45 contact hours) course. Courses meet four hours per day, four days a week (Monday–Thursday) over the course of three weeks.

Academic Culture

All 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. Students will be in class four hours per day, four days a week. January courses are condensed versions of semester-long courses.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with fellow CIEE students.

Grading System

Grades (A–F with pluses and minuses, based on a scale of 100) are assigned based on mid-term and final exams and, depending on the course, additional assignments such as a research paper, weekly response papers, presentations, or projects. Attendance and class participation are also incorporated into the final grade. Class attendance is mandatory in all classes.

Language of Instruction

English

Faculty

Courses are taught by faculty from local universities.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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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 canceled 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.

SOCI 3001 ISTU
Modernization in Turkey

This course will explore different aspects of the process of modernization in Turkey by focusing on socio-economic, cultural and religious changes since the formation of the nation-state. During the course, we will discuss historical and sociological roots of issues such as Westernization, development, underdevelopment, national identity, citizenship, gender, minorities and secularism as related with the process of modernization, while being acquainted with different theoretical frameworks explaining “modernization.” Weekly documentary film screenings and site visits are a central part of the course.

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