Turkey is the world’s 13th largest economy and its geopolitical role is increasingly crucial. Learning Turkish offers a greater understanding of regional politics, economics, history, and sociology. There is strong governmental support of students willing to learn Turkish through scholarship opportunities including the State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship.
Turkic languages are spoken across Asia from Turkey to China and once you learn modern Turkish you can learn other modern Turkic languages such as Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Uzbek, Azerbaijani, and Uyghur which are spoken in strategically important areas across the Silk Route region.
In Turkish classes at Brown, you will not only learn the language but also gain insight into Turkish culture, art, music, literature, dance, cuisine, and history.
In addition to four hours of class each week, students participate in co-curricular opportunities to practice Turkish and to experience and learn about Turkish culture. At the weekly Turkish Language Table and Turkish Tea Hour students can practice in a relaxed and fun environment with other native and non-native Turkish-speaking students while enjoying some Turkish food, desserts, and drinks.
The Turkish Program at Brown also offers two seminar courses in English: Understanding Modern Turkey Through Film and Literature and Istanbul: Global Metropolis.
The Turkish Program will offer an Introductory Ottoman Turkish course in the Spring 2022 semester.