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Turkey: International Business Seminar
Cappadocia, Turkey; Istanbul, Turkey; Izmir, Turkey (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
Restrictions: DePaul University applicants only
Click for Tuition + Program Fee Spring Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2017 11/01/2016 12/01/2016 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Eligible GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: None
Liberal Studies Domain: Global Business Perspective, JYEL
Program Description:
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Led by Dr. Nezih Altay of the Driehaus School of Business, this International Business Seminar to Turkey will introduce students to this country's special geo-political role in the global economy. Turkey, with its fast-rising economy, euro-oriental culture, and geographic location--a natural bridge between the East and the West--is the perfect destination for a seminar on global management. A long time ally of the United States in the region, Turkey physically and culturally connects the Western world to the Eastern world.

We will start our journey in Istanbul, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only city in the world built on two continents. As the world's 4th largest city, Istanbul is Turkey's financial and cultural center, generating about half of the country's trade. We will visit several companies from a variety of sectors including logistics, banking, marketing and hospitality. We will also visit major historic and cultural sites such as Hagia Sophia, an incredible church built by the Byzantian emperor Justinian in the sixth century.

From Istanbul we will move to the Aegean city of Izmir where we will visit the Biblical ancient city of Ephesus--the best preserved ancient Greco-Roman city in the world, St. John’s Church and the last abode of Virgin Mary. Our trip will continue in Cappadocia, an ancient town carved into million year-old volcanic rocks. On our way to Cappadocia students will have an opportunity to walk on the ancient Silk Road and see a Caravanserai.

Activities and cultural events in this seminar include visits to Turkish firms, lecture at Koc University, guided tours of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Ephesus, and Cappadocia, dinner cruise along the Bosporus, soccer game in Istanbul (schedule permitting), visits to carpet and pottery workshops, and a hot-air balloon ride (optional).


The program is open to both undergraduates and graduate students. Students receive credit for a 4-credit elective course in the winter quarter. Graduate students receive credit for IB 750 and Undergraduates receive credit for ICS 350, which fulfills both the Global Business Perspective requirement and the Junior Year Experiential Learning (JYEL) requirement.  The group meets both before and after the trip to Turkey. In the winter quarter, the group will meet for four 3-hr sessions to prepare students with background information on global logistics, the business environment and daily life in Turkey. Upon our return, there will be a follow-up session to complete the academic work of the program.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.



Hotel accommodations are double occupancy. You may be able to request a single room for an additional fee depending on availability.


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the students regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Click here for the program fee for your program.  Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included. Please also note the withdrawal policy.


If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the countrys local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students on the Turkey: International Business Seminar program DO need a visa. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.


Questions about this program? Contact Quang Tran at qtran2@depaul.edu or visit during open advising hours.


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