Istanbul Program

Istanbul, Turkey 

The 2021 study abroad program in Istanbul has been canceled. Please check back for future program dates.

The Istanbul Study Abroad Program is conducted in cooperation with the University of Bahcesehir in Istanbul.

For more information, please contact Stephen Mazza, dean and professor of law, at

The University Of Bahcesehir

The University of Bahcesehir in Istanbul, Turkey, is a foundation university, established in 1998. Bahcesehir has quickly established itself as a progressive, dynamic educational institution. The school's modern facilities are located on the European side of the Bosphorus coast in the heart of Istanbul. With a population in excess of 10 million, Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey. It is the only city in the world located on two continents, Europe and Asia. Its rich history dates back some 5,000 years. Students will enjoy a unique learning experience in this vibrant, cosmopolitan city.

The program contact for the Istanbul Study Abroad Program is Feridun Yenisey, a professor of law at the University of Bahcesehir. Professor Yenisey is the country's foremost expert on international and comparative criminal law.


There are no prerequisites for any of the courses. All classes are taught in English. No Turkish language skills are necessary for participation in the program. Approximately 20 law students from Turkey and other countries attend courses as guest auditors.

Course Descriptions

  • Criminal Procedure in Europe
    (1 credit) Dr. Feridun Yenisey
    This course examines as representative of the Civil Law tradition the procedural rules of the criminal law systems operating in Turkey and Germany. Lectures will also concern the development of the European Union Criminal Law and its expansion under the leading decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. Legal concepts and legal institutions of Islamic Criminal Law shall be explained and compared with Civil Law tradition.
  • Comparative Dispute Resolution
    (1 credit) Professor Shawn Watts
  • Comparative Family Law
    (1 credit) Professor Jennifer Schmidt


  • Jennifer Schmidt, KU School of Law: Jennifer Schmidt is a clinical associate professor at the KU School of Law. Schmidt directs the law school's 6th Semester in D.C., Field Placement, and Law & Public Policy programs. She joined the KU Law faculty part-time in 2008 and became an associate clinical professor in 2017. Schmidt earned her law degree from the University of Kansas. Before coming to KU Law, she worked as senior counsel to a U.S. senator, counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Courts, a legislative assistant to U.S. representative and a legislative aide.
  • Shawn Watts, KU School of Law: Shawn Watts is a clinical associate professor at the KU School of Law. Watts joined the KU Law lawyering faculty in 2018. He currently serves as the director of the Tribal Law & Government Center, Tribal Judicial Support Clinic and Mediation Clinic. He is also a district court judge for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. Watts earned his law degree from Columbia University. Prior to KU Law, he taught at Columbia Law School, where he was the Associate Director of the Mediation Program.
  • Dr. Feridun Yenisey, Bahçeşehir University: Feridun Yenisey is a professor of law at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is a frequent visiting professor at law schools within the United States, including the University of Kansas, William Mitchell Law School and South Texas College of Law. He is a leading proponent of Turkey’s efforts to modernize its criminal law system and has published widely on the topic.

Admission Requirements

Open to all KU Law students who have completed the first-year curriculum in good standing. Please check back for application deadlines for the next session. Late applications are considered.
Grades are determined based on a written final examination in each course in accordance with KU Law grading procedures. Available grades are A (4.0), A- (3.7), B+ (3.3), B (3.0), B- (2.7), C+ (2.3), C (2.0), C- (1.7), D+ (1.3), D (1.0), D- (.7) and F (0).


Please refer to the Office of Study Abroad's website for a breakdown of costs for this program.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Turkey. Airlines provide a variety of reduced fare plans and early booking can result in substantial savings. As summer flights tend to fill quickly, early travel arrangements should be made. Students, however, should not book travel until they receive an acceptance package and submit the financial aid contract.


Please check back for more information.


Students must notify the University of Kansas through their online application, by letter or by email of their intent to withdraw from the program. If a student withdraws after signing the financial contract they received with their acceptance materials, the student will be liable for any non-recoverable expenses incurred on the participant's behalf. Students are responsible for any and all costs arising out of their own voluntary or involuntary withdrawal from the program prior to its completion, including withdrawal caused by illness or disciplinary action by representatives of the University of Kansas. The sponsoring school reserves the right to cancel the program for any reason including insufficient enrollment. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, notices will be sent to all, and all money will be refunded.

Financial Aid

Please inquire about the possibility of financial aid and scholarships with your law school's study abroad coordinator.

Health And Liability Insurance

KU Law is not responsible for student's medical care or expenses in case of illness or accident. All students are required to obtain health insurance that will cover them during the program while outside of the United States.

Students with Disabilities

Facilities in Istanbul are generally not as accessible to individuals with disabilities as are facilities within the United States. Individuals with special needs should contact the program director to arrange for special accommodations.

State Department Travel Information

Information about travel advisories and warnings for Turkey is available on the U.S. Department of State website.

Bahcesehir Contact

Professor Dr. Feridun Yenisey
Bahcesehir Universitesi
34353 Besiktas/Istanbul TURKEY
Phone: +90 212 381 03 56



Stephen Mazza
Dean and Professor of Law