After a successful kickoff meeting in Switzerland introducing all imaginable details on the programme, the students took off for Istanbul early in Mai 2015. A great organization since the start assured students had a fascinating experience in Istanbul even though the program was intensive combining some inspiring free time moments with company visits in some of Turkey’s most important institutions, such as Sabanci Holding, Finansbank, Coca-Cola and the famous Sabanci University. Students had the chance to share great moments with other students and were learning substantially the different companies presentations and the students project works. The aim of the students presentations was to give an idea of the companies that were going to be visited as well as to provide some insights about the Turkish culture and situation.
And of course, not everything was work and study: Life in this pulsating metropolis was waiting for the students as well. Istanbul offers a great variety of options from sightseeing, shopping, fascinating nightlife to impressing intercultural experiences. The hotel was perfectly located, in the Ortaköy area, just few minutes walking from the Bosporus and a great area with restaurants, bars and many other places for relaxation, sharing with friends and having a great time. The weekend was a great opportunity for filling the thirst for sightseeing and tourism, taking the students on a guided visit to the key places in the city, giving the opportunity to dig deeper in the life and history of the city.
This course was a great possibility to get to know a new country between two worlds, getting insights into new cultures providing enriching firsthand experience of life and business in a highly emerging market.