Straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul is the historic crossroads between East and West, the cultural capital of Turkey with some of the richest history of anywhere in the world with a unique position in the world - "the closest Asian city to Europe and the closest European city to Asia". It is the 21st-largest city in the world and third-largest in Europe with 180 million people from all over the world and the sights, sounds, and flavors to prove it.
Sabancı University is a world-class university in Istanbul, delivering top-of-the-line education and research in Engineering and Natural Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences, and Management. It is a top research university in Turkey with almost all courses taught in English.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
At Sabanci, all coursework is done in English in the following faculties:
See Sabanci Course Offering
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
At Sabanci, the Fall Semester (1st Semester) runs from mid-September until late-December with an exam period going into January.
The Spring Semester (2nd Semester) runs from early-February until mid May with an exam period going into June.
See more important dates here
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at Sabanci University. A full-time course load is 30 ECTS units. A typical course is worth 6 ECTS credits.
This will allow you to transfer between 12-16 credits back to Mason per semester.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at this institution.
||90 - 100
||80 - 89
||70 - 79
||60 - 69
||50 - 59
||0 - 49
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
On the serene campus of Sabancı University, which is located far from the bustling city, students find facilities to meet all of their daily needs. All dormitory rooms have showers and baths, wardrobes, and private telephones, as well as internet connections for all students. No curfews or "lights-out" policies are enforced.
Exchange students are guaranteed housing on campus as long as the housing application is filled out by their deadline (more information will come after you are nominated to the partner institution).
Housing is primarily in shared dorm-style accommodations with two students per room with shower and closets. Automatic washing machines, driers and irons are for free in the laundry rooms in the dorm buildings. A private cleaning staff ensures that the housings and all shared common spaces maintain a high level of hygiene.
See more information about accommodations here.
This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 (for semester length programs) or $500 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: April 10th, 2020
Spring/Calendar Year: TBD*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.