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  • Locations: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Housing Options: Dormitory without Meal Plan
Language of Study: English Class Level: Graduate Students, Undergraduates: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Program Type: Direct Enrollment, Study Abroad Student Type: Open to all Qualified Applicants
Flight Arrangements: Self-Arranged Flight Program Advisor: Amber Jennings:
Program Description:

Bosphorus University Exchange Program

The Bosphorus University program has been temporarily suspended through the spring of 2018. Please check back in the fall for updates regarding the fall program.


Academic Features
Student Life
Estimate of Costs
Application Process
More Information


Located in Istanbul, Turkey, Bosphorus is often regarded as the most prominent and competitive institution in Turkey. The programs afford an opportunity to explore a fascinating and important world region, where Europe and the Middle East meet. Students enroll in one of Turkey's leading institutions, taking regular university courses, living with Turkish students, and participating in university activities.

Istanbul is a monumental city. It is the only city in the world spanning two continents - Europe and Asia. Built on hills overlooking the Bosphorus and Golden Horn waterways, it is a city of vast panoramas. Its grandeur also lies in the scale of the imperial monuments - city walls built in the 4th century by Emperor Theodosius, old Christian churches adorned with Byzantine mosaics, and the enormous mosques and elaborate palaces of the Ottoman sultans.

Today, Istanbul is the commercial and cultural center of Turkey, producing 20% of the gross national product and providing one third of its industrial production. With a population of roughly 14 million, the city manifests the political, economic, religious and social conditions growing out of massive rural migration from other parts of Turkey and the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 

Travelers make their way with ease in Istanbul. In areas accustomed to the lively tourist industry, enough English is spoken for one to be understood. Public transportation is easy to use and inexpensive. Turkish culture has a highly developed ethos of hospitality and attentiveness to the well-being of the community. Students will encounter a welcoming and helpful environment.


Students may participate for the fall semester, spring semester, or academic year. The fall semester begins in early September with orientation. Classes generally begin in mid-September and end in early January. The second semester starts in late January and continues until early June. During April, the University has its traditional spring break. The spring 2018 calendar has not yet been released. Please view the spring and fall 2017 CALENDARS for reference

Academic Features

American missionaries founded Bosphorus University as Robert College in 1863; it was the first American college outside the United States. In 1971 it became part of the national university system. The University has retained the original facilities and its liberal arts college character in undergraduate education. It is one of Turkey's best universities. Bosphorus University has faculties in: Arts and Sciences, Economics and Administrative Sciences, Education, and Engineering as well as a school of Applied Disciplines and a School of Foreign Languages.

The student body numbers about 10,000 (8,000 undergraduates). Bosphorus University faculty are truly international in their training with doctorates earned from European and American universities as well as from Turkey's best institutions. All instruction is in English.The campus setting is quite spectacular. The main section sits on high hills overlooking the Bosphorus - the waterway connecting the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea. The buildings are a handsome European design. There are wooded areas, walkways and benches along the overlooks to the Bosphorus. Alongside the campus stands the fortress Rumeli Hisar, built in 1452 by the Ottoman conqueror Sultan Mehmet II.

Four courses per semester, each worth three or four Binghamton credits, is a normal load for students on the semester program.  On the summer program, students generally take 2 courses, worth 8-10 Binghamton credits.

The focus of the exchange program for Binghamton students is the humanities and social sciences with an emphasis on subjects dealing with Europe, the Middle East and Turkey. However, interested students of other disciplines should contact the program adviser at the address listed at the top of the page. Examples of previously offered courses dealing with the region are:

Mediterranean History       
The Black Sea in World Politics
Islamic Art and Architecture
Politics of Nationalism and Ethnicity     
Economic Development    
Environment and Politics     
Social Change and Development     
Religion and Society     
International Conflict Analysis    
Urban Anthropology

Because all instruction is in English, there is an ample selection of courses. To view the Bosphorus University course catalog, click here

To see a list of courses students have previously taken at Bosphorus University and how these classes were shown on Binghamton transcripts, check out our Education Abroad Course Equivalencies page. 

Turkish Language Instruction
Participants will gain much more out of the experience if they work to acquire some Turkish language. Turkish is taught at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels each term. Students are placed in classes of 10-20 students according to their language level. TKF courses can be found under the Turkish Language and Literature department of the catalog.


Student Life

Students live in residence halls with Bosphorus University students in suites for 4 to 6 people. Students may purchase meals at cafeterias on campus. Some residences (not all) have kitchens. There are many campus clubs students may join. There is an athletic track and field and a swimming pool. Intramural sports are quite popular. Bosphorus University students also organize week-end excursions to interesting locations throughout Turkey. An annual international sports festival takes place during the spring. The campus is in the charming town of Bebek, where students will find everything they need; banking (with ATMs), a small supermarket, a newsstand, vegetable stands, a pharmacy and several cafes. Public transportation to downtown Istanbul is easy by bus or ferry boat on the Bosphorus and takes about 30 minutes.

Estimate of Costs

We are unable to offer exchange spots to Bosphorus University at this time.
Below is the Estimate of Costs Sheet for Bosphorus University on a Study Abroad basis:

The updated cost sheet will be posted here shortly.

In order to understand the actual difference in cost of your semester abroad, you should compare the Estimate of Costs sheet for this program that is linked above to what you would pay normally for a semester at Binghamton. ***Cost Comparison: Binghamton University estimates the average cost for a full time student one semester on campus to be $12,993.50 in-state and $20,633.50 out-of-state. 

Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Office of Financial Aid Services is able to consider only the applications of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study. Other SUNY and non-SUNY students should contact the financial aid office on the home campus for information about eligibility for all aid programs.

Students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for campus and national scholarships. Please visit the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives or go to our scholarships page for more information.
The Turkey Coalition of America also offers a scholarship for American minority students, which can range between $500-$2,000. For more information on this scholarship, please see their

Withdrawal Policy: 
When a student commits to an education abroad program in their Terra Dotta online program application, the Office of International Programs (IEGI) mirrors the Binghamton University Student Accounts refund policy for tuition, tuition differentials, and all program fees.

Application Process

The Bosphorus University program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors. An overall grade point average of 3.0 is normally required. Applications from other SUNY students and non-SUNY students are welcome. The application deadline is March 15 for all fall semester/academic year programs and September 1 for Spring semester. 

More Information

Advisors at Binghamton
The following individuals are knowledgeable about Bosphorus University and Istanbul and are very willing to talk to students about the program:  Professor David Cingranelli, Political Science; Professor Arieh Ullmann, Management; and Susan B. Lewis, International Education and Global Initiatives. They also can put students in contact with Bosphorus University students or alumni on the Binghamton campus.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.