The Program

In summer 2019 – June 20 to August 6 – the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) will offer approximately 15 fellowships to advanced students for participation in the summer program in intensive advanced Turkish language at Boğaziçi University* in Istanbul. This intensive program offers the equivalent of one full academic year of study in Turkish at the college level. The fellowships cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition fees, and a maintenance stipend.

Participation in the program includes six hours of preparation prior to departure for Turkey, most of which will be online orientation activities, followed by ten hours of orientation upon arrival in Istanbul.

Course of Study
ARIT fellowship-supported courses are offered at the advanced level. Class size is limited to ten students. Each class meets twenty hours per week. Classes are held on weekdays from 9 am to 1 pm. They are conducted in Turkish, with informal and formal styles introduced and reviewed through instruction, language laboratory work, and open conversations with teaching assistants. In the afternoon, students meet with teaching assistants on an informal basis for additional instruction and free conversation. Participants also attend extracurricular activities including films, lectures, and cultural events both on- and off-campus.

Full-time students and scholars affiliated at academic institutions are eligible to apply. To be a fellowship applicant, you must:

  • Be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States
  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level academic program, or be faculty
  • Have a minimum B average in current program of study
  • Perform at the high-intermediate level on a proficiency-based admissions examination

Complete the application online. Transcripts and letters may be submitted separately, either electronically or by mail to the address below.

The application deadline is February 1, 2019. If you have further questions, contact:

Dr. Sylvia Önder, Director
Division of Eastern Mediterranean Languages
Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Georgetown University
210 North Poulton Hall
1437 37th Street N.W.
Washington D.C. 20007
[email protected]