Duke University: Istanbul – Duke in Istanbul

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Duke in Istanbul, based at the strikingly beautiful campus of Boğaziçi University, introduces cultural, historical and religious issues emerging at the intersection of Europe and the Middle East, with particular attention to the unique position of... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.4
Based on 24 Reviews
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To elaborate on the question of whether or not I would choose the same program, I am very torn between whether or not I would choose to do the Duke program again or to direct enroll. I think there are a lot of benefits to direct enrolling, but I wanted the coddling of the Duke program. They do so much for you, and I knew so litt... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Duke University: Istanbul – Duke in Istanbul
This experience abroad truly changed not only my Duke experience but my life. It was 100% worthwhile and I honestly wish I chose to study abroad in Istanbul for a year instead of just one semester. Everything about this program was amazing and I wish I could tell every other student to choose it. - Duke University View Entire Review
December 22, 2014 I Had Fun; You Will, Too
I learned a lot about another culture and saw the world through a different lens. I had a great time, and going to İstanbul is certainly worthwhile. Turkey is overwhelmingly Muslim, which stands in stark contrast to any place I had ever been to before. It was nice being immersed in another culture where most people didn't speak ... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about making new friends, being independent, how to explore, how to take risks that stretch your comfort zone, budgeting money in the real world, Turkish, Turkish history, and current affairs. - Duke University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Duke University: Istanbul – Duke in Istanbul
December 13, 2014 Best Semester Ever
I learned how to be independent and to welcome challenging experiences. I learned that I grow and succeed most when I am out of my comfort zone. - Duke University View Entire Review
June 14, 2014 Incredible
Exposed to a totally new culture and religion. More than worthwhile. I would definitely do it again. - Duke University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about a culture I had previously known nothing about, I met people with very different backgrounds and views on life, I participated in activities I didn't even know existed, I had the opportunity to go to countless historical sites, and I built self confidence in myself. This study abroad program is for the more... - Duke University View Entire Review
Istanbul is a fascinating and incredible city! - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
For the adventurous "Indiana Jones" type of dude or gal, Istanbul is definitely the place to be. That being said,Istanbul (the "old city", the stuff you usually see in post cards) is a treasure cove of historical relics, palaces, imperial mosques,museums, unique food, and art. I learned foremost that history is more powerful, en... - Macalester College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Duke University: Istanbul – Duke in Istanbul
It was definitely worthwhile. With this program you get to experience all of Turkey. Through the day excursions in Istanbul and the two excursions around the rest of Turkey you really get a sense of what it means to be Turkish. Turkey (along with Turkish food and the Turkish people) will always hold a special place in my heart. ... - Grinnell College View Entire Review
Learning to be independent and flexible. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I gained an appreciation for Turkey and Turkish culture and a desire to return. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yes this was definitely worthwhile. I was able to learn to live abroad and feel confident that I can do it again. - Grinnell College View Entire Review
July 25, 2015 Turkey
I learned a lot. It was worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
December 29, 2014 Take Me Back!
While I had traveled a lot before study abroad, living in a different country for an extended period of time gave me the opportunity to learn from other people's perspectives on a much deeper level. I learned to be much more open-minded and as well as more culturally aware to both the differences and the similarities. One of the... - Duke University View Entire Review
December 20, 2014 Can't Wait To Come Back
I learned the importance of going out of my comfort zone to grow. My semester abroad gave me perspective and gave me the room to refocus my priorities and focus on my goals for the future. - Duke University View Entire Review
Along with the general abroad learning experiences of gaining independence and new sense of flexibility, I learned an incredible amount about this area of the world. Being at the crossroads between Asia and Europe is an extremely interesting area to be in, and Istanbul proved that. I also learned that it is impossible to imagine... - Duke University View Entire Review
I learned an immense amount about Turkey and about the region - I can't wait to go back. It was incredibly rewarding to venture to a study abroad location that I had previously studied in classes at my home university. My Turkish skills improved throughout the semester and I was able to take classes that were challenging and int... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I am so incredibly glad that I made the effort to go on this program. It took some finagling, but the experience was incredibly worth it. I had such a great time learning about the history of Turkey, learning the language, exploring the country (we went on incredible trips with the program), and everything else that this program... - Duke University View Entire Review
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I learnt about a completely new country, culture and multiple types of people. Yes is was worth while. - Duke University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about Turkish culture and made many wonderful new friends. It was absolutely worthwhile and one of the most fun experiences of my life. I wish I had done a year abroad. - Johns Hopkins University View Entire Review
I really feel like I was able to see Turkey from a number different perspectives since I had the opportunity to travel to several regions and get a better understanding of its cultural diversity. The experience was definitely worthwhile and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to go somewhere that it still somewhat European,... - Tufts University View Entire Review
Independence What it's like being in a totally different culture Definitely worthwhile - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Absolutely, I learned what it was like to live in a non-western, Muslim country. - Wellesley College View Entire Review

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Duke in Istanbul, based at the strikingly beautiful campus of Boğaziçi University, introduces cultural, historical and religious issues emerging at the intersection of Europe and the Middle East, with particular attention to the unique position of Turkey within the global context. Students take one course with the Duke program director and one course in Turkish language. The remaining two classes are electives chosen from the departments of hiistory, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, economics and political science, among others. The language of instruction at the university is English, so no previous Turkish language study is required. Students live in the university's newest dormitory, the Superdorm. In addition to day trips throughout the course of the semester, the program features at least one weeklong trip outside of Istanbul.

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  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Turkish
  • English
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