Study Abroad Programs in Istanbul
Summer Intensive Turkish Language and Culture Program
The Language Center
34342 Bebek-Istanbul, Turkey
The Bogaziçi University summer program began in 1982 on the initiative of colleagues in the US who, seeing a dire need for language instruction at the advanced levels, secured a USED grant to start the program. Over the years, all levels have been introduced. It remains the best academic program for Turkish language instruction, where students also earn transferable credits for their studies.
The language program takes place on the campus of Bogazi University situated in a stunning location in Istanbul, Turkey. Founded as Robert College in 1863, it has been a public university since 1971. It is one of the top universities in Turkey. Istanbul, the cultural capital of Turkey, is easily accessible from campus, and program participants are encouraged to take advantage of the cultural, educational, and recreational resources (including the various annual festivals during the summer months) that this extraordinary city offers.
Class size is limited to approximately 10 students. Each level receives 160 hours of instruction during the 8 week program. Classes are held on weekdays 9am - 1pm. All four language skills are emphasized. Students receive 12 transferable credits upon successful completion of the course. The program includes lectures in both English and Turkish, as well as excursions to cities such as Bursa and Edirne. Home-stays are not offered, with students staying at university dorms close to campus with other Turkish students attending summer school.
It is the most expensive of all programs, yet it fills up quickly, and early application is recommended.
Bogaziçi University also offers a regular program of "Turkish for Foreigners" during the academic year in the Turkish Language and Literature Department.
Ankara University's TÖMER Turkish Teaching Institute
Katip Çelebi Mah. Tel Sok. No: 47, Taksim - ISTANBUL
TÖMER "Turkish and Foreign Languages Research and Application Centre" was founded in 1984 as an institute of Ankara University for the purpose of teaching Turkish to foreigners; such leading language and culture associations as the British Council, Goethe Institut, Cervantes and Alliance Française were taken as models. In the 1980s, TÖMER was one of only two institutions to teach Turkish as a foreign language. In addition to teaching Turkish as a foreign language in Turkey and as a mother tongue to Turks living abroad, it aims also to promote Turkey and Turkish culture.
The new TÖMER site in Istanbul is in a pleasant restored building close to Taksim Square, very much in the old center of European Istanbul. Class size varies from 5-16 learners; classrooms feature "U-type" seating plans, and are equipped with essential audiovisual tools; courses are organized on a one-month or two-month basis. Courses consist of 12 levels: 4 basic levels, 4 intermediate levels, 4 advanced levels. All language skills are stressed and tested. Learners who complete Basic 2 and Intermediate 2 levels receive certificates, and those who complete Advanced 2 level receive a diploma approved by Ankara University Rectorship.
The institute has developed its own coursebooks, the HITIT Turkish Teaching Set 1, 2, and 3; there are also exercise books, listening and video material, and supplementary material. Students have to make their own living arrangements although some home-stay is also possible.
Fatih University Turkish Language and Culture Summer Program
Türkçe Progami Türk Dili ve Edebiyati Bölümü, Büyükçekmece-Istanbul, Turkey
The summer program takes place on the Fatih University campus which is located on the European side at some distance from the center of Istanbul. Public transportation is however available via the new metro line and bus connection. Students stay on this well equipped and clean campus in residences provided. Only beginning and intermediate courses are offered. Since summer students are free in the afternoons, from time to time guest speakers are invited to campus, offering seminars about Turkish culture. Students have a chance to view Turkish films and take trips to downtown Istanbul. In case of enough demand, cultural trips and weekend trips to sites near Istanbul are arranged.
They have a conversation partner plan, giving students the opportunity to practice with the native speakers of Turkish who are attending the university. The students receive a certificate upon completion showing they have taken a 9-credit course.
Students who have attended have complained about the relatively remote location and the conservative nature of the institution; on the other hand, the fees at $1,500, including room and full board, are very attractive, and they do take language instruction very seriously.
DILMER Language Teaching Center
Inönü Cad. Prof. Dr. Tarik Zafer Tunaya Sk. No: 18, 34437 Taksim-Istanbul, Turkey
DILMER, also in a very central Istanbul location, used to be a TÖMER branch, but has since developed its own textbook and methods. It aims to enable students to achieve the four basic language skills, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, oral performance, and writing, as well as grammar. They point out that they monitor world developments in the language teaching area, and the newest and most advanced methods are examined and adapted to the teaching of Turkish. They offer courses for all levels, including Advanced. Language certificates are issued. Well-focused students with good learning strategies do well in this environment. They do help with home-stays, or finding dorms or apartments, and have several organized trips and activities.