Cultural Analysis and Fieldwork in Turkey


Psychology 420: Cross-Cultural Psychology, 3 credits (CRN 40680)
Psychology 498: Topics in Psychology, 1 credit (CRN 40683)
Psychology 590: Advanced Topics in Psychology, 3 credits (CRN 40754)


For Psy 420: Psy 112 and 6 additional credits in Psychology
For Psy 590: Admission to graduate program


A limited number of $300 scholarships will be available on a competitive basis to matriculated CCSU students with a GPA of at least 2.50 who are registered for at least one of the academic courses associated with this program.

In this course abroad, students will travel to Turkey to explore and observe cultural differences from a psychological perspective.  With full immersion into another culture, students will consider a variety of issues that are relevant to understanding and relating to people who are culturally different from one another.  This course is designed to familiarize students with cultural knowledge regarding the complexity and interdependency of global events and issues, respect for global diversity and intercultural attitudes, and skills associated with the global citizenry.

Throughout the course, students will be based in Istanbul – a vibrant megacity that has been a center of world culture, history, religion, and art for more than 8,000 years.  The city is also the modern commercial hub of the country.  Located on the Golden Horn on the narrow Bosphorus Strait, it is the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents, Europe and Asia, making Istanbul a city of many identities.  Home to the ancient Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans, and later to the rulers of the Byzantium and Ottoman Empires, the city’s sights include the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia (the most famous Byzantine structure in the world), Topkapi Palace (home to the sultans for 400 years), the Grand Bazaar (the world’s largest market), the old city walls of Constantinople, and the ancient underground cisterns.  Istanbul is also the home of stunning modern architecture, an International Film Festival, and an ultra-modern transportation system.  Old and new, East and West, all meet in this remarkable city, giving participants a unique introduction into a truly multicultural society.

Students will have the opportunity to explore Istanbul as well as embark on several day excursions, including two days at Okan University, a CCSU partner school.


Registration Information and Program Costs

The cost of the travel program includes round-trip airport transfers in the U.S. and abroad, economy-class international airfare, multiple-occupancy accommodations, and ground transportation and entrance fees to all required site visits. All personal expenses (i.e., meals, medical, souvenirs, laundry, telephone, etc.) are not included.  

Course tuition is not included in the Course Abroad program fee.  Tuition for Spring Course Abroad programs may be included in a full-time student's tuition, if the student is carrying no more than 18 credits.  Excess credit fees apply to all students carrying an overload.  Part-time students must pay course tuition and registration fees.  See the CCSU Bursar's website for complete information about tuition and fees.

Note to students from Eastern, Southern, and Western Connecticut State Universities regarding the Connecticut Reciprocity Program:

Under the terms of the State College/University Reciprocity Program, full-time students (graduate and undergraduate) may, in certain circumstances, take courses at another state college or university without paying additional tuition.  This policy is applicable to ECSU, SCSU, and WCSU students registering for Spring Course Abroad programs offered by CCSU.

To request consideration under the Reciprocity Program, visit the Registrar’s Office (or the Registrar’s website) on your home campus and obtain a copy of the appropriate Request for Reciprocity form.  Complete the form and submit it to your home campus’s Registrar for review and approval.  After the form has been approved by the home campus Registrar, you can submit it to the CCSU Registrar’s Office at the time of registration for the coursework connected to the Course Abroad Program.  The Registrar will process your course registration and forward your approved Reciprocity Agreement to the CCSU Bursar, who will waive the course tuition and registration fees for the program.  The CIE Travel Program fee is not waivable under the Reciprocity Program and will be charged.

Fulfillment of the University's International Requirement: 

All credits earned overseas on a CCSU-sponsored study abroad program, including courses offered in conjunction with Course Abroad programs, automatically receive "I Designation" and count toward fulfillment of the University's General Education International Requirement.

Registration Form

Registration Deadline:

December 1, 2013


$2,795 per person

Travel Dates

March 14 - 23, 2014

Faculty Director

Prof. Marisa Mealy
Psychological Sciences Department
(860) 832-1847

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