Turkey: History and Middle East Studies

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

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  • Turkey: History and Middle East Studies Photo
  • Turkey: History and Middle East Studies Photo

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Tell me about this program

Open to: All majors

Istanbul, Turkey— Hosh 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 most historic city, walk a few blocks to view the treasures of the Byzantines or stroll through Topkapi, palace of Ottoman sultans. Go shopping in the Grand Bazaaror visit the Egyptian Spice Market. Take a ferry ride up the Bosporus or the Golden Horn. A short distance from Istanbul lies the ancient site of Troy, Ephesus, the center of early Christianity, the Aegean sea, and Gallipoli. In addition to these and many other wonders, the warm, friendly people of Turkey will leave the most lasting impression of your visit. Faculty associated with Bilgi University will teach MES 383. Bilgi is one of the region’s most prestigious institutions, and its excellent facillities

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Cultural Information

When can I go?

May 1 - June 4, 2015 (5 weeks)

Where will I live?

Program participants will stay in dormitories. 

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.

The deadline for the 2015 program has passed. The 2016 program application will be available Fall 2015. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE (2016 Program): February 1, 2016 

Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view Non-GVSU Student Information 

What credits will I receive?

Students will register for a total of 6 credits: 

HST 394: Survey of Turkish History (3 credits) 

MES 383: Contemporary Issues in Turkish History (3 credits) 

*Students are required to take MES 385 (1 credit) during the second half of Winter semester 2015

How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $4,500

  • Round-trip transportation from Chicago
  • Accommodation
  • Some meals
  • Field trips and fees
  • Most ground transportation
  • Visa
Other Expenses
  • GVSU Tuition, 6 credits ($2,826)
  • Additional meals ($500)
  • Personal expenses ($350)
  • Passport ($140)
  • ISIC, optional ($28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $8,344*

Financial Aid

To contact the Financial Aid office, email finaid@gvsu.edu with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail.  

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:

Meet the Director!

Jim Goode
D-1-134 Mackinac Hall

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