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Turkish exchange program postponed for spring semester

By : By Sarah Lifshin

Following recommendations from the U.S. Department of State, Binghamton University last month temporarily suspended its plans to send exchange students to study in Turkey this spring because of recent terrorist acts within the nation.

The federal agency recently posted a travel warning to Turkey, advising U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel. Seven students had planned to study at Bosphorus University in Istanbul.

“We are unable to consider any alternative other than the suspension but we look forward to reactivating the program at the earliest opportunity,” said Stephen Straight, vice provost for academic affairs.

Straight said the students have been offered other opportunities to study abroad. The University hopes to reinstate the Turkish exchange program either during the summer or in the fall.

Straight added that the overseas events have not altered SUNY’s recent agreement to host a joint-degree program with universities in Turkey.

Beginning this fall, students in Turkey can enroll in programs that will enable them to study in the United States and earn dual degrees from their home universities in Turkey, as well as a SUNY diploma.

Binghamton is offering joint degrees in global and international affairs, and information systems. The first Turkish participants are expected in Binghamton next fall.

Eventually, up to 500 Turkish students a year could participate in the program. The program, which offers 10 areas of study, attracted nearly 3,500 applicants for the fall semester from the upper 10 percent of Turkish high school graduates. In addition, American students will be encouraged to pursue similar study programs in Turkey.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08