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Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away

ISEP at Yasar University

After the events that have transpired in the last few months in Turkey, ISEP has decided to suspend programs in Turkey for the 2018-19 academic year.  They will reevaluate the program suspension in the coming months in preparation for the February 2018 application deadline for the 2018-19 academic year.


Explore Turkey, the Cultural Crossroads of Eastern and Western Civilization

Inhabited since Neolithic times and fought over for millennia due to its strategic location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, the area that is now modern Turkey was founded in 1923 shortly after the fall of the once powerful Ottoman Empire. An intoxicating mix of ancient and new, east and west, it’s not uncommon to find yourself sipping tea and haggling for spices in the morning before resting up for an evening of clubs and cocktails with new found friends. Turks are justifiably proud of their past but even more excited for their future as they work towards full membership in the European Union, an ever-expanding role in regional politics and continued economic growth.

Yasar University, an English medium, Foundation University, is located in the center of the city of Izmir on the scenic west coast of Turkey. The university offers over 60 degree programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Students are given every opportunity to make the most of their university years; a professional education in a supportive learning environment. The University’s links with the business sector and global universities make the campus an ideal environment for personal development and learning with an international dimension.

This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College, and may be difficult for some students to adjust.

Learn more about Yasar University here!

Program Type



Izmir, Turkey

Languages of Instruction


Program Dates

Fall 2018: September to mid-January

Spring 2019: Early February to June

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  


Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up.  Direct options may have an additional cost.

ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students are generally Fair.


Izmir, known as the “Pearl of the Aegean,” lies on the west coast of Turkey, right in the heart of Turkish-Aegean culture. Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey and its port is second only to Istanbul. The city is known as one of Turkey’s major commercial and trading hubs and is also renowned for its spectacular culture and climate. The Aegean region is home to many picture-perfect beaches, thermal hot springs, medieval castles and recreational activities such as scuba diving and wind surfing. Izmir also has numerous historical and archaeological sites which showcase the enduring culture of the region; including an ancient Agora and Kadifekale Castle. Nearby are the spectacular ruins of ancient Ephesus which contain the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the original Seven Wonders of the World.


Yasar University, an English medium, Foundation University, is located in the center of the city of Izmir on the scenic west coast of Turkey. The university offers over 60-degree programs at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Students are given every opportunity to make the most of their university years; a professional education in a supportive learning environment. The University’s links with the business sector and global universities make the campus an ideal environment for personal development and learning with an international dimension.

Yasar University is a prominent institution of higher education that is deeply attached to Izmir, one of the most beautiful cities in Turkey’s Aegean region. Known for its international perspective, its welcoming and supportive student-centered campus, the University provides a quality education that is relevant to the skills needed by today’s employers. Yasar was also the first University in Turkey to gain CEA American accreditation.

Most classes at universities in Turkey combine larger weekly lectures with smaller follow-up discussion sessions and meet for two to three hours on average per week.  Similar to the U.S. academic system, class attendance and participation are an important factor in student grades.  Periodic tests, quizzes, and class assignments are also quite common.

Popular programs include International Relations, Business Administration, Tourism Management, Engineering, English Language and Literature, Music, Mathematics


Academic Environment and Teaching Style

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

Can review the country handbooks for ISEP here as well:



ISEP Placement info: http://www.isep.org/Coordinators/us_placement_notes_english.asp


Please review country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.



All departments teach in English, with the exception of the Faculty of Law (where all courses are in Turkish) and the Faculty of Art and Design (where some studio work is in Turkish)


For more detailed information on the courses offered each semester, please access the following pages

1) For Course Structure Diagrams with Credits: go to http://bologna.yasar.edu.tr/?page_id=50 
then click Cycle > Department > Course Structure Diagram with Credits

2) For course descriptions and schedules, follow the links from the university website: http://yasar.edu.tr/en/ then choose Academics, click on the Faculties, then on the relevant Department.


Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

Experiential Opportunities

Yasar University is committed to its vision of being an international university with local engagement and aims to provide a fulfilling academic experience for all students. An integral part of this education is the student’s heightened understanding of project management skills, development of analytical thinking and problem-solving skills, along with the understanding of individual creativity and social responsibility. Opportunities for participation in internships, service learning and volunteering on campus depend on availability and term dates. Please contact your ISEP Coordinator upon arrival.

Student Life


At the beginning of each academic year, the International Office organizes an orientation program for all incoming international students. This includes a presentation of the university, general and academic information, a campus tour, a meeting with the existing international students and the academic advisors, as well as a tour of the city of Izmir. Many other activities are organized, together with the International Student Organization, throughout the semester. Information and instructions for arrival are sent to students in the acceptance pack.


The host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.


From rock climbing and scuba diving to photography and mathematics, Yasar University is keen to provide its students with an environment in which they have the opportunity to pursue many extra-curricular activities. The many student clubs cater to a variety of different interests and talents, there is something for everyone!

Housing and Meals

The newly built residence halls are located within five minutes walk of the university campus. All rooms (twin or triple bed options) have an in-suite bathroom and are furnished to the highest standard with the students’ needs in mind. A mini fridge, free unlimited wireless internet access, hot water (24 hours a day), as well as central heating in winter and air conditioning in summer, are also provided. Other facilities include a refectory, a café, a market shop, a laundry, and an ATM. Of course, there are many lounges and social spaces for meeting friends and hanging out. There are also study rooms, a TV room, and areas for playing table tennis, billiards, and keeping fit on the treadmills.

Food is prepared on a daily basis in the kitchens of the Selçuk Yasar Campus. The lunch menu comprises of one soup dish, two main dishes, three side dishes, a fruit dish, one yogurt, a salad and three varieties of dessert, with two diet options also available each day. Students and personnel may choose up to four dishes from the daily menu. The catering service is provided by the Safra Group. The Selçuk Yasar Campus also provides alternative dining facilities for students and staff at Sir Winston Tea House and Kahve Diyari Café. A rooftop Restaurant is also managed by the Safra Group.

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange program includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing and a stipend to cover the equivalent of 19/meals per week.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semester:

Budget Item


Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost


College Deposit (credit)


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application


College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)


ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated) Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check  ISEP


Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional insurance, if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)


Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses




Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of Jnauary 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Experiences of Former Students


See what past students have to say in this video!