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Istanbul, Turkey (Outgoing Program)
Istanbul, considered the cultural capital of Turkey, is the country’s largest city with a population of over 13 million. Set astride three waterways (the Golden Horn, the Sea of Marmara, and the Bosphorus), Istanbul has one of the world’s most dramatic and strategic locations, straddling both the Asian and European continent. In its long history, the city has been the center of many great empires, including the Roman, Byzantine and the Ottoman, with magnificent traces left behind from all three. Although today the city is transforming rapidly with urbanization and economic development, it is still able to balance tradition and modernity effortlessly. So much so that it’s been dubbed “The World’s Hippest City” for its many designer shops, international film and music festivals, delicious Turkish lokantas (restaurants), and bustling nightlife.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available at Koc University, you should visit the Koc University website, as well as Course Selections web page.
Courses taught at Koc follow a similar US structure with lectures, class participation, presentations and written examinations and papers. All exchange students will enroll in a Turkish language course and 3-4 English-taught course electives. You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Koc University and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 12 credits each semester. The credit translation system between Koc University and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at Koc University will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Early September – Early January
Spring Semester: Late January – Late May
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the Koc web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the program dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
You will be housed in university dormitories in single, double or triple rooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities. Telephone, internet and cable TV access is available within each room. Rooms have a refrigerator, bed, desk and a pillow and blanket will be provided for you. Your particular placement is made entirely at the discretion of Koc University and thus, single rooms cannot be guaranteed for this program.
You can prepare meals in the shared kitchen which includes a refrigerator, stove-top, sink and microwave. There is also an on-campus grocery store, Migros, which sells a wide selection of ingredients and produce. You can also purchase meals at the university cafeteria (mensa) and various student center cafes.
For more information regarding housing, please visit the Koc University website.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid please visit the Finances Section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
Study Abroad Turkey Scholarship for Minority Students- The Turkish Coalition of American in cooperation with Diversity Abroad offers a grant program to encourage African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American undergraduate students in the United States to participate in a study abroad program in Turkey. For more information please visit the TCA website.
Study Abroad Turkey Scholarship for US. Citizens of Armenian origin- The Turkish Coalition of American offers a scholarship for American students of Armenian descent to participate in a study abroad program in Turkey. For more information please visit the TCA website.
Study Abroad Turkey Scholarship for Bosnian-American Students- The Turkish Coalition of American offers a scholarship for Bosnian-American to participate in a study abroad program in Turkey. For more information please visit the TCA website.
Study Abroad Turkey Scholarship for Macedonian-American Students- The Turkish Coalition of American offers a scholarship for Macedonian-American to participate in a study abroad program in Turkey. For more information please visit the TCA website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.