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SUNY Partnerships in Turkey

The State University of New York (SUNY) began a system-to-system partnership with the Turkish Council of Higher Education (YÖK) in 2000, developing relationships between 11 SUNY institutions and 7 Turkish universities. The star program of the partnership is an undergraduate dual diploma program in 16 academic fields which has enrolled more than 3,100 Turkish students, including more than 2,000 graduates thus far.

Dual Diploma Programs

To graduate from the dual diploma programs established between the SUNY universities and their Turkish partners, students spend half of their education at a campus of the State University of New York and half at a Turkish university. Each program leads to the awarding of a single degree simultaneously by the two respective partner institutions. Although degree recipients are awarded two diplomas, one from each institution, both diplomas refer to the degree in the same manner and no student can receive the degree or either of the diplomas without satisfying the academic requirements of both institutions. Among those requirements are the General Education requirements of The State University of New York Board of Trustees.

The dual diploma program received the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education from the Institute of International Education in 2007, under the category of international exchange partnerships.‌

Office in Turkey

In 2004, SUNY established an office in Turkey, located at YÖK, to coordinate the programs and work with students and the consular sections of the U.S. Embassy and Consulate on the visa application process. The office is now focused on promoting the programs and SUNY, attending a variety of fairs and making presentations in high schools and to other audiences throughout the country. In addition, the office serves as liaison between SUNY campuses and their partners and assists in the development of new programs. The office is currently located in Istanbul (Büyükdere Cad. Meydan Sok. No:1, BeybiGiz Plaza Kat:15 D: 55-56, Maslak Istanbul 34398)

Website (in both Turkish and English):  www.suny.edu.tr

Numbers and participating institutions:

Total current enrollment: 1,459
Total Number of Graduates: 2,028
Total active programs:  29
Total fields: 16
Total Turkish universities: 8

Anadolu University, Bilkent University, Dokuz Eylül University, Hacettepe University, Işık University, Istanbul Technical University, Izmir University of Economics and Middle East Technical University

Total SUNY campuses: 10

University at Albany, Binghamton University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Cortland, Empire State College, Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Geneseo, Maritime College, SUNY New Paltz

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