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Bogazici University
Istanbul, Turkey (Outgoing Program)
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Restrictions: OU applicants only
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Program Type:
University Exchange Language of Instruction: English
Housing Type: Student Dormitories Minimum GPA: 3.0
Non-English Language Learning Option(s):
Armenian, French, German, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish Study Abroad Adviser: Jennifer Grover
University Name:
Bogazici University
Language Category:
Language Category B
Study Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Program Description:

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Location Overview

Bogazici University is one of the most prominent educational institutions in Turkey.  It was established in 1971 on the campus of Robert College, which, in turn, was established in 1863 as the first American school outside of the United States.  The university is located on the European side of the Bosphorus in Istanbul (hence the name, which means 'Bosphorus University').  Aside from the South Campus which was inherited from Robert College, the University has buildings in five other campuses.  Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and has been continuously occupied since 5,500 BCE.  This ancient metropolis was formerly the capital of the Byzantine Empire, of the Ottoman Empire, and-until 1923- of the Turkish Republic.  It straddles the Bosporus, a strait about nine miles long linking the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara.  Istanbul has more than twelve million inhabitants.  The only city in the world located on two continents, Istanbul sits at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.  The city is a veritable treasure-trove of different cultures and civilizations, with beautiful ancient mosques, Byzantine churches and other monuments alongside modern infrastructure and architecture.
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Program Description

Students may enroll for one semester or a full year.  All university courses, apart from language courses, are taught in English.  Upon successful completion of the program students can even be issued certificates in Turkish history, politics, and culture.  When international students arrive at Bogazici University, they find assistance throughout their registration process and, if necessary with their accommodation.  Students are encouraged to take part of the colorful orientation programs where they can find out more about the city, its environs, and their fellow students.  Keep in mind that since English is not an official language of Turkey, it is possible to encounter language barriers when outside of the university setting. 

The following two links will give you great insight into this challenging but fun academic program abroad:  Incoming Students and FAQ.  Want to learn even more about Istanbul, the university and Turkey?  Click here to read a former study abroad student's blog!  As an exchange student, it is important that you research as much information as possible about the host university. 

Academic Overview

Turkish credits are generally awarded on a 1:1 basis. For example, a 3-credit class at Bogaziçi University would usually equate to 3 OU transfer credits.  For semester and full-year students all major course fields such as English, Turkish, and Balkan history, as well as Islamic art, architecture, and contemporary social, economic and political issues affecting Turkey and the Balkans are offered in a variety of faculties on campus and all courses are taught in English.  Please click the following link to access a course roster:  BU course schedule.  You may also find the following academic unit link useful when searching for possible courses:  Academics.  While no Turkish language skills are required to participate, Turkish language classes at two different levels--beginning and intermediate-are offered.  We strongly encourage students to participate in these languages classes as it aids in both cultural adaptation and ability to function "on the street."  The following link is a list of courses previously taken at Bogazici University and how they were equated at OU:

Bogazici University - Course Equivalency Information

Grades received on semester and full-year reciprocal exchange study abroad programs through the University of Oklahoma are posted by the Office of Admissions as Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) on the OU permanent record.  These grades are not factored into the participant's Grade Point Average.   Because each student is enrolled in 12 credits per semester while abroad, participants are expected to enroll in an equivalent number of credits at the host university.  The decision about awarding credits is made in the Office of Admissions at OU.  

Program Requirements

  • 2.5 Combined Retained GPA
  • Passport (valid through six months after return from study abroad)
  • 2 recommendations from any OU professor
  • Host University Application
  • Visa
This program could be competitive so GPA may be one factor used in ranking students for placement by us as well as admission to the specific department/faculty at Bogazici University.  As this university is a highly respected institution in Turkey, students accepted into the exchange program by OU must then be formally accepted into the specific department/faculty of their choice at BU.  It is sometimes the case that students are not admitted into their first round of desired departments/faculties and are normally provided the chance to apply to one or more other departments/faculties.  


The only dormitory option for semester and full-year students is the "Superdorm" located just north of the campus.  The dorm is set up in a suite arrangement.  Each student with his or her own room, and shares a living room, kitchenette, and bathroom with three others.  The suites are cleaned daily, and rooms are furnished with desks, beds, and even mini-fridges.  This reciprocal exchange location offers on-campus housing only.  If a student desires off-campus housing, then the student would have to research options and secure the accommodation on his/her own.  General off-campus housing information and is available upon request. 

Money Matters
Since this program is a University Exchange program you will pay OU tuition/fees and insurance to the OU Bursar and housing/meals/living expenses to Bogazici University.

Use this Bogazici University Budget Estimate to help you plan for study abroad and compare programs!

There are number of scholarships available for study abroad students. Below is a partial list to get you started!

Costs at OU:  All students participating on semester or academic year reciprocal exchange programs are enrolled at OU for 12 credits each semester abroad.  Tuition and fees are billed through and paid directly to OU at the appropriate resident or non-resident rate. All participants pay a $15/credit hour study abroad fee.  There is a $35 non-refundable application fee for study abroad.

Costs on site:  All students participating on semester or academic year reciprocal exchange programs will be responsible for international airfare and cost of living in country.  US citizens participating on semester and full-year programs must purchase an Education Visa (issued by the Turkish Consulate located in Houston, TX) which will cost approximately $60 USD.  Students should also be prepared to take a taxi from the airport to campus which will cost approximately $40 USD.  Exchange students can opt to live on campus in the Superdorm which runs from approximately $2700 - $3500 USD per semester.  If interested in living off-campus, then notify your study abroad adviser during your in-person advising session at which time general information will be given. 

How do I apply?

Start by attending a Study Abroad 101 information session to learn the basics about study abroad as well as your next steps. Then, schedule an appointment with the study abroad adviser listed at the top of this page to move on to Phase 2!

Why did you choose to study abroad?
We live in a world now in which borders are disappearing and communicating with others on the opposite side of the world is just a click away. We are no longer confined to our respective cities, states, and countries. In fact, it is almost impossible to stay isolated within one's community. With technology, especially the internet, we are faced everyday with communicating with the 'outside' world. Whether we realize it or not, just to complete daily tasks requires some form of communication with people from outside our country. Troubleshooting a computer issue may require a call abroad, for instance. I chose to study abroad because I believe we can no longer get by with knowledge of what is near or close to us. We must be able to navigate in a variety of situations-possibly requiring different languages. As people of the world become more closely connected through technology, trade, etc, it is important for us to understand each other in a historical, social, and cultural sense. The progression of society in a globalized context will require us to work together, and that cannot be done effectively without knowledge of others' cultures and lives. Through study abroad programs, we can learn and understand different cultures and develop sensitivities towards different ideas or ways of life.
     — Caitlin Miles, Academic Year 2010
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 02/20/2015
03/06/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 09/13/2015 09/23/2015 TBA TBA
Fall 2016 02/21/2016 03/04/2016 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2016-2017 02/21/2016 03/04/2016 TBA TBA
Spring 2017 09/18/2016 09/23/2016 TBA TBA

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