Turkey - Bogazici Istanbul Exchange Program

Program Type

Program Type: 
University Exchange
Program Level: 
Undergraduate

Weeks per Term

Weeks per Term: 
14 weeks / term

Locations

OIE Program Adviser

OIE Program Adviser: 

Languages of Instruction*

Languages of Instruction*: 
English
Turkish
*Foreign Language Skills are not Required.
Academic Disciplines: 
Biology
Biomedical Engineering
Business Administration
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Economics
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Engineering
History, Technology, & Society
Industrial & Systems Engineering
International Affairs
Literature, Media, and Communication
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Modern Languages
Philosophy
Physics
Psychology
Sociology
Program Dates: 
Spring semester:  Mid February – Mid June
Academic Year:  Mid September – Mid June
Fall semester:  August – Early January

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines: 
AC Year-February 15
Spring-September 1
Fall-February 15

Links

Location Information

LOCATION

This university is located in Istanbul, Turkey. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_4965.html
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations
 

HOST INSTITUTION

Robert College was founded in Istanbul on September 16, 1863. On September 10, 1971, Bogaziçi University was officially established on what had been the Robert College campus for over one hundred years. Boğaziçi University (Turkish: Boğaziçi Üniversitesi) has an enrollment of over 11,000 students and is one of the most prominent educational institutions in Turkey.

The University has expanded both physically and academically. One faculty and six institutes offering graduate programs have been added. Many of the University's buildings are located on its South Campus, with the Bosphorus and the historical castle of Rumelihisar as its boundary to the east. This campus encompasses the oldest buildings of the University. The completion of the Main Library, the Science and Engineering Laboratories Building, the Faculty of Education Building, the Men's Residence Hall II, the Women's Residence Hall II and the Educational Technology Building has enhanced the North Campus. The Kandilli Campus, housing the observatory, was incorporated into the University in 1982, and the Hisar Campus in 1989. The University now has a lodging complex for the staff a residence hall and a large athletic complex on the Ucaksavar Campus. A resort near Kilyos on the Black Sea coast, called Saritepe Campus, was acquired in 1985, where a new complex of buildings is under construction. Also under construction is an ultramodern dormitory ("superdorm"), the most developed student housing complex in Turkey.

HOUSING

  •     off-campus dormitories

"Superdorm" is the student dormitory available for exchange students. Superdorm is established on the campus of "Ucaksavar Cultural and Sports Facilities" of Bogazici University in the residential area of Istanbul called Etiler. Superdorm offers coed housing options where you can choose between 2,3, or 4-bedroom suites that share a bathroom and a kitchen. It is about 2,5 km or a 15-minute walk from the main campus, called "South Campus". Shuttles are also available. It is operated under private management and has limited availability. An application must be submitted early. Please visit the website: click here

Nearest Airport: Istanbul Ataturk Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport
Airport Shuttles: click here and click here

MEALS

  •     meal plan (lunch only)
  •     on-campus dining

The University runs a meal service for its students (lunch only). This is a heavily subsidized service and costs about $2-3 USD per meal. Students should expect to spend about $10-25 USD per day on meals.

Eligibility

  • Georgia Tech degree-seeking student.
  • Good Academic Standing with a 3.0* (or higher) GPA at time of application
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at GT. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
  • Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
  • Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
  • All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
  • All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).

*Some host schools have stricter requirements such as higher GPA or more time in school before study abroad. (See Academic Info on your host school GT program page for any restrictions.)

Academic Info

COURSE INFORMATION

For detailed course information: click here

All exchange students are assigned an academic advisor at Bogazici University in the respective department that they are enrolled. They should also check with them about the courses they take.


LANGUAGE INFORMATION

Language of instruction is English.

SUMMER PROGRAM

Optional Summer Turkish language and culture course program link: click here

 

Credit Transfer

Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here.  Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.

 

 

 

CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM
1 Bogazici credit = 1.135 GT credit

GRADING SYSTEM
Bogazici Grade = US Grade
AA = A
BB-BA = B
CC-CB= C
DD-DC = D
F = F

Program Costs (Estimated)

  • For most exchange programs, participants must pay GT tuition, GT campus fees, and study abroad insurance to the GT Bursar for each GT semester they are abroad. No other expenses associated with this program are paid to GT; instead, these expenses are paid on site.
  • Keep in mind the costs of books, health insurance, food, living expenses, and travel money, as well as pre-departure costs like your passport and visa.
  • Following are cost estimates for one semester at the exchange program school that may help you prepare for your term(s) abroad. All costs are in USD.
In-state Tuition: 
$4,129
Out-of-state Tuition: 
$4,379

GT Mandatory Fees

GT Mandatory Fees: 
$1,196
Books and Supplies: 
$300

* Miscellaneous

* Miscellaneous: 
$780

Round-trip airfare

Round-trip airfare: 
$1,200
Room and Board: 
$4,500

Mandatory Insurance

Mandatory Insurance: 
$165

In-state Total

In-state Total: 
$12,270

Out-of-state Total

Out-of-state Total: 
$12,520
∗ Includes passport/visa fees, required field trips, local transportation, and incidentals.

Costs in the preceding chart are estimates for GT students based on tuition rates posted by the GT Bursar.  Guaranteed tuition rates, graduate tuition rates, and MBA tuition rates vary. Please check the GT Bursar's web site to confirm actual tuition rates based on degree, term, or level of study. Insurance rates are subject to change. Actual costs may be higher or lower than those listed above, depending on the exchange rate and personal spending habits/needs.

DON"T FORGET TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS!

Additional Financial Information

The currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira. Exchange rates fluctuate, so check the newspaper or click here for the most current rates. 

Visa and Passport Information

  • Complete information about how to apply for or renew a U.S. passport is available here.
  • You must obtain all proper immigration documents, such as an official passport and a visa if required. Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations. For visa information visit the U.S. State Department website here.

    Before leaving for Turkey, exchange students should pick up their letter of acceptance from their home institution offices and obtain a multi-entry student visa from the nearest Turkish embassy or consulate.

    Upon arrival at Bogazici University, each exchange student needs to obtain a Residence Permit.

    DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR ACQUIRING A RESIDENCE PERMIT UPON ARRIVAL AT BOGAZIÇI UNIVERSITY
    * Copies of the residence permit application forms;
    * 5 original passport size photographs;
    * A paper from the Registrar's Office, confirming that the student is registered (with one passport photo attached);
    * Completion of the Student Information Sheet, sent from the local authorities (available at the Office of International Relations);
    * A petition to the Department of Foreigners Office, requesting a residence permit;
    * A photocopy of the passport and student visa page.

    The Office of International Programs will help obtaining the necessary forms and documents.

    Experiences of Former Students

    Want to hear from former study abroad students about the realities of daily life at the host school? Want to see snapshots from around the world - taken by former study abroad participants? Check out these helpful links: Peer Advisors and Study Abroad Photo Contest.

    Can't find a student perspective for your particular program? Contact this program's Exchange Abroad Advisor (listed at the top of this page); this advisor often has lists of recent participants who are eager to tell other GT students about studying abroad.