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Spend two weeks in dynamic Istanbul studying international security, regional issues, and global concerns. This class will focus on understanding the politics, relations, and values that influence the diverse culture of Turkey, as well as understanding the economic, political, and social issues affecting the region. As part of the course, there are several tours including the megacity of Istanbul, named a European City of Culture in 2010 and a European Capital of Sports for 2012; Topkapi Palace; the Golden Horn Area; and visits with various ethnic communities. These tours serve to broaden the students’ understanding of the very diverse Turkish culture and society. This program is open to students of all levels. Students will live in a dormitory operated by Bahcesehir University and participate in exciting excursions in addition to attending lectures and group discussions.
Bahçeşehir University is a private institution recognized for both undergraduate and graduate education located on the European side of Istanbul.
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GEN S 450 Study Abroad in Turkey: Linking Worlds
ISCOR 450 Study Abroad in Turkey: Security, Politics, and Culture
This program is comprised of 10 classroom lectures by experts on various topics related to the program and site visits to Istanbul’s government, ethnic communities and historical landmarks. Students are required to attend one preparatory class before traveling to Turkey and one class upon return. Students will earn three units of resident credit.
Beyond the Classroom
Istanbul is Turkey's most populous city, and its cultural and financial center. Located on both sides of the Bosphorus, Istanbul bridges Asia and Europe both physically and culturally. Istanbul's population is estimated to be between 12 and 19 million people, making it also one of the largest in Europe and the world. As the former capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, Istanbul is steeped in history and tradition. This veritable melting pot of cultures has produced a vibrant cosmopolitan city that will amaze and delight.
Students will visit Jewish, Armenian, and Greek Communities, the Governorship of Istanbul and cultural sites such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Mevlevihane and the Princess Islands. Optional weekend excursions to Gallipoli and Cappadocia will be available for purchase upon arrival.
Two students will share dormitory room. Two meals per day are included.
Included in the Fee
- Tuition for three units of SDSU resident credit
- Breakfast daily and lunches on weekdays
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- All necessary ground transportation
- Ten Lectures from BAU Professors
- ID Card and Internet usage
- Istanbul card with approximately 10 usages
- International health insurance
- Orientation upon arrival
NOT Included in the Fee
- Some guided tours
- Museum pass
The College of Extended Studies does not accept responsibility for any changes to program activities. If minimum enrollment is not achieved, the program may be cancelled.
March 15, 2014
Applications are accepted on a space-available basis.
Admission and Prerequisites
- Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public.
- SDSU students must be in good academic standing.
- Minimum age to participate is 18.
All participants must complete a mandatory pre-departure orientation. Details will be sent after acceptance into the program.
Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements as airfare is not included in the program price. In the event the program is cancelled, the College of Extended Studies does not accept responsibility for any airfare cancellation fees incurred.
All participants must travel with a valid passport. A Visa may be required, please see the U.S. Department of State site for more information.
Allen Greb, Ph.D. will accompany the group and serve as instructor of record for the program. For questions about visas, in country activities, transportation, accommodations, and courses, please contact:
Professor Allen Greb
Phone: (619) 594-3768
For questions about payments, registration, and insurance requirements please contact:
College of Extended Studies
Phone: (619) 594-0787