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Boğaziçi University Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Istanbul, Turkey




Junior standing or above; minimum 3.0 GPA

Application Due:

March 15 for fall or academic year
September 15 for spring

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

Due to the current travel warning, the Bogazici Exchange is currently suspended. We hope to re-open this exchange when the warning is lifted and the country is safe for student travel.

Academic Program


The reciprocal exchange program between the University of Iowa and Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey allows UI undergraduates to spend a semester or academic year of study in Turkey while fully integrated with Turkish students in student housing and regular classes. The language of instruction is English.

Course work is available in:
• Humanities
• Social sciences
• Fine arts
• Engineering
• Education
• Turkish language and literature.

Campus Life

Istanbul Market

Student clubs are at the heart of extracurricular activities at BU. All international students are encouraged to participate in club activities during their stay, since that is an excellent way to mingle with Turkish students. BU also has a major sports complex, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

More about campus life can be found on Bogazici's Campus Life page.

Program Dates

The academic year runs from mid-September though early June. First semester exams take place in mid-January.

For exact dates, please consult Bogazici's Academic Calendar

For More Information

Amy Bowes, Coordinator
The University of Iowa
Study Abroad | International Programs
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242-1802

Phone: 319-335-0353
Fax: 319-335-0343

Bogazici University

Bogazici Campus

The Bogazici University exchange program provides UI students the opportunity to study in one of the most dynamic countries in Europe. Bogazici University was founded in 1863 as an American university and is located on the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, Turkey. The language of instruction is English. BU consistently ranks the highest among Turkish universities and attracts a very high caliber of student. It currently enrolls over 12,000 students.


Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, with 13.5 million inhabitants. It was founded in 660 BC as Byzantium and has been the capital of four empires: the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Latin Empire, and the Ottoman Empire. It sits on the Bosporus Strait connecting the Black Sea to the Mediterranean and was an important trading stop on the Silk Road. Istanbul was named the European Capital of Culture in 2010, and its historic city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site


Bogazici Campus 2

Turkey is a modern republic that bridges Asian and European cultures. It is bordered by 8 countries and 3 seas. Turks and Kurds make up the two most numerous ethnic groups, and most of the population is Muslim. Although most of its land mass lies in Asia, Turkey has strong ties to the west and is in negotiations to join the European Union. Its geopolitical importance has resulted in Turkey becoming a regional power.

Living Arrangements


Living on campus is the best way to participate in campus life. Our residence hall is a safe neighborhood containing tens of potential friends. Superdorm offers coed housing options where you can choose between 2,3,or 4-bedroom suites.

Superdorm is established on the campus of “Uçaksavar Culture and Sports Facilities” of Bogaziçi Universitesi in the highly upgrade residential area of Istanbul called Etiler. It is about 2,5 kms or a 15-minute walk from the main campus, called “South Campus”.

The dormitory, consisting of 5-floored 5 blocks under the same roof is built mainly with generous donations from alumni and friends.

The building has a capacity of 130 suites and a total of 486 rooms available for students’ use. Suites vary in size and price depending on the number of individual rooms in each. Some suites even have an extra storage room for luggage. This feature, along with daily cleaning services, hot-water, central heating, free internet access through the University’s network, laundry and office store make Superdorm the top choice of students. Heavy fixtures in the suites consist of sofas, a coffee table, a dining table and chairs, a TV table, built-in wardrobe, refrigerator and the kitchen fan. The individual bedrooms are furnished with a single-bed (Please see “Room Amenities”), a table, an office chair and built-in shelves and cupboards. Each room is wired for telephones.

More information can be found on Superdorm's webpage.

Travel Arrangements

Students will arrange their own flights to Istanbul. Upon arrival, Bogazici staff will pick students up from the airport and transport students directly to the program site. Study Abroad and Bogazici will assist students in obtaining their visa and residency permit, but students should consult the Turkish Consulate in Chicago webpage for a detailed explanation of what paperwork is required to obtain the appropriate student visa and residency permit. Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the appropriate visa and residency permits.


Eligible students will have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be in good disciplinary standing with the University of Iowa. Junior or senior status is preferred. This program is only open to University of Iowa degree-seeking students.


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This is the Cost Sheet for Spring 2015PDF. This document outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

For all participants, additional expenses include the study abroad application fee, transcript request fees to provide copies of transcripts from all institutions attended (UI and others if applicable), passport and visa processing fees (including a criminal background check), round trip airfare, textbooks, meals, travel-related medical expenses (medical consultation for travel, travel-related immunizations, prescription medications), and personal expenses.

Housing for Bogazici is paid separately directly to Superdorm.

Financial aid received to attend the University of Iowa may be applied toward the program cost. In addition, eligible program participants are encouraged to apply for merit, need-based and Diversity Ambassador scholarships awarded by Study Abroad. More information is available at:

For information on CISI health insurance, please visit this web site:

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Between confirmation and 45 days before program start date $500
Between 44 and 30 days before the program start date $1000
Between 29 and 15 days before the program start date $2000
Less than 14 days before the program start date 100% of Study Abroad Administrative Fees ($400)
100% of UI Tuition and Fees

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply, you should first meet with study abroad advisor Amy Bowes. Please call 319-335-0353 and ask the receptionist to schedule an appointment for you. Students should also discuss their plans with their academic advisor and other appropriate faculty before applying for a study abroad program.

• Fill out Iowa Study Abroad Application

Application Deadline

The application deadlines are March 15th for Fall or Academic Year and September 15th for Spring.

Confirmation Materials

After you submit your application, Study Abroad will provide information regarding confirmation materials and other preparations. Please contact Amy Bowes if you have questions.

Pre-departure Materials

The advisor in Study Abroad will go over these materials with you in a meeting after you've applied through the University of Iowa.

• Read over the Bogazici University Incoming Exchange Student Welcome Guide
• Consult Incoming Exchange Student FAQ
• Follow the instructions for the Bogazici Application

Additional Webpages to Consult:

• Student Visa Information:
• UI Student Health Service Travel Clinic:
• CDC (Centers for Disease Control) Turkey: