TURKEY: Istanbul


The program in Istanbul, Turkey is currently suspended due to safety concerns. KEI will restart the program after the situation improves. Contact a KEI Program Manager for more information.

Istanbul, founded in 660 BC, straddles both Europe and Asia. Formerly known as Constantinople, the city served as the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empires. Archeological and historic sites are abound – Hagia Sophia Church, Basilica Cister, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Roman Aqueduct are just a few examples. Today, Istanbul is the economic, cultural and historical center of Turkey. Read more about Turkey and Istanbul.

  • Study at Bahcesehir University (BAU)
  • Turkish language and culture course
  • Wide selection of major-specific courses (taught in English)
  • Internship and volunteer opportunities
  • Maximum of 18 credits per semester and 9 credits during summer
  • Transcripts issued by BAU (accredited in Turkey) and/or an accredited university in the USA (see Academics page)
  • Cultural field trips in Istanbul, Princes’ Island, Izmir and Ephesus
  • Affordable comprehensive program fee
  • Pre-departure advising and planning
  • KEI Onsite Director and 24/7 emergency support

Semester & year concentrations

  • Arts: Design & Architecture
  • Business & Economics
  • Communications: Journalism, Media & Film
  • Computer Science & Information Systems
  • Criminology, Forensics & Law
  • Engineering & Applied Science
  • Environment: Science, Policy & Management
  • International Relations & Political Science
  • Life Science & Biotechnology
  • Medicine, Health & Nutrition
  • Physical Science & Mathematics
  • Psychology & Social Sciences
  • Turkish Language & Area Studies


  • Academic Year (late August to early June)
  • Fall Semester (late August to mid December)
  • Spring Semester (late January to early June)