Pre-departure plan: Mandatory Turkish Mini-Course

students with professor in Turkey

Students from all U-M academic units are eligible for the LSA International Internship Program.

You must be a returning U-M student (no seniors may apply) to participate in the Turkey Program.  There is no foreign language requirement as the language of your work environment will be English.  

Interns must be willing to attend work consistently and may be asked to work up to 35 hrs/week.

The Turkey Program has a mandatory one-credit mini-course, in which you will study introductory spoken Turkish and study Turkey's geography and history before you travel abroad.  You will also learn about the important mix of religions in the nation that is rooted in  both the Eastern and Western hemispheres.  

Practical lessons regarding transport and daily tasks such as laundry and banking are also covered.  This class is run out of CMENAS (Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies) MENAS 334.  Class will run Winter 2015:

  • Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, March 14, 21, & 28
  • Location: MLB 2106

The instructor will be Dr. Gottfried Hagen (  Please contact him to be added to the course ONLY ONCE YOU HAVE BEEN OFFICIALLY PLACED in a position in Turkey for the summer.

Half of the class will be language training, half will be information on culture, history, current trends, politics and daily life in Turkey.

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