Istanbul, Turkey

Program Website Type:   |  Minimum GPA:
Yerevan, Armenia Map


  • Fall Semester - Early September - Late January (Students may be able to arrange earlier exams but will not be able to leave Turkey before Early January)
  • Spring Semester - Early February - Mid June

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Emily Ferraro (

This program is designed for students with a range of academic interests-archaeology, sociology, and history to engineering and science. Students also have the opportunity to study Turkish language. Students enroll directly in courses alongside local students at one of Turkey's premier private universities while participating in CIEE program activities and excursions designed to introduce them to the multicultural realities of this ancient and dynamic country.


  • Students participating in this program are required to take five courses. Students will be charged Northeastern undergraduate tuition for 16 credits.  Should a student decide to transfer back a fifth course, he or she will then be charged an overload fee as defined on the Northeastern University Registrar’s website.  Please note: See Cost section for additional Study Abroad fees.  
  • All students are required to enroll in a Turkish language course and four additional courses at Koc University. All Koc University courses are taught in English and combine lecture and discussion formats. Most courses are quite small, allowing for maximum interaction between students and faculty. Some introductory-level courses combine large weekly lectures with smaller discussion sections. The Turkish language courses are small for optimal language acquisition. Most courses meet two to three hours per week for three to four semester credits per course. Students may take any course offered provided they have completed the necessary prerequisites and received permission from the instructor.

View Evaluated Courses

If you are interested in enrolling in a course not in our database, please send this course for evaluation.

Policies and Process for Evaluations

Host University

Founded in 1993, Koc University is a private university located on a beautiful hillside campus overlooking the Black Sea, near the Sariyer district of Istanbul. Designed as an English-medium liberal arts university, courses are taught in English, and most of the faculty received their graduate degrees from universities in North America and Western Europe. The campus includes excellent facilities consistent with those found on U.S. campuses, and there is a vibrant student campus life with numerous clubs and special activities. Koc University is located approximately one hour from central Istanbul.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 2.75
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Completed online OISP application
    • Completed online CIEE application
    • Personal statement
    • Passport photos
    • Home School Nomination forms will be completed online (Completed by your OISP advisors).
    • Official transcript
    • One evaluation. If a program has a language prerequisite, the evaluation must be a language evaluation. The CIEE online application will prompt students and will send an email to their evaluator to as
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
Schedule Appointment →


Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Please note that this program requires students to take five courses. Should students choose to transfer back the fifth course, the student will be liable for an additional 4 credit overload fee ($5,577.50). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


Participants live in residence halls on the Ko+


The city of Istanbul spans two continents and over 3,000 years of history. Once the seat of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, Istanbul is now the cultural and economic capital of the Republic of Turkey as well as its largest city, with an estimated population of 15 million. Istanbul has seen the rise and fall of great empires and the ongoing transformations wrought by rapid migration and urbanization. The CIEE Study Center in Istanbul provides students with many opportunities to experience how the influences of the past, present, and possible futures shape and impact the physical and cultural landscapes of Turkey.