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Okan University


Program Snapshot

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.

Please note there is a current US Department of State Travel Warning for Turkey. No advisory is in effect for Istanbul. For more information, please click here.

Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and the 10th most popular tourist destination because of its rich history and culture. In fact, in 2010, Istanbul was named one of 3 European Culture Capitals. The city center is also considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is home to ancient monuments dating back to Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman periods, including the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), and Basilica Cistern. Even with some of the most historic sites in the world, Istanbul has developed a new and modern culture. Istanbul is now also known for its nightlife, restaurants, galleries, and fashions.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Limited.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Limited.
For the most current chances of placement, see the
Sites Open for Applications for US Students
or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: mid-September to the end of May
Fall semester: mid-September to mid-January
Spring semester: early February to the end of May

Fast Facts
Istanbul, Turkey (pop. 12 million)
Student Enrollment: 14,000
Language of instruction: English, Turkish
University Home Page
Courses (see instructions below)
International Office
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Okan University offers a broad range of courses in the following faculties:
  • Faculty of Arts Sciences (Math, Psychology, Sociology, Translation)
  • Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences (Banking and Finance, Business Administration, International Logistics, International Trade, International Relations)
  • Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (Architecture, Automotive, Construction, Computer, Electronics, Energy, Food, Geomatics, Industrial, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering)
  • Faculty of Fine Arts (Arts Management, Fashion Design, Film and Television, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Photography, Plastic Arts, Visual Communication Design)
  • Faculty of Law
  • School of Applied Sciences (Accounting, Gastronomy, IT, Public Relations and Advertising, Sports Management, Tourism and Hotel Management)
  • School of Health Sciences (Child Development, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetic, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation)

Courses taught in English
Undergraduate Programs instructed in English: Architecture, Business Studies (Banking and Finance, Business Administration, International Trade, International Logistics), Engineering (Automotive, Civil, Computer, Electrical and Electronics, Energy, Geomatics, Industrial, Mechanical, Mechatronics) and International Relations.

Individual Undergraduate Courses instructed in English: There are a limited number of elective courses available in Translation.

This full list of undergraduate programs indicates which degrees are offered in English. Click on the degree title to be directed to the appropriate webpage for more information.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Graduate level courses are closed to ISEP students.

Academic Notes
The programs in Architecture, Business, Engineering and International Relations are taught in English and highly recommended for ISEP students.

Students typically enroll in 4-5 classes per term which averages to 12-15 hours per week. A term runs for 13 weeks.


Transcripts will be available 2-3 weeks after the end of finals. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Requirement: For courses taught in Turkish, fluency is required.
Language Courses: A Turkish language course is offered in addition to regular courses at the beginning level for 3 ECTS credits


ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score: No
TOEFL: 65 iBT; 513 pBT
IELTS: 5.5

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Students studying in Turkey must purchase Turkish health insurance, approximately 23-25 USD, per month in addition to purchasing ISEP Health Insurance prior to departure. This additional insurance is needed to obtain the Turkish Residence Permit.

Hints for Researching Courses
1. Go to the International Office Website, select the Academic Units drop-down menu then select Faculties
2. Click on the name of the degree you are interested in. Note: Degrees with English instruction are clearly marked.
3. Click on Curriculum to see a list of available courses within the degree. Odd numbered courses are offered in the fall semester, and even numbered courses are offered in the spring semester.
4. Click on a course title to see available information about the course.

Students will need to do some research to find all the necessary courses for a given semester. Please be sure that courses are taught in English before listing them on the ISEP course request list.

Housing and Meals
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. A refundable housing deposit is required. 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.:


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. An average international student in Turkey will spend about 400-500 USD a month on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transportation and telephone costs. Books and administrative fees are approximately 100-150 USD per semester.

Students will attend an orientation session shortly after their arrival at Okan University where they will receive information regarding university facilities, academic regulations, registration procedures, public transportation and cultural opportunities in Istanbul. Okan will also organize a welcome event such as a cocktail party or group dinner to introduce new students to the international community on campus. Arrival instructions will be provided with the student acceptance packet.


Airport pickup is available if the host coordinator is notified sufficiently in advance.

Student Activities
Tuzla campus houses a student center with cafeterias, shops, a cinema, game room and a sports complex (membership fees required), which includes a semi-Olympic size swimming pool, an indoor basketball court and fitness center. There are also outdoor basketball and tennis courts and a football field. Various student clubs are supported by the Dean of Students.

Okan University is a non-profit, private university founded in 1999, with over 14,000 students. It offers 52 undergraduate, 42 graduate and 7 Ph.D. programs through 6 Faculties, 3 Graduate Institutes, and Schools of Applied and Health Sciences. Okan University emphasizes university-business cooperation and the internationalization of its programs and campuses. Okan University is an EUA member and the first Turkish University to become the Ambassador University of ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs), and first and only ISO 9001:2008 certificate holder private University.

What Past Students have to Say
Hear what former students have to say! An ISEP Exchange Student from the United States, a student from Italy, and a student from France.