Study Abroad Program Overview
Program Currently Suspended
Due to safety and security concerns, the summer program at Boğaziçi University is currently suspended.
UCEAP's dedicated emergency management team monitors events 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For updates and situation reports on Turkey, see our Worldwide Alerts Page.
Become fully integrated into International Summer School, Boğaziçi University classes and access a variety of fields of instruction. This seven-week intensive program offers you the unique opportunity to live in Istanbul, the capital city of three world empires. Explore Istanbul’s Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman heritage while living in a modern, secular setting. Program participants enroll in regular university courses with international and local students. You can choose from courses in most subject areas, including social and natural sciences, history, language, engineering, and education.
Orientation in Istanbul: Boğaziçi University Summer Term is an intensive seven-week program that offers a rich variety of courses on social and natural sciences, humanities, and engineering in almost all subject areas. International Summer School will provide welcome and information sessions on arrival day. Be sure to ask questions about any immediate logistical issues that are not covered, such as banking or library access.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
Courses are taught in English; however, the predominant language of support staff, the bulletin boards, the services available on campus, and most casual conversations is Turkish.
mid-June to mid-August
With UCEAP you can start the summer in Istanbul and stay on for a fall or year program at Bogazici University, Koc University in Istanbul, or Bilkent University in the capital city of Ankara. With so many great options, why not do it all? Contact UCEAP Systemwide Office if you would like to remain in Turkey; each university has its own application requirements.
On-campus accommodation is required by UCEAP for summer program participants. You are responsible to reserve and pay for your own housing directly to the Bogazici International Summer School office. Participants live in two large dorms on campus: the university-run Ucaksavar Dorm and the privately-run Superdorm.
See the university’s accommodation website. Note that profanity, smoking, alcohol, gambling, and drug use are not allowed on dormitory premises, in addition to other behavioral rules (see the Boğaziçi University Student Dorm Regulations). Though students typically do not like the regulations, they acknowledge the rules are not difficult to follow for a program of only seven weeks.
More Information on Housing
Boğaziçi University sports facilities include both outdoor and indoor swimming pools, tennis courts, and a fully-equipped fitness gym. Social and cultural activities are also easily found in the nearby city center.
EAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. Local staff abroad will help you integrate into Turkish culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the EAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
The Boğaziçi University Summer program offers a rich variety of courses on social and natural sciences, humanities, and engineering in almost all subject areas.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
- Host institution online catalogs or course listings:
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. Courses that have not yet been taken for credit will not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 13.5 quarter/9 semester UC units per term.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships, research, and independent study are not an option through this program.
Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
One of the most prominent universities in Turkey, Boğaziçi University is located on the east side of Istanbul on a hill overlooking the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus Strait. Formally established as a state university in 1971, it has its origins in Robert College, the first American institution of higher education established outside the boundaries of the U.S. in 1863.
Boğaziçi University is home to over 1,000 faculty members and more than 11,000 students, 5 percent of which are international students from 47 countries.
The university is comprised of four Faculties (Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Economics and Administrative Sciences, and Education), six institutes that offer graduate programs, the School of Foreign Languages, the School of Applied Disciplines, and the School of Advanced Vocational Studies. Many faculty members teach in more than one department, thereby promoting an interdisciplinary approach in many courses.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Cost of attending Boğaziçi University
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Local transportation
- Optional excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Study abroad scholarships for Turkey
Turkish Coalition of America (TCA)
The Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) has established a diverse array of scholarship programs that support its educational mission. A wide range of scholarships are available for American minority students and Armenian-American, Bosnian-American, and Macedonian-American students wishing to study in Turkey. There are no deadlines and scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis. Find out more
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the International Summer School, Bogazici University.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: