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|Restrictions:||OU applicants only|
|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|
Location OverviewBogazici 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.
Program DescriptionStudents 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 OverviewTurkish 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.
- 2.5 Combined Retained GPA
- Passport (valid through six months after return from study abroad)
- 2 recommendations from any OU professor
- Host University Application
HousingThe 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.
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!
- Presidential International Travel Fellowship - need based scholarship for airfare
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship - a nationally competitive award for Pell grant recipients
- Boren Award for International Study - nationally competitive award for study in an underrepresented destination. This scholarship has one application each year due in February so apply early for Spring programs!
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!
|What was the most memorable part of your study abroad?|
|Unlike visiting a country, when you study abroad you really become immersed in the community and culture. I loved getting to know the people in my neighborhood and learning to speak their language. They were all incredibly patient and kind, smiling whenever I attempted to speak. I loved walking down my street waving at my neighbors. I felt part of their community.|
|— Caitlin Miles, Academic Year 2010|
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