Summer Program

University of BahcesehirIstanbul, Turkey

July 4-26, 2009

The Istanbul Study Abroad Program is co-sponsored by the South Texas College of Law, Touro College Law Center and William Mitchell College of Law, and is conducted in cooperation with the University of Bahcesehir in Istanbul.

You can download an application for the Istanbul Study Abroad Program here. For more information, please contact Professor Stephen Mazza at (785) 864-9266 or


Now accepting Online Application, click here to apply

Directions to Apply for the Istanbul, Turkey Program:

Click the  "Apply Now" button and it will prompt you to create a login for your KU OSA account.  Once you have created your account, you will be immediately taken to a couple of questionnaires to complete the registration process.

The "Authorization to Release Information" is needed only if you want family or loved ones to be able to call the KU office and ask questions of us about your program.  Due to privacy laws (FERPA), KU is not permitted to share program information with anyone that is not designated on your release form.  You may enter your parents, spouse, leave this area blank or write “N/A”.  This field can be edited at a later date. 

Houston College of Law Students ONLY: 

  1. Be sure to set an appointment with your financial aid counselor.
  2. Please email your course selections and the date you applied to Tanya Holmes at
  3. If you need assistance please call the KU Office of Study Abroad at 785-864-3742.

The University Of Bahcesehir

The University of Bahcesehir in Istanbul, Turkey, is a foundation university, established in 1998. Bahcesehir has quickly established itself as a progressive, dynamic educational institution. The school's modern facilities are located on the European side of the Bosphorus coast in the heart of Istanbul. With a population in excess of 10 million, Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey. It is the only city in the world located on two continents, Europe and Asia. Its rich history dates back some 5,000 years. Students will enjoy a unique learning experience in this vibrant, cosmopolitan city.

The program contact for the Istanbul Study Abroad Program is Feridun Yenisey, a professor of law at the University of Bahcesehir. Professor Yenisey is the country's foremost expert on international and comparative criminal law.


There are no prerequisites for any of the courses.
All classes are taught in English. No Turkish language skills are necessary for participation in the program. Approximately 20 law students from Turkey and other countries attend courses as guest auditors.

Course descriptions:

  • Comparative Constitutional Law – Individual Rights and Liberties
    (1 credit) Professor Mike Steenson
    This course examines the role of the courts in protecting individual rights and liberties. It will cover a variety of areas on a comparative basis, including privacy rights, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the right to equal protection of the laws. More specifically, it will cover areas such as hate speech, pornography and obscenity, defamation, limitations on the free exercise of religion, and the privacy concerns involved in abortion and same-sex marriage issues. Aside from a comparison of Turkish and American law, the course will also focus on the law of the United Kingdom, India and South Africa.
  • Topics in International and Comparative Family Law
    (1 credit) Professor James W. Paulsen
    Students will examine selected family law topics, including different national approaches to marriage and divorce, marriage recognition, international divorce, and international child abduction, support, and visitation rights.
  • Criminal Procedure in Europe
    (1 credit) Dr. Feridun Yenisey
    This course explores the norms of criminal justice in England and Wales, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey. Aims of criminal procedure, general principles governing criminal procedure, rights of the accused, phases of criminal process, agencies involved in the criminal justice system, other participants in the criminal process, sources of evidence, finality, special forms of procedure, consensual disposal and proposals for reform in these countries shall be examined.
  • Themes in Criminal Procedure - A Comparative View
    (1 credit) Professor Jelani Jefferson Exum
    This course introduces the major themes and theories of criminal procedure rules and regulations around the globe. Students will explore and compare the purposes driving the criminal process in various countries. The course will focus on issues such as truth-seeking, the presumption of innocence, protection of the rights of the accused from government misconduct, and promoting respect for the criminal justice system.



