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Harvard Summer Program- History and Human Rights, Istanbul, Turkey

Publish Date: Sep 25, 2015

Deadline: Jan 28, 2016


Located on the Bosphorus Strait separating Europe from Asia, Istanbul has long been one of the world’s most fascinating and important cities. Capital city of the Roman Empire in the fourth century, the Byzantine Empire until the fifteenth century, and the Ottoman Empire until early in the twentieth century, Istanbul is today home to many important monuments, including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace, as well as a vibrant center of industry, trade, and culture.

This eight-week program offers coursework in history and human rights in Istanbul, Turkey. The program brings together students and faculty from Harvard and Sabancı University at a site on the Bosphorus, offering excursions to and fieldwork in the old city. All instruction is in English.

Course of study

All courses are limited enrollment. You enroll in two courses. Course enrollments are dependent on availability, and final course enrollment is issued from the Summer School Registrar’s Office following acceptance to the program.

Courses will be announced when available. 

Course credit

See Study Abroad Credit Information.


To be announced. 


Before applying, review the Admission and Policies and FAQs pages.

You must be at least 18 years old and have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student in good academic standing to apply.

The application materials, outlined below, are due January 28, 2016:

  • A completed online application (available in early December) that includes:
    • A $50 nonrefundable application fee
    • A statement of interest in the program, including information on relevant coursework and travel experience abroad (previous travel is not a prerequisite)
    • Transcripts (student record accepted for Harvard students)

You will be notified of admission decisions by late February.


There is a nonrefundable $50 application fee. The program cost includes the following:

  • Tuition
  • Room and some meals
  • Excursions (including meals when appropriate)

In addition to the program fee, you are responsible for:

  • A health insurance fee (waived if you have US insurance that provides coverage outside the United States)
  • Transportation to and from Istanbul
  • The cost of passports and visas (if the latter is needed)
  • Any immunizations

The program director will advise students of likely additional expenses.

How to pay and funding options

See Payment and Funding for payment deadlines, deposit amounts, and more information, including funding options for Harvard College students.


Students live in undergraduate rooms on the Robert College campus located on the Bosphorus in Istanbul. Accommodations are simply furnished dorm rooms. Social spaces within the dorm are available for use. Breakfast and lunch are provided on campus.

Additional information

Contact Cemal Kafadar, kafadar@fas.harvard.edu.

Students with disabilities

Contact the disability services coordinator as soon as possible. See Students with Disabilities for more information.

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