Turkey: Bogazici University
The Washington College in Turkey program is a Tuition Only Exchange Program based at Bogazici University. Bogazici University was formally established on September 10, 1971.
While thus appearing to be a newcomer to the community of Turkish universities, it has as its roots the long history of Robert College, which was the first American College to be established outside the boundaries of the United States. With the transfer of the site to the Turkish government, Bogazici University became the direct heir to not only the excellent facilities of Robert College but also to its distinguished academic tradition.
Bogazici University, serving 9,160 students, has four facilities, six institutes, the school of Foreign Languages, the school of Applied Disciplines and the school of Advanced Vocational Studies. Many of the university’s buildings are located on its South Campus, with the Bosphorus and the historical castle of Rumelihisar as its boundary to the east. The North Campus and the Hisar Campus contain the newer additions to the university facilities. A fourth campus, on the Asiatic side of the Bosphorus, houses the historic Kandilli Observatory which is the center of a nationwide network of seismic stations and a prominent research center of the University. The fifth campus, the Kilyos (Saritepe) Campus, is situated on the shores of the Black Sea 20 km to the northwest of both the South and North campuses.
All classes, except Turkish language, will be taught in English. A member of the faculty in which the student has been accepted will serve as his or her advisor.
All well-qualified sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply for the exchange program with Bogazici University. This program is open to students in all majors. Students should meet the following prerequisites:
- GPA of 3.0 or above. Strong academic record. Evidence of good character, maturity, and motivation.
- Ability and willingness to adapt to a foreign environment.
The cost of international travel between the US and Turkey, housing costs, meal costs, local transportation while in Turkey, book costs, student government fees, extracurricular activities, health insurance, expenses while the university is not in session, and personal expenses are the responsibility of the student applicant unless other arrangements have been made. Students should make an appointment to speak to the Director of Student Financial Aid to discuss the financial aspects of the program they plan to attend.
On-campus housing is available. Early applications are given preference. The International Office will assist in helping students find suitable accommodations.
Students will be able to take courses in the following disciplines: Business, Education, English, Mathematics, Computer Science, Humanities, International Studies, and more.
Approximate Semester Dates
- Academic year (mid-September to mid-June)
- Semester 2: Early February to mid-June
- Please note: Attending Bogazici for the fall semester is not recommended due to the timing of their semester 1 exams. Their semester 1 exams are held in late January at the start of spring semester classes at Washington College.