Istanbul

The Istanbul Experience

This ancient city at the crossroads of Asia and Europe has attracted visitors from every corner of the globe for centuries. It is this blend of eras and cultures that makes Istanbul so alluring, from the centuries-old mosques that scrape the skyline to the fashionable young crowd that strolls the shopping streets of Taksim. As you get to know the city through both coursework and MyEducation, Istanbul becomes a feast for the senses. Waking up to the sound of the call to prayer is a daily reminder of the city’s deep roots in Muslim history. A visit to the Spice Market presents you with smells from around the world and tastes of the region’s best treats: baklava and lokum. The inner walls of Topkapi Palace are covered with smooth, handmade tiles that cool your fingers and dazzle your eyes with blue and green patterns, complimenting the nearby waves of the Bosphorus Strait. Just as you start to feel that you have gone back in time, Istanbul pulls you back to the present with its sleek, modern subways and diverse, cosmopolitan population. With so much to experience each day, Istanbul quickly becomes your unforgettable classroom.

The CAPA Istanbul Program allows you to take a range of courses in the social sciences, humanities, and the arts while also studying the Turkish language. Bilgi studentsThe program provides you with an opportunity to study at a Turkish university while also encouraging you to explore the city of Istanbul through CAPA’s MyEducation program. There are semester programs (three months in fall and four-and-a-half months in spring) and a six-week summer program available.

The CAPA Istanbul Program is housed at Bilgi University. Founded in 1996 as a private, non-profit institution, Bilgi offers programs to nearly 10,000 students. The curriculum focuses on the social sciences, economics, business, communications, the arts, and law. The courses take place at two different campuses, and the CAPA staff have an office on one campus to help students with any questions.

The CAPA Istanbul program is designed to include your major program costs, leaving nothing to chance. You will live in an international student residence within commuting distance of Bilgi, and the program fee includes a transportation pass for the metro, trams, and buses.  You will also have access to a variety of student events, and CAPA staff will be available 24/7 along the way. This program is ideal for those who want to study the culture of Istanbul firsthand.

 
Common Questions About the Istanbul Experience
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Why Istanbul?

A message from Beyhan Langlois, Institutional Coordinator at Bilgi University

 

Dear Students:Bilgi staff

Turkey has changed greatly in recent years. The Turkish economy is Europe’s fastest-growing sizable economy and will continue to be so in 2012 as it was in 2011; in fact, experts foresee Turkey to be the second-largest economy in Europe by 2050! Turkey encourages entrepreneurship and productivity, and as a result has been putting its imprint on the global stage with its impressive economic development and political stability.

Turkey has a rich architectural heritage dating back thousands of years from contemporary modern through to ancient ruins. Its rich and diverse history is due to its blend of East and West. Turkey is also the home to two of the seven ancient wonders of the world: The temple of Artemis and the Mausoleum of Halikarnas. And Istanbul itself is the only city in the world located on two continents!Bilgi Santal Campus

CAPA in Istanbul offers students a unique opportunity to study and live in a culturally rich and diverse nation. The CAPA program is based at İstanbul’s Bilgi University, an institution established 15 years ago with “an international university” spirit. As part of the Laureate International Universities Network, Bilgi is moving ahead to be one of the most sought after international universities not only in Turkey, but in the wider region as well.

Turkey offers a healthy and welcoming environment for students. With English increasingly becoming the language of instruction within many departments in Turkish universities, Turkey has seen a rapid increase in the number of foreign students in recent years. Whether an economist wanting to learn how to leverage the dynamism of the marketplace; a political scientist curious to understand Turkey’s role in the region and across the globe; a historian eager to unearth ancient ruins; an engineer; or simply an adventurous mind, learning in Turkey is a unique asset for a vast variety of academic pursuits and professional goals.

A range of courses are on offer as part of the CAPA Istanbul program, including Social Responsibility, Civil Society and Istanbul, a contextual course on Istanbul; and Turkish language at a range of levels.

CAPA students in Istanbul also benefit from CAPA’s distinctive MyEducation program, which provides students with a framework within which to explore various themes and topics relevant to their experience in Turkey. From museums to mosques, bazaars to boutiques, there is no other place on earth that matches Istanbul when it comes to contrasting old and new, East and West, secular and religious, and MyEducation will help you to integrate all of these contrasting elements into your own personal experience in Istanbul.

So come experience Istanbul with CAPA, this cradle of civilization awaits you!

