Study Visit – Turkey

World in Progress (WiP) is an innovative and educational project which gives university students the possibility to experience in person today’s main challenges of international relations. WiP focusses on experience as it provides a series of study visits during which, students can talk directly with real diplomats, managers of multinational companies, representatives of international think tanks, experts in international relations and also staff members of international organizations, NGOs and civil society.

World in Progress Turkey

Turkey, with its history, has heavily impacted the identity of the Mediterranean region. The country’s riches in archeology, religion and culture, together with its strategic geographic positioning, combine to make Turkey a pivotal bridge between Middle East and the Western Hemisphere. However, the process of Turkey’s accession to the European Union remains one of the most complex and controversial challenges of the century.

WiP Turkey at a glance

  • Dates: 23-30 July, 2018
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Course elements: pre-departure, in-class course + study visit
  • Partecipants: max n°40
  • Language: English/Italian
  • Lodging: Richmond Hotel Istanbul – Istiklal Street. No:227 Beyoglu, Taksim
  • Study Visit Fee: 1.850,00 € [scholarships available]


The structure of the Study Program is divided into three parts:

  1. Before the study visit, a webinar course held by experts, with a specialization on Turkey,  organized in 4 lessons between July 1 and 20, in which students will receive elements of the recent history of Turkey, with special focus on the process of accession to the European Union
  2. In Istanbul, 7 days of meetings with Turkish public/private-sector representatives, diplomats, professors, opinion makers
  3. Site-visits to historically important Turkish locations, both from a religious-cultural standpoint, and from a social-political point of view: very few countries can boast an architecture as fascinating and mysterious as Turkey.

Target of the Study Visit

The WiP project will help students to understand the importance of a strategic partnership between Europe and Turkey and will orient participants to elaborate analysis on controversial topics: migrations, terrorism, climate change, financial crisis. The stay in Turkey will also be a unique opportunity to interact with Turkey’s ruling class. By the end of the program, students will have gained a deeper understanding of a key candidate country and of the mechanisms of partnership with Europe.

The goal of the WIP is to allow participants to open their minds and leave the pre-existing narrative behind. We will try to understand what obstacles hinder the EU accession process and what are the future prospects, in light of the recent isolationist and populist tendencies, that seem to have taken hold all over the world, from the United States to Europe.

Participants will also have the opportunity to discover in practice how dialogue and collaboration constitute always an asset: the extraordinary economic and commercial partnership between Turkey and EU make this relationship inevitable and – you will realize – even indispensable.

Paolo IancaleStudy Visit – Turkey