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Mechanical Engineering in Istanbul

Tentative Dates are June 24th - July 12th, 2013
or July 15th - August 2nd. 2013

The Mechanical Engineering in Istanbul program is designed for mechanical, civil and mining engineering students and will offer EM 302: Mechanics of Deformable Solids, a required engineering major course. Students will learn how to examine the stresses, deflections and stability of deformable bodies. This program allows for great interaction and immersion as UK students will be completing the course alongside Turkish and international students at Ozyegin University in Istanbul, Turkey. Course lectures and projects will be facilitated by a UK faculty member, Dr. Haluk Karaca, in collaboration with Ozyegin faculty. In addition, students will live in student residence halls on the campus of Ozyegin University and will have an excellent opportunity to interact and learn from local students and faculty. 

Ozyegin University is a young and vibrant university in Istanbul, the economic and cultural capital of Turkey. In addition to its emphasis on cutting-edge academic research and innovative degree programs, it views the commercialization of technology and the creation of spin-offs and start-ups as a core activity.

Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, forming the country's economic, cultural, and historical heart. The city is at the center of the second largest metropolitan area in Europe and due to its unique geopolitical condition has been a bridge between East and West, Europe and Asia, modernism and traditionalism for centuries. Istanbul is also 34th in the list of World's largest economies and home to 35 of the World's billionaires, showing the Istanbul is a city where people come to do business.


  • Complete a required mechanical, civil and mining engineering course in a collaborative environment with Turkish students and faculty.
  • Learn in a multi-faceted, hands-on entrepreneurial environment.
  • Attend lectures by visiting scientists who will discuss how they relate the basics conveyed in coursework to real life applications.
  • Visit a historical center of Istanbul will provide an opportunity to demonstrate the ways earlier civilizations applied engineering principles to improve the community's quality of life.

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  • This program is designed for students majoring in Mechanical Engineering and is open to undergraduate students from all disciplines.
  • PRE-REQUISITE: Students must complete EM 221 prior to participation in this program.

Academic Credit

  • UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty.  UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings.
  • Undergraduate students will enroll in EM 302: Mechanics of Deformable Solids (3 credit hours).
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour).

Housing & Meals

  • Students will be housed in the international residence hall on the Ozyegin campus.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Participants will be responsible for dinner on their own. 

Scholarships & Financial Aid
Students are strongly encouraged to explore all funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on the area of study, program type, length, and country of destination. 

  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with their UK Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to apply for funding.
  • The Education Abroad at UK Scholarship - The campus-wide Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amounts of $750, $1,000 and $1,500. The deadline for application materials is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.

For more information about scholarship and funding opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad at UK Financial Aid & Scholarships resource page.

Program Costs

  • Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully. For more information on program costs, please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website).

Passport & Visa Requirements

  • Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The UK Wildcat ID Center, in the UK Student Center, accepts U.S. Passport applications. For more information about U.S. Passport applications please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
  • U.S. passport holders must obtain a visa for entry into Turkey and have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the anticipated date of return. Please consult the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or your Education Abroad advisor for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa. It is strongly suggested that students work with a visa expediting service, such as A Briggs or VisaHQ to obtain the visa.

Travel Medical Insurance
All participants of this program will be enrolled in HTH Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. The cost of Travel Medical Insurance is included in the program fee. Please see the Education Abroad at UK Health & Safety webpage for more information. 

For More Information
For additional information about this program, please contact:

  • EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall
  • Dr. Haluk Karaca, faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Karaca will be directing the program.
  • Ms. Abby Hollander, Education Abroad Advisor,