Study of Turkish allows students to experience a rare synthesis of Asia and Europe. Turkey is literally the spot where two continents converge, and it has been home to a rich variety of civilizations, housing 18 UNESCO world heritage sites. Turkey is the second largest TV series exporter in the world behind the US. Turkish unlocks for students unique insights into (non) material cultures of Turkish speaking people. It is a critical language for the U.S., and proficiency in Turkish is increasingly valuable to government and other organizations in West Asia and Europe. Turkish is currently the second most spoken language in Austria and Germany as a result of guest worker agreement. And learning Turkish will make it more accessible to master Ottoman and other Turkic languages.

Dertleşelim [dertlesheleem]: “Let’s pour out our hearts to each other.”

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Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic​

Joanna Schuth, jschuth@wisc.edu 

Intro Class:
GNS 339: First Semester Turkish

Study Turkish in the summer at the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Language Institute (MEDLI).


The Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (TURFLI) is a special initiative of the Boren Awards for International Study offering awardees the opportunity for intensive language study of Turkish and for cultural immersion by participating in domestic and overseas language programs. Participants in TURFLI may start with no language proficiency through advanced proficiency in Turkish. The TURFLI program is administered through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

TURFLI students participate in a full-time domestic summer program offered at UW-Madison through MEDLI. Students then travel abroad to Baku for a full-time fall semester of language and culture study. Requests for additional study through the spring semester can be made to Boren during the application process. All participants must complete both the summer domestic and fall abroad programs.

In addition to full-time language courses, students will have tutors, language conversation tables (summer), homestays (fall), and cultural excursions to help ensure that language goals are being met. Details on these additional benefits will be provided at the start of each program in summer and fall.

Contact the TURFLI office in Madison with questions: 608-263-3981 or turfli@iris.wisc.edu


“Turkey is currently the second largest TV series exporter in the world after the United States. Students could have the opportunity to work in the Turkish media globalizing sector.”