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Turkish Language Course Details
June 6 - July 29, 2016

Turkish Curriculum

The proficiency-based Turkish curriculum features 20 contact hours weekly and twice-weekly language tables where students engage in conversation, meet native speakers, and learn more about target cultures. Students also participate in the Workshop’s rich co-curricular program.


Course (CEUS) Undergraduate Graduate
1st Year 8 (T-181, T-182) 6 (T-581, T-582)
2nd Year 8 (T-281, T-282) 6 (T-681, T-682)

All courses are contingent upon enrollment. For questions concerning the registration process, contact the Workshop by email or at 812-855-2889.

Course Materials

A study guide is available from the University of Illinois Library.

Course Textbook
1st Year TBA
2nd Year TBA

Course textbook assignments are subject to change prior to May 2016.

About Turkish

Why should I study Turkish?

  • By learning Turkish, students will be able to branch into other Turkic family languages, including Azeri, Turkmen, Uzbek, Uygur, Kazakh, Kirghiz, Altay, Khakas, Tuvan, Yakut, Tatar, Bashkir, and Chuvash.
  • There are over 80 million Turkish speakers worldwide, and Turkic languages are spoken across Europe and Asia, with an estimated 150 million speakers.
  • Linguistic characteristic features of Turkish include vowel harmony, agglutination, and lack of grammatical gender.

Do I need previous background in Turkish in order to participate in the Workshop?

Students may begin studying at the 1st year level with no previous experience with the Turkish language. Students applying for the 2nd year level will be required to complete a placement exam to qualify for the course.

How can I continue my study of Turkish beyond the Workshop?

Students may be eligible to apply for study abroad opportunities with federal funding, such as the Critical Language Scholarship and Boren Awards. Turkish is offered during the academic year at Indiana University through the Central Eurasian Studies department, which houses the Turkish Language Flagship Center.

What do alumni say about the Turkish program?

For a student perspective, please see the Turkish program articles in the Summer 2014 and Summer 2015 issues of The Polyglot, the Workshop's alumni newsletter.