Expanding U.S. Study Abroad to Turkey

The Institute of International Education (IIE), with the support of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), launched an initiative to expand the capacity of key nontraditional destination countries to host a larger number of U.S. study abroad students. The project has been carried out in India, Brazil, Turkey, and other countries, in partnership with EducationUSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, the American Association of Community Colleges, and the U.S.-India Educational Foundation (USIEF).

“Expanding U.S. Study Abroad to Turkey” begins with an overview of the current state of the Turkish higher education sector, with a particular focus on Turkey-U.S. relations and the current state of U.S. study abroad to Turkey. The second portion of the report focuses on existing study abroad programs available to U.S. students, and challenges and recommendations for expanding study abroad to Turkey.

Table of Contents

I. Executive Summary and Key Findings

II. Higher Education in Turkey

III. Higher Education Exchange between the U.S. and Turkey

IV. IIE’s Study Abroad Capacity Project

V. Existing Study Abroad Programs and Potential for Expansion

VI. Challenges to Expanding Study Abroad in Turkey

VII. Conclusions and Recommendations

Appendix: Selected Study Abroad Programs in Turkey