Program Sponsor: CIEE
Program Name: CIEE Istanbul
Program Eligibility: 2.75 GPA, HMC good standing
Language of Instruction: English and Turkish
Curriculum: Liberal Arts, Engineering, Sciences
Description: Turkey is a unique blend of East and West. It is rich in history, dating back to the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires yet Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, has undergone rapid social change over the past century and is now the cultural and economic capital of Turkey. Having the opportunity to study in this transitional country firsthand provides a unique perspective on Turkish civilization. Community volunteer work is also available.
Academics: Students take about 22.5 quarter hours which total 15 semester credits. Students directly enroll in English-taught courses at Koç University, a private university located on a beautiful hillside campus overlooking the Black Sea. In addition to area studies courses, science and engineering courses are also available.
Housing: Double rooms in residence halls on campus with a Turkish roommate
Comments: The fall semester ends in mid-January, a few days before the start of HMC's spring semester.
Program Sponsor: Pitzer College
Program Name: Pitzer Exchange at Middle Eastern Technical University (METU)
Language of Instruction: English
Program Eligibility: 2.5 GPA, HMC good standing
Curriculum: Liberal Arts, Science, Engineering
Description: As the capital of Turkey, and the country's second largest city, Ankara is an important commercial and industrial city. Not only is it the center of the Turkish Government housing all foreign embassies, it's also known for breeding Angoran goats for the mohair made from their coats. Though it can be a more formal city, Ankara has many interesting museums,a skiing center nearby, and a fine nightlife.
Academics: Students take a three to four week pre-semester intensive Turkish language course, a full course load of 15 or 16 units at METU (typically 5 courses worth 3 units each). Student have the option of continuing the language course into the semester. The University offers broad curricular offerings with particular strengths in the natural sciences, engineering and the social sciences. The academics at METU are quite high and students should be prepared for a challenging grading system.
Housing: Students will live with host families during the language course then will move into a METU dormitory. Rooms are shared. Meals are independently arranged.
Comments: Fall Semester: Early August to late December.