Ottoman Summer Program (OTSP) online

: 21 June – 17 July 2021

Application Period: 1 March – 1 April 2021, 23:59 (GMT +03:00, Turkey Time)

Organized by Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), this 6-weeks intensive summer program, has been revised because of the global pandemic to a concentrated four-week online program, aims to develop students’ reading and comprehension skills and expertise on a variety of Ottoman sources including archival documents, manuscripts, and epigraphic material. The material will accordingly present a wide array of content and narrative types. The program is designed to accommodate the needs of participants entering with different levels of Ottoman literacy. Ottoman classes are supported by modern Turkish and Persian classes.

The language of the program is English and Turkish. For more information about the program and how to apply please see down below.


1. Requirements

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a MA or a PhD program.
  • Applicants must have had at least half an academic year of Ottoman instruction. Complete beginners are not eligible to apply. It is essential that you give details about your prior Ottoman instruction on the application form.
  • The participants should be aware that instruction will be partly or completely in Turkish with some explanations in English. Therefore, a solid knowledge of modern Turkish grammar is a necessity. We understand that some students are not conversant in Turkish, but can read and follow when spoken to; which is acceptable.
  • Knowledge of Persian and/or Arabic is preferable, but not necessary.


2. Classes
(live classes on Zoom)

Ottoman classes are conducted Monday through Thursday at two levels. (see: Program Schedule)

Intermediate-Level Classes (Mo–Th; 16:00-17:00; 17:15-18:15 GMT +03:00, Turkey Time) assumes that participants are already familiar with the basics of Ottoman language (orthography, basic vocabulary) and are able to read printed texts of intermediate-level complexity by using dictionary with some ease. The class will introduce them to various text and script types. (see: Tentative Syllabus)

Advanced-Level Classes (Mo–Th; 16:00-17:00; 17:15-18:15 GMT +03:00, Turkey Time) require that participants feel comfortable taking on the task of deciphering complex Ottoman texts from different periods by using dictionary. The class will cover various text and script types. (see: Tentative Syllabus)

Turkish and Persian Classes are designed to supplement the students’ Ottoman reading skills. Mastery of Ottoman reading and comprehension requires a good familiarity with Turkish and Persian grammar and vocabulary. Students may choose to attend any combination of classes. See Turkish and Persian course descriptions.

Daily participation is mandatory for all students. Students regularly missing classes will be dropped from the program.


3. Materials

All course materials will be provided digitally.


4. Instructors

Dr. Yaşar Tolga CORA (Boğaziçi University) – Ottoman Instructor

Dr. Cora is a historian of social and economic history of the late Ottoman Empire, with a particular focus on Armenian communities in Anatolia. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 2016 and then served as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2016-17. Dr. Cora is currently assistant professor in the Department of History at Boğaziçi University, teaching courses on the late Ottoman Empire, the Turkish Republic and the Modern Middle Eastern history.

Gheis EBADI (Berlin Humboldt University) – Persian Instructor

Gheis Ebadi is research assistant at the Institute for The Asian and African Studies at Berlin Humboldt University. He is working on Qizilbash tribes and their effects on Ottoman and Iranian administrations, formation and structure of sects like Alevi and Bektashi. Mr. Ebadi taught at the Department of Turkish Language and Literature at Allameh Tabatabei University of Tehran (2011-2012) and also Classical and Modern Persian courses at Bilkent University (2013-2015).

Zeynep Fahriye GÜR – Turkish Instructor

Zeynep Gür ‘s a lecturer of Turkish at Georgetown University. She has earned her degree in Turkish Language and Literature from Istanbul University. She has been teaching Turkish at all levels and at various institutions for almost 20 years.

Dr. İpek HÜNER-CORA (Boğaziçi University) – Ottoman Instructor

İpek Hüner Cora completed her Ph.D. at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago in 2018. Her research interests include the history of Ottoman literature, gender and sexuality as well as history of reading. She has taught Advanced Turkish and Ottoman Turkish courses at the University of Chicago. She is currently teaching courses on Ottoman language and gender and space in the early modern Ottoman Literature at Boğaziçi University.

Dr. Hakan KARATEKE (University of Chicago) – Program Coordinator

Dr. Karateke is professor of Ottoman and Turkish Culture, Language and Literature at the University of Chicago. He earned his doctorate degree in Ottoman and Turkish Studies from Bamberg University, Germany (1998), completed his habilitation in the same field at Vienna University. Dr. Karateke has been teaching Ottoman Turkish at various levels and institutions for over two decades. He is the program coordinator of ANAMED’s Ottoman Summer Program.


5. Certificates and transcripts

ANAMED issues digital certificates to all students who successfully complete the program. If you need an officially issued transcript, please get in touch with in timely manner.


6. Fees

The drastically reduced tuition for the 2021 online Ottoman Summer Program is $1000 USD


7. Scholarships 

A limited number of half-scholarships will be given based on need and merit. The Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities (GSSSH) at Koç University will provide full scholarships for a select few Koç University graduate students from related fields. Please indicate your wish to be considered for a scholarship by adding an additional paragraph to your Statement of Purpose.


8. How to Apply

Before you apply, please do not forget to review “1. Requirements” section and make sure that you are eligible to apply.

To complete your application, please fill in the Application Form and ask from your recommender (preferably from a language instructor) to submit your recommendation letter (preferