• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The Cultural Studies Program offered at the Sabanci University is committed to addressing the critical relations between culture, power, and history through multi-disciplinary engagement, innovative research, methodological openness, and critical pedagogical practice.
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The Cultural Studies Program offered at the Sabanci University brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars with a commitment to fostering new ways of analyzing and participating in contemporary cultural dynamics in Turkey and the world at large.

The program covers a wide range of topics and theories, but is particularly strong in gender and sexuality, nationalism and transnationalism, globalization, violence and trauma, memory, law, popular culture, and new media technologies.

Since the program's inception, Cultural Studies at Sabanci University has been at once an intellectual endeavor and a medium of public involvement and engagement, occasioning various opportunities for faculty and students to participate in social and political debates both on- and off-campus. The program's unique focus on critical pedagogical practice affords students the opportunity to carry out original research/writing projects.

Program objectives

Culture is a concept we are confronted with on a daily basis in the contemporary  world. Positioned in an interdisciplinary area within the context of fields such as anthropology, literature, media studies and  sociology, 

The Cultural Studies Program at Sabanci University focuses on the area of culture. The objectives of the Program are to combine theory and practice in order to instill in students a critical perspective, creative thinking and active participation. Graduates of the program can work in the following areas: NGO's, media, film, advertising, public relations, human resources, art, literature, cultural criticism and cultural management.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Anthropology of Development  
  • Independent Study
  • Gender in the Middle East  
  • Approaches to Film Studies
  • Visual Arts in Turkey  
  • Literary Theory  
  • Literature and Psychoanalysis 
  • Globalization  
  • Fundament.Texts of West.Philos  
  • Mind & Behavior  
  • Abnormal Behavior 
  • Urban Sociology  
  • Sociology of Mobilities  
  • Honors Project 
  • Philosophy of Social Sciences 
  • Social Psychology
  •  Anthropology as Cult.Critique 
  • Myths of Gender:Cult.Theo. W&M  
  • Analyzing Text and Context  
  • Project and Internship

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • The copy of the exam/diploma result(s) accepted by the University. 
  • If available, the copy of High School Diploma (if in another language rather than Turkish or English, notarized translation should also be submitted)
  • Official transcript, showing all courses and grades taken in the entire high school education, signed and stamped by the high school authority. (It is required to upload official transcript in the online application form)
  • If taken before, copy of language proficiency exam score accepted by Sabancı University
  • If available, 1 academic letter of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18000 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    14610 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14610 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

National: 87.000 TL

Living costs for Istanbul

  • 2000 - 3240 TRY/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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