Summer School "Current Issues in International Relations" in Bodrum

Summer School "Current Issues in International Relations" in Bodrum

Bodrum+ Institute
Takes place
In Attendance
From - Until
05.06.2023 - 09.06.2023
Connections Redaktion, Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics, Universität Leipzig

The primary goal of the Summer School is to acquaint students, researchers, and pertinent individuals with the central topics and contemporary discussions in the realm of International Relations.

Summer School "Current Issues in International Relations" in Bodrum

Concentrating on globalization and global governance processes on one side and the conversation about the disintegration of the liberal international order on the other, the curriculum will address old and new actors, issues of war and peace, cooperation and conflict, regional studies in world politics, and present-day debates influencing regional security agendas.

The Current Issues in International Relations Summer School welcomes participants from all backgrounds, encompassing undergraduate/postgraduate students, researchers, and relevant individuals interested in International Relations, Political Science, International Security, and other Social Science disciplines. Moreover, there are no prerequisites for enrollment, allowing students and associated participants from any program to partake in Summer School.

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore archaeological sites, and museums, and experience the seaside.

Who Can Attend?
In order to take part in the Summer School, participants must:
- be aged 18 or over at the time of the program's start date,
- have a University/College degree in a relevant field (3rd-4th year students currently enrolled in University/College programmes are also eligible on a merit basis),
- have English proficiency (B1),
- Masters or Ph.D. students are also encouraged to attend.

Admin Fee and Scholarship Options
Admin Fees for the participants will be as follows:
- 4,000 ₺ (participants from Türkiye)
- 200 € (participants from Europe)
- 200 $ (participants from the US and the rest of the world)

The admin fee includes coffee breaks, two lunches, a gala dinner, some stationery, and transfers between the hotel and the venue. Participants should cover their own expenses (like accommodation, transportation, meals, etc.) other than those included in the admin fee.

Qualified applicants may be offered partial (50%) or full (100%) fee waiver scholarships. The scholarship will only cover admin fees according to the awarded waiver (i.e. partial or full).

Please remember that the scholarships will be available for students only.

The course lecturers are eminent scholars in their respective fields with expertise in International Relations, Security, the EU foreign and security policy, and regional studies from various universities in different countries. Moreover, the Summer School will also host Türkiye’s and the EU’s official representatives, and diplomats as well as journalists as guest lecturers with two different panels.

Debating security challenges of the 21st century, Prof.Dr. Sinem Akgül Açıkmeşe, Kadir Has University

Old and New Wars / War in Ukraine, Prof.Dr. Haldun Yalçınkaya, TOBB University of Economics and Technology

Radicalization, Assoc.Prof.Dr. Petar Marinov, Rakovski National Defense College, Bulgaria

Iran Amidst Crisis: The Challenges of Restoring the Nuclear Deal and Building a New Social Contract, Assist.Prof. Dr. Gülriz Şen, TOBB University of Economics and Technology

Migration Governance and Diplomacy in a Globalizing World, Prof.Dr. Deniz Ş.Sert, Özyegin University

Russia: Understanding Russian Geopolitics, Prof.Dr. Mitat Çelikpala, Kadir Has University

Middle East, Prof.Dr. Özlem Tür, Middle East Technical University/Humboldt University

The Black Sea Region and Ukraine War, by Academics, Ambassadors, Journalists

Eastern Mediterranean, by Academics, Ambassadors, Journalists

About Bodrum+ Institute
In recognition of Bodrum's advantages and the impact of the intellectual depth of the Fisherman of Halicarnassus during the Blue Exile, Bodrum+ Institute was established to bring scholars to Bodrum and create permanent ties between the local communities and the intellectual accumulation at the global level. Besides International Relations, Political Science, and Cultural and Social Sciences, the Bodrum+ Institute also encompasses a broad focus on the environment, climate, economy, and development.

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About Bodrum
The International Summer School of Bodrum+ Institute, situated in Bodrum where historical and contemporary life blends seamlessly, fosters an ideal academic ambiance. Bodrum's natural and historical allure transforms it into a magnet for individuals worldwide, including distinguished scholars. Consequently, the city has become an intellectual capital hosting leading figures in economic, social, and scientific domains. With a robust accommodation and transportation infrastructure, Bodrum remains accessible year-round, particularly during summer. Leveraging Bodrum's potential to attract scholars throughout the year will enhance dynamic interactions and enrich the city's intellectual brand value.

Transportation to Bodrum and the Hotel
The Summer School venue and hotel's central locations offer numerous transportation options within the city. For those traveling to Bodrum by plane, several choices are available.

Bodrum Milas Airport (BJV) serves the area, with various airlines—including low-cost carriers like Ryanair, Corendon, and Sun Express—providing daily direct flights from numerous European destinations.

To access affordable transportation, follow the steps below:

From Airport to Hotel:
The participants can use HAVAS BUS ( ) which runs between the airport and Bodrum Torba Bus Station). You can pay cash for HAVAS bus. HAVAS provides service for all arriving flights. In addition to HAVAS, you can also take MUSTAS bus to the Old Bus Station located at the city center.
Those who will use HAVAS can then transit with another bus (Bus for Gümbet) from Bodrum Torba Bus Station to Serpina Hotel. You can pay either with cash or a credit card or buy a prepaid and reloadable travel card called Muglakart which is valid in all parts of Mugla. You can use ‘Muglakart App’ to reload the card. Please note that the application requires an internet connection.

Those who will take MUTAS will arrive directly at the Old Bus Station located at the city center and will take another Dolmuş to Gümbet to reach the Hotel.
Alternatively, if you wish to take a private taxi from the airport to the Serpina Hotel, it costs around € 25.
In addition, there will be a free bus service that will shuttle between Serpina Hotel or Gümbet to/from Bodrum Chamber of Commerce on a daily basis according to the School program.

A limited number of rooms are reserved at the Serpina Hotel ( in Gümbet-Bodrum with a special rate (3+ star hotel and all rooms are renovated in 2023).

The students and the staff are expected to check in on 4 June and can check out on 10 June 2023 (the day before and the day after the courses). For extended stay please apply to the admin staff for details.

Address: Gümbet, Mister Hadi Sk. No: 1, 48400 Bodrum/Muğla
Google Map link:

Please note that Bodrum Institute prefers Serpina Hotel in Gümbet and is ready to book a room for the participants at their own costs when demanded either at Serpina Hotel (€ 40 double room per night, per person) or an equivalent hotel, or the participants themselves can arrange their own accommodation. Also please be aware that those dates are at the beginning of the high season and advised that book your hotel as soon as possible.

Visa Procedure:
Türkiye, as a globally popular tourism destination, has a liberal visa policy and to access it the link is as follows:
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