A great experience- highly recommend it! Past Review

By (Political Science And International Studies, Trinity University) - abroad from 02/03/2013 to 06/10/2013 with

Duke University: Istanbul – Duke in Istanbul

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learning to be independent and flexible.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

There were difficulties with scheduling; the Duke core course conflicted with most classes having to do with Turkish culture and politics.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Really great. No problems whatsoever.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It would have been preferable to have been in an apartment setting instead of dorms; our roommates were usually much younger Turkish students.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

If you so chose, you could escape into a sphere of international students, which is not ideal. Was very easy to integrate into Istanbul's culture, though.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Very easy- Istanbul is cheap!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Less than $90
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make your own food, stay away from tourist zones.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Make Turkish friends

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • 2 excurisions
  • Program staff were amazing
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
  • More language classes
  • Scheduling
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Not much; going in blind was great!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'