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Bogazici University Istanbul?
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1.       christine_usa
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 28 Aug 2006 Mon 12:45 am

I am thinking of coming to Turkey next summer for 2 months to REALLY learn Turkish. Is anyone familiar with the language immersion program for foreigners at Bogazici University Istanbul? I'm hoping the Low level intermediate will help me become somewhat conversational after a year in the USA of a weekly class/tutor.

They have 4 levels, and I was wondering if anyone knew about this program?

Classes are 09:00-13:00 M-Thursday, and I think I could rent an apartment in Bebek nearby.

2.       Elisa
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 28 Aug 2006 Mon 12:50 am

I've always heard that Tömer courses are very good. They have summer courses in Istanbul as well.
About renting an apartment in Bebek, I think you might want to stay in an other area, since Bebek is a quite expensive place..

3.       Deli_kizin
6376 posts
 28 Aug 2006 Mon 12:56 am

Quoting Elisa:

I've always heard that Tömer courses are very good. They have summer courses in Istanbul as well.
About renting an apartment in Bebek, I think you might want to stay in an other area, since Bebek is a quite expensive place..



Yes, Tömer was one of the first official Turkish language foundations and they have courses at several levels. Their instructors are supposed to speak good English which will be practical for a summercourse (my annual course is only Turkish, no English). They are quite expensive though, but probably the university course you mentioned is expensive too.

I don't know where Omer lives, but Tömer is also situated in Izmir and Ankara.

About the apartments..inform about them well. My current houseowner was makign trouble of the fact that I'm not Turkish and also..I needed a 'guarantee' (I don't know the english word for it), who was Turkish and who had a proper job. In case anything goes wrong, Kadir's Ayşe Teyze put her signature to cover the costs that I make if I suddenly run away or get broke and won't be able to pay the rent. You might need someone like that too. Though I think it depends on the houseowner and the period that you will stay too.

4.       christine_usa
284 posts
 28 Aug 2006 Mon 12:58 am

Thank you for the link! Bebek was recommended because it was so close, and also nice. I'm hoping to find a one bedroom apartment with airconditioning for around 600-700 YTL amonth. Do you think I'm too hopeful?

I see the Topek link is an Ankara University program, I will now search for Istanbul.

(by the way- Istanbul is definitely not my preference- I prefer to be south on the Med. sea- but I was told I would never find Turkish language classes for English speakers there)

5.       Elisa
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 28 Aug 2006 Mon 12:58 am

Christine, you should check out the Tömer site, I think they can provide accomodation for you as well if you would like that.

6.       Deli_kizin
6376 posts
 28 Aug 2006 Mon 01:00 am

Quoting christine_usa:

Thank you for the link! Bebek was recommended because it was so close, and also nice. I'm hoping to find a one bedroom apartment with airconditioning for around 600-700 YTL amonth. Do you think I'm too hopeful?

I see the Topek link is an Ankara University program, I will now search for Istanbul.

(by the way- Istanbul is definitely not my preference- I prefer to be south on the Med. sea- but I was told I would never find Turkish language classes for English speakers there)



Well Izmir has Tömer too. It is Aegean region and lovely to stay as you can make day trips to the beaches in Çesme and to the fishers-village Foça. I've never been to Istanbul, but for a language course I think Izmir is more peaceful.

You should try to find out, maybe Antalya has language courses too.

About the rent: I have no idea for Istanbul. I think you can find what you need around that price, but finding a one-bedroom appartment is always difficult. Usually they have 2 bedrooms. Costs for apartments in Izmir are cheaper. between 400-500 YTL.


I hope I don't sound like I'm promoting Izmir so much as it was not my intention

7.       christine_usa
284 posts
 28 Aug 2006 Mon 01:02 am

Well,

The good thing about Bogazici University Istanbul- is that it is a university, and my current job pays for tuition at accredited universities of any classes I take, so I'm really just responsible for airfare and living expenses.

(which is quite a lot- especially since I'm also going in December!)

Incidentally, the 12 credit program for 2 months is about $2900 USD- not too pricey compared to 12 credits in the USA.



Thank you for the heads up about a guaruntee signature- I will search.

8.       christine_usa
284 posts
 28 Aug 2006 Mon 01:04 am

You have me very curious- I am going to look into Izmer... I am not a city person, and I long to escape Philadelphia in the summer...

Thank you!

9.       mltm
3690 posts
 28 Aug 2006 Mon 01:05 am

Quoting christine_usa:

I am thinking of coming to Turkey next summer for 2 months to REALLY learn Turkish. Is anyone familiar with the language immersion program for foreigners at Bogazici University Istanbul? I'm hoping the Low level intermediate will help me become somewhat conversational after a year in the USA of a weekly class/tutor.

They have 4 levels, and I was wondering if anyone knew about this program?

Classes are 09:00-13:00 M-Thursday, and I think I could rent an apartment in Bebek nearby.



I have a german friend who came to take turkish lessons in Boğaziçi University last summer and this summer as well, but I must say that he cannot make a real sentence . Well I doubt his real intention was just being in Türkiye. Boğaziçi University is suited in a wonderful place. It has a super view and the university has lots of facility. Most of the time he joined tennis courses and swam in the pool. And it has a dormitory in Etiler. Most of the students were american.
I don't know every detail, but I can connect yuu to him if you would like.

10.       Deli_kizin
6376 posts
 28 Aug 2006 Mon 01:06 am

I took a quick look and they are in Antalya and Alanya as well. But I think that the level of courses may vary from city to city.

If I were you I'd inform a bit, maybe they have an exam to state what course level you should take.

Before I choose my course at EGE Üniversitesi, I also went to Tömer-office in Izmir. I loved it there. It was right in the city-centre, close to sea, in a beautiful shopping alley and the building was nice and cold Their classes usually are with only 8 students, so you get a lot of attention. Everybody recommended me Tömer too.

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