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In line with recommendations from the U.S. Department of State, all undergraduate student travel to Turkey through the OIP is currently suspended until further notice.

Map of Turkey

Straddling the border between Europe and Asia, Turkey offers a wide variety of opportunities for students: from a rich history of cultural crossroads to beautiful landscapes and a growing presence on the international stage.

BC Programs- Semester & Academic Year

BC Students wishing to study abroad in Turkey have the opportunity to study at Bogaziçi University.

BC Programs - Summer

Please visit our Summer Programs Page to learn about current offerings.

Speak to an OIP Advisor

In preparation for your study abroad in Turkey, you will work with an OIP Advisor who specializes in this country and in BC's programs there. Your advisor will help guide you through the application and pre-departure process, as well as act as your main contact with BC while abroad. For students studying abroad in Turkey, your advisor is Christina D. Hatzipetros. To find out more information about this program, or to schedule an appointment, please click here.


Currency in Turkey

The main unit of currency in Turkey is the Lira. There are ATMs in all cities in Turkey, most of which give cash advances against cards belonging to the Cirrus network. While credit cards are accepted in Turkey, especially MasterCard and Visa, you should expect to use cash for all meals and daily expenses. It is important to remember that Lira and US dollars are not equal and students should consult a currency conversion calculator.


Istanbul skyline

Current Events & News Resources

In preparation for your time in Turkey, you should familiarize yourself with the current events and contemporary issues facing the Turkish Republic. By knowing about your host country before you arrive, you are making yourself a more informed traveler, receptive student and a better prepared individual. It is also helpful to know about your host country so you can pack correctly. Following these news sources and others will be of great value in preparing you for your time abroad.

Language & Customs

Over 85% of Turkish citizens speak Turkish as their mother tongue. In addition, there are over 18 spoken languages in Turkey, where linguistic diversity is a part of life. Although the language of instruction at Bogaziçi University is English, students should be prepared to immerse themselves in the Turkish language.

Turkish customs may be very different than many in the United States. It is best to familiarize yourself with acceptable practices before you arrive. Some tips for successful cultural integration may be found here.

Visa Information

Once Students have received their acceptance letter from Bogaziçi University, they should contact their nearest Turkish Consulate or visit the Boston Turkish Consulate website to download the visa application form and confirm application instructions. Please be sure to coordinate the process before sending passport and application materials for processing. Obtaining a student visa prior to departure is the responsibility of each student. After entering Turkey with a student visa, students need to apply for a residence permit within 30 days of arrival. Residence permits are issued by the Police Department and once in-country, students need to get an online appointment in order to apply. Please note that students will not be allowed to leave Turkey before receiving their Residence permit booklet.