Spring Break in Istanbul, Turkey

Summer Legal Study in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

International Perspectives on Urban Law & Policy

March 16-22, 2015

Istanbul is a strategically important and historically rich megacity with a strong, stable economy.  However, disasters – natural and man-made – threaten Turkey’s financial and economic security.  Turkey faces significant risk from landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, environmental disasters, rising sea levels and tensions along the border with Syria.

This study abroad program, International Perspectives on Urban Law & Policy, offers graduate students a unique opportunity to experience first-hand how metropolitan areas tackle the challenges posed by an extremely dense urban environment when planning for disasters.  Istanbul’s metropolitan population of 13.8 million people, combined with narrow streets, densely packed buildings and sometimes poorly constructed and limited greenspace poses significant challenges for the city.

This program will focus on land use planning, historic preservation, environmental law and policy, growth management, and disaster planning in Istanbul.  the program will feature a combination of lectures by leading academic, public and private sector professionals and site visits designed to enrich the academic and cultural experience.


This study abroad opportunity is open to graduate students across Georgia State University.  Interested graduate students must  enroll in the two credit hour spring semester course, International Perspectives on Urban Law and Policy (LAW 7397) to be eligible to participate in the study abroad program.  Successful completion of the course and study abroad opportunity would provide 3 credit hours in the course LAW 7397 (2 credit hours for the course plus 1 credit hour for the study abroad program).


The program cost is tentatively set at $2650 plus regular Georgia State tuition and fees.  Hotel is included in the program cost; however, airfare and personal expenses such as passport and visa fees are not included.  A $500 deposit is due by January 14, 2015 and the balance of $2150 must be paid by February 15, 2015.

Georgia State students may be eligible for the IEF and Global Experience scholarships.  Visit mystudyabroad.gsu.edu for more information and the application.  The deadline to apply for scholarships is October 15, 2015.  You may apply for a scholarship before applying to the program.


For questions about the program, please contact the Program Director, Professor Ryan Rowberry at 404-413-9093 or rrowberry@gsu.edu or contact Karen Johnston at 404-413-9175 or kjohnston3@gsu.edu.