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Turkey: Istanbul - Arts & Sciences Program (Summer)
Istanbul, Turkey
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 03/19/2014 
Rolling Admission 06/26/2014 07/21/2014
 NOTE: Please note: the ORIGINAL application deadline for this program was February 19, 2014. March 19, 2014 is the EXTENDED deadline for this program. In all cases, the International Studies Abroad refund policy adheres to the original application deadline date

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: None GPA: good academic standing
Disciplines offered: Architecture, Art History, Visual Art Accomodations: Shared apartments off-campus
Program Advisor: Alicia Gonzales -
Program Description:
Aya Sophia, Istanbul

Original Application Deadline: February 19, 2014

Extended Application Deadline: March 19, 2014


TURKEY: Istanbul

USD Summer Program



Istanbul represents the crossroads of civilization.  Throughout history Phoenicians, Greeks, Romas, Ottomans, Byzantines, and Thracians have all called Istanbul home.  It is a city remarkable in color, scent and music.  As the only city in the world to span two continents, Istanbul is rife with architectural gems, majestic waterways and urban charm.

Due to it's rich cultural history, Istanbul serves as the perfect location for students to study art, art history and architecture.  Students who participate in this four week summer program will explore Istanbul while earning academic credit through USD faculty-led classes.  Courses are taught in English and focus on the architecture and design art the city has to offer.




ARTH 138 / ARCH 340 : Biographies of World Cities - Istanbul


Dr. Juliana Maxim -




ARTV 115 / ARCH 494: Recording the City - Istanbul


Dr. Can Bilsel -

NOTE: Students can select to enroll in a maximum of 6 units on this program.  Both ARTH 138 and ARTV 115 fulfill core curriculum requirements for "fine arts".

The University of San Diego's faculty-led program in Istanbul, Turkey integrates the city's rich architectural and artistic history with an architectural/urban design workshop.  Turkey in general, and Istanbul in particular, features some of the best preserved monuments and sites from Classical Antiquity, Christian and Muslim Middle Ages, as well as the Modern Era.  Istanbul's historical neighborhoods were shaped by the diverse cultural practices and spatial needs of the Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities living under the Ottoman Empire.  In addition to its rich historical heritage, Istanbul also presents an opportunity to study the urban dynamics and political economies of a rapidly changing nation.

ARTV 115 / ARCH 494: Recording the City - Istanbul

To record means to commit to memory.  This class serves as an introduction to ways of observing, analyzing, chronicling visually, or otherwise set down in permanent form the experience of the city.  Through drawing, visual observation, field analysis and measurements students will explore and closely study the major components of the urban fabric.  The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the means of documenting the experience of the city.  It invites students to communicate, visually and in writing, objective observations as well as more personal impressions and ideas about Istanbul spaces.  The course will also take benefit of the mandatory excursion to ancient Greek and Roman sites to learn how to sketch and survey antique monuments and sites.

This course will be offered as a "Vertical Studio" in the Architecture program - students of different levels in architectural design will take the course together.  All students are required to submit a sketchbook and upper division students will participate in a full portfolio review.

ARTH 138/ARCH 340: Biographies of World Cities - Istanbul

This course surveys the urban and architectural history of Istanbul, from the capital of the Roman and Byzantine Empires (Constantinople) to its transformation to the capital of the Ottoman Empire in the 15th and 16th centuries.  Emphasis will also be given to the transformations of the city in modern times: its 18th and 19th century promenades, pleasure gardens, the Bosphorous yalis (sea-side villas) and its every cosmopolitan and eclectic architecture.  The remaking of the city under the Turkish Republic, and its present form as a global city of over 11 million inhabitants, will also be studied.  Students will examine the historical, cultural and human geography that made the city the center of several world empires.

All students are required to submit a logbook of fieldtrip entries and reading responses.  Students enrolled in ARCH 340 are required to submit a research paper in architectural history.  

Visit the USD Home Page for the Department of Art and Architecture



Cost for the program is $4,800 or $6,750 (for 2 3-unit courses) and includes USD tuition, accommodations, international health insurance, company/site visits around the city and selected cultural activities.  Not included in the program price are meals, flight tickets, ground transportation to/from airport, ground transportation throughout the city and spending money while abroad. 

For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. Click on the link which corresponds to the term you plan to study abroad.



Students will stay in shared apartments in Istanbul.  The apartments are centrally located in the Taxim area of Istanbul.  Within walking distance students will find music shops, book stores, restaurants, cafes, public squares, and sites of historical significance.  For more information on the Taxim area of Istanbul, click here.

Course Structure: Classes meet for approximately three hours per-day, a minimum of 5 days per week, and take place on the Istanbul Technical University Taskisla campus.  One of the most renowned historic buildings in Istanbul, the Taskisla Campus was once the home of an Ottoman era military barracks.  This Neoclassical building dates back to the 19th century and is located in the heart of Istanbul. 



Student course work is enhanced through visits and excursions throughout the city.  Guest lecturers also augment the course work by presenting a local perspective.

In addition to the time in Istanbul, students will participate in an included excursion to southwestern Turkey.  Students will stay in the Mediterranean town of Kalkan and have daily excursions that focus on Lycian, Greek and Roman archaeological sites.  Regularly scheduled classes will take place during the excursion.  The cost of the excursion is covered in the program price.

All participants will be required to attend three seminar-style meetings in May 2014 to attune the students to the problems of cultural representation.  Class discussion will focus on the Western representations of the Ottoman Empire and Islam, as well as the history of Turkish modernization in the twentieth century.  Students will screen a documentary by the German filmmaker Fatih Akin, "Crossing the Bridge", which portrays the diverse musical heritages and practices in Istanbul.

Additionally, all students participating in the ARTV115/ARCH 494 course will be required to participate in the installation of an on-campus art presentation during the Fall 2014 semester.



Click here to view the 2010 program photo album created by a USD program participant!



Dr. Can Bilsel - - Bio on Dr. Bilsel

Dr. Juliana Maxim - - Bio on Dr. Maxim

USD International Center Program Advisor - Alicia Gonzales,

Cancellations: All accepted program participants who withdraw from the program after the application due date are subject to the USD Intersession / Summer Program Refund Policy.  Specific details on the refund policy may be found here: Summer / Intersession Program Refund Policy

Istanbul - mosque



This program is currently not accepting applications.