See you soon!

Beyhan Langlois

Institutional Coordinator
Bilgi University

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Istanbul Program Location

The Istanbul Program is hosted at Bilgi University. Founded in 1996 as a private, non-profit institution, Bilgi offers programs in the social sciences, economics, business, communications, the arts, and law. The language of instruction is in English; students with advanced knowledge of Turkish should enquire about additional courses that may be available.

Bilgi has several campuses in Istanbul, but most classes take place at the Santral Campus in the western district of Eyüp and the Dolapadere campus near Taksim Square. The CAPA office is located at the Dolapadere campus. Often viewed as the center of modern Istanbul, Taksim Square hosts everything from elegant cafes to designer shops. Running west from the square, İstiklal Caddesi, the main pedestrian street in the area, is a popular shopping and dining destination for both tourists and locals. Taksim Square is also a major transportation hub, and from here it is possible to take buses and the metro to other parts of the city.


Biligi University
Dolapdere Campus
Kurtuluş Deresi Cad. Yahya Köprüsü Sok. No: 1
Dolapdere
34440 Istanbul
TURKEY
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Each campus of the university has a library, and CAPA students will have borrowing rights. A substantial part of the library collection is in English so campus libraries serve as the main location for academic research. Students will have access to the campus computer labs as well as computers in the residence building at no cost.

Bilgi Santal CampusAll CAPA students will be given the option to participate in Erasmus Club activities with other international students (some costs may apply). The International Center will inform students about these activities through frequent emails and social media.

CAPA students will live in a student residence within commuting distance of the center. Students live in shared rooms with en-suite bathrooms and a refrigerator. Students may share with non-CAPA international students. A shared kitchen is available on each floor, and there are study areas and computer labs throughout the residence. Each residence is also equipped with wireless Internet.
Alcohol and smoking are not allowed at the residences. Students enter and exit the building with an ID card, and the entrance of each residence has 24-hour security.

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Academics in Istanbul

Explore Istanbul through CAPA's courses at Bilgi University.

 

Click here to see Istanbul courses. Course offerings are set by the university and are subject to change up until the start of the program. Click here to download a PDF of all Istanbul course descriptions.

No matter your major, CAPA has the courses to keep you on track while studying in Istanbul.

AnthropologySociologyArt HistoryBusiness
CommunicationsPsychologyEconomicsMiddle Eastern Studies
FinanceGeographyHistoryInternational Relations
Political ScienceLiteratureMarketingTurkish Language

CAPA offers students a fall and spring semester option, as well as a shorter summer program. CAPA students will take classes with Turkish and Erasmus students during the fall and spring programs; however, they will sit for their exams earlier than the other students. CAPA students are encouraged to take up to three Bilgi University courses and CAPA’s Global Cities course. Or students can take four courses at Bilgi. Each course earns three US semester credits and meets for three hours per week. Although not required, CAPA strongly recommends that students take the Social Responsibility, Civil Society and Istanbul course; a contextual course on Istanbul; and a Turkish language course. CAPA students will have access to all levels of courses (1 – 4) with the proviso that some level 3 and 4 courses require pre-requisites.

The summer program has been specifically created for CAPA students and thus will not have other international students in the courses. On the summer program students select two courses for a total of six credits.

Course offerings change annually, and Bilgi University will furnish CAPA with the list of recommended courses for International Students at the beginning of each academic year. Bilgi provides an extensive period of academic advising following orientation to guide students into appropriate levels and courses. Students make provisional course selections prior to arrival; additional courses will be available to students with knowledge of Turkish. Generally, students spend USD $100-150 on textbooks.

Academic Credits and Transcripts
All CAPA students receive full credit for courses, and each course is valued at three semester credits. The School of Record for the CAPA Istanbul Program is Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

COURSE SYLLABI ARE PROVIDED BELOW BUT MAY ALSO BE EMAILED TO YOU OR YOUR ADVISOR UPON REQUEST. Please provide us with the course code and title.

Click on a course name below for a brief description and example syllabus. Course offerings are subject to change up until the start of the program.

