The Bosphorus University program has been temporarily suspended for the summer of 2017. Please check back next spring for updates regarding the summer 2018 program.
Binghamton’s summer program in Istanbul offers an opportunity to explore a fascinating and important world region where Europe and the Middle East come together. Hosted by Bosphorus University (Bogaziçi, in Turkish), American and Turkish students take courses together and live on the beautiful campus. All instruction is in English. Highlights of the program are:
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 c. CE 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 pro-duct and providing one third of its industrial production. With a population of nearly 10 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 Turkophone 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.
The summer program takes place from mid- June through early August.
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 Turkish national university system. The University has retained the original facilities and its liberal arts college character in undergraduate education. It is one of the country’s best universities.Bosphorus University’s four schools are: Arts and Sciences, Economics and Administrative Sciences, Education, and Engineering. 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.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.
A comprehensive summer session at Bosphorus University provides a wide selection of undergraduate courses (approximately 120) from introductory to advanced levels. For the Bosphorus University students summer is a time to take courses when class sizes are smaller and there is more interaction with the professors. For American students the summer is a time to experience the campus when it is not as busy and yet is still lively with opportunities to interact with their Turkish counterparts. Bosphorus University students speak English well; many welcome the opportunity to become acquainted with visiting international students.
Two courses, each worth 3 - 4 credits, is a normal load.
All instruction at Bosphorus is in English. Students generally take 2 courses, worth 6-8 Binghamton credits. Some examples of courses are:
Islamic History & Civilization
History of the Modern Middle East
Islamic Art & Architecture
History of the Byzantine Empire
Religion and Society
Ottoman Social & Economic History
Social Change and Development
Current Issues in World Politics
Environment and Politics
Politics of Nationalism and Ethnicity
History of Turkish Painting
The Black Sea in World Politics
The Middle East in World Politics
International Conflict Analysis
The following disciplines are taught at Bosphorus University:
Turkish Language & Literature
Western Languages & Literature
Information about the university and the Summer Term program can be found at:
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 Study Abroad Course Equivalencies page.
Turkish Language Instruction
Participants will gain much more out of the experience if they work to acquire some knowledge of the Turkish language. Turkish is taught at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels each term. Students are placed in classes of 10-20 people according to their language level.
Participating students live in residence halls with Bosphorus University students in suites for 4 to 6 people. Students may purchase meals inexpensively at cafeterias on campus. Some residences (not all) have kitchenettes. On campus there are many clubs to join. There is an athletic track and field and a swimming pool. Intramural sports are popular. Bosphorus University students also organize week-end excursions to interesting locations in Turkey.
The campus is in the charming town of Bebek where students will find everything they need: banking (with ATM’s), a small super market, 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.
The updated cost sheet will be posted here shortly.
Program costs differ from program to program, and there can be many factors that determine a program’s total cost. Typical cost items are tuition, program fee or tuition differential, room and board, airfare, personal expenses and international health insurance. Costs can also vary based on fluctuations in exchange rates. Be sure to review the program’s cost sheet thoroughly and contact the staff at the Office of International Programs with any questions.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Binghamton students are encouraged to apply for the Rosefsky Scholarship for this program. Information about the scholarships can be obtained on the Office of International Programs website at oip.binghamton.edu.
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 site.
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. Non-Binghamton students should contact the financial aid office on their home campus for information about eligibility for financial aid programs.
The Bosphorus University summer program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors. An overall grade point average of 3.0 is normally required for the summer program. Applications from other SUNY students and from non-SUNY students are welcome.