Philosophy students have a number of study abroad options to choose from. Information on our most recent study abroad options can be found at our website. General information about study abroad can be found at the Office for International Programs.
We recommend you check out Bogazici University in Istanbul. A description of their summer session can be found here. For more information about studying at Bogazici contact Jon Mahoney: firstname.lastname@example.org
Continue reading for personal descriptions of study abroad experiences as told by fellow philosophy majors.
Joseph Savage is a philosophy major at Kansas State and the current president of philosophy club (Spring 2011). After graduation he plans to pursue a joint P.H.D./J.D. program. He writes of his experience in Istanbul:
I studied at Bogazici University for Fall Semester of 2010. It was a wholly excellent experience. Istanbul is a fascinating city because of its history and its location. The food is delicious and the culture diverse and accessibly fascinating.
The campus itself is a delight; each daily walk to south campus required a downhill stroll with a gorgeous, unavoidable view of the Bosporus and the Bogazici bridge. I was quite busy with my studies during the semester, but what time I did spend out of doors never felt wasted.
I took only philosophy classes during my semester, and so became well acquainted with the half of the department that was not on leave during my time there. European universities place a stronger emphasis on social life, so I went out to dinner with professors and graduate students several times during the semester. Despite the fact that I was an undergraduate in a department which had a few dozen graduate students (and adding to this the fact that the department was a bit understaffed during the semester I was there), I felt well taken care of and welcomed by the department. The students were also generally hospitable and friendly, and afternoon coffee with them provided a variety of interesting perspectives.
My courses included an ethics and aesthetics, as well as philosophy of Islam and advanced philosophy of science- so I was exposed to a wide range of philosophical content and philosophical approaches in class (and an even wider range at social events). I gained a lot of knowledge of philosophy while studying in Istanbul, but I also learned a lot about academia and post-graduate study in philosophy from casual discussions with professors and graduate students.
Patrick Stewart, not to be confused with Jean-Luc Picard, is a student of economics and political science currently at Cornell University. While at K-State, he took the opportunity to study abroad at Bogazici University.
"During my freshman year, I was presented with the opportunity to study philosophy at
Bogazici University. The idea of travel abroad and studying in distant lands thrilled me,
but the thought of studying in a foreign language overwhelmed me. The philosophy dept.
assured me that it was a K-State faculty member that would be teaching the course and
that I had nothing to fear. Several months later I found myself staring out the window of
a 777, taking in the vastness of Istanbul.
"The program was very well designed. Dr. Mahoney was there to introduce use to the
campus and the local area, which gave us all a tremendous head start. Instead of trying to
figure out how to check into our (rather nice) dorms, we could spend our time hopelessly
trying to understand their bus system and eventually exploring the area.
"The in-class experience was a truly unique and fascinating experience. Because Bogazici
is the Turkish equivalent of Harvard, you had the best and brightest minds in Turkey
studying right next to you. This provided us with perspective, which was completely
foreign. It shined light on subjects in a way that was novel to us. Many of our fellow
classmates soon became our friends, and in conversation over tea and nargile, they would
share with us their views and opinions which caused me to rethink and reform some of
"I felt that the experience abroad was structured in such a way as to accommodate
everyone from the most adventurous to those who have never left Kansas. With class
only 3 days per week, we were free to go off and explore as we saw fit. Some of our
fellow students went to surrounding countries, some went and had weekends in luxury
with Bodrum, while I and a fellow student from the Netherlands hiked all over the
country. Dr. Mahoney led us on many trips through Istanbul and throughout the country.
This, for me, was the best part of the trip. I was able to talk with the professor over
dinner many nights and build a relationship that would have been more difficult in a more
ordinary academic setting."
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