Academic Programs Abroad

Turkey-̶̶̶ ISEP

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Previously the seat of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires, Istanbul today is a vibrant city of over 13 million inhabitants and is considered the cultural and economic heart of Turkey. While at Okan you will have the chance to explore the food, art and architectural marvels of a cultural crossroads, all while being welcomed by the warm embrace of Turkish hospitality.


·        Okan University

Host Program Website

For general information:   ISEP-Turkey

Country specific information: Handbook


Academic Calendar

Approximate dates are as follow:

       Full Academic Year: Mid-September to the end of May

Fall Semester: Mid-September to mid-January

Spring Semester: Early February to Late May

For specific date information please visit the ISEP website or come into the ISU Academic Programs Abroad Office.


Okan University

Students are housed in the University Residence Halls on the main undergraduate campus in Tuzla. Students share a two person room with their own bathroom. Daily room cleaning and laundry service are available. Meal cards are provided that allow for up to three meals per day at the campus cafeterias. Students can choose to add additional money to their cards for use at various fast-food outlets around campus.


Eligibility Requirements

The program is open to undergraduate students in good standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0.


For priority consideration, applications for Fall should be received before February 1, Spring before September 1, and Summer before May 1. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct.

Financial Information

All students’ financial aid can be used for study abroad.  Direct costs (tuition, room and board), airfare, local transportation, and personal spending money are all included to calculate you aid package.  Once your need is determined you may become eligible for additional federal grants or loans to help cover study abroad costs.

There are also scholarships available for studying abroad. For more information regarding the application materials please visit the links below.

ISU Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship

Scholarship Application

Application Deadlines:   Spring - October 28; Summer or Fall - March 30

Application Process

Early application is advised. Selection for the program is based on a review of the student's written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the ISU consultation process.

Complete the ISEP online application, which includes the following:

  • · Official University Transcript
  • · Academic References: Two for semester and one for summer
  • · Academic References Personal Statement (Essay 300-500 words)

Click here to get started:

How to Apply

ISEP – Exchange and Direct

To apply for an ISEP Exchange Program a fee of $360 is required at the time of application. This fee is non-refundable unless ISEP is unable to place the applicant, in which case $50 of this fee is retained.

To apply for an ISEP Direct Program (semester and/or summer) a non-refundable application fee of $60 is due at the time of application.  In addition to the fee, a $500 program deposit is also due at the time of application.

Visa Information

Students need a passport which will be valid for at least six months beyond the last day of studies.

All students should apply for or renew (if necessary) their U.S. (or other) passports as soon as possible. Passport Information

It is the responsibility of the student to obtain the most up-to-date information regarding Visa requirements. Click Here to find out what is required for study abroad!


All study abroad participants must fulfill the required study abroad orientation process.

The orientations will cover administrative logistics, travel, health, safety, conduct, housing and cultural adjustment and whenever possible involve discussions with past participants. More information regarding the orientation process will be emailed to students.

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