Delightful Antalya & Istanbul Winter School Program

Istanbul Aydın University’s Short Term Study Programs Office launched the first Delightful Istanbul Summer School Program back in 2014. Offering specially designed courses with credits and introducing a rich cultural program, Delightful Istanbul aims to offer quality courses while participants enjoy the intercultural environment throughout the program. While you follow your course, you also get the chance the discover the top attractions in the city through tours that are part of the program as well as by joining the optional tours.

The program has been very successful, in 2015 participants of the program exceeded 100 with more than 20 different countries and 50 + universities involved in the program.

As of 2016 winter school edition is introduced which cover not one but two cities. This time ‘Delightfullers’ fly directly to Antalya, city known as ‘Turkish Riviera’ First part of the program involves many sightseeing tours, discovering the beauties of famous Antalya along with continuing courses in our hotel. Second week is as adventurous as the first one, unfolding the beauties of magnificent city of Istanbul.

Delightful Istanbul Summer School is taking place during the last week of July and first week of August while Delightful Antalya & Istanbul Winter School is organized during the last week of January and first week of February. Dates may vary according to the year’s academic calendar.

IAU’s renowned short-term study program ‘Delightful Istanbul’ moves the sparkling spirit of the program to the famous resort of Turkey, Antalya during the first half of the program. The program starts on 21 January in Antalya Turkey and ends on 4 February in Istanbul.

Participants will arrive in Antalya International Airport on Saturday 21 January and the first half of the program will take place in Antalya. The group will take an afternoon flight to Istanbul on Friday 27 January and join the second half of the program in Istanbul at Istanbul Aydin University campus. Within two weeks, students will have the chance to see the ‘Must See’ attractions in both cities while they continue their studies to earn ECTS credits for their course and to get a certificate of the program.

Both Delightful Summer and winter schools offer specially designed rich courses, such as Brand Management, Digital Marketing, Current Issues in International Relations, Exploration of Turkish Art via Museums. Students selects one course that matches their field of study and interest and earns 3 to 4 ECTS.

Delightful Antalya & Istanbul Winter School combines courses, lab hours, workshops together with rich cultural tours. Old city tour, famous Hagia Sophia- Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque and a full day Bosphorus Boat Tour are included in the program. Students can also join to the optional sightseeing trips and dinners throughout the entire program.


The Antalya Region, offering all the mysticism of past in our day, is now called the “Turkish Riviera” due to its archaeological and natural beauties. Antalya is the place where sea, sun, history and nature constitute a perfect harmony and which also includes the most beautiful and clearest coast along the Mediterranean. The city still preserves its importance as a center throughout history in the south coast of the country, in addition to its wonderful natural beauties. The mythological city which housed the Gods and Goddesses now exhibits all its secrets and marvels to mankind.

The climate of the province is typical Mediterranean: hot and dry in summers and temperate and rainy in winters. Sunshine is guaranteed from April to October and the winters are pleasantly mild. The humidity is a little bit high, about 64%, and the average water temperature is 21.5 °C. Antalya is really a heavenly place where the summer season is about 8-9 months long.



A Combination of Modern and Traditional

It is İstanbul’s endless variety that fascinates its visitors. The museums, churches, palaces, grand mosques, bazaars, and sites of natural beauty are countless. While you’re relaxing on the western shores of the Bosphorus at sunset and watching the crimson evening light reflected on the other continent, it’ll become clear why so many centuries ago settlers chose to build a city on this remarkable site. In such moments, you can understand why İstanbul is truly one of world’s most magnificent cities.

All university students who are currently enrolled to a university degree program in their home country can apply to Delightful Istanbul programs. Just choose the subject, which appeals you most, and start filling your application form.

We are looking forward to meet you.