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Journey to Turkey
Multiple Cities, Turkey (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: OU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Journey Programs Language of Instruction: English
Housing Type: Hotel or Guesthouse Minimum GPA: 2.5
Study Abroad Adviser: Shanna Vincent
Program Description:
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Summer 2016 Highlights

  • Travel throughout Turkey with OU professors and other OU students
  • Earn 6 Upper Division General Education credits (pending review by the Provost's Advisory Committee on General Education)
  • Use your banked hours and save on tuition/fees
  • PITF Airfare scholarship GUARANTEED for ALL Journey Program participants
  • Rolling admission begins November 18th
Program Requirements
In addition to meeting the study abroad eligibility requirements, you must also have:
  • 2.5 Combined Retained GPA
  • Passport (valid through six months after return from study abroad)
  • 1 recommendation letter from any OU professor
  • Visa
Program Overview
Journey programs are designed to fulfill General Education requirements while traveling throughout a country with OU professors and students. For this program, you will visit several important cities and sites within Turkey. Potential cities to be visited include Ankara, Antalya, Cappadocia, and Istanbul. More information will be added during the Fall 2015 semester.
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Journey to Turkey will offer the following two courses, both of which are pending approval for General Education credit. You are required to take both courses in order to participate in this program.
  • IAS 3950/5850 Journey to Turkey: Turkey and the World (Professor Joshua Landis)
  • IAS 3950/5850 Journey to Turkey: Politics & Society in Turkey (Professor Jill Irvine)
2016 Projected Dates
TBD - Journey programs usually take place between mid-May and early July.

Money Matters
The budget estimate for the 2016 Journey to Turkey program is below; this budget does not include personal expenses. 
  • OU Tuition & Fees - normal in-state or out-of-state rate (financial aid, scholarships and/or banked hours may apply)
  • Program Fee - TBA (includes housing, in-country travel, and most meals) 
    • 1st payment = $500 nonrefundable deposit due with program acceptance
    • 2nd payment = half of the remaining nonrefundable program fee due in March 2016
    • 3rd payment = nonrefundable program fee balance due in April 2016
  • Airfare - ~$1500 (PITF scholarship of at least $500 awarded to all Journey to Turkey participants)
  • Visa - ~$21 (more information and guidance will be provided by your OU study abroad adviser)
  • Education Abroad Application Fee - $50 (charged to your Bursar account)
There are also a number of scholarships available for study abroad students, including but not limited to the following:
  • Ambassador Perkins Scholarship - awarded to students with at least a 3.0 GPA studying in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, South and Central America.
Accommodations for Summer 2016 are still under consideration. Students on Journey to Turkey generally live together in a mixture of hotels and guesthouses that vary with each city visited.

Application Instructions
The first step to apply for this program is to attend a Study Abroad 101 session, offered weekdays throughout the semester. 

Your Study Abroad Adviser for Journey to Turkey is Shanna Vincent. Please contact Shanna by email or make an appointment if you have any questions about this program.

The Phase 2 application will open on November 18th after the Journey Programs Launch Party. Once the application opens, click the Apply Now button at the top of this page and then complete the online application until every box is checked off. Notice that you are required to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser as part of your Phase 2 application - click here to schedule an appointment!

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning November 19th. Applicants with complete applications will be emailed and directed to submit their nonrefundable $500 deposit, which guarantees their spot in the program.

More Information
This study experience will involve some rugged travel and hiking. Each student should consider his/her own physical fitness as well as his/her tolerance to extreme heat and non-standard accommodation.  Additionally, students may need to get vaccinations and medications prior to departure.  It is each student’s responsibility to ensure his/her routine vaccinations are up-to-date and to inquire whether there are recommended and/or required vaccinations or medications for the country/countries he/she will visit (including any countries he/she will visit which are not part of the study abroad program’s itinerary).  To find comprehensive information regarding international travel, including recommended or required vaccinations and medications, visit the U.S. Department of State’s website and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.  We recommend students visit a healthcare provider and acquire any necessary vaccinations and medications at least two (2) months prior to departure. Goddard Health Center (on the OU campus) is a good place for students to acquire the appropriate vaccinations and medications.

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.