Syracuse University


Bogazici University

Program Description


Bogazici University (BU) was formally established on September 10, 1971. While thus appearing to be a newcomer to the community of Turkish universities, it has behind it the long history of Robert College, which was the first American College to be established outside the boundaries of the United States. With the transfer of the site to the Turkish government, Bogazici University became the direct heir to not only the excellent facilities of Robert College but also to its distinguished academic tradition.

In 1971 Bogazici University had three faculties plus one school of higher education. Since 1982, it has grown to include four faculties, six institutes (offering graduate programs), the School of Foreign Languages, the School of Applied Disciplines and the School of Advanced Vocational Studies. The University's four faculties are: Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Economics and Administrative Sciences, and Education. The Office of International Relations provides assistance for the international exchange students.Please note: this is one of two Turkish options to study abroad. SU Abroad also offers a center option at Bahçesehir University (

Turkey & Istanbul
Turkey, known officially as the Republic of Turkey, is a Eurasian country that stretches across the Anatolian peninsula in southwest Asia and the Balkan region of southeastern Europe bordering eight countries thus making Turkey transcontinental. The region comprising modern Turkey has overseen the birth of major civilizations such as the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Because of its strategic location, where two continents meet, Turkey's culture has a unique blend of Eastern and Western tradition, often described as a bridge between the two civilizations. A powerful regional presence in the Eurasian landmass with strong cultural and economic influence in the area between the Adriatic Sea in the west and China in the east, Russia in the north and the Middle East in the south, Turkey has come to acquire increasing strategic significance. The Turkish people have an unrivalled reputation for hospitality, marvelous cuisine and a coastline that is a dream. Many Turkish cities are dotted with spectacular mosques and castles.

Istanbul is Turkey’s most populous city, and its cultural and financial center. Straddling the Bosphorus strait and encompassing the Golden Horn harbor, its skyline is studded with domes and minarets, makeing it one of the truly great romantic cities. Its history tracks back from Byzantium to Constantinople to its place at the head of the Ottoman Empire. Today it hums as Turkey's cultural heart and good-time capital. In this sprawling, continent-spanning city you can tramp the streets where crusaders and janissaries once marched; admire mosques that are the most sublime architectural expressions of Islamic piety; peer into the sultan's harem; and hunt for bargains in the Kapali Çarsi (Grand Bazaar). The city was chosen as joint European Capital of Culture for 2010. The "Historic Areas of Istanbul" was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.

Program Calendar

Year-long: September to early June
Spring Semester: early February to early June
Fall Semester: September to mid-January


Travel is not included in the cost of the program. You are responsible for getting to Istanbul by the program start date. There are two international Airports in Istanbul; Atatürk International Airport in Yesilköy, close to the city center. Most of the international flights land here. The other is Sabiha Gökçen Airport in Kurtköy, a distant from the city center.

Living arrangements

You have the option to apply to BU’s Superdorm, a residence hall in the Etiler area of Istanbul. Rooms vary from 2- to 5-bedroom suites. Features include a daily cleaning service, free internet access, laundry facilities and cafeteria. Plan to spend approximately €2,170 to €2,735 (plus security deposit) for housing for a semester.


The language of instruction is English. Consult BU’s website to select courses, which must be pre-approved by Syracuse. A typical undergraduate course load is 12-18 credits. Descriptions of the courses are available on BU’s corresponding departmental pages. Courses and grades from BU will be posted to your academic record and factored into your overall GPA at SU.


You will need to obtain a visa for your semester in Turkey. More information will be sent to you upon acceptance from Bogazici.

Cost & Aid

You will pay SU tuition and can apply all SU financial aid except work-study. Besides tuition, you will also be charged a $550 program fee which covers pre-departure meetings, International Student ID card and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged. Housing is billed directly from Bogazici University. You are responsible for round-trip airfare, local transportation, meals, books, overseas health insurance, personal effects and incidentals. A scholarship from SU Abroad specifically for Turkey is available through our named scholarship options. Please see the Grants and Aid section of our website for more information. ESF students will be charged Syracuse University tuition for attendance in this program.

How to apply

Applying to this program requires completion of both the SU Abroad and BU application. Turn in all parts to the SU Abroad office by March 15 for the fall and by October 10 for the spring semester.

Part 1: Syracuse University

  • SU Abroad application online at
  • $70 application fee payable to Syracuse University
  • Study Abroad Approval form - signed by the Dean’s office of your home college
Part 2: Bogazici U.
  • Download application at: and submit to SU Abroad
  • Official transcript - 3.0 cumulative GPA required
  • Statement of Purpose (not to exceed 300 words)
  • Academic recommendation
  • List of courses

Meet with an Advisor

Kristine Clay– – 443-9417