2013 Summer Study Abroad
Istanbul, Turkey

Program Objectives:

The Study Abroad Program to Turkey offers interested students the opportunity to gain global consciousness and cross-cultural perspective.  It is specifically designed as an opportunity for VSU students to gain experiences that promote a greater understanding of international business practices and foster cross-cultural understanding. 

During the almost four-week program, students earn six study abroad academic-credits in unforgettable Istanbul through the combination of lectures, guest speakers, visiting places of cultural and historical significance and direct engagement with Turkish-based multinational corporations.

Duration/ Location:

Duration: This is a three-week study abroad program that will be conducted from May 18 to June 9, 2013


Location: The primary location of the program is Yeditepe University, our partner institution in Istanbul, Turkey. Yeditepe University is located on the Asian side of Istanbul. With 18,080 undergraduate and graduate students, the university is the one of the Leading Foundation Universities in Turkey. The medium of instruction at Yeditepe University is English.

Yeditipe University will arrange classroom space and accommodations in at the university. They will also help in making field-trip arrangements and Yeditepe students may accompany the group on field trips. For more information about the university, please CLICK here. Take the opportunity to learn more about Yeditiepe by viewing the short clip.

Courses Offered:

Students will enroll for a maximum of six semester hours for the following courses.  Three hours of credit will be offered in business and three hours of credit will be offered in International Studies. It is recommended that you enroll in both courses.  Course offerings are listed below:

1-      IB 3000 – Introduction to International Business:

Prerequisite: None

2-      INTL 3170 –International Studies: Turkish History & Culture
Prerequisite: None


There will be approximately 45 hours of instruction per three-hour course, of which 10-15 hours will be in the form of organized, course-relevant field trips and excursion.   For Summer 2012 Tentative Class Schedule, please CLICK here.

Program Fee:

The program fee of $3,300 includes airfare, insurance, accommodation, most in-country transportation, course-related field trips and excursions. Tuition at VSU is not included in the program fee.


Security and Travel Arrangements:

The program will closely monitor State Department travel alerts and recommendations. Yeditepe is a gated university, so security for students on campus is very good.  Students will be given an orientation by locals, and will be made aware of unsafe areas were tourist might encounter difficulties. 

Roundtrip air travel is provided from Atlanta to Istanbul. Students and faculty are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the Atlanta airport.  


Application Process & Eligibility:


The program is open to all Valdosta State and other University System of Georgia students who are in good academic standing. All interested students should follow the application procedures and requirements explained on the Center for International Program website for Study Abroad Program in Turkey.


Scholarships Available:


The Summer Study Abroad Program in Turkey offers a $500 through Georgia Gulf Sulfur Corporation scholarship to the first 10 students who pay the deposit.

For Business Majors, the Steele and First Bank Study Abroad Scholarships are available from the Langdale College of Business at Valdosta State University. The deadline for the scholarships is second Friday in January. CLICK here for the application procedures and eligibility requirements for study abroad scholarships for Business Majors.


Program Application and Georgia Gulf Sulfur Corporation Scholarship Eligibility Deadline: March 1, 2013


Faculty Contacts:

Dr. Zulal S. Denaux                                                   

(229) 219-1217                                                          

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