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Undergraduate Global Immersion in Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey: Ozyegin University

Program Type

This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes (in English) directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.

Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Location and Host School

Istanbul owes its historic importance and its amazing cultural and architectural heritage to its perfect strategic location, straddling the Bosphorus straits which separate Europe and Asia Minor. Istanbul is no longer the nation's capital, but is Turkey's economic and cultural powerhouse. The fast-growing economy contributed to a flourishing arts and music scene. In Istanbul you can explore the city once known as the capital of capital cities, having served as the axis around which the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires revolved. With an abundance of historical mosques, palaces, museums and bazaars rubbing shoulders with modern shopping malls, bars, and night clubs, there are endless streets and waterways to get lost in, spread across two continents. Istanbul is also the financial and industrial center of the country, originating 25% of the GNP and playing a significant role in regional trade and cross-border relations. Listed 34th on the list of the world's largest city economies and home to 35 of the world's billionaires, Istanbul is the city where people come to do business.

One of Turkey's newest universities, OzU has plans to house one of the largest business programs in the country, with support from a world-class, multinational faculty. Yet despite its grand ambitions, the university is committed to retaining its young entrepreneurial spirit by enabling both student and faculty involvement in innovation and research commercialization.

Being a student at Ozyegin allows you to experience all that is Istanbul, from the ornate halls of Topkapı Palace to the hyperactive trading floor of the Istanbul Stock Exchange, from the successful, experienced CEO to the up-and-coming entrepreneur. Get in touch with the past and the future of Turkey and the region at OzU.

Studying at OzU means...

  • Taking advantage of strong integration with the business world through internship opportunities, guest speakers, and site visits
  • Choosing from a wide variety of electives in both concentration areas and industry sectors
  • Learning in a multi-faceted, hands-on entrepreneurial environment

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: September to December

Spring semester: February to June

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

Language and Academics

Students are enrolled in 15 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5100) credits for a semester at Ozyegin and take a total of 30 ECTS credits at OzU to meet the minimum requirements.

Courses vary slightly from semester to semester and a typical offering includes:

  • Business Administration
  • Banking and Finance
  • Economics
  • International Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management Information Systems
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Hotel Management
  • Gastronomy and Restaurant Management
  • Air Transportation Management
  • Pilot Training
  • Psychology
  • Architecture

Exchange student orientation includes a crash course in Turkish and students have the opportunity to take a semester-long Turkish language course. Nearly all classes at OzU are offered in English.


Ozyegin University has residence halls to house students, located only ten minutes away from campus. The residence halls offer modern, comfortable living environment and feature facilities and services to ensure an efficient study atmosphere. Additionally, given the central location of the university, there is a wide range of suitable rental options in the surrounding area. The International Office offers limited support to help interested students find off-campus accommodations.

Budget Estimate 2013 - 2014

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

2013-2014 Tuition $6,530
Program Fee (includes program administration and intl health insurance*) $2,500
Transportation (to and from program site) $1,300
Documentation** (passport, visa, immunizations) $425
Books and Materials $150
Room and/or Board $3,500
Essential Daily Living Expenses $1000
Miscellaneous $500
Total $15,905

*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

**Subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. In addition, University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Scholarships and Finances for additional information, and Costs and Billing for budget planning and cost comparison tools.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Additional criteria may apply and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Application and Selection

Application materials include the online application form, a resume, and essay. Submit a completed application by the February 28th priority deadline prior to the academic year in which you wish to participate. Programs that do not fill following the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.

Admission to all programs is based on review of your application by the study abroad selection committee, and selection notifications are sent out within one month of the priority deadline or receipt of application during rolling admission. Once selected, students are given the opportunity to confirm acceptance, at which point they are subject to Education Abroad policies

All details subject to change based on economic and international factors.

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Fax: 612-624-8248

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