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CIEE: Istanbul, Arts and Sciences
Istanbul, Turkey (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Historical Course List: View Historical Course List
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Dormitory, Homestay
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Archeology, Art History, Biology, Business, Business/Management/Finance, Chemistry, Communications, Cultural Studies, Economics, Engineering, English, History, International Relations, Language, Literature, Mathematics, Media, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Turkish
Type of Program:
Study Center
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Strickler
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Program Description:
The Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Program Overview     

Turkey ancient sitesThis program is based at Koç Univeristy and offers a wide variety of courses in Turkish language, accounting, architecture, art history, biology, chemistry, communication, computer science, economics, education, engineering, fine arts and design, history, international relations, mathematics, music and performing arts, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, public administration, sociology, statistics, tourism, and hotel management. Information about the range of courses can be found on the CIEE website.

All students are required to take an introductory-level Turkish language course, then select 4 additional courses, all taught in English, at Koç University. Students also may enroll in the CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership in Istanbul course.

One of the largest cities in the world, Istanbul is where Europe and Asia literally meet. The wide Bosphorous Straight cuts the city in half and is also the defining waterway separating the Asian and European continents. Arab, Latin, Persian, and Asian cultures have intermingled for more than 3,000 years at this key stop along the ancient Silk Road. Once the seat of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, today it is the largest city in Turkey with a population of more than 14 million, and is transforming rapidly under the forces of migration, urbanization, and globalization. The CIEE Study Center at Koç University provides study abroad students many opportunities to experience how the influences of the past, present, and possible futures have and continue to shape the physical and cultural landscapes of Turkey.

Koç University is a private university located on a beautiful hillside campus overlooking the Black Sea, near the Sariyer district of Istanbul and approximately one hour from the central part of the city. The campus includes facilities consistent with those found on U.S. campuses, and there is a vibrant student campus life offering numerous clubs and special activities.

Countries with a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning

In order to comply with Penn State's International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries with active U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings are required to submit a petition for a waiver to the Standing Advisory Committee on International Student Travel. This petition will be included in the online application process for this program. For more information regarding the travel warning, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.

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Education Abroad Credits

You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis.

Students must register for a minimum of 15 credits; students can register for a maximum of 18 credits.

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the CIEE Istanbul Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
 To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.

  • 2.5 Cumulative GPA
  • Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study

Housing and Meals

Housing will be arranged by CIEE. Students can live in a dormitory at Koç University or in a homestay. In the dorms, students are responsible for providing their own meals. Students have access to kitchen facilities or campus and neighborhood cafes and restaurants.

Homestays are also available as an option upon request, although spots are limited. Students who live in a homestay are provided with two meals a day. Students should contact CIEE at the time of application to learn more about the homestay option.

Penn State students are not allowed to live in the downtown apartments for safety and security reasons.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall budget sheet and Spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Istanbul at sunsetPenn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire

  •  One academic recommendation

  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with CIEE as a part of your Penn State application.

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 09/15/2015
Rolling Admission 01/20/2016 06/05/2016
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Fall 2016 03/01/2016
03/15/2016 09/17/2016 01/15/2017
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Academic Year 2016-2017 03/01/2016
03/15/2016 TBA TBA
Spring 2017 05/01/2016
06/30/2016 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed