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Chemistry, Economics, Fine Arts, History, Mathematics, Physical Activity, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Turkish
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Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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Dorms, Find own housing
One of the most prestigious universities in Turkey, Bogazici University offers a full range of subjects in the arts and sciences, and most courses are offered in English. The campus of Bogazici University is located on a high hill, in one of the most picturesque sections of the city of Istanbul, about 40 minutes away for the historic center. It overlooks the Bosphorus, the narrow strait between the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Located partly in Europe and partly in Asia, Istanbul (formerly named Constantinople) has been an important cultural and political center for centuries, first as a Greek colony, then as the capital of the Roman and Byzantine Empires. It was conquered by the Turks in 1453 and subsequently became the capital of the Ottoman Empire. The metropolitan region with a population of over 12 million continues to be the most important commercial and cultural center in the Turkish Republic.
A full load at Bogazici generally involves more courses per semester than is the case at St. Olaf. However, St. Olaf students are advised to take four courses in order to leave sufficient time for exploring the area and interacting with people. Most courses are offered in English. Taking a Turkish language course is not a requirement for participation in this program but is highly recommended in order to facilitate interaction with the local culture. The fall semester extends from late September to January. Second semester starts in February and ends in mid-June. Students studying off-campus in the fall can bring up to 4.5 credits back to campus; students studying off-campus in the spring with interim can bring up to 5.5 credits back to campus.
Students can take advantage of life in the bustling city of Istanbul in addition to a variety of clubs and sports offered by the university. For more information about campus life, click here. On weekends and during breaks, students have the opportunity to explore other parts of Turkey such as the picturesque Mediterranean coast or central Anatolia, the less westernized part of the country. Travel in Turkey is relatively inexpensive.
Students from St. Olaf live together with Turkish and other international students in a modern campus dormitory called the Super Dorm or rent apartments off campus.
Pre-Approved GE Credits
This is a list of pre-approved GE credits. If you want other courses to be considered for GE credit, contact your St. Olaf Program Advisor, Bob McClure.