Given the uncertainties we are all surrounded by due to the global spread of COVID-19, the International Migration and the Crisis program has been canceled for summer 2020. This program has been going on successfully with its popularity growing for the last five years, and we are determined to resume it in the summer of 2021. Applications will re-open in November 2020. We hope to see you with us next year!


For any inquiries, please send an email to


Program Coordinator: Nilüfer Akpınar Şahin 



About the Course

Instructor: Dr. Doğuş Şimşek


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
·         Learning via lectures, guest lecturers and student presentations (Monday through Thursday)
·         Participatory observations via field trips
·         Visits to NGOs working in the field
·         Writing an academic article on global migration and crisis
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.


Course Aim:

Taking the mass Syrian 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)


If you have any problems with creating an application, please email to



The program fee:  1390 USD (To be revised in 2021)

*Excludes accommodation on campus, meals and other miscellaneous expenses.
**Students coming from partner institutions of Koç University will get 15% discount on the tuition.
***Study abroad with your peers! Bring two friends with you, get one slot tuition-free!
Dorm accommodation in single rooms with shared bathroom:
19 nights:  475 USD
20 nights:  500 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): 2.60 TL
Dolmuş (KU Campus-Sarıyer): 2.25 TL
Dolmuş (Sarıyer – Beşiktaş): 2.95 TL
Taxi (Taksim-Campus): 80 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.