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Studying international business abroad provides an excellent opportunity to experience world travel and develop people skills that are essential to working in the field of international business. Whether you choose to focus on economics, marketing, or finance while studying international business abroad, be prepared to learn a system different from your own in both theory and practice. Every country conducts business a little differently. By studying abroad you will learn how to adapt your business model and mind-set to any country or culture. Istanbul is the only city in the world reaching across two continents, Europe and Asia. The recent rise of Turkey as a regional economic and political power, along with the economic, cultural, religious, and historical influence Turkey has had on central Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, the Black Sea region, and North Africa, makes it a fascinating study abroad location. This program will allow you to experience the exciting and historic city of Istanbul, through an exceptional course at a local partner university and unique field trips throughout Istanbul while earning credits through hands-on experience.



Istanbul, Turkey


July 30 - August 13, 2016


Introduction to International Business and Trade (IBUS 1305); Intercultural Management (IBUS 2341) and International Marketing Management (IBUS 1354)


Students are required to take two courses and will earn six credit hours upon completion of the program. Tuition is not included in the program fee.


2.0 GPA and 12 cumulative academic credit hours. Alamo Colleges expects study abroad participants to perform academically at standards commensurate with on-campus performance. This includes attending class, taking exams, reading required materials, completing homework, etc. If students' GPA drops below a 2.0 before they study abroad, they will not be allowed to participate in the program.  


Professor Dr. Murat Tas will be the lead faculty  for  this study abroad program. He is a Professor of Business at San Antonio College. Dr. Tas has a Master’s in Business Administration and a Ph.D. in International Education and Entrepreneurship.  He  has  taught  courses   in   the International field for  over  ten  years.  Additionally, Dr. Tas has traveled extensively abroad to Austria, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany,  Greece,  Hong  Kong,  Indonesia,  Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. Contact:
Professor Dr. Mahmud Yusuf will be the faculty for the Intercultural Management (IBUS 2341) and Introduction to International Business & Trade (IBUS 1305) courses. Dr. Yusuf currently serves as an Instructor in the Business/Management Department at San Antonio College and is a Full Time Adjunct Professor in the department and has a doctoral degree in International Education and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Yusuf has taught for five years at Alamo Colleges. Additionally, Dr. Yusuf has traveled extensively abroad to China, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Brazil, Argentina, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Jordan, Qatar, Mexico, and Nicaragua. Contact:


*$3,883.   Includes   airfare, application  fee,   lodging,   in-country transportation, some meals, entrance fees. This does NOT include tuition, passport fees, visa fees, books, materials and spending money. Financial aid is available.


December 4, 2015 ..................$200 due with application (non refundable)
Once students are accepted into the program, they will follow the scheduled payments:


December 16, 2015 ........................... $500 initial deposit
January 29, 2016 ............................... $1,061
February 25, 2016 ............................. $1,061
March 28, 2016 .................................. $1,061


Failure to pay by the scheduled deadlines will result in cancellation of participation in the selected study abroad program.


Day 1 Depart from San Antonio, Texas
Day 2 Arrive in Istanbul - Group Welcome dinner 
Day 3 Class and Aqua Florya Aquarium
Day 4 Class time and Taksim Square – Istiklal Avenue 
Day 5 Class time and Tour of Topkapi Palace
Day 6 Class time and Vialand
Day 7 Class time, Alamo Colleges sister schools and World Trade Center
Day 8 History and cultural tour to mosques and fountains Ottoman Greek houses,
                Church of St. Mary of the Mongols, the Patriarchate, 
                House of the Mother Mary, and Prison of Anemas
Day 9 Bosporus Tour – Boat trip, swimming, and dining
Day 10   Class time, Tour of Spice Bazaar and dinner at Galata Bridge 
Day 11   Class time and Tour of Dolmabahce Palace and Besiktas
Day 12   Class time and Tour of Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia 
Day 13   Class time and Tour of Mall of Istanbul
Day 14   Class time and Florya Coast tour and dinner 
Day 15   Depart for Airport for return flight home


A valid passport is required to travel.  Click here for more information.


To apply, fill out the application and follow the instructions in the application.

* Alamo Colleges has taken considerable care in preparing information and materials for specific Study Abroad programs, and this information is subject to change. Although accurate at the time of publication, external events could result in changes in dates, itinerary, costs and other aspects of a program. Revised information will be provided as soon as it is made available, and participants should check with the faculty leader or the District Office of International Programs for the most recent information. Alamo Colleges will not be held responsible for unintentional misinformation.