SU students have a new opportunity to study in Istanbul, Turkey, thanks to a new Syracuse University partner- ship with Bogaziçi University. The Istanbul program, offered in spring only, presents an array of opportunities for both undergraduates and graduates to earn credit towards a European Studies or Middle Eastern Studies minor, gain proficiency in Turkish language, or simply continue coursework in English in a transcontinental world center. In addition, the program offers coursework in disciplines traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, including physics, engineering, and the physical sciences.

Turkey’s rich history, geography, and culture promise a deeply engaging study abroad experience. The region comprising modern Turkey has overseen the birth of major civilizations, including the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. And because of its location, on the border between southwestern Asian and southeastern Europe, Turkey has a unique culture that blends Eastern and Western traditions, often described as a bridge between the two civilizations. Istanbul is Turkey’s most populous city and its cultural and financial center. Known for a magnificent skyline studded with domes and minarets, the city was chosen as a European Capital of Culture for 2010. The Historic Areas of Istanbul were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.

Bogaziçi is a world-class university that also boasts a desirable location, excellent facilities and resources, international student housing, and computer facilities. The University is comprised of four faculties (Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Economics and Administrative Sciences, and Education) and six institutes offering graduate programs, as well as the School of Foreign Languages, the School of Applied Disciplines, and the School of Advanced Vocational Studies.

“Having an exchange relationship with Bogaziçi University, which is the foremost institution of higher educa- tion in Turkey, will pay dividends for Syracuse University students for years and years to come,” says Mehrzad Boroujerdi, professor of political science and founding director of SU’s Middle Eastern Studies program. “It is impossible not to be impressed by what Istanbul and Bogaziçi have to offer in terms of scenery and the quality of education.” To learn more about the Istanbul program, visit SU Abroad’s website at