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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior, Sophomore Type of Program: Exchange
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Lisa Shen Academic Focus: All Academic Focuses, Business and Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Computing and Informatics, Formal and Natural Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, No or Minimal Language Requirement
Program Description:

The ProgramSabanci2

Option available pending approval from the University Travel Risk Review Committee

Sabanci University is a comprehensive institution located in Istanbul, Turkey. The university enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduate and 700 graduate students. The program offers a great study abroad opportunity for all Drexel students interested in becoming immersed in Turkish education and culture. Drexel students will take courses taught by Turkish faculty alongside local Turkish and other international students.
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The Academics

All Drexel majors may apply to study at Sabanci University during the Fall, Spring, or Summer. Most courses are taught in English, and thus there is no foreign language requirement to participate.
Fall or Spring semester: Students attending Sabanci’s may choose courses from Sabanci’s course catalog. While most courses are taught in English, be sure to note the language of instruction. Also be sure to know whether the courses are offered in Fall or Spring semester. Students must have all courses approved for Drexel course equivalencies prior to acceptance.
Summer program: Students attending Sabanci’s may choose courses from the summer course catalog. The summer program offers more than 100 course options in a variety of areas including marketing, cultural studies, history, humanities, finance, mathematics, international studies, economics, manufacturing systems, and more. Students must have all courses approved for Drexel course equivalencies prior to acceptance.

Course Approvals: As part of the application process, students are required to have Drexel equivalent course numbers and credit approved by the corresponding Drexel department.  For example, to take a Literature course abroad for Drexel credit, the course equivalent must be pre-approved by Drexel’s English Department. Review Sabanci's course catalog for course offerings.

To view a list of pre-approved courses, please view: Sabanci University - Course Equivalents

Grading: Students and taught and graded by Turkish faculty at Sabanci 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 Sabanci while also being careful to take the equivalent of a full time load at Drexel.

Program Calendar

Sabanci 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 may require you to leave your co-op early. Please review the Sabanci academic calendar here.
Fall term: Late Sept - late Jan. Students must arrange early final exams to return for Drexel’s winter term in early January.
Spring term: Late Feb - June. Students must arrange to leave their fall/winter co-op up early.
Summer Term 2014 Dates: June 30- August 22, 2014 (7 weeks)


The ExperienceSabanci

Upon arrival, students will attend an Orientation, which offers information about Sabanci, living in Turkey, and gives students an opportunity to meet other local and international students. The orientation also includes cultural visits and social activities for students to enjoy. Sabanci also offers a Buddy Programme which matches local students with exchange students to help answer questions and facilitate their transition.
The university is away from busy downtown Istanbul, but well connected to downtown by public transportation. The campus offers all amenities students will need, including sports facilities, library and bookstores, banks, restaurants, and grocery stores, as well as multiple student clubs and organizations.
Students will live in one of Sabanci’s campus dormitories. More information about living on campus can be found here. If preferred, students may also choose to find their own off campus housing independently.
Visa Instructions: Students are required to obtain a visa in advance 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).
Consulate General of Turkey New York
821 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 949-0160; Fax: (212) 983-1293
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Money Matters

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.

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 2019 02/15/2019
03/15/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/01/2019 10/01/2019 TBA TBA

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