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Did you know that Turkey is slightly larger than Texas? Its unique position between Europe and Asia made it a hub for intercultural exchange in the past, and it continues to be a bridge between the East and West today. Turkey highlights some of the best qualities of both continents; the beautiful Mediterranean coastline mixes with mountain ranges and farmlands. In Turkey, the climate varies by region. Coastal areas have a Mediterranean climate with cool wet winters and hot summers.

In more suburban and urban areas, you will be delighted by skylines shaped by a mixture of modern and Ottoman architecture and find colorful markets filled with ceramics, fabrics, handicrafts, exotic spices, rich Turkish coffee, and an energetic game of tavla (backgammon board game). Turkey is also home to many famous landmarks and World Heritage Sites, like the Hagia Sofia and Cappadocia.

Eligibility

Graduates Eligible? Yes, high school graduates are eligible to participate.
Minimum GPA 2.5
Age Range
15yrs, 0 months
to
18yrs, 0 months at start of program
Language Skills No language requirement
COVID-19 Vaccine Required

Your journey to Turkey

In the months before your departure, AFSers have the opportunity to participate in various preparatory activities, including an online Student Learning Journey, which is an interactive course that brings AFSers from around the world together to learn how to develop essential global skills, intercultural communication techniques, and practice social impact, maximizing the outcomes of the AFS learning experience. AFS-USA will coordinate and share your international travel with you. You will need to coordinate your own travel to the point of international departure. From there, your journey in Turkey will begin when you land, where you’ll be met by staff, volunteers and meet your fellow AFSers from around the world. Shortly after arrival, you will attend an arrival orientation and get a crash course on Turkish culture, living with a host family, safety, and support structures.

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Meeting your Host Family in Turkey

Family is the primary social structure in Turkey and extended family often lives in the home. In the evenings, you can expect to gather around the dinner table with your Turkish host family or watch TV and drink tea together. Expect a flow of friends and relatives visiting for coffee, tea, and lively conversations. While Turkish is the official language of Turkey, you may be surrounded by other languages including French, German, and Italian as these are spoken by many people around the country. Arabic is also spoken in some parts of southeastern Turkey.

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Your High School in Turkey

Teenagers in Turkey attend an Anatolian high school, which is a university preparatory secondary school. A typical school day lasts for 7 or 8 hours and allows students to specialize in either mathematics and science or social studies. You can expect to spend much of your time with family or friends getting to know the life and culture in your host community!

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Exploring the Area

Turkey is home to many incredible places, from the ancient city of Troy to the ruins of Ephesus. You’re sure to visit many of the famous landmarks and museums around the country during your time abroad. Exploring all that nature has to offer on the Anatolian Peninsula is also worthwhile, it’s home to a diverse array of vegetation and animal life!

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Food you'll Encounter

Turkish dishes combine Mediterranean and Middle Eastern styles and are quite rich and varied. Eggplant is the number one vegetable and is often paired with meat in a shish kebab. Food is cooked mostly with olive oil and herbs in the western part of the country, whereas meals can be very spicy and meat oriented in the eastern part of Turkey. You can expect to try Dolma and Sarma (stuffed vegetables), yogurt (eaten with almost every meal), and Börek, a traditional dish that is made of phyllo pastry or dough and rolled out in thin layers and filled with cheese, meat, or spinach. If you have a sweet tooth, you’re in luck because Turkey is famous for its desserts, especially baklava, a sweet pastry, and milk pudding.

Available Scholarships

AFS-USA scholarships are made possible by the generosity of numerous donors who all have a deep connection with AFS and value intercultural exchanges as necessary for the promotion of peace and justice in the world. Upon submission, applications will be reviewed and matched with the most applicable scholarship, if available. All scholarships are partial, and scholarship award amounts will be determined based on program length. For additional funding resources, check out our Fundraising page. You can view all available national and local scholarships on our Scholarships page.

What's Included

  • 70+ years of experience delivering high-quality programs through a worldwide network of 50,000 dedicated volunteers
  • Accommodations
  • Round-trip international airfare for the designated program dates
  • Program activity fees
  • Worldwide, 24-hour emergency assistance
  • Access to an in-country support team and network, as well as our Participant Support Department based here in the U.S.
  • International secondary medical travel coverage
  • Visa support and guidance
  • Inclusion in a worldwide returnee and alumni network of over 1,000,000 people
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Returning Home

“Life-changing” is hard to describe, yet it’s nearly always the first thing that AFSers say when asked about their experience abroad. “Transformed” is another one.
When you return home from your summer study in Argentina, you’ll bring with you a sense of accomplishment unlike any other. You’ll have gained maturity and independence, discovered new passions, and developed the confidence and resilience to accomplish anything you set out to do.
That transformation isn’t only visible to you, though – others see it as well. AFSers gain critical skills for college and careers. Second language fluency, intercultural competence, creativity, and critical reasoning will help you succeed, whatever path you take. “Life-changing” means it’s only the beginning.
It’s not just an adventure abroad; it’s a whole new reality. The perspectives and personal connections you gained will stay with you and likely draw you back to the second home you found in Argentina.

In fact, our alumni reviews have made AFS one of the top-rated organizations in the study abroad industry.