Turkey’s unique position at the crossroads of East and West has endowed this country with nearly 10,000 years of history. A democratic republic since 1923, Turkey is working towards becoming a member of the European Union. The city of Istanbul spans two continents and over 3,000 years of history. Once the seat of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, Istanbul is now the cultural and economic capital of the Republic of Turkey as well as its largest city, with an estimated population of 15 million. Istanbul has seen the rise and fall of great empires and the ongoing transformations wrought by rapid migration and urbanization. The CIEE Study Center in Istanbul provides students with many opportunities to experience how the influences of the past, present, and possible futures shape and impact the physical and cultural landscapes of Turkey.
The CIEE Study Center at Koç University provides a vigorous academic program through direct enrollment in Koç University language and area studies courses. In addition to Turkish language offered at the beginning through advanced levels, students select from regular Koç University courses in the social sciences, humanities, natural and physical sciences, business, and engineering.
All Koç University courses are taught in English and combine lecture and discussion formats. Most courses are quite small, allowing for maximum interaction between students and faculty. Some introductory-level courses combine large weekly lectures with smaller discussion sections. The Turkish language courses are small for optimal language acquisition. Most courses meet two to three hours per week for three to four semester credits per course. Students may take any course offered provided they have completed the necessary prerequisites and received permission from the instructor.
As the Koç University curriculum was initially based on a U.S. academic model, the grading scale follows an American model of letter grades A-F with pluses and minuses, based on a scale of 100. Courses include mid-term and final exams and, depending on the course, additional assignments such as a research paper or a class presentation. Attendance and class participation are also incorporated into the final grade for the program courses. Attendance is mandatory in all classes.
Relevant Academic Disciplines
Anthropology, Archaeology, Art, Art History, Business, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering, Foreign Languages, Gender Studies, History, International Studies, Literature, Mathematics, Most Majors, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Theater Arts, Women's Studies
Language Skill: None