  • Mike Steenson is the Margaret H. and James E. Kelly Professor of Law at the William Mitchell College of Law. Professor Steenson teaches Constitutional Law and Torts, as well as seminars on the First Amendment, Religion and the Constitution, and American Legal History. He has taught in China, Ghana, Edinburgh, London and Malta.
  • James Paulsen is a professor at Houston College of Law in Houston, Texas, where he teaches Martial Property, Family Law and Civil Procedure. He has published extensively in these and other areas.
  • Feridun Yenisey is a professor of law at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is a frequent visiting professor at law schools within the United States, including the University of Kansas, William Mitchell Law School and Houston College of Law. He is a leading proponent of Turkey's efforts to modernize its criminal law system and has published widely on the topic.
  • Jelani Jefferson Exum is an associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Law in Lawrence, Kan. She teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Race and American Law, and publishes in the areas of federal sentencing, juvenile justice, and comparative criminal law and procedure.


Admission Requirements

Open to all students who have completed the first-year curriculum at an ABA-accredited law school. Applicants should submit an application by March 15, 2009. Late applications are considered. A $300 non-refundable deposit is due within two weeks after the student is accepted. If the program exceeds its cap of 40 U.S. law students, applicants will be placed on a waiting list with preference to early applicants.

Students should consult their home schools about transfer of credits and grading requirements for transfer of credits. Students should understand that it is unlikely that participation in a foreign summer program may be used to accelerate graduation. Students interested in acceleration should consult their home school to review this issue in light of ABA Standard 304. Students who do not attend the University of Kansas, Houston College of Law, Touro College Law Center or William Mitchell College of Law must submit a letter of good standing from their law school registrar or dean.

Grades are determined based on a written final examination in each course in accordance with KU Law grading procedures. Available grades are A (4.0), B+ (3.5), B (3.0), C+ (2.5), C (2.0), D+ (1.5), D (1.0) and F (0).


Program fee, including tuition, double accommodation lodging, and weekend excursion to Izmir, is approximately $4,775 for students from sponsoring schools and $4,875 for all other students. Estimated additional student expenses such as airfare, passport, meals and personal expenses are $2,920. Program fee payment must be received by May 15. The $300 non-refundable deposit will be credited toward your tuition.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Turkey. Airlines provide a variety of reduced fare plans and early booking can result in substantial savings. As summer flights tend to fill quickly, early travel arrangements should be made. Students, however, should not book travel until they receive an acceptance package.


Students will stay at the Taslik Hotel in Istanbul. The hotel is located in the heart of Istanbul, with easy access to shopping, restaurants, and the law school facility. The cost of housing is added to tuition fees and paid to the hotel directly by the University of Kansas School of Law.


Students must notify the University of Kansas by letter or e-mail of their intent to withdraw from the program. If a student withdraws after being accepted for the program, s/he will be liable for the program deposit plus any non-recoverable expenses incurred on the participant's behalf. Students are responsible for any and all costs arising out of his/her own voluntary or involuntary withdrawal from the program prior to its completion, including withdrawal caused by illness or disciplinary action by representatives of the University of Kansas. The sponsoring school reserves the right to cancel the program for any reason, including insufficient enrollment. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, notices will be sent to all students by May 15, 2009, and all money will be refunded.

Financial Aid

Please inquire about the possibility of financial aid and scholarships with your law school's study abroad coordinator.

Health And Liability Insurance

The sponsoring school is not responsible for student's medical care or expenses in case of illness or accident. All students are required to obtain health insurance (typically about $40 for a month-long term) that will cover them while outside the United States.

Students with Disabilities

Facilities in Istanbul are generally not as accessible to individuals with disabilities as are facilities within the United States. Individuals with special needs should contact the program director to arrange for special accommodations.




Academic Requirements and Application Information: To participate in study abroad programs, law students must have completed the first year of study or its equivalent in part-time study and be in good academic standing as determined by their home institution. Check each program for application deadlines. For information and application forms, contact Assistant Dean Wanda Morrow ( or (713) 646-1825.