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The Turkey Program will run from May 29-June 25.  Students will attend class most weekdays from 8:30am-12:30pm.  The remainder of each day is dedicated for review of the materials, and for exploration of Istanbul and beyond.

There will be many opportunities to explore Istanbul - an exciting city straddling Asia and Europe and the crossroads of civilizations over millennia. Students will also have free time in the afternoon and evening hours to visit cultural points of interest such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar and the Topkapi Palace, among other historical, religious and cultural sites.

Additionally, the program will provide two fascinating weekend excursions:

The first excursion is to Ankara and Cappadocia. In Ankara, students will benefit from lectures at the World Bank and leading Turkish think tanks, as well as from organized tours to cultural and historical sites. Cappadocia in turn is a prime destination at the heart of Central Anatolia, with breath-taking geological features, underground cities, millenary churches, and sufi traditions.

The second exciting weekend excursion is to Ephesus and Kusadasi on the Aegean Coast. Ephesus was for centuries one of the most important cultural and economic centers of the world. Kusadasi is a prime beach resort where students can enjoy the splendid Aegean Sea.

Students may use other weekends to undertake more ambitious excursions, to places such as Greece and the Balkans. Students will also have opportunities to learn elementary or intermediate Turkish in optional language lessons, as well as to meet informally with Turkish law students. Students have also stayed in Istanbul for the summer working as interns in law firms.


Stephen Wermiel
Professor of Practice of Constitutional Law
Director, Summer Law Program in Turkey
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Ste. Y346A
Washington, D.C. 20016
Telephone: (202) 274-4263