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Deadlines:
04/01/2015
Credit:
3-4 semester / 4.5-6 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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04/01/2015
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3-4 semester / 4.5-6 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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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

Experience an exciting summer in in a city thriving at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Learn about the history, politics, arts, and culture of Turkey in the heart of this dynamic city on the Bosphorus. This program combines a diverse range of courses taught by experts at Koç University, one of Turkey’s leading private learning institutions as well as other prestigious academic institutions in Turkey.

Two, four-week sessions offer a survival course in Turkish language, as well as a selection of courses on Turkish visual culture, history, government, civil society, and politics.

Study abroad in Istanbul and you will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of Turkey as a society undergoing rapid urbanization and social transformation
  • Experience the country from multiple perspectives through visits to community centers, arts centers, and museums, research centers, and NGOs
  • Have the opportunity to volunteer with a local NGO
  • Live with a local student on the Koç campus or a host family in the city center
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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 $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Travel with friends to a new city to explore history, art, architecture, culture, and social challenges. Part of every short-term program, our three-day Intercultural Comparative Experiences are an ideal way to highlight cultural differences and sharpen critical thinking skills

Expand your global perspective. Choose to spend your intercultural weekend in one of these European cities:

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Berlin, Germany
  • London, England
  • Paris, France

Cultural Activities and Day Trips

Visits to NGOs and places of historical and cultural interest are a part of the CIEE Summer Contemporary Turkish Studies program. Local trips include visits to the main Byzantine and Ottoman monuments in the Sultanahmet district, including Haghia Sophia, the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace. 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.

Excursions

CIEE group excursions provide the opportunity to explore the history, culture, and traditions of different regions of Turkey. Each summer session includes one overnight excursion. In session one, you’ll visit Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, and Misiköy, a village on the outskirts of the city. During session two, you’ll explore Çanakkale, site of the famed Dardanelles Strait and the Gallipoli battlefields of WWI, and spend a day on the Aegean island of Bozcaada, once home to a large Greek community and still famous for its wine production.

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. 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.

CIEE Student Mentors

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

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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
Summer 2015 Session I
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$3,850

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, 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 **
$2,987
Housing
$450
Insurance
$113

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$700
International Airfare *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$100
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.

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

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Summer 2015 Session II
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$3,850

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, 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 **
$2,987
Housing
$450
Insurance
$113

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$700
International Airfare *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$100
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.

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

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Summer 2015 Session I, II
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$6,930

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 **
$5,617
Housing
$900
Insurance
$113

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,400
International Airfare *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$200
Visa Fees
$20
Personal expenses
$1,400

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.

* 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

Students are required to enroll in one area studies course per session for a recommended 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits. Students may also take a Survival Turkish language course for an additional 1 semester/1.5 quarter credits per session. Total recommended credit is 3-4 semester/4.5- 6 quarter hours per session or, 6-8 semester/ 9-12 quarter hours for students completing both Session I and Session II.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students are required to enroll in one course per four-week session and may alos choose to take a Survival Turkish language 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 both 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

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Founded in 1993, Koç University is a private institution located on a hillside campus overlooking the Black Sea, approximately 45 minutes from central Istanbul. A liberal arts institution, courses are taught in English and most of the faculty earned their graduate degrees from universities in North America and Western Europe. The campus fosters a vibrant student life and its facilities are consistent with those at U.S. schools.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

You may either live in a residence hall on the Koç University campus or choose a homestay. Breakfast and dinner are included in the homestay option, as well as a small transportation allowance. Homestays are located 30 minutes to an hour from Koç University by public transportation. Students staying in Koç residence halls typically share a double room with a CIEE or Turkish roommate. Residence halls are close to other campus buildings and have laundry and kitchen facilities, however meals are not included in this option. The university has a small grocery store as well as several restaurants and cafés, some of which are open 24 hours. You can prepare your own meals in the residence hall kitchen, eat on campus, or 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 on the Koç University campus in all academic buildings and residence halls. For those without a wireless connection, the university’s computer lab is also available.

