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The BOSP Istanbul program's location at Koç University will provide students with a diverse cultural environment and exposure to courses in the social sciences and humanities, as well as integration into Turkish university life.

Istanbul is a world-historical city. It was a capital of three empires - Roman, Eastern Roman (Byzantine) and Ottoman. The city was founded as a Greek colony by the name of Byzantium. In the 4th century, Emperor Constantine rebuilt the city as the new capital of the Roman Empire. In the 7th century, Emperor Justinian transformed the city into a worldly heaven of Eastern Christianity. The Ottoman conquest in the 15th century reoriented the city as the center of the Islamic world. Under the Ottomans, while the Muslim Turks and Christian Greeks fostered the multi-religious Ottoman culture in Istanbul, the Jewish immigration from Iberia, Armenian immigration from Eastern Anatolia, and Arab immigration from Egypt enriched the diversity of this imperial city.

Beginning in the 1990s, the city has been reborn as a center of global economy, as well as an intellectual, artistic and political hub of Europe and the Middle East. While the city attracts the business elites and working class immigrants from all over the world, it also hosts Islamic revivalism, rejuvenation of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate and social and cultural movements including Turkish and Kurdish socialists, anti-globalists, feminists, gay, lesbian and transgender activists. Today, the imperial and national layers of the city are challenged by expanding business districts and rising towers and skyscrapers fostered by the global economy. 

Student Ambassadors

share their first-hand experiences about the program, what led them to choose the program, and some of the challenges they faced while studying abroad. Dive deeper into 'a day in the life' while abroad, as a particular student experience may help you decide if this program is right for you.

What I Did in Istanbul