Syracuse University

Study abroad in Istanbul, Turkey

Welcome to SU Istanbul!


Istanbul sits at the geographic, cultural, and political fulcrum between Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and students at SU Istanbul will gain an incomparable vantage point for examining some of the most important issues of our time - from secularism and Islam, to democratization, security, minority and gender rights, and urban development. The city has been a veritable melting pot of cultures, traditions, and lifestyles stretching back over 2000 years. Based at Bahcesehir University, the SU Istanbul program will introduce you to the city's grand past and its exciting future. To get a feel for what life is like on campus, visit the SU Istanbul website. For a wonderful glimpse at life in Turkey, check out this video, accurately titled, "You'll want to travel to Turkey after watching this incredible video."

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Talk to us about life in Istanbul!

As international educators, we continuously balance our commitment to engagement with the world with our responsibility for the safety of the students on our program. We know that students and their parents/guardians might have questions about the risks of study abroad.

We encourage you to talk with our Istanbul staff members about our safety procedures. If you’re considering a semester in Istanbul, we’d also be happy to set up a Skype meeting between you and our director Dr. Erika Wilkens (who lives in Istanbul and can give you a feeling for what the city is like on the ground). Students with questions about day-to-day living in the city of Istanbul can contact one of our global ambassadors or check out some of our most recent student blogs (available on the right sidebar of this page).



Application and Scholarship Information

Click on the program title below for more information and to begin your application now:

Istanbul Center

For Fall 2016 only: All students enrolling in the SU Istanbul program will receive a $1000 grant. The academic program in Istanbul combines the SU Abroad Signature Seminar and optional internships with the opportunity to take coursework in English alongside Turkish students and international peers at Bahçesehir University. In addition to two required courses with SU Abroad faculty, most SU Istanbul students will enroll in three or four Bahçesehir University courses.

Scholarships for Istanbul participants:

Turkish Coalition of America Scholarships: The Turkish Coalition of America scholarships are for students participating on a study abroad program in Turkey. Specific scholarships are available to African-American, Native American, and Hispanic-American students. Scholarships also exist for students of Armenian, Bosnian, and Macedonian descent who plan to study abroad in Turkey. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. No deadline; rolling admissions.





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SU Istanbul Viewbook

Istanbul cover

An overview of the SU Istanbul program is available in our new viewbook! Click the photo above for the pdf version, or request a copy of your own by filling out this form to have one mailed to you! Course listings in these books are subject to change; for the most up-to-date information on course offerings, click here.

Meet our students

Adriana Curto

Adriana Curto is an international relations and citizenship and civic engagement double major. She spent three semesters studying abroad in the Middle East - Summer 2014 in Israel, Fall 2014 in Istanbul, and Summer 2015 in Jordan and Lebanon. She says that the most valuable part of her abroad experiences was learning from the people around her.

Visit our Istanbul Global Ambassadors page to meet other alumni ready to share their advice and experiences with you!