Burak Visits!

Burak Tamac, program coordinator and Erika Wilkens-Sozen, SU Istanbul Center Director.

Burak Tamac, program coordinator and Erika Wilkens-Sozen, SU Istanbul Center Director.

SU Istanbul program coordinator Burak Tamac visited Syracuse last week. I’m biased, of course, but the information he presented about the city and the program made me immediately head to my laptop and check plane ticket prices to Istanbul.

Right now (Spring ’13), there are 22 students on the SU Istanbul program. The small size is one of the benefits of the program – Burak explained that the students and staff become “like a family” during their time in Turkey. The SU Istanbul office door is always open to students and they often stop in to talk about their classes, the city, and their new experiences in Istanbul.

Burak is from a very small town in northwest Turkey, and only moved to Istanbul three years ago, when he took the job at SU. So he completely understands how the size of the city – with its nearly 14 million people and multitude of neighborhoods – can be hugely intimidating for students. He spends his free time exploring new areas with his friends so that he can help out students when they want to explore, too.

Burak also filled us in on the growing internship program in Istanbul. Of the 22 students on the program, 12 have internships this semester, and five students are staying on to work over the summer. One student is interning at the Turkish Basketball League, while another will be interning in the U.S. consulate.

Exciting things are happening in Istanbul, so if you want to visit for a semester, check out the SU Istanbul program now!

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