Imagine stepping out of your classroom on a summer afternoon onto a grassy hill overlooking the glimmering Bosporus, the strait that runs through Istanbul. This summer, let the beautiful Boğaziçi University campus become your second home, along with the many cafés, bazaars, and winding streets of Istanbul.
By directly enrolling at Boğaziçi University—Turkey’s most competitive university—for seven weeks over the summer, you can fulfill graduation requirements or try out a new discipline through a wide variety of course offerings. As you settle into the University, our on-site IES Abroad staff in Istanbul is there to support you whenever you need it.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESAbroad account before booking travel.
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.
A full range of courses are available to you at Boğaziçi! Search for courses on the Boğaziçi summer school website. Browse the Boğaziçi summer program brochure for more details.
*Note that all physical education and fine arts courses are given a pass/fail grade at Boğaziçi. Students who are physical education, art, theater, music, or dance majors may take multiple courses in either of these departments with permission from their home school. Students who are not one of these majors are permitted to take one course in the physical education department or fine arts department.
You can enroll in two to three courses at Boğaziçi University. Courses are available in:
Search for courses on the Boğaziçi summer school website.
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 Turkey, 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 during your first two days in Istanbul, and is designed to orient you to the program, your fellow students, and to the city. Topics included will be safety, academics and daily life in Istanbul and at Boğaziçi University.
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.
Students will take a one-day field trip to the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, where they will visit the famous Terrace Houses and explore the historic bazaar of Kemeralti. This trip is included in the program fee.