International Programs and Global Engagement

Turkey - Boğaziçi University

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Located in Istanbul, Turkey, Boğaziçi University started out as Robert College, the oldest American College outside of the United States, back in September of 1863. It became Boğaziçi University in 1971 and now has approximately 12,000 students. The language of instruction is English.

There are four "faculties" at Boğaziçi: Arts, Sciences, Economics and Administrative Sciences, Education, and Engineering. There are also 6 graduate institutes, 16 research and application centers, and two schools: the School of Foreign Languages and the School of Applied Disciplines. Boğaziçi has a substantial library with almost 583,000 volumes, 1400 printed periodical subscriptions, and over 24,500 electronic periodical subscriptions.

Many of Boğaziçi's buildings are located on its South Campus, with the Bosphorus and the historical castle of Rumelihisar as its boundary to the east. This campus houses the oldest buildings of the University. The North Campus, Hisar Campus and Uçaksavar Campus house the newer additions to the University facilities. A fourth campus, on the Asiatic side of the Bosphorus, houses the historic Kandilli Observatory, and a fifth campus, the Saritepe Campus, is situated on the shores of the Black Sea.

Istanbul dates back to 667 BC when it was known as Byzantium. The name changed to Constantinople in AD 300, and the city became Istanbul in 1453. It has a rich history and was at one time the capital city of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Latin Empire, and the Ottoman Empire. It is one of the largest cities in the world with a population of more than 12.5 million. Located on the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul is Turkey's cultural and financial center and is the only city in the world located on two continents. While it offers a colorful, vibrant lifestyle, there are also many monuments still standing reflecting its diverse history, such as Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Fatih Bridge, the Ciragan Palace, the Sunken Palace, the Theodosius Obelisk, and the Tokapi Palace. There are many wonderful markets and shopping areas in Istanbul, such as the Grand Bazaar with its over 4000 shops, and many museums, such as the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art.

Course Offerings

Participants may take courses either in business management or in second language acquisition and teaching methodology. Courses are taught in English and will be taken alongside students from Turkey. All participants will study the Turkish language during each semester of study. Please note that undergraduate classes are numbered in the 100s, 200s, 300s, and 400s. Classes numbered 500 are at the graduate level.

Business Management

Participants may choose courses offered in the Department of Management (under the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences) at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Methodology

Participants choose courses in the Department of Foreign Language Education (under the Faculty of Education). This department offers a B.A. program in English Language Education and graduate programs leading to M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English Language Education. The Department of Foreign Language Education (FLED) provides courses related to second language acquisition and second language teaching methodology and organizes practice teaching in selected schools. The objective of the graduate program is to equip students with advanced and specialized knowledge in the field and to help them acquire skills for research. A well-balanced emphasis on theory and application is maintained throughout the programs.

Turkish Language

All participants must take beginning Turkish language during each semester of participation. Turkish language classes are numbered TK 111 and TK 112 and are offered by the Department of Turkish Language and Literature (under the Faculty of Arts and Sciences).

Course information can be found at the Boğaziçi University website:

Select "Academic" on right side of page and select "Management" or "Foreign Language Education" as appropriate. To obtain Turkish language course information, select "Turkish Language and Literature" and "Turkish for Foreigners" (at top or bottom of page).

Academic Requirements

All participants are required to be full-time while studying in Turkey and, thus, take the equivalent of 15 units during each semester for undergraduates and 12 units per semester for graduates.

All applicants should have upper division standing with a declared major at this university by the end of the semester prior to departure or have classified graduate standing at the time of the application deadline, good academic records, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better at the time of application, and have completed at least two semesters of full-time study at Sacramento State before participation. All applicants should check to ensure that they are on track for meeting the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). The applicant also should be prepared to accept the challenge of study in a country with an educational system different from our own. No prior knowledge of Turkish language is required.

Additional requirements for applicants selecting to take business courses:

All lower division course requirements of the business major must have been completed by the end of the semester prior to departure.

