Koç University’s Ottoman Summer School, 3 July - 11 August 2017, Istanbul, Turkey

Publish Date: Mar 21, 2017

Deadline: Apr 01, 2017

Event Dates: from Jul 03, 2017 12:00 to Aug 11, 2017 12:00

About the Program

Koç University’s intensive Ottoman Summer Program will take place at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) in Beyoğlu, Istanbul. The program is open to students enrolled in MA and Ph.D. programs. Students are expected to have had Ottoman instruction at least for half an academic year.

The program is designed to develop the students’ reading and comprehension skills and expertise on a variety of Ottoman sources including archival documents, manuscripts, and epigraphic material. The material will accordingly present a wide array of content and narrative types. The course is designed to accommodate the needs of participants coming with different levels of Ottoman literacy.

Date: July 3rd - August 11th


Ottoman classes are conducted Monday through Thursday at two levels. An optional class on Friday mornings is open to all students. Arabic and Persian classes take place in the afternoons.

Intermediate-Level Classes (Mo–Th; 9am-10:30am; 10:45am-12:15pm) assumes that participants are already familiar with the basics of Ottoman language (orthography, basic vocabulary) and are able to read printed texts of intermediate-level complexity by using dictionary with some ease. The class will introduce them to various text and script types.

Advanced-Level Classes (Mo–Th; 9am-10:30am; 10:45am-12:15pm) requires that the students feel comfortable taking on the task of deciphering complex Ottoman texts from different periods by using dictionary. The class will cover various text and script types. 

Arabic and Persian Classes (Mo–Th; Elementary 3pm-4:15pm; Intermediate 4:30-5:45pm) are designed to supplement the students’ Ottoman reading skills. Mastery of Ottoman reading and comprehension requires a good familiarity with Arabic and Persian grammar and vocabulary. These classes have two levels: Elementary and Intermediate. Students may choose to attend any combination of classes. 

Document Reading with Professor Karateke (Optional; Fr; 9am-11:30am) will be open to students from both classes and is designed to discuss the intricacies of Ottoman language by analyzing individual documents. This class is also an opportunity for students of two classes to get to know each other in classroom environment.


  • Guided trips to the Süleymaniye Manuscript Library and Prime Ministry’s Ottoman (Başbakanlık) Archives will introduce the students to two fundamental collections for the study of Ottoman history. Süleymaniye Library houses one of the richest Islamic manuscript collections in the world. Prime Ministry’s Ottoman Archives is also by far the largest collection of Ottoman state documents.
  • Two lectures by scholars of Ottoman history will give the students the opportunity to learn about recent scholarship and meet other students of Ottoman history.


  • All course materials will be provided electronically. Dictionaries will be available at ANAMED’s study hall reserved for participants.

Certificates and transcripts

  • ANAMED issues certificates to all students who successfully complete the program. If you need an officially issued transcript, please be in touch in a timely manner with the coordinators.


  • Participants are expected to stay in the ANAMED dorms. The classes also take place in the same building. 
  • Lunch is included 4 days a week. Students receive vouchers to be redeemed at a restaurant nearby. 


  • Airfare and visa arrangements and expenses are each participant’s own responsibility.


  • $3000/ €2750


We offer a limited number of scholarships based on need and merit.

The scholarships are categorized as;

  1. Full Scholarships (Candidates will have to cover their own airfare and personal expenses)
  2. Half Scholarships (Candidates will be asked to pay half of the tuition. They will have to cover their own airfare and personal expenses)
  3. Sâmiha Ayverdi and İlhan Ayverdi Scholarship from Kubbealtı Academy Culture and Art Foundation (2 half scholarships will be awarded to Turkish citizens only. Candidates will have to cover their own airfare and personal expenses) 

Important Notes

  • The program will take place in Istanbul and please do not forget to purchase your ticket on time.
  • Please make sure you have travel insurance and health insurance.
  • Program invitation letters will be sent to you by Koç University, ANAMED Fellowship Coordinator, Duygu Tarkan once you are accepted.
  • Please do not forget to check if it is required for you to obtain a visa for Turkey. It is your own responsibility to complete your visa application on time. It usually takes 6-8 weeks to obtain a visa during the summer. 

How to apply

Please review the requirements section and make sure that you are eligible to apply. Please fill in the Application Form and send it along with all the documents below to Duygu Tarkan at dtarkan@ku.edu.tr before the April 1st deadline.

  1. Application Form
  2. Current CV
  3. One recommendation letter
  4. Statement of purpose
  5. Copy of your passport

After the deadline, the program professors come together and evaluate all candidates. We send out an email to all candidates by the first week of May and announce the results.
We expect all candidates to accept or reject our offer within a week.

Those who are accepted to the program are expected to do the following:

  1. Fill out the Special Student Form (This is only required for those who want to receive credit for the program).
  2. Send an email to dtarkan@ku.edu.tr and confirm that you have made the payment.


Tuition for Summer 2017 will be 2700 EUR / 3000 USD.
Please note that airfare and visa expenses are each participants’ own responsibility.

The tuition includes:
Accommodation at ANAMED
All course material
Lunch four days a week
All expenses of field trips
Full access to the ANAMED Library

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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