Bosphorus University: Semester Exchange and Summer Study Abroad

Binghamton University offers semester exchange and summer study abroad programs with Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey. Bosphorus is often regarded as the most prominent and competitive institution in Turkey. The programs afford an opportunity to explore a fascinating and important world region, where Europe and the Middle East meet.  Students enroll in one of Turkey's leading institutions, taking regular university courses, living with Turkish students, and participating in university activities.

Highlights of the program

The setting: one of the world's most beautiful cities
Courses: in art history, history, politics and other topics related to Europe and the Middle East; as well as psychology, business, and math
Course levels: appropriate for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors
Proximity: to exciting travel destinations along the Mediterranean.


Istanbul is a monumental city. It is the only city in the world spanning two continents - Europe and Asia. Built on hills overlooking the Bosphorus and Golden Horn waterways, it is a city of vast panoramas. Its grandeur also lies in the scale of the imperial monuments - city walls built in the 4th c. CE by Emperor Theodosius, old Christian churches adorned with Byzantine mosaics, and the enormous mosques and elaborate palaces of the Ottoman sultans.

Today, Istanbul is the commercial and cultural center of Turkey, producing 20% of the gross national product and providing one third of its industrial production. With a population of nearly 10 million, the city manifests the political, economic, religious and social conditions growing out of massive rural migration from other parts of Turkey and the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Travelers make their way with ease in Istanbul. In areas accustomed to the lively tourist industry, enough English is spoken for one to be understood. Public transportation is easy to use and inexpensive. Turkish culture has a highly developed ethos of hospitality and attentiveness to the well-being of the community. Students will encounter a welcoming and helpful environment.


Students may participate for the fall semester, spring semester, academic year or summer term.

Fall semester is possible for those who do not have to return to the U.S. before the end of January.  Fall semester normally begins on the first Monday of October and ends in late January. The second semester starts in late January and continues until mid-June. During the last week of April or the first week of May, the University has its traditional spring break.

The summer program takes place from mid-June through early August.

Last Updated: 8/21/14