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Istanbul, Turkey

Program Site: Boğaziçi University (BU) is located on the hills of the Bosphorus and overlooks the Asian continent from the shores of Europe.

Eligibility: Minimum USC cumulative GPA of 3.0, minimum USC GPA of 3.3 in major coursework, and completion of at least three semesters at university before the start of the program. Students must take at least two courses in their major field while at BU.

Description: Located on both sides of the Bosphorus, the narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul bridges Asia and Europe both physically and culturally. Istanbul's population is estimated to be between 12 and 19 million. Boğaziçi University is a highly-regarded public university where the language of instruction is English. About 9,000 undergraduates and 2,500 graduate students are enrolled at BU. 

Academics: USC students are directly enrolled in courses alongside BU students, except for in the Turkish for Foreigners course required for all USC students. Undergraduates can take courses in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, the Faculty of Economics & Administrative Sciences, and the Faculty of Engineering. Students in fields such as archaeology, history, international relations, Middle East studies, political science, and sociology will find courses that relate to Turkey and the region. Courses are also offered in biological sciences, chemistry, economics, English, engineering, mathematics, philosophy, physics, and psychology. Students apply to a home department at BU and must take at least two courses in that department.

Course Load and Credit: Students earn a maximum of 16 USC units per semester. All students must take the 4-unit Turkish for Foreigners course. Most other courses are worth 3 USC units. A typical course load is Turkish for Foreigners and four 3-unit courses. At least two courses must be taken in the same BU academic department.

Activities and Other Program Features: ACCENT Istanbul, a study abroad service provider, provides a comprehensive 10-day orientation program, housing coordination and other services. The orientation program includes lessons in survival Turkish, lectures on Turkish history and culture, walking tours of diverse areas of the city, group meals to become acquainted with Turkish cuisine, and a weekend trip to Gallipoli, Troy and Assos. BU student clubs range from ballroom dancing to mountaineering to photography. Extracurricular sports include aerobics, aikido, basketball, fencing, soccer, rowing, volleyball, and swimming, among others. There is major sports complex on the Uçaksavar Campus. The Hisar Campus houses an indoor swimming pool and a gym.

Accommodations: Students are required to live either in a fully-furnished apartment shared with other American students in the Harbiye-Şişli district of Istanbul, located on the European side of the city, or at the BU-affiliated Superdorm, a 15-minute walk from campus, with a mix of with Turkish and international students. There is no meal plan.

Dates: Late January to early June

Estimated Semester Cost:
Additional Expenses.............................$12,167

Cost Updated: 1/7/15
Text Updated: 10/24/2014

*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.

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