Youth Intercultural Study Program: Learn, Explore, Experience in Turkey

May 10, 2013

News Highlights

  • County college students have opportunity to study in Turkey.
  • Youth Intercultural Study Program runs June 2-23.
  • Application deadline: Monday, May 20. 


College students in Fairfax County have an unique opportunity to experience the rich culture and history of Turkey through the Youth Intercultural Study Program this summer.  Over the course of three weeks, participants will learn about Turkish culture, history, politics and business through a combination of family dinners, lessons, visits and activities with Turkish peers.  The study abroad program will occur June 2-23.  Applicants have until May 20 to submit the application which can be found on the Youth Intercultural Study Program's website.

As a result of the sisterhood relationship established in 2012 between Fairfax County and Keçiören, a metropolitan district of Ankara, Turkey, the educational initiative was created with the objective of strengthening the friendship between the two localities. The Youth Intercultural Study Program is a  collaboration between George Mason University, the Northern Virginia Community College, the Municipality of Keçiören, Turkish University Turgut Ozal, and the Mid-Atlantic Federation of Turkic American Associations.

Participants in the program will be responsible for their airfare, incidentals and college credit rates and must have a valid passport that does not expire for a minimum of six months after their planned return date.  Accommodations, meals, transportation within Turkey and excursions will be paid for by the government of Keçiören.  Health insurance to cover international travel should be acquired by the students. 

Courses will include an introduction to global affairs and a Turkish arts course which will cover, among other topics: the Turkish of marbling "Ebru," calligraphy, and Selcuk and Ottoman pottery.

Complete program information and eligibility requirements are available online.

Questions can also be directed to the American Turkish Friendship Association (ATFA); 3949 University Drive, Fairfax. Phone: 703-267-5751 or by email.



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