Reminder: IHU Summer School Language Program (Modern Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Arabic, and Persian), June-August, 2019, Istanbul

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IHU Summer School Language Program

17 June – 2 August 2019, Istanbul

The Ibn Haldun University (IHU) Summer School Language Program offers intensive instruction in Modern Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Arabic, and Persian for international students and professionals. All classes will meet at IHU’s historically atmospheric Süleymaniye Campus, part of the famous Ottoman architect Sinan’s 16th-century Süleymaniye Complex, situated right at the heart of the city. A wholly immersive experience is designed to comprise co-curricular and extra-curricular activities such as conversation tables and study hours; seminars by top scholars on Turkish history, politics, literature, and art; cultural events, movie screenings, and field trips to historical sites and archives.

Duration: Classes will start on June 17, 2019, and end on August 2, 2019. All courses meet five days a week — from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Levels: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels are available.

Tuition: The tuition fee is $2,000 for 140 hours of instruction. There are a limited number of 25 percent tuition waivers available on the basis of academic merit and financial need

Credits: Language courses at all levels offer a “double-intensive” track. International best practice for language courses is 5 hours per week, coming to 70 hours over a 14-week Fall or Spring term. At the IHU Summer School, our “double-intensive” track is 7×20=140 hours. This is equivalent to two full semesters of language instruction in a typical US college course. All credits are fully transferable. Personal certificates will also be issued upon successful completion of each course.

Application deadline: For all language courses — April 30, 2019

Other details:

Students are given a skill-based placement test in their chosen language, prepared and conducted by specialists and experienced instructors, after which they are placed into an appropriate level.

The fee indicated above cover tuition, course materials, weekday lunches, and all program activities (including seminars, field trips, and other cultural activities), but do not include housing, international travel, medical and travel insurance, as well as any passport or visa costs.

The IHU Summer School Language Program is coordinated and developed in collaboration with the IHU School of Languages and the Department of History.

Accommodation: The tuition fees do not cover housing. If you need help with finding accommodation, please contact IHU’s International Office at

Summer School contact: If you have questions about the program, please feel free to e-mail to the IHU Summer School Deputy Directorate at


Andrew Hammond (Doctoral Candidate, Oxford University, Faculty of Oriental Studies). The program is excellent for those who already know some or a fair amount of Ottoman but need revision to bring them up to speed before a period of research involving Ottoman materials. It works well in that regard since the school is in Istanbul and runs for less than a month, so it is easy to pursue research while doing the course. The course included trips to archives, excellent lectures from major scholars in Turkey, and, in the advanced group, classes conducted largely in Turkish. In our class we engaged deep reading of different forms of official correspondence from the Late Ottoman period, looking closely at grammar and intent behind documents. Lunch was provided on-site in a canteen, which was also really conducive to focusing on the work at hand and engendering a community spirit.

Maariyah Lateef (Ph.D. Student, Brown University, Department of History). The Ibn Haldun Ottoman Turkish summer program proved to be a great asset for me as a student of history. Not only did the wonderful teachers make sure we were exposed to various kinds of texts, but they also shared with us the historical contexts of each text. By making us deeply understand what we were reading, the teachers helped us realize which kinds of texts and scripts we would need to focus on for our own research. In addition to practicing a variety of skills in class, we were able to benefit from leading guest lecturers and beneficial trips to premier research locations in Istanbul. Researchers in the field will not go wrong by choosing this truly well-rounded Ottoman summer program. 

Daria Kovaleva (Ph.D. Student, Harvard University, Department of History). In July 2017, I had a unique opportunity to participate in the first Ottoman Turkish Summer School organized by Ibn Haldun University. Combining intensive and focused many-hour in-class work with the relatively short overall length of the school, the advanced level course contributed enormously to my reading ability of unfamiliar Ottoman Turkish texts: it helped me to develop reading speed, to build vocabulary, and trained me to parse the text of the documents in such a way as to speed up and facilitate understanding of the content and translation. One of the strongest aspects of this school as far as education is concerned was that each level had two instructors assigned to teach it, exposing students to a greater variety of methods and techniques. While not offering accommodation, the program, in turn, did an excellent job of cultivating community and providing its participants with multiple opportunities to enjoy the company and benefit from the expertise of one another, all the four instructors involved, as well as to develop ties with guest lecturers from among the top scholars of Turkish academia and students of other summer programs in the EDEP. Having the classes in the heart of Fatih in Istanbul and the particularly welcoming atmosphere of the EDEP made my study experience truly special.