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Academics

Academics

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

study abroad in Turkey

Students have the option of enrolling in one or two consecutive four-week sessions. Students enroll in one three-credit (45 contact hours) area studies course per session and also have the option to take a one-credit (15 contact hours) Survival Turkish language course. Area studies courses meet three to four hours a day, three to four days a week (Monday–Thursday) over the course of four weeks. The Survival Turkish language course meets twice a week for 3.75 hours per week for a total of 15 hours in each four-week session. Survival Turkish is offered in two levels (101 and 102) in each session.

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 three to four hours per day, four to five days a week, as summer 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 primarily taught by faculty from Koç University, and in some cases, CIEE staff, and faculty from other local universities.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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 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.

Session I

Students choose one of the following courses. Final course availability will be determined just prior to the start of Session I, based on student enrollment and overall course preferences.

EXCH 301 Turkish Culture and History
An introduction to the cultural and social issues that are significant in the making of modern Turkey from the early 19th century to the present, with specific emphasis on the cultural and social transformations at major turning points. To give an overview of the history of Turkey, the first week of the lecture will cover the leading issues in the history of the Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic. Then, the course will proceed with selected topics that are important in understanding Turkish society.

SOSC 114 Civil Society and Democracy in Turkey
Civil society and its relationship to democracy has been a topic of much theoretical discussion in terms of social and political processes. This course aims to introduce the main concepts, theories, and discussions of this relationship, looking at how civil society interacts with various social institutions and processes, with a special focus on Turkish civil organizations and their contributions to the issues considered to be the fault lines of Turkish democracy, such as the Kurdish Question and the headscarf ban.

Session II

Students choose one of the following courses. Final course availability will be determined just prior to the start of Session II, based on student enrollment and overall course preferences.

HUMS 301 Visual Culture in Turkey
This course explores visuals in different forms and media; how images function as signs; and are produced, distributed, and consumed in contemporary Turkey. The course will trace current visual culture (film, television, traditional and contemporary art) in Turkey through themes such as religion, modernity, and nationalism, as well as gender, politics of space, and power regimes. Through coursework and site visits students will be critically engaged with the local culture and gain perspectives on both past and present visual manifestations of Turkish culture.

MAVA 344 Design by Turkish Arts
This course enables students to study the Turkish arts by producing traditional art forms. During this class, Turkish ceramics, carpets, textiles, miniatures, papercutting, book illustrations, as well as folkloric and cultural themes, are used to create a design project. Students will make connections between Turkish culture and another culture and use innovative approaches to perceive and interpret Turkish cultural heritage through interdisciplinary media.

EXCH 301 Turkish Culture and History
An introduction to the cultural and social issues that are significant in the making of modern Turkey from the early 19th century to the present, with specific emphasis on the cultural and social transformations at major turning points. To give an overview of the history of Turkey, the first week of the lecture will cover the leading issues in the history of the Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic. Then, the course will proceed with selected topics that are important in understanding Turkish society.

Optional Language Elective
In addition to one of the area studies courses described above, students may enroll in a Survival Turkish course for a recommended one semester/1.5 quarter credit. Students are strongly encouraged to add this language course, as it will help them engage more meaningfully with Turkish people and develop a better understanding of Turkish society and culture.

Students with previous knowledge of Turkish or students enrolling in two consecutive sessions may enroll in TURK 102 Survival Turkish II.

TURK 101 Survival Turkish I
An introduction to the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing in Turkish, and to the Turkish culture. This course enables students to understand basic greetings and routine phrases and to pick out familiar words and phrases in simple texts.

TURK 102 Survival Turkish II
A continuing introduction to the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing in Turkish, and to the Turkish culture. This course enables students to join in basic conversations and to be able to talk about daily activities and write simple phrases/sentences.

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