Study tours and excursions
Throughout the program students will have the opportunity to participate in required and elected excursions, tours, and activities. Planned excursions in and around Istanbul will be included as part of the study abroad program. Below is a sample listing of the types of excursions, activities and tours that students can participate in. The finalized calendar of tours and events will be provided during the pre-departure meeting.
Exploring the Oldest Levels of Istanbul: Yenikapı Excavations
One of the largest urban excavations in history exposes a massive Byzantine port. This is the site where a new east-west rail line will emerge from below ground connecting with the city's subways light rail system and the busses.
Byzantine and Ottoman monuments in the historical peninsula, including the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmet-Blue-Mosque, Ibrahim Pasha Palace - The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern - Yerebatan Sarnici
The social life of Ottoman Istanbul
Religious, social and commercial sites from the 16th to the 19th centuries, including Galata bridge, the Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar, the old Ottoman post office, the historic railway station of Sirkeci, where the Orient Express ended its trip from Paris, Rustem Pasa Mosque, the Grand Bazaar area with the Valide Han
The "European" quarter of Istanbul in the 19th century, which housed old European embassies, banks, and the places of worship for the non-Muslim population of the Ottoman Empire. Places to see include customs houses and bank buildings of Karakoy, the 14th century Galata Tower, Arab Mosque, synagogues and churches of Pera, European consulates, Narmanli Han, Galatasaray Lycee and Hotel Pera Palas.
Cruise through the waterways separating two continents: Asia and Europe
A day trip to the Princes' Islands for a world apart from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Other trips to local NGOs, organizations and modern art museums.