Imagine stepping out of your classroom onto a grassy hill overlooking the Bosphorus, the stunning strait that runs through Turkey's largest city.
In Istanbul, the beautiful Boğaziçi University campus becomes your second home, along with the many cafes, bazaars, and winding streets of this history city!
By directly enrolling at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul becomes your classroom.
The University offers a multitude of course offerings, with particular strengths in social science and engineering, and attracts students from across the globe. As you settle into your courses at the University, our on-site IES Abroad staff are there to give you support when you need it.
We also want you to feel at home in Istanbul, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Turkey, and organize events to help you make the most of your time.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Arrive at the airport between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. in order to be picked up by IES Abroad staff. You will need to make your own way to the IES Abroad Center if your flight lands outside of these times.
Please note: Following the completion of our three-week intensive course, there is a week-long break for a religious holiday from September 12-16.
Final exams at partner universities in Istanbul occur through early January, but early exams or proctored at-home exams can usually be negotiated to accommodate a December 19 departure. After the semester starts, you will finalize your registration to include only classes that will accommodate a December 19 departure (most classes do). If your schedule permits, you are free to remain in your housing into January at no additional cost in order to take the regular university exams.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with Boğaziçi University.
Originally founded by American missionaries in 1863, Boğaziçi University, then known as Robert College, was donated to the Turkish government in 1971. The University is now the most competitive in Turkey, and enrolls about 12,000 students. Sitting on a hill overlooking the Bosphorus River, the campus is just a short 20-minute bus ride to the centrally located Taksim Square.
As part of IES Abroad orientation, you begin the semester with a three-week IES Abroad Turkish language course worth 2 IES Abroad credits, taken alongside an IES Abroad Turkish culture and society course, worth 1 IES Abroad credit. After your first three weeks, you begin your courses at the University.
Visit the University's Faculties and Schools site to learn more about disciplines and potential course offerings. The University offers particularly strong offerings in social science and engineering. You can also continue to take Turkish language courses at Boğaziçi through their School of Foreign Languages.
All course instruction is in English.
Courses are offered in the following disciplines:
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences
The Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences
The Faculty of Education
The Faculty of Engineering (accredited by ABET)
The School of Applied Disciplines
The School of Foreign Language
The Department of Fine Arts
*All fine arts courses are given a pass/fail grade at Boğaziçi. Students who are art, theater, music, or dance majors may take multiple courses in this department with permission from their home school. Students who are not one of these majors are permitted to take one course in this department.
The Department of Physical Education
*All physical education courses are given a pass/fail grade at Boğaziçi.
Even though you’re directly enrolling in one of our partner universities, there’s something IES Abroad wants you to know: we’re here for you if you need us.
Choosing and directly enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming. This is why we offer you predeparture advising that’s specific to your needs. Our goal is to provide support and guidance throughout your application and enrollment process.
But our advising services don’t stop there. While you’re in Istanbul, our staff is available to help you transition into your new home.
The support services we offer IES Abroad direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals as effectively and smoothly as possible. We know studying abroad is an adventure, and, at times, you may need help or just someone to talk to—that’s why our staff will be there for you.
Whether you have questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety, our Istanbul-based IES Abroad staff is available to fully support you. Because of our close relationship with the universities in Istanbul, IES Abroad is also able to offer you unique academic, social, and cultural opportunities. Our staff in Istanbul will accompany you throughout orientation, as well as at the IES Abroad field trips and cultural events.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Istanbul, it will feel like home.
Residence Halls - Live with local, international, or IES Abroad students in Boğaziçi’s on-campus dormitory. You live in a single room in a two-, three-, or four bedroom suite with a shared kitchen, bathroom, and WiFi. The Superdorm offers a reception area that is staffed 24/7.
Part of making you feel at home in Istanbul is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
The IES Abroad orientation program takes place in Istanbul, and is designed to orient you to the program, your fellow students, and to the city.
As part of orientation, you spend your first three weeks in Istanbul taking an IES Abroad Turkish language class (beginning or intermediate), worth 2 IES Abroad credits, and an IES Abroad Turkish culture course, worth 1 IES Abroad credit.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Program, begins during orientation and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home. Detailed information about academics, housing, public transportation, cultural adjustment, health and safety, and other important topics will also be covered.
In addition to IES Abroad activities and events, we encourage you to get involved at Boğaziçi!
Boğaziçi University has more than 30 student clubs, ranging from Aviation Club to Mountaineering Club to Turkish Classical Music Club. You can also get involved by joining extra-curricular sports groups like aerobics, basketball, rowing, sailing, and more. The University offers a major sports complex with a soccer field and exercise equipment, too.
Even though your adventure starts in Istanbul, our field trip takes you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of the surrounding area. All of our partner universities in Istanbul also offer inexpensive field trips within Turkey.
Amman, Jordan—included in the program fee and required for all students5 Days | Fall & SpringBegin with an orientation by a well-known Jordanian academic, visit the Roman city of Jerash, climb the stairs of the medieval castle of Ajloun and/or Kara Castle, walk in the corridors of Petra (the Rose City), enjoy lunch at a traditional Middle Eastern restaurant, and take a swim in the Dead Sea.
This field trip is subject to change, and more information will be available on-site.
About the Center
The new IES Abroad Istanbul Center is located in the thriving, modern Bomonti neighborhood, just a 15-minute walk from the Istanbul Metro, providing easy and quick access to the central shopping district, the Historic Peninsula, and the rest of Istanbul. In a bright and modern building, the IES Abroad Istanbul Center is on the same floor as the student apartments.
• Free WiFi
• Laundry facilities
• Access to an outdoor pool and a heated indoor pool
• Access to a gym
Dr. Vehbi Baysan is an Assistant Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies at Yeditepe University, where he has served as Director of the International Office. He received his B.A. from Istanbul University, his M.A. from Yarmouk University in Jordan, and his Ph.D. from the University of Manchester in Middle Eastern Studies. He has taught both History and Turkish language at the University of Manchester; Turkish, Arabic, and History at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London; and Turkish at the London School of Economics.
Vehbi is also a frequent guest on international radio and TV, and has appeared on Al Jazeera, France 24 Arabic, Russian TV Arabic, Al Hurra, and Al Iraqiya to discuss Turkey and the Middle East.
He is an avid photographer who has served as the official photographer at international archaeological excavations, and enjoys tennis, swimming, trekking, and cycling.
Ms. Ezgi Sevcan Bilican - Student Affairs Coordinator
Ezgi studied at the Turkish Language and Literature Department at Yeditepe University and spent a semester in a university in Greece as an Erasmus student. She has a keen interest in social sciences and currently, she is also pursuing post-graduate studies in modern history.