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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior, Sophomore Type of Program: Exchange
Academic Focus: Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Computing and Informatics, No or Minimal Language Requirement
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Drexel in Turkey: Bogazici University

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Program Overview


Drexel University, in partnership with Bogazici University, offers an exchange program available to undergraduate BS and BS/MS Biomedical Engineering majors. Bogazici University, located in Istanbul, is one of the most renowned applied science, engineering, and research universities in Turkey. The Bogazici exchange program completely immerses Drexel students into Turkish culture and education as you take classes alongside local Turkish and international students taught by distinguished Bogazici faculty. All courses at Bogazici are taught in English. Bogazici University is comprised of 5 campuses in Istanbul and over 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Learn more about the university by visiting the university website as well as their Incoming Exchange Student info page.

Upon arrival at Bogazici, students will participate in an orientation program where you will find out about the city, university life, and have the opportunity to meet other students. The Office of International Relations acts as a support system for exchange students and can provide information to you regarding campus life and academics.

Bogazici University also has a wide array of activities and student clubs including the Chess Club, the Engineering Society, and the Mountaineering Club. Exchange students are encouraged to participate in these activities while attending Bogazici. Learn more about student activities on campus.


  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Prior study of Turkish language
  • Sophomore status or higher


Biomedical Engineering majors seeking either a BS or BS/MS degree at Drexel may study at Bogazici during the fall or spring of their Junior year.

Course Availability
Bogazici Pre-approved Course Equivalents: Students may select courses from this pre-approved list and may also choose from Bogazici's complete course catalog.  Be sure to note if courses are offered first semester (fall) or second semester (spring). Students must have all courses that do not appear on the pre-approved list approved for Drexel course equivalency prior to acceptance.

Students and taught and graded by Turkish faculty at Bogazici University. Grades are noted as “CR/NCR” on their Drexel transcript and will not affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn a “C” or above at the host institution. You must plan to be a full time student at Bogazici while also being careful to take the equivalent of a full time load at Drexel.

Program Calendar

Bogazici is a semester school. While students may choose to study during either fall or spring term, please note that due to the semester calendar, the program dates will require you to leave your co-op early. Please review the Bogazici academic calendar.

Fall Semester Dates and Itinerary
Program Start Date Early September
Program End Date End of December
Students will need to arrange to take exams early, as exams are regularly offered at the beginning of January. Please note that students attending Bogazici in the fall may need to arrange to leave their spring/summer co-op early.

Spring Semester Dates and Itinerary
Program Start Date Early February
Program End Date June
Please note that students attending Bogazici in the spring will need to arrange to leave their fall/winter co-op up early.


Students will live in a modern dormitory called the Superdorm located on the university’s Ucaksavar Campus. The Superdorm can accommodate up to 486 students in its 130 fully furnished apartment-style dorms.


Students are required to obtain a visa for entry into Turkey. This process may take 6-8 weeks, so students should plan ahead. Students must complete an application form and submit it to the Consulate General of Turkey in New York at least 6 weeks before departure. An official acceptance letter from the university in Turkey and a consular fee of $100 US must be included. Please note that within 1 month of arriving in Turkey students must apply for a residency permit at a local law enforcement agency (Emniyet Mudurlugu). Please refer to our visa page.
Consulate General of Turkey New York
821 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 949-0160
Fax: (212) 983-1293
Website: /

Cost and Financial Aid

Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.

More Information

  • Check out this blog from a former Drexel student!
  • Safety and Security
    Turkey currently has a State Department Travel Warning.

    All students who wish to participate in the program are required to read the United States Department of State Travel Warning and will propose their travel to the University TRR for review.Students should discuss the review process with their study abroad advisor. In addition, all students are strongly advised to purchase travel insurance when purchasing plane tickets should the United States Department of State Travel Warning change in such a way that would require Drexel University to cancel the program. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 02/15/2022
03/15/2022 TBA TBA
Spring 2023 09/01/2022 10/03/2022 TBA TBA

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