Marie Elizabeth Lelu, a graduate management student from Grenoble EM, talks about her experiences at Koç University.
Turkey is relatively young and dynamically emerging country. It is amazing to witness the refinement of Istanbul, which once was the cultural and political center of the most powerful empires. In this city which never sleeps, and connects two continents Europe and Asia, it is hard to believe that you won’t be enjoying amazing moments!
Photos and text by Marie Elizabeth Lelu
Koc University Istanbul Turkey Study Abroad International Affairs Higher Education Grenoble EM University Mark Thomas ESC Grenoble GGSB Strategy Blog Global Ed Business School
IU Study Abroad Blog: “Classes at Koç are pretty different from those I’ve taken at IU. This may not be true for everyone, depending on what they study, but for those studying in the liberal arts such as me, it is true. One big difference is that many of the classes here are VERY midterm-final focused.”
IU Study Abroad Blog: “We finally reached Kilyos, but we weren’t sure where the beach was. So I decided to ask this shop-owner if he could give directions. Thank god I knew Turkish, because he knew absolutely no English. I got the directions and off we were to the beach.”
IU Study Abroad Blog: “Koç University is situated in the middle of a forest preserve (a little shady to be honest, nonetheless it’s already here and built), and the view from campus is just absolutely breathtaking.”
Two Backpacks: “My favourite way to meet people is using “The Nationality” game if you have a friend with you or you can find one person too play with your bound too end up with 4 new friends by the end of the night!”
IU Study Abroad Blog: “Quite a few weeks ago now, most of the country celebrated Kurban Bayramı, which is the same as the holiday Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice). The holiday coincides with the end of the Hajj (which is also the end of the Muslim lunar calendrical year), and lasts five days.”
Photo Gallery of Istanbul (Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Grand Bazaar, and many others)
The Culturer : “Formerly known as Constantinople, Istanbul is a city of contrasts, and not just in a geographical sense.”
Thought Catalog : “Do not miss out on huge opportunities (like living in another country for a little more than your regular tuition, if that) because you’re afraid or because you don’t want to miss out on what’s happening on campus. Campus will be there when you get back, and leaving the country will never be easier or cheaper.”
Bucket List Publications: “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list!”
William Penn University Study Abroad: “Some Americans (and other international students) are interested in meeting people from other countries and cultures. Others tend to focus mostly on sports and their pre-established friend circles rather than welcoming in a new person. It takes time to make new friends – so don’t feel discourage.”
ECSU Study Abroad: “Rome is one of those cities you could spend a year in and still feel like you’ve barely scratched its surface. Amazing historical sites, mind-blowing art—and then there’s the food. Stop at the Forno in the Campo de’ Fiori for a fresh slice of pizza bianca (cut from a piping hot six-foot-long slab of it), buy some tiny strawberries in a street market, and make it your business to find the city’s best gelato. Someone has to do it.”
|Queensland University of Technology||Hanken School of Economics||Singapore Management University|