Turkey: History and Middle East Studies

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

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Tell me about this program

Open to: All majors

ANKARA, TURKEY: Ho_ Geldiniz—Welcome to Turkey, an Ancient Land, bridging two continents. Grand Valley offers you an exciting program of study and travel. From your accommodation in the center of Turkey’s bustling capital, walk a few blocks to view the treasures of the Hittites or stroll through the ancient citadel. Go shopping in the covered market or visit the tomb complex of Ataturk, founder of the modern nation. A short distance from Ankara lies the ancient site of Troy, Ephesus, the center of early Christianity, the Aegean sea, and magnificent Istanbul. In addition to these and many other wonders, the warm, friendly people of Turkey will leave the most lasting impression of your visit. Faculty asso-ciated with Middle East Technical University (METU) will teach MES 383. METU is one of the region’s most prestig-ious institutions, and its excellent facilities will be available to participants.

When can I go?

May 1 - June 4, 2015 (5 weeks)

Where will I live?

Program participants will stay in on-campus housing at Middle East Technical University.

Who is eligible to participate?

This program is open to all majors. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. Participants are required to enroll in MES 385 (1 credit), Introduction to Turkey, during the second half of winter term. 

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to non-GVSU students.


How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to www.gvsu.edu/oasis to begin your online application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (2015 Program): February 1, 2015

Non-GVSU Students: Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/nongvstudent for detailed application instructions. 


What credits will I receive?

Students will register for a total of six (6) credits:

MES 383: Contemporary Issues in Turkish Society

3 Credits


HST 394: Survey of Turkish History

3 credits



Students are required to take MES 385 (1 credit) during the second half of Winter 2013.


How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $4,230

  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • Some meals
  • Field trips and fees
  • Most ground transportation
  • Visa
Other Expenses
  • GVSU Tuition, 6 credits ($2,742)
  • Additional meals ($400)
  • Personal expenses ($250)
  • Passport ($140)
  • Local transportation ($63)
  • ISIC, optional ($28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $7,853*

Additional Program Cost Information

*Students are required to take MES 385 (1 credit) during the second half of Winter 2014. An additional $457 will be charged for this in Winter 2014.

Cost Comparison for GVSU Cost of Attendance for Spring/Summer 2014, based on 1/2 Time Enrollment (In-State Undergraduate): $6,966


Financial Aid

Contact Nick Bromley in the Financial Aid Office at bromleni@gvsu.edu with questions. Include in the email your G-number and the name of your study abroad program. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

Financial Aid FAQs


Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships for more information on these and other grants/scholarships. 

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT: up to $1,500. All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.


Who can tell me more?

Faculty Director:

Jim Goode

D-1-134 Mackinac Hall




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All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.