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Bogazici University
Istanbul, Turkey (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Partner Institution/Organization Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Apartment (Shared), Dormitory
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Gisella Gisolo
Program Description:


*This program will not be accepting applications until the end of Spring 2018. Please check back on this page as we approach that deadline.*

Bogazici University

Students in all concentrations have the opportunity to directly enroll in Bogaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey to receive a full semester of Princeton credit. All courses at Bogaziçi are taught in English. (Turkish classes are also available.)

The University

Bogaziçi University was officially established in 1971 as a Turkish public university, although its history dates back to 1863, the date of the founding of Robert College, the first American college set up outside the U.S. With its transfer to the Turkish state, Bogaziçi University became the direct heir to both the excellent facilities of Robert College and its distinguished academic traditions. Bogaziçi University is one of Turkey’s top universities.

Bogaziçi University comprises four faculties (Arts and Sciences, Economics and Administrative Sciences, Education, and Engineering), six institutes (offering graduate programs), the School of Foreign Languages, and the School of Applied Disciplines. Many faculty members teach in more than one faculty and the faculty structure promotes interdisciplinary teaching whenever appropriate.

The Setting

The main part of the Bogaziçi University campus sits on a hill overlooking the scenic Bosphorus Strait and is just minutes away from the shores of the Black Sea. The campus is in a lively area with inexpensive restaurants and cafés frequented by students at all hours. The neighborhood is safe, and public transportation and taxis are accessible and affordable.

Istanbul is a cosmopolitan city with a rich cultural and religious heritage, where the East and the West are intertwined at every corner. Consisting of both modern districts of shopping, dining, and cultural activities and old quarters seeped in history with narrow winding streets and the texture of traditional lifestyles, Istanbul is a lively blend of the ancient and the modern. Istanbul is relatively inexpensive, especially when compared to cities of similar size (approximate population: 10 million).



Bogaziçi’s Department of Political Science & International Relations offers courses in the areas of Comparative and International Politics, Political Economy, Methodology, Turkish Politics, Political Theory, European Studies, Development, the Middle East, and Turkish language and culture. Students may choose their other courses from any department at the university.All courses at Bogaziçi are taught in English. (Turkish classes are also available.)

You can find a full list of available courses in Bogazici's online course catalog. 


B average in the fall and spring preceding the semester abroad (Princeton requirement).

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.     

Students are expected to take at least one course from their base department. The course load is 15-16 credit hours at Bogaziçi, usually five courses, equal to four Princeton courses. 

Academic Calendar

Fall semester typically runs from mid September to late December.
Spring semester typically runs from early February to late May.

You can view exact program dates on the program/university’s academic calendar 


Visiting students may apply to live in the “Superdorm." In this dorm, students have an individual room and share a kitchenette, living room, and bathroom with 1-3 students. Students may also choose to rent off-campus apartments in Istanbul, but must make the arrangements themselves.   

Student Life

Princeton students have access to library and sports facilities as well as student organizations. Student club activities constitute the main platform for socializing with fellow students. The University encourages and supports extra-curricular activities which complement the academic, physical, social and cultural development of its students. Activities range from ballroom dancing to mountaineering, from speleology to chess and bridge.

Financial Aid

For more information about financial aid, visit the “Money Matters” section of our website.


Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay in Turkey. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.     
For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.    
Before leaving for Turkey, you must obtain a multi-entry student visa from the nearest Turkish embassy or consulate.

Upon your arrival in Turkey, you will need to apply for a residence permit within 30 days. The residence permit will allow you to travel in and out of Turkey without re-applying for the visa. To apply for a Residence Permit, you will need the cost of the Residence Permit booklet (approximately 138 TL or $75USD) and your “Student Certification” (pick the certification up from the Bogaziçi Office of International Relations approximately three weeks after registration).

Following your application, the residence permit is processed within several days. The authorities will need to keep your passport. Your passport will then be returned to you along with your residence permit booklet. Submit a copy of this booklet to the Office of International Relations to be filed along with your other documents. Take the booklet with you if you leave the country; you will need it to re-enter.


Application Process

A completed application includes:

  • Application form - This must be completed in full and signed by the student, the student's departmental representative, and the Director of Study Abroad at Princeton. Please have your departmental representative sign the form before turning it in to the OIP.  Note: you should check the box indicating that you are applying as a special student.
  • Official Princeton transcript (paper version – sent directly to OIP)
  • A list of the five courses you would like to take.
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member at Princeton who has taught you.In addition to a program application, students must also complete the Princeton Course approval form. This form is reviewed by the Committee on Examinations and Standing, which grants final approval to participate in the program. Students who meet the university eligibility requirements to study abroad and who have the support of their department are normally approved by the Committee.


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Dates / Deadlines:
This program is not currently accepting applications. Please consult the sponsoring department's website for application open dates.
This program is currently not accepting applications.