SU Istanbul Students Visit the Consul General

IBO_3320On May 5, students and staff from SU Istanbul, along with students from other U.S. study abroad programs in the city, were invited to the home of Charles Hunter, the United States Consul General in Istanbul. Hunter, along with the consulate’s public affairs officer, Jeffrey Anderson, gave the students a presentation about their role in Turkey. They then opened the floor to questions from the students, resulting in a refreshingly open discussion on topics ranging from their own personal experiences in the foreign service, to Turkish-American relations and the complexities of regional politics and security. The students were also encouraged to share their experiences and perspectives on living and studying in Istanbul for the last semester.

Dr. Erika Wilkens-Sozen, the on-site director of SU Istanbul, is working with other U.S. study abroad providers in Istanbul, including AIFS, CIEE, and Aracadia University, to develop a study abroad council that works closely with the State Department in Istanbul.

“In forming this group, our aim has been to share best practices in study abroad in Turkey, including our protocols for minimizing and responding to health, safety and security issues,” said Wilkens-Sozen. “We all share a commitment to the importance and value of Istanbul as a study abroad location.”

The Spring 2016 students will wrap up their semester in Istanbul in early June, having completed a semester full of travel and cultural and educational immersion in one of the world’s most fascinating cities. Applications are now open for the spring and fall 2017 semesters at SU Istanbul.

“Istanbul is a magnificent city, steeped in the history of empires while at the same time is modern, edgy and dynamic,” said Wilkens-Sozen. “As a study abroad location in a complex and troubled region, it offers students an unparalleled opportunity to explore some of the most pressing, and challenging, issues of our time, to help them become more informed and globally engaged.”


Student Spotlight: Garrett Garcia


Picking a study abroad destination can sometimes be a difficult decision with so many incredible options available to students. But for some, like University of Vermont student Garrett Garcia, picking a study abroad destination is very easy, especially if they have been dreaming about this experience for a long time.

In his blog “History Major in A Historical City: Adventures in Istanbul and Beyond,” Garrett writes about his first experiences in Istanbul this semester as he explores the history and culture of the unique region.

To read his blog posts and keep up on his musings on the history of Istanbul as it relates to the present and future as well as personal narratives, visit his blog here.

SU Abroad Alumni Win Outstanding Delegation at National Model United Nations Conference


Representatives from Syracuse University Maxwell School of Public Affairs, including several SU Abroad alumni represented the Republic of Chile at the National Model United Nations conference hosted in Washington, D.C. October 31 – November 2.

After spending the summer and early fall preparing position papers and learning the rules of procedure for the conference, the delegates skillfully and diplomatically negotiated with other delegates in the conference in their portrayal of the Republic of Chile. Their preparation and diplomatic resolutions at the conference earned them the title of Outstanding Delegation.

SU Abroad alumni represented over half of the delegates for the Republic of Chile, three of whom (Pamela Davis, Michael Getto, and Meghan Schneider) studied at SU’s center in Santiago. The alumni were able to leverage their understanding of the Republic of Chile having studied abroad there and having experienced on a first-hand basis the culture, politics, and overall nuances of the country. Alumni of the SU Istanbul and Hong Kong programs (Ivan Shivkov and Nava Auza) also participated in the national conference.

Congratulations to our outstanding SU Abroad alumni and the rest of their delegation!