Study Abroad in Istanbul, Turkey

Study Abroad in Istanbul: Academics

Boğaziçi University

Boğaziçi University (which means Bosphorus University) was officially established in 1971 as a Turkish public university, although its history dates back to 1863, date of the foundation of Robert College, the first American College set up outside the United States. With the transfer of this institution to the Turkish state, Boğaziçi University became the direct heir to both the excellent facilities of Robert College and to its distinguished academic traditions.

The University has a beautiful, traditional campus which overlooks the Bosphorus and the harbor of Bebek, an exclusive summer resort in Istanbul. Facilities are spread over six campuses, two of which - South and North campuses - are used for the summer program. Today the student population numbers well over 10,000. The University has two sports facilities which students can use with their BU cards.

Boğaziçi's high standards in education and research are acknowledged throughout the world. The academic programs are enhanced by a strong tradition of extra-curricular activities which play an important role in campus life. Summer school provides the perfect opportunity for students to combine their individual academic program with discovering and experiencing Turkish culture, society and history through a wide range of courses and activities.

Academic Overview & Policies

Attendance Students exceeding the permitted number of excused absences may lose all or partial credit.

Class time Classes are taught Monday through Friday. Depending on the number of credits recommended classes total 48 or 60 contact hours including class time and tutorials.

Computer facilities There are two major computer laboratories located on the North and South campuses and free Internet in the residence halls.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Library Boğaziçi University library is located on North campus and has one of the largest collections in the country. There are volumes in English, Turkish, French, German and other languages.

Student advising The AIFS Resident Director provides academic advising and serves as a liaison between students and the University.

Transcripts are issued by Boğaziçi University. One copy will be sent to the studentís home institution.

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