Bogaziçi University

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Bogaziçi University is one of Turkey's most prestigious universities. Located in central Istanbul, Bogaziçi's Department of Political Science & International Relations offers courses on security, development, the Middle East, as well as courses on Turkish politics, economics, language and culture.


Curriculum: Graduate courses at Bogaziçi focus on international relations, economics comparative politics, Turkish politics, and political theory. Regional studies of Turkey, Europe, Central Asia, and regional security issues are also offered. Students may review course offerings under Graduate Programs in Political Science and International Relations or in the related fields of history, economics, or modern Turkish history. Graduate level courses are numbered 500 and above. Students typically enroll for 12 Bogaziçi credits per term.

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Enrollment and Transfer of Credit: All exchange students from the Elliott School are required to be enrolled at Bogaziçi as full-time students, for the equivalent of 9 or 10 GW credits. Students may earn up to 10 transfer credits from the partner for the Elliott School M.A. program. Students must earn the equivalent of a B grade or higher in a given course to be eligible for transfer credit. For more details on transfer credit, see Transfer Credit from Abroad.

  • Grade B at Bogaziçi = Grade B at GW
  • 3 credits at Bogaziçi = 3 credits at GW

Academic Calendar: The fall semester runs from late September through mid January. The spring semester runs from late February through mid June. Courses are held during the daytime.

Language of Instruction: All courses at Bogaziçi are taught in English. Turkish classes are also available. (n.b. Elliott School graduate students cannot earn transfer credit for language courses taken abroad. Although the majority of students and professors speak English, the Bogaziçi staff often does not (i.e. security guards, guest house staff, store attendants, health clinic doctors, etc.).

Internships:  The Elliott School encourages its students to have professional development experiences abroad. The Graduate Student Career Development office offers International Internship Grants each semester to support students in low-paid or unpaid internships abroad. More information on this grant is available from GSCD or its Elliott School Career Connection database. ESCC also includes Outreach Reports that outline specific internship opportunities in targeted regions; these reports are located in the Document Library.

Some students find that it is challenging to balance the academic demands of the exchange program with the responsibilities of an internship. Students should carefully consider how to best manage these interests. Exchange partners do not generally have internship resources for visiting students.
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Housing: The Bogaziçi University Office of International Relations can help arrange housing in the "Superdorm" with sufficient notice. In this dorm, students have an individual room, and share a kitchenette, living room and bathroom with 3 other students.

Tuition and fees: Elliott School graduate tuition and fees are payable directly to GW, and are based upon full-time enrollment for the equivalent of 9 to 10 credit hours.

Location: The main Bogaziçi campus is located along the Bosporus, near Rumli Hisari, and the Faith Intercontinental Bridge, overlooking the water on the East side of the campus. The large, hilly, park-like campus has many old graystone buildings, many of which have a spectacular view of the water. The campus is very hilly and most of the buildings are not wheelchair accessible. There are four campuses of Bogaziçi and a fifth under construction. The largest campus is the South Campus, which is where most administrative offices, dormitories, and the International Relations department are located. The Superdorm is located outside the North Campus, a short walk from the South Campus.

Travel Information: Students are responsible for obtaining appropriate student visas for study at Bogaziçi; guidance will be provided by the host institution. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs compiles information on travel abroad, public announcements, and warnings. Please review the information about Turkey and for any worldwide travel announcements.

All GW students who travel abroad for academic purposes are required to comply with the GW International Travel Approval Policy. Guidance on this policy will be provided to all exchange students by the Elliott School International Programs & Education office.

To Apply: Applications for exchange programs are submitted on-line. The on-line application and any hard copy supplementary materials are due by March 15 for fall enrollment abroad and October 15 for spring enrollment abroad. Once the application has been reviewed and endorsed by the Elliott School, the application will be forwarded to the exchange partner for a final decision.

Both applications and all supplementary materials are due to the Elliott School by March 15 for fall enrollment abroad and October 15 for spring enrollment abroad. Once the application has been reviewed and endorsed by the Elliott School review committee, the Elliott School will forward the application materials to the partner for final decision.

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Evaluations written by former participants in the exchange program are available from the Associate Director for International Education, upon request.

For questions on academic matters please contact Dr. Mine Eder. For other Bogaziçi-related questions please contact the Office of International Programs.

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International Programs & Education Office

Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 401
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202-994-7678
Fax: 202-994-0335
Email: esintl@gwu.edu

International Programs & Education Office

Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 401
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202-994-7678
Fax: 202-994-0335
Email: esintl@gwu.edu