Istanbul, Turkey

For two millennia, this seaport city has been a center of culture and commerce. The art and architecture of ancient Greece, the Eastern Roman Empire, and the Ottoman Empire still coexist and permeate the contemporary life of Istanbul—a melting pot of cultures, traditions, and lifestyles.


Istanbul is at the geographic intersection of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East—an incomparable vantage point to some of the most important issues of our time. You will come to better understand the interconnectedness of the United States, Europe, and Asia, and the increasingly pivotal role Turkey plays in regional and world affairs. The SU Istanbul program will introduce you to the city’s grand past and its exciting future.

Please note: The SU Abroad Istanbul program is suspended for the 2017-18 academic year. The University’s International Risk Management team continues to monitor the situation.

Thank you for your support of this program, and if you have questions, please contact Associate Provost for International Education and Engagement Margaret Himley (

Explore the Courses

The SU Istanbul program offers a unique combination of innovative SU seminars and a wide range of courses offered in English through our partnership with BAU. BAU Courses are available across disciplines, including the arts and sciences (international relations, political science, sociology, economics, and others), design, engineering, management, communications, and transmedia, as well as Turkish and Arabic language studies.

SU Istanbul courses

Internship Opportunities

The SU Istanbul internship program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to gain comparative insights into the North American and Turkish work environments. The type of work an intern does varies according to the nature of the host organization, the student’s academic objectives, and the student’s qualifications. Turkish language is not a requirement for an internship placement, however, the nature of the work may be more limited for those with little or no Turkish language.

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