Additional requirements for applicants selecting to take courses within the Department of Foreign Language Education:

All undergraduate applicants must have completed 6 units of applied linguistics prior to participation.

In addition, applicants should be in one of the following categories:

  1. Students in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate program
  2. Undergraduate students with a declared TESOL minor
  3. Undergraduate students with a declared English major, but these applicants must have taken ENGLISH 120A prior to participation
  4. Undergraduate students in declared majors in other fields, if the student has completed 6 units of applied linguistics at the time of application and has appropriate academic goals as related to the curriculum offered through this program
  5. Graduate level students in the English Department who are pursing the MA in TESOL or MA in English with a TESOL certificate. Graduate applicants MUST be fully classified at the time of the application deadline. Graduate students from outside the English Department may not take courses in the area of Foreign Language Education.


Courses are taught on a semester basis at Boğaziçi University. Classes for the fall semester begin around the third week in September and end around the end of December followed by required examinations in the first half of January. The spring semester classes begin in early February and end around mid-May followed by mandatory examinations through the end of May. Participants should plan on attending the Pre-Registration Days and International Students Orientation, which take place about two weeks prior to the start of classes.

Financial Responsibilities/Estimated Costs

Students accepted to this program will pay the usual California State University, Sacramento fees, remain eligible for financial aid (except work/study), if otherwise qualified, and receive resident credit just as if they were attending classes at this university. (Please note that equivalency of courses falls under the jurisdiction of the academic department here.) Boğaziçi University has agreed to waive non-resident tuition for exchange students, making this a particularly attractive opportunity. Students will pay for their travel to and from Istanbul, room and board, and incidentals. In addition, each student must have the required insurance during his or her stay in Turkey.

Expenses for a semester at Boğaziçi are estimated at the following: usual undergraduate fees - $3,324 (graduates would pay the graduate fee), airfare - $1,115, insurance - $240, room & board - $4,650, incidentals (including books, local transportation, clothing, entertainment) - $1,400. Total: $10,729. The estimated expenses for an academic year are about $20,343. This estimate is given for planning purposes only and is subject to changes from currency fluctuation, inflation, and fee changes. Keep in mind that students are responsible for obtaining their own passports and student visas. The costs to obtain these are not included in this estimate.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Campus financial aid, with the exception of federal work study, is applicable abroad. Whether or not you have ever received financial aid, you should investigate this possibility by contacting Joy Fisher (study abroad contact) at the Student Service Counter located on the first floor of Lassen Hall. Students also are encouraged to investigate and apply for scholarships for their study or research abroad. A listing of specific scholarships and scholarship resource information, with websites, is available on the International Programs and Global Engagement website at

Housing and Meals

All international students attending Boğaziçi University should plan on staying in the Superdorm, which consists of five floors and is five blocks long. There are a total of 130 suites (apartments) which vary in size and price depending on the number of individual rooms in each. Students choose between 2, 3, or 4-bedroom suites. Each suite contains a kitchenette where students can prepare breakfast and do some simple cooking. The Superdorm is located on the Uçaksavar Campus (Boğaziçi University Culture and Sports Facilities Campus). It is an approximate 8-minute walk from the North Campus and 15-minute walk from the South Campus.

Meals may be taken at the University's dining halls or at a variety of restaurants and fast food places. Additional information can be found at

Office of International Relations

Students will be assisted at Boğaziçi University by the Office of International Relations located on the first floor of the Students Activities Building (ÖFB Building in Turkish) at the South Campus. The office holds the International Student Orientation and guides students to the appropriate academic advisors who will help them select courses relevant to their study program.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted for one semester or one academic year. The application deadline for participation beginning in the fall semester for the academic year or the fall semester only is March 1. The application deadline for participation during the spring semester is September 15. Applications can be obtained from International Programs and Global Engagement in Lassen Hall 2304, tel. (916) 278-6686.

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