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Turkey – Istanbul Bilgi University


TCNJ Exchange with Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey

Courses in Arts and Communication, Business, Humanities, Science, and Social Sciences

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Istanbul Bilgi University is a young, comprehensive university with more than 16,000 students on three campuses in the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul – a metropolis that spans two continents and many centuries of rich cultural history.  The language of instruction at Bilgi is English, so TCNJ students have a wide variety of academic opportunities available to them across the curriculum.  TCNJ students will find Istanbul Bilgi University to look very much like an urban American campus, with students and faculty from all over the world and an awe-inspiring variety of cultural events within minutes of their student residences.  The CGE is excited to offer students an opportunity to spend a semester or a year at such a vibrant partner institution in Europe…and Asia!

Istanbul-Bilgi-2Istanbul-Bilgi-3Istanbul Bilgi University’s International Office may be found on the santralIstanbul campus in very modern accommodations.  With a friendly staff willing to assist students, the IO is a “one-stop shop” for international students who need assistance with courses, housing, and access to medical care, travel opportunities, and anything else related to the university. The IO will provide TCNJ students with an orientation to the university upon their arrival and support them as they begin classes and learn how the university works.

Istanbul-Bilgi-LogoTCNJ students may study a wide variety of subjects at Bilgi, including courses found in the following schools: Arts and Communication, Business, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science.  There are also courses in the sciences available, and more courses in the sciences (as well as Health and Exercise Science) will be available in coming years.  There is a special list of classes that international students on exchange may use to identify those classes they can take quickly and efficiently, while there is another online course finding tool that requires a bit more patience to negotiate.  Students will find many options for Liberal Learning requirements in the special list of classes.

2015-03-13 13.38.15Istanbul is a vibrant city – definitely a gateway to points east, but also a gateway to the Mediterranean region and points west.  Students in our Central Eurasian and Middle Eastern Studies programs will find interesting course offerings available at Bilgi to support their academic programs, and there are fantastic air connections between Istanbul and everyplace one could possible want to travel in eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East/North Africa region.  You may never want to leave Turkey, though, as there are fantastic opportunities to explore the remains of ancient Greek and Roman culture, the diverse cultural anthropology of the country, and the dynamic commercial culture in the region.

2015-03-13 13.44.58Students will live in student residences adjacent to the Istanbul Bilgi University campus.  These residences are studio apartments and provide students with all modern conveniences.  A series of buses connect the campus to all parts of Istanbul, so students should have no trouble gaining access to all of the historic sites, culinary treasures, and mysteries of the Bosphorus!  Imagine getting two continents on a daily basis during your study abroad experience!  That’s what Istanbul offers our students.  Go for it!


Here is a step-by-step guide for students planning to study abroad in Istanbul at Istanbul Bilgi University:

Apply through TCNJ CGE (in addition to filling out Bilgi University’s application) to participate in the exchange!