Doing Business in the Middle East and Turkey

Application InformationApplications are now closed for 2015

Classes: May 31 – June 19, 2015 (4 units)

Internships: June 22 ~ July 24, 2015 (3 units)

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Mix & Match: Students may choose an internship in Istanbul or Kuwait after completing classes in Istanbul.

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Classes: Doing Business in the Middle East and Turkey (4 units)

IstanbulTurkey is poised between Asia and Europe and is an exciting, dynamic country where businesses are thriving. The course offered in Istanbul will focus on issues that are important to doing business in Turkey as well as the Middle East. Lecturers are from the Koc University law faculty, business faculty and practicing lawyers in the region. Field trips to courts, law firms and other sites are planned weekly. Classes are located at Koc University. Classes are typically held in the mornings for approximately three hours, five days each. Monday classes are held in the afternoon to allow more time for student travel on weekends. Topics of lectures include Practicing Business Law in the Middle East, Banking and Finance in the Middle East, Corporate Structure & Vehicles for Investment, Turkish Public Law & Structure for Business, and more. A written 3-hour examination is given on the final day of classes for 4 units of graded credit. Application deadline for classes only is March 23, 2015.

Internships: Istanbul or Kuwait (3 units)

Istanbul Internships: Internships in major international law offices, corporate legal offices or in-house with international companies

Kuwait Internships: Internships with one of the leading law firms in the Gulf region

Students gain practical experience by doing legal work under the supervision of a legal professional in the host country, while receiving invaluable integration into the legal culture of the country and make invaluable professional contacts. The expectation of an intern is full-time work from the period of the internship (e.g., 40 hours or more a week of supervised legal work). Santa Clara Law requires a minimum of 50 hours of supervised legal work for each internship unit of credit. Application deadline for classes with internships is extended to March 23, 2015.

Fees & Financial Aid

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $300 for the class and an additional deposit of $700 for an internship (if applicable)  is required to secure your spot and it is applied to the tuition charge

Tuition: The tuition charge is $1000/unit for J.D. students. LL.M. students should contact us for tuition information.

Financial Aid: US law students are typically eligible for  financial aid to cover tuition, airfare, housing, food, local travel costs and school supplies (click here for more information)

Housing in Istanbul

It is highly recommended that all participants stay at Koc University during the class portion of the program. The facilities at Koç University are new and modern, air‐conditioned, graduate student rooms, with private en suite bath. Rooms are fully equipped with furniture, a refrigerator, television (English language stations) and Internet access. Buildings have free laundry facilities. The pricing in 2012  for a single room price was $65 and a double room was $95. Note: the 2014 pricing will be available in March. Students will pay Koç University directly by credit card when they check in. Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements.

During the internship period in Istanbul, many students stayed at the Archist Hostel in Taksim. The Archist Hostel is located at the heart of Istanbul and offer good prices.

Exploring The Area

Turkey is poised between Asia and Europe and is an exciting, dynamic country where businesses are thriving. Turkey is also the gateway for many to do business in the Middle East as well as North Africa.

Travel Information


Transportation: Air travel will likely be into the modern Istanbul Ataturk

International Airport. The airport is about eight miles from city center. A taxi to the city center, which can be shared, will be about $45. Parking on campus is not allowed and it is not advisable for participants to rent a car for the duration of the program. Taxis are metered, and generally drivers appear honest. Many speak at least some English. Taxis are plentiful and relatively inexpensive. Credit cards are widely accepted. Transportation will also be provided from the University to the sites visited as part of the program, and this transportation is included in the tuition price. Students undertaking an internship will be responsible for the cost of their housing and for transportation to and from the work sites.

Food: Students have a wide range of choices: 1) Ready‐to‐eat or fresh ingredients may be purchased at an on‐campus market. 2) Cafes, coffee shops and restaurants are located on or near campus and provide a wide range of inexpensive choices. 3) The nearby town has a large selection of cafes, pubs, and restaurants, many of which overlook the harbor.

Alcoholic beverages: As Koç University is predominately an undergraduate institution it does not permit possession of alcohol on the campus. Participants will be expected to honor this University policy.

Visa: U.S. citizens must secure a tourist visa. Visas may be secured in advance from a Turkish embassy or consulate (D.C., Chicago, L.A. N.Y.), from a facilitator service, or can be purchased at the Istanbul airport upon entry. ($25 cash). Make sure your passport will be valid for at least six months after your expected departure date.

Health and Safety: Istanbul is a clean, safe city by Western standards. Physicians and health care facilities are on par with those found in Western European cities. Most physicians speak English. Many were trained in the United States or Western Europe. Generally, the standards of health and hygiene are equal to that found in Western European cities. The one exception is that Americans are advised not to drink water from the tap. Bottled water is widely available.

ACE Insurance/Europ Assistance Information (all students enrolled in the program are covered)
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Summer 2014 Student Evaluation: Overall Experience 4.57 (Scale of 1-5, 1=poor, 5=excellent)

“I thought that this is the best law related course I’ve taken. I believe that I will be turning to this material frequently, when practicing. [T]his course was the best bang for the buck … In my opinion, this beats any regular law school course, any time of the year, any school in the country.” Ayla A., Lewis & Clark (2012)

“I REALLY liked this program. I am now interested in business finance and tax law, and it all started with the exposure I got during the Istanbul program.” Kalu Kalu, Santa Clara Law (2012)

“This summer was fantastic, and my internship in Dubai was unforgettable.” Anonymous, Golden Gate University School of Law (2011)

“The [Istanbul] program was extremely well run, the classes and lecturers were outstanding, and the Koç University Campus was an excellent setting. * * * [Koç University has] more amenities than most American campuses, including an outdoor swimming pool, where we would gather many evenings with Turkish students who became our friends * * * Istanbul is a great city to explore even if you’re a single woman traveling alone. Public transportation is safe, cheap, and easy to use. The food is excellent. The people are the friendliest and most helpful I’ve ever met, many speak English extremely well. I say, give it a try, you’ll be glad you did.” Gillian F., University of Baltimore (2009)

Contact Us

Istanbul Program Director: Professor David Ball

Enrollment Limit: 20 students for class