Turkish in Boston and Izmir

Beginning Turkish (LT 111-112)

Location: Boston, MA

Dates: May – August 2015

Rumeli Hisar in Istanbul - photo by Connor Maher, Project GO-BU 2012

Rumeli Hisar in Istanbul – photo by Connor Maher, Project GO-BU 2012

Merhaba! The Turkish Program at Boston University is an intensive 8-credit elementary-level program in Modern Standard Turkish for students with no prior experience in Turkish. The summer program is the equivalent of two semester-length courses. The Turkish Summer Course  provides students with a solid foundation in all five communicative skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing, and cultural awareness).  By the end of the summer term students will be able to talk about themselves and their family and friends, seek information about others, and describe objects and locations verbally and in writing.  Students will also be introduced to important elements of Turkish culture that will help them navigate a variety of social contexts successfully.

Intermediate/Advanced Turkish in Izmir

Location: Izmir, Turkey

Dates: June – July 2015

Project GO-BU alumni Leon Barker and Connor Maher at the Hagia Sophia, summer 2012

Project GO-BU alumni Leon Barker and Connor Maher at the Hagia Sophia, summer 2012

Students who will have completed one year of more of Turkish by May 2015 are eligible to apply for a summer scholarship to study in Izmir, Turkey. Project GO-BU funds students to join the University of Arizona’s program in Intermediate or Advanced Turkish in Izmir.

Program Info: University of Arizona’s Turkish Language Program

Project GO-BU Boston University


Why study Turkish?

Neden Türkçe?

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Turkish is a significant language first because of the sheer numbers of people who speak it. 75 million people speak Turkish as their first language, making it one of the globe’s 15 most widely spoken first languages. There are other communities of speakers in the Balkans and the Caucasus, and several very large Turkish immigrant communities in Western Europe (Turkish is the second most widely spoken language in Germany, for example). Another 15 million people speak Turkish as a second language.

The Republic of Turkey is strategically connected, geographically and culturally, to Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Thus Turkish and knowledge of Turkey are advantageous to anyone interested in the international business or politics of those regions. Likewise, for students pursuing careers in business or government service, opportunities will only continue to increase as Turkey continues to develop as a global economic power. Studying Turkish gives you a depth of understanding that makes you a valuable asset to corporations, government and other organizations promoting productive alliances with the Middle East. Business opportunities are rapidly opening in Turkey. Turkey’s pending membership in the European Union will enhance its global business importance still further.  Political structure in Turkey is based on a secular democratic, pluralist and parliamentary system in which human rights are protected by law and justice.