Turkey in 2015
BUS-791014Z International Business Field Study: Turkey
Spring 2 Term: March 9 - June 26, 2015
March 13 - 22, 2015 (eight-day trip to Turkey)
SUNY Empire State College in cooperation with SUNY Cortland and Anadolu University, Turkey
This unique study offers the opportunity to participate in an eight-day, intensive trip to Turkey where students will visit businesses and multinational corporations with opportunities to explore sites of cultural importance. This international trip is part of an advanced-level, 4-credit course offered in the Spring 2 2015 term for undergraduate students pursuing degrees in business.
The course blends an eight-day travel experience in Turkey, online study in the Moodlerooms learning platform and collaborative opportunities with students from SUNY Cortland and Anadolu University.
The field experience will include visits to Istanbul, the former center of the Ottoman Empire and a bustling modern crossroads between Europe and Asia and Eskişehir, a city in the center of a rapidly industrializing region of Southern Anatolia. Anadolu University, a prominent public institution in Turkey, will be our host in both cities.
The group will stay in conveniently located campus guest houses. Site visits will be supplemented by university meetings and optional opportunities will be available for visits to cultural and historical sites.
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Site visits to businesses and corporations will introduce you to the dynamism of an important emerging global economy. You’ll gain first-hand knowledge through visits with business executives and tours of industrial sites, as well as through lectures by university professors.
Turkey is one of today’s top five emerging markets. Turkey is a secular republic, has a foothold in Europe and is the gateway to the Muslim world in the Middle East. A member of NATO since 1952, and currently a candidate for membership in the European Union, Turkey is crucial to the economic development and political stability of the region.
There will be ample free time during the evening hours and some afternoons for cultural activities, shopping and sightseeing.
Online discussion forums and pre-departure reading will be expected before the study tour as part of the orientation module. This will take place two weeks before the start of the Spring 2 term (Feb. 23 - March 9, 2015). Course expectations include:
- active participation in discussions before, during and after the field study
- active participation and collaboration with other field study participants
- participation in all site visits in Turkey
- the writing of a trip journal during the field study
- completion of a research paper.
The trip package for Empire State College International Program students is $2,500 and includes:
- ground transportation on a privately chartered bus to and from Istanbul airport and all required site visits
- accommodations in double-occupancy rooms with private bathroom (or a private room with bath at extra cost, when available) and WiFi access at Anadolu University guest houses
- daily traditional Turkish breakfast buffet
- international health insurance
- two group dinners sponsored by Empire State College.
For U.S.-based students, the trip package is $2,500 and also includes:
- round-trip international flights from JFK international airport to Istanbul Ataturk airport and standard luggage allowance by carrier.
ESC Tuition and Fees
The cost of the study, not including learning materials, is at the regular spring 2015 rate. Note: Tuition and fees are not included in the trip package and they must be paid directly to your home unit or center. Financial aid may be available, depending upon individual eligibility.
- transportation to JFK airport
- $20 for Turkish visa available online at www.evisa.gov.tr
- spending money
- optional travel and admission to cultural sites and museums
- meals* (except for daily breakfast and two group dinners)
- single room supplement (if applicable).
*Participants are financially responsible for meals except as noted. Many suitable restaurants and cafes, including low-priced cafeteria dining, will be available. Note: Alcoholic beverages are not included. Such beverages are extremely expensive and must be ordered separately, if desired.
Texts and other required reading materials will be available through the Empire State College bookstore.
Students must discuss this learning opportunity with their primary mentors and should have successfully completed some business study to make the most of the trip and the course. Participants will be chosen according to their level of preparation for the trip and course.
Empire State College student participants are limited to ten.
A $500 deposit (applied to the total trip fee) is due upon acceptance.
For application materials and information, contact Francesca Cichello, director of student services at the Center for International Programs.
The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2015.
Any students applying after this date will be reviewed, but may be subject to increased charges for international travel.