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Santa Clara Law: Summer Abroad in Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 03/21/2016 ** Rolling Admission 05/23/2016 06/10/2016
NOTE: Internships begin on 6/13/2016. Specific ending dates will be arranged with individual employers. Internship application deadline is 2/12/2016. Please note there is a mandatory orientation session on 6/22/16. Please plan to arrive in Istanbul by 6/21/2016 so that you do not miss the orientation. Please consult your program director before making travel arrangements.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Areas of study: Law
Class Standing: J.D., LL.M., Other
Program Description:
Summer Abroad in Istanbul, Turkey

Classes | Internships | Fees & Financial Aid | Housing | Exploring The Area | Travel Information | Testimonials | Contact Us

Mix & Match:  Students may enroll in the Geneva academic program after completing the Istanbul academic program. Students may be placed in internships with top law firms and corporations in Istanbul and Kuwait at the conclusion of the Istanbul academic program. 
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Istanbul 2Turkey is poised between Asia and Europe. It is an exciting, dynamic country where businesses are thriving. The course offered in Istanbul will focus on issues that are important to doing business in Turkey and the Middle East. Lecturers include professors from the Koc University law and business schools, as well as practicing lawyers in the region. Classes are located at the Istinye campus of Koc University. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday each week from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. There will not be any Friday classes. Topics of lectures include Practicing Business Law in the Middle East, Banking and Finance in the Middle East, Corporate Structure & Vehicles for Investment, Turkish Public Law & Structure for Business, and more. We will take about three or four field trips to courts, law firms, and other sites in the afternoons. A written 3-hour examination will be given on the last Friday of the program. 

Internships: Istanbul or Kuwait (up to 4 units)

Istanbul Internships: Internships in major international law offices, corporate legal offices or in-house with international companies

Kuwait Internships: Internships with one of the leading law firms in the Gulf region.

Students gain practical experience by doing legal work under the supervision of a legal professional in the host country. Students will receive valuable exposure to the legal culture of the country and make invaluable professional contacts. Interns are expected to do full-time work during the internship (e.g., 40 hours or more per week of supervised legal work). Santa Clara Law requires a minimum of 50 hours of supervised legal work for each unit of internship credit.

Fees & Financial Aid

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $300 for the class and an additional non-refundable deposit of $700 for an internship (if applicable) is required to secure your spot. The deposit is applied to the tuition charge.

Tuition: The tuition charge is $1000/unit for J.D. students. LL.M. students should contact us for tuition information.

Financial Aid: US law students are typically eligible for financial aid to cover tuition, airfare, housing, food, local travel costs and school supplies (click here for more information).

Housing in Istanbul

It is highly recommended that all participants stay at Koc University during the class portion of the program. The facilities at Koç University are new and modern, air-conditioned, graduate student rooms, with private en suite bath. Rooms are fully equipped with furniture, a refrigerator, television (English language stations), and Internet access. Buildings have free laundry facilities. The pricing in 2015 for a single room was 55 USD. Double rooms come with double beds instead of two separate beds. So please keep in mind that you will have to share the same bed with your roommate if you opt for a double room. The rate in 2015 for a double room was 65 USD. Students are supposed to pay Koç University directly and in advance via bank transfer. Reservations will not be confirmed until the full payment is made. Accommodation payment is non-refundable. Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements during the internship period. 

Many students have stayed at the Archist Hostel in Taksim during their internship. The Archist Hostel is located at the heart of Istanbul and offers good prices.

Exploring the Area

Turkey is poised between Asia and Europe and is an exciting, dynamic country where businesses are thriving. Turkey is also the gateway for many to do business in the Middle East as well as North Africa.

Travel Information

Transportation: Air travel will likely be into the modern Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

International Airport: The airport is about eight miles from city center. A taxi to the city center, which can be shared, will be about $45. Parking on campus is not allowed and it is not advisable for participants to rent a car during the program. Taxis are metered, and generally drivers appear honest. Many speak at least some English. Taxis are plentiful and relatively inexpensive. Credit cards are widely accepted. Transportation will also be provided from the University to the sites visited as part of the program, and this transportation is included in the tuition price. Students undertaking an internship will be responsible for the cost of their housing and for transportation to and from the work sites.

Visa: U.S. citizens must secure a tourist visa. Visas may be secured in advance from a Turkish embassy or consulate (D.C., Chicago, L.A. N.Y.), from a facilitator service, or can be purchased at the Istanbul airport upon entry. ($25 cash). Make sure your passport will be valid for at least six months after your expected departure date.

Health and Safety: Istanbul is a clean, safe city by Western standards. Physicians and health care facilities are on par with those found in Western European cities. Most physicians speak English. Many were trained in the United States or Western Europe. Generally, the standards of health and hygiene are equal to that found in Western European cities. The one exception is that Americans are advised not to drink water from the tap. Bottled water is widely available.

AXA/ACE Travel Assistance Program Information (all students enrolled in the program are covered)
US State Department Tips for Traveling Abroad
US State Department Travel Safety Information
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US Embassies/Consulates
US Department of State: Passport Services
US Department of State Worldwide Caution
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Summer 2014 Student Evaluation: Overall Experience 4.57 (Scale of 1-5, 1=poor, 5=excellent)

"Being a part of this Study Abroad Program has been an honor! The decision to apply for this program to Istanbul was a great one. I learned so many new things about life in general, the beautiful city of Istanbul and Kuwait, and, of course, about International Business Law. I have gained invaluable experience with my colleagues, and made lifelong friends along the way. This trip was fantastic, manageable, and definitely more positive than I expected. At first, I was hesitant and a bit worried about how the situation will turn out once I arrived, but I was shown otherwise. Also, Professor Ball was an excellent professor and friend, and I sincerely appreciate that I was able to meet him and be his student. If I could only give one piece of advice: download an offline map called Here (by Nokia) and google translate (download the Turkish language to be able to use offline); they will go a long way! I definitely recommend this program to any law student who is interested in exploring the world while learning about International Business Law and earning law school credit for it." Ahmad Saleh, University of Dayton (2015)

“I thought that this is the best law related course I’ve taken. I believe that I will be turning to this material frequently, when practicing. [T]his course was the best bang for the buck … In my opinion, this beats any regular law school course, any time of the year, any school in the country.” Ayla A., Lewis & Clark (2012)

“I REALLY liked this program. I am now interested in business finance and tax law, and it all started with the exposure I got during the Istanbul program.” Kalu Kalu, Santa Clara Law (2012)

“This summer was fantastic, and my internship in Dubai was unforgettable.” Anonymous, Golden Gate University School of Law (2011)

“The [Istanbul] program was extremely well run, the classes and lecturers were outstanding, and the Koç University Campus was an excellent setting. * * * [Koç University has] more amenities than most American campuses, including an outdoor swimming pool, where we would gather many evenings with Turkish students who became our friends * * * Istanbul is a great city to explore even if you’re a single woman traveling alone. Public transportation is safe, cheap, and easy to use. The food is excellent. The people are the friendliest and most helpful I’ve ever met, many speak English extremely well. I say, give it a try, you’ll be glad you did.” Gillian F., University of Baltimore (2009)

Contact Us

Istanbul Program Director: Professor David Sloss
The Center for Global Law and Policy:

Enrollment Limit: 20 students for class