Koç University Summer School on International Migration and the Crisis!

Author: Office of International Programs / Uluslararası Programlar Ofisi

The Basic Instinct: Survival 

International Migration and the Crisis  


This course is structured with lectures, guest lecturers and student presentations, participatory observations via field trips, writing an academic article on global migration and crisis, and optional service learning activities as in volunteer work at NGOs working with refugees!



Doğuş Şimşek, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Migration Research Center at Koç University (MiReKoç)


Check-in to dorms: July 10, 2016

Orientation on Campus: July 11, 2016

Course dates: July 11 – July 29, 2016

Check-out from dorms: July 30, 2016 

Course structure:

3 weeks of classes + service learning activities

  • Learning via lectures, guest lectures and student presentations (Monday through Thursday)
  • Participatory observations via field trips (4 trips)
  • Writing an academic article on global migration and crisis
  • Optional service learning activities (volunteer work at NGOs working with refugees) will take place in free afternoons


You will earn 6 ECTS credits at the end of the course. 

Course Description:International migration has become a major political issue worldwide. This course presents an overview of the main issues raised by the cross-border movements of people. It will introduce students to current trends in migration flows, to the different types of human mobility and the dynamics behind them, and to governments' responses to the social, political and legal challenges raised by international migration. The course material is organized to reflect on the social issues such as social mobility, poverty, gender, inequality and citizenship as they relate to different types of international mobility. Particularly, we will look at changing trends in global mobility, at theories explaining international mobility, forced migration, migrant integration; the impact of migration in sending and receiving societies, the basic methods used for analyzing migration related issues. This course will not only seek to learn from, but also to evaluate, critique, and expand existing methods. In addition, students will have the opportunity to develop their own professional thinking in this field. 

For course syllabus, please click here

Course Aim:

 Taking the recent mass refugee movement as the case study, this course aims to offer participants an understanding of the complex and varied nature of global migration in general and forced migration in specific and their centrality to global, regional and national processes of political, social and economic change and of the needs of displaced people themselves. On completion participants will:

  • Develop a broad understanding of key concepts and debates in global migration;
  • Gain skills in critical analysis and the ability to plan, organize and carry out research into aspects of global migration as well as forced migration and refugees
  • Develop an ability to contribute new perspectives to the study of migration.
  • Produce an investigative piece for a publication.
  • Gain an understanding of the dilemmas facing policy-makers at both national and international level
  • Gain ability to help transfer theoretical knowledge to policy-oriented research


  • Students must be enrolled in a University at the undergraduate level.
  • A background in social sciences is not required. Koç University invites all interested students to apply, regardless of their background or major.
  •  A minimum of 2.5 GPA is required.
  • The language of instruction is English. Students must hold a minimum of TOEFL PBT 550, TOEFL CBT 213, TOEFL IBT 80 or IELTS 6.5 (Not applicable to students applying from institutions whose medium of instruction is English).
  • Scholarships are available. More information on scholarships is below.


The program fee:  1250 USD*Excludes accommodation on campus, meals, costs associated with service learning activities (transportation etc.), other miscellaneous expenses.

Dorm accommodation in single rooms (21 nights):  525 USD 

Accommodation on campus is recommended, but optional. 


The program offers merit-based scholarships listed below.

  • One full scholarship (the program fee of 1250 USD)
  • One half scholarship (half of the program fee: 625 USD)
  • 3 dorm scholarships (3 x 525 USD)


Visit our website for more detail.

To apply, students are required to submit: 

  • Online application form
  • A 400 word statement describing the student's motivation for participation
  • Transcripts describing student’s academic performance
  • TOEFL or IELTS score sheet

Clik here to apply

If you have any problems with creating an application or have any question, please email program coordinator Nilüfer Akpınar Şahin at 

Application deadline:  April 15, 2016