By: Lucas McCamon
Turkey has a long history and culture grounded in a multi-ethnic society with heritages across continents. The diversity of the country expands beyond its population, and is exemplified in a variety of attractions to tourists and students alike. In fact, the country is the sixth most popular tourist destination in the world, as of 2013. The country offers a look into ancient civilizations, traces of Roman civilization, the Ottoman Empire, standoffs with the Soviet Union, and modern-day Muslim influence. For those interested in an urban scene, the country offers one of the most important cities in the world, Istanbul. The city itself is a microcosm of the country, influenced by civilizations stretching back in time and across borders as well as modernity. This international cultural hub offers endless entertainment, shopping, art, cuisine, and a wide range of sporting events. The country is proud of its heritage and is a non-traditional way to experience life far different than in America.
Students can explore the wonders of Turkey through affiliated programs including AIFS and IFSA-Butler.