As the capital of the two empires, the Eastern Roman and Ottoman, Istanbul was the seat of military might, ceremonial pomp, and official state policy for sixteen centuries. Like Turkey, this city is a bridge between two cultures, two continents, and two major religions. Recently Istanbul and Turkey have been undergoing a fresh cultural renaissance, powered in large part by the impetus to join Europe. The Princeton Global Seminar in Istanbul is structured around the history, culture, language, and literature of Turkey. By participating in language sessions, lectures, and instructional excursions, students expand their knowledge of a major culture's past and present. In addition to the classroom sessions that include discussions on different aspects of Turkish culture, students are encouraged to explore Istanbul—ultimately, Istanbul itself becomes the classroom.
Internships following the seminar are also available. For more information click on the link to go to the Office of International Programs' Intern Abroad Web page.