Course Name Course Number Major(s)
ISBL URBS 3345 History, Urban Studies
ISBL ARTH 3310 Art History
ISBL CULT/PSCI 3320 / IESP 3030 International Relations, Political Science
HIST 161 History, International Relations
ISBL PSCI 3322 / IESO 2121 History, International Relations, Political Science
ISBL HIST 3332 / IESO 2310 History
ISBL ECON 3340 Economics, International Relations
ISBL INTR 3350 / IESO 3710 Anthropology, Sociology
ISBL INTR 3352 / IESO 3620 International Relations, Political Science
ISBL SOCY 3360 / IESO 2001 Sociology
ISBL SOCY 3362 Sociology
ISBL TURK 1001 / IELG 1111 Turkish Language
ISBL PSCI 3326 / IESO 3230 International Relations, Political Science
ISBL PSCI 3328 / IESO 4150 History, Political Science
ISBL CULT 3370 / IESO 1210 History
ISBL SOCY 3364 / IESO 3151 Psychology, Sociology

Click on a course name below for a brief description and example syllabus. Course offerings are subject to change up until the start of the program.

Course Name Course Number Major(s)
ISBL URBS 3345 History, Urban Studies
ISBL ARTH 3312 / IEAR 2020 Art History
ISBL ECON 3342 / IESO 2120 Economics, History, International Relations
ISBL PSCI 3330 / IESO 4220 International Relations
ISBL INTR 3354 / IESO 4720 History, International Relations, Political Science
ISBL COMM 3380 / IESO 4321 Communications
HIS 126 International Relations, History
ISBL HIST 3336 / IESO 2320 History
ISBL RLGN 3390 / IEHM 1200 History, Religion
ISBL CULT 3372 / IESO 2220 Anthropology, History, Sociology
ISBL INTR 3356 / IESO 1010 History, International Relations
ISBL PSCI 3332 / IESO 4760 History, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology
ISBL HIST 3338 / IESO 3220 History
ISBL HIST/INTR 3340 History, International Relations, Political Science
ISBL PSCI 3334 History, International Relations
ISBL SOCY 3368 / IESO 4420 History, Sociology
ISBL SOCY 3360 / IESO 2001 Sociology
ISBL PSCI 3338 / IESO 3720 History, International Relations, Political Science
ISBL TURK 1001 / IELG 1111 Turkish Language
ISBL PSCI 3326 / IESO 3230 International Relations, Political Science
ISBL CULT 3371 / IESO 1220 Anthropology, Art History, History
ISBL PSCI 3340 History, International Relations, Political Science

Click on a course name below for a brief description and example syllabus.

Course Name Course Number Major(s)
ISBL INTR 3354 / IESO 4720 History, International Relations, Political Science
ISBL SOCY 3368 / IESO 4420 History, Sociology
ISBL PSCI 3338 / IESO 3720 History, International Relations, Political Science
ISBL PSCI 3328 / IESO 4150 History, Political Science
Common Questions about Istanbul Academics
Meet the Istanbul Faculty
Academic Management
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MyEducation in Istanbul

What is MyEducation?

MyEducation offers intentionally defined pathways through the city: means of engaging with the urban environment in ways that are relevant to your studies and interests. The intention is to empower you to make specific connections between classroom theory and the outside world.

CAPA developed the MyEducation program to help you select cultural experiences that are relevant to your academic courses and personal learning goals abroad. Events, activities and reflective sessions are identified and designed around significant themes such as Community and People, Government and Power, Landscape and Time, Diversity and Identity, and Arts and Culture. Participation in these activities will give you an intelligent, well-rounded, and in-depth perspective on Istanbul as a global city.

You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of activities with varying styles of presentation. This allows you to pick a session that speaks to you and your way of learning.

MyEducation gives you the tools to explore below the surface of culture and empowers you to be an informed participant in the diverse and vibrant culture of the city: to see the urban environment beyond the tourist gaze.

How does it work?

CAPA Istanbul presents a MyEducation calendar to all students and faculty. The MyEducation calendar is designed for you by local staff and faculty, brings theory to life, and offers a unique and valuable opportunity to make the most out of your time studying in another country.

MyEducation activities are either staff-led or self-directed. Every week, one item will be selected as the MyEducation Event of the Week, and further information will be given on this highlighted event in hand-outs and in a weekly email, delivered directly to your inbox!

Some CAPA professors integrate MyEducation activities into their courses and assessment, so that you may have an opportunity to reflect upon, write about, and present your experiences. MyEducation is also an excellent mechanism to develop areas of interest that may be extended into an application for the CAPA Record of Achievement.

When you go abroad with CAPA, you will learn about real people and real issues in the location where you live, work, and study.

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Istanbul Dates, Prices, & Inclusions

CAPA delivers academic excellence along with a complete cultural experience at an affordable price. The CAPA Istanbul Program includes the following:


Tuition
Students studying on the semester program can earn 12-15 credits; summer students will earn 6 credits.

Housing
Students live in international student residence accommodation within commuting distance of Bilgi University.

Local Transportation
Each student will receive a pre-paid transportation card that can be used on the metro, trams and buses. This card will be pre-paid to cover up to 200 journeys per month for the length of the program. Students will have the option of loading more credit (at own cost) onto the card should they wish to travel more frequently around the city. 

Excursions
A full-day excursion to either Bursa or Edirne and an overnight excursion to Gallipoli and Troy (for semester students only). 

Student Events

Social events including an arrival reception, mid-term dinner (semesters only), and a farewell ceremony.


Books
Students will buy books for their classes locally and should budget up to $150.

MyEducation Istanbul
MyEducation is CAPA’s unique learning immersion program, which blends local culture and top-notch academics into the experience of a lifetime for our students. A proven education program that combines theme-based learning with unique cultural experiences turning Istanbul into your classroom.

Insurance
All CAPA students receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.

CAPA Services and Support
The CAPA Istanbul team is available throughout your program to assist and support you. Students can also contact the 24-hour emergency cell phone for any urgent situations outside of office hours.

Common Questions about Istanbul Dates & Pricing
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Next Steps

Whether you have questions or are ready to start an application, the CAPA Admissions Team is ready to help! 

Submit your inquiry online or give us a call at 1-800-793-0334. One of CAPA's Admissions Advisors can help answer any questions you have on our programs, explain the application process, and help you start preparing for an exciting study abroad experience. 

Admissions Advisors:

 Julia Campana     Nicole Couturiaux 

Once you start an application, your designated Admissions Advisor  will work with you throughout this process by tracking your application and ensuring you meet all deadlines. 

CAPA’s online enrollment is easy-to-use and available to students applying directly through CAPA. However, if your home institution has a customized CAPA program, please enroll through your study abroad office.

Here are the steps for submitting your application:

  1. Fill out your online application 
  2. Send CAPA the additional paper work to complete your application (see the application instructions) 
  3. Once CAPA has received your full application, you will hear about your acceptance within 48 hours
  4. If you are accepted, you will receive instructions about how to secure your space on the program

If you intend to do an internship abroad, check out these resources on writing a resume (CV) and cover letter or visit your school's Career Services Office.

The CAPA Admissions Team will walk you through how to personalize your CAPA program starting from the initial stages of filling out your application, advise you on how to apply for scholarships to help fund your experience, and provide information to help you budget for your program fees and personal expenses while abroad. CAPA is here to help every step of the way!

To learn more from students who have attended a CAPA program, visit the CAPA Ambassador and testimonials sections.

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Meet the Istanbul Staff
 Vanja Pantic
Student Affairs Advisor
I am thrilled to introduce students to Istanbul as CAPA's Istanbul Student Affairs Advisor. I previously worked with local and international students at Boston University, and I am now eager to transfer the skills I attained there to my role as advisor in Istanbul. Having myself studied abroad in Istanbul, I truly believe the experience of studying here is one of the most life-changing experiences one can go through. I have lived in Turkey for several years now, and I am very excited to provide incoming students with the necessary tools to adjust to life in Turkey and studies at a Turkish university. Istanbul is a bustling, lively and energetic city with a mix of cultures, religions, cuisines and languages. I spend most of my free time doing photography walks around Turkey, and my passion is showing visitors why I love it here so much. Even after several years of living in Istanbul, I find that I am constantly discovering something new and I am excited to share that experience with our incoming students!
   
   
Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
What Students say about CAPA
My very first week here in Istanbul I was given the opportunity to go on a trip with the other foreign students here to Bursa, another Turkish city in Anatolia, a few hours from Istanbul. Bursa is important for many reasons, both historically and culturally. Historically, this city was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire captured by the first Sultan. Culturally, this city offered a very different perspective on Turkey than Istanbul, as the city seemed much more religious and conservative. This experience allowed me to gain hands on cultural experience in ways that I could never have within the classroom. I was taking a Turkish history course, and being able to visit the very sites where events took place was an amazing experience. By immersing myself in the location and people I was able to gain a much richer and rewarding understanding of the class materials.
Jack Davidson, Emmanuel College Istanbul Student, Spring 2013