CIEE Istanbul

  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Minimum GPA: 2.75
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


Istanbul is the cultural and economic capital of Turkey, located at the nexus of Eurasia, with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. It is also the country’s largest city, with an estimated population of 15 million. Istanbul has seen the rise and fall of great empires and the ongoing transformations wrought by rapid migration and urbanization. The city has an overabundance of historically important buildings and exciting new art galleries and museums to see during the day, and at night it is alive with a hopping bar, club, and restaurant scene. Istanbul is full of cultural centers, such as the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, and the Galata Tower, that are each central to the culture of the city.

  • Visa:

    Required. Students must apply for a visa before traveling to Turkey. Entering Turkey on a tourist visa and attempting to apply for a student visa while there could lead to deportation. In addition, passports must have enough blank space to allow for Turkish entry and exit stamps. If there is not enough space for entry and exit stamps, the passport holder will be denied entry into Turkey.

  • Fees: Students pay regular tuition and room fees to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program. An iNext card and the cost of orientation are included in the program fees.

  • Requirements

    Haverford’s policy requires that students with a GPA lower than 3.0 meet with Dean Mancini prior to applying.

    Academic Credit

    Students are expected to take a total of fifteen semester hours, including a Turkish language course at Koç University (fifteen semester hours is equal to four classes at Haverford). Students may fulfill one language requirement on this program. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    University curriculum. Some departments have a Turkish and regional focus and are highly recommended for visiting students (indicated in course list with * ).

    Course Highlights

    Arabic & Middle Eastern Studies - College of Administrative Sciences and Economics – College of Arts and Sciences – College of Engineering – Architecture - Archaeology and History of Art* - Biological Sciences - Business Administration* - Cultural and Urban Studies* - Economics* - Engineering & Technology - English Language and Comparative Literature* - European Studies - History* - Health Studies, International Relations* - Mathematics - Natural and Physical Sciences - Philosophy* - Psychology* - Political Science and Legal Studies - Public Health - Religion and Theology - Sociology* - Studio Art - Turkish Language, Literature and Culture* - Visual and Performing Arts.

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

    Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad

  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: There is a mandatory one-week orientation program that introduces students to the country, culture, language, and academic program, as well as provides practical information about living in Turkey. Students will attend survival Turkish language sessions, Koç University international student orientation, a city tour, and CIEE specific activities.

    Number of Students: The CIEE program typically has about 15-25 participants each semester. Koç University has a student body of about 3,400.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Students live in residence halls with a Turkish roommate on the Koç University campus. The residence halls are close to all campus buildings and include laundry and kitchen facilities. Students are responsible for their own meals. A limited number of singles and homestays are also available.

    Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Students also have access to the new Semahat Arsel Sports Center, which has a main hall for basketball, tennis, volleyball, handball, squash, racquetball, a two-floor fitness center, and an aerobics-step studio. The University also has outdoor tennis courts and a soccer field. Students can also participate on several sports teams: basketball (men’s and women’s), soccer (men’s), badminton (men’s and women’s), tennis (men’s and women’s), steps (women’s), handball (men’s), volleyball (women’s), skiing, and carting.


Please keep in mind that while Turkey is a secular country, it has a large Muslim population. If you are in Turkey during the sacred month of Ramadan (Ramazan in Turkish), do not eat or drink in public, and be considerate towards those fasting. Please be respectful when touring and entering mosques, and dress modestly.

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Apply to Study Abroad!

  • Semester/Year
  • Science/Math/Pre-Health/CompSci Approved
  • Fulfills Language Requirement
  • Semester I: Early September to mid-January
  • Semester II: Early February to early June
  • Year: Early September to early June
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 5
  • Year: March 1
Faculty Contact

Maud McInerney

Craig Borowiak