International Migration and the Crisis


International Migration and the Crisis
The Basic Instinct: Survival


Program dates​: June 25 - July 13, 2018

Application deadline: May 4, 2018


Check-in to dorms: June 24, 2018
Orientation on Campus: June 25, 2018
Course dates: June 25 – July 13, 2018
Check-out from dorms: July 14, 2018


Instructor: Dr. Doğuş Şimşek


About the Course


You will earn 6 ECTS credits and be given a certificate of participation at the end of the course. 


Course structure:

3 weeks of classes + service learning activities

·         Learning via lectures, guest lecturers and student presentations (Monday through Thursday)

·         Participatory observations via field trips

·         Writing an academic article on global migration and crisis

·         Optional service learning activities (volunteer work at NGOs working with refugees) will take place in free afternoons*


*Service learning activities will take place in the free afternoons, when there are no field trips, and will be planned based on the availability of the partnering NGOs. Participation in service learning work is on a solely voluntary basis. Even if you do not participate in service learning work, you will still earn credits. 


Course Description:

International migration has become a major political issue worldwide. This course presents an overview of the main issues raised by the cross-border movements of people. It will introduce students to current trends in migration flows, to the different types of human mobility and the dynamics behind them, and to governments' responses to the social, political and legal challenges raised by international migration. The course material is organized to reflect on the social issues such as social mobility, poverty, gender, inequality and citizenship as they relate to different types of international mobility. Particularly, we will look at changing trends in global mobility, at theories explaining international mobility, forced migration, migrant integration; the impact of migration in sending and receiving societies, the basic methods used for analyzing migration related issues. This course will not only seek to learn from, but also to evaluate, critique, and expand existing methods. In addition, students will have the opportunity to develop their own professional thinking in this field. 


For this year's updated syllabus, please click here.


Course Aim:

Taking the recent mass refugee movement as the case study, this course aims to offer participants an understanding of the complex and varied nature of global migration in general and forced migration in specific and their centrality to global, regional and national processes of political, social and economic change and of the needs of displaced people themselves.


On completion participants will:

·         Develop a broad understanding of key concepts and debates in global migration;

·         Gain skills in critical analysis and the ability to plan, organize and carry out research into aspects of global migration as well as forced migration and refugees

·         Develop an ability to contribute new perspectives to the study of migration.

·         Produce an investigative piece for a publication.

·         Gain an understanding of the dilemmas facing policy-makers at both national and international level

·         Gain ability to help transfer theoretical knowledge to policy-oriented research



·         A background in social sciences is not required. Koç University invites all interested students to apply, regardless of their background or major.

·         A minimum of 2.5 GPA is required.

·         The language of instruction is English. Students must hold a minimum of TOEFL PBT 550, TOEFL CBT 213, TOEFL IBT 80 or IELTS 6.5 (Not applicable to students applying from institutions whose medium of instruction is English).



To apply, students are required to submit:

  • Online application form
  • A 400 word statement describing the student's motivation for participation (in the last section of the online course) 
  • Transcripts describing student’s academic performance 
  • A recent photograph
  • TOEFL or IELTS score sheet (unless you apply from an institution whose medium of instruction is English)


Students can apply by clicking “APPLY NOW” below. You will be asked to upload a copy of your transcript, a recent photograph, and TOEFL or IELTS score sheet (unless you apply from an institution whose medium of instruction is English). If you have any problems with creating an application, please email to


Important Dates:

May 4 – Application deadline

May 11 – Accepted applicants will be announced
May 25 – Deadline for payment of program & dorm fees 



The program fee:  1250 USD

*Excludes accommodation on campus, meals, costs associated with service learning activities (transportation etc.), other miscellaneous expenses.  

** Students coming from partner institutions of Koç University will get 10% discount on the tuition.


Dorm accommodation in single rooms (21 nights):  525 USD

Accommodation on campus is recommended, but optional.


For more information on the campus, please click here.


Living Expenses:

For living expenses in Istanbul, please click here. 


Meal Expenses:

Student meal menu (4 items) at Koç University Dining Hall: Around 10 - 15 TL


Transportation Expenses:

IETT Bus (KU Campus – Sarıyer): 2.30 TL

Dolmuş (KU Campus-Sarıyer): 2.15 TL

Dolmuş (Sarıyer – Beşiktaş): 2.75 TL

Taxi (Taksim-Campus): 65 TL


International students will be responsible for the following expenses:

Flights to and from Istanbul, health and travel insurance, meals, and any miscellaneous expenses.

Please note that all students must have health insurance which covers them overseas.



The program offers merit-based scholarships.

Payment Info






ACCOUNT NO: 00540749

IBAN CODE: TR500006701000000000540749


IMPORTANT: Please note that banks apply transaction fees. So please make it clear with your bank that the amounts that Koç University will receive will be the exact amounts stated in "Finances" section above.




Cancellation Policy:

Applicant's placement in the dorms will be secured only after the full payment has been made. Once you make the payment, the dorm fee will NOT be reimbursed in case you change your mind. The dorm fee will be reimbursed to you only if Koç University cancels the program. If you will not stay in the dorms, please indicate that in the application form. 


Full refund of the tuition fee until June 1, 2018.

Half refund of the tuition fee between June 2 - 8, 2018

Cancellations after June 8 will result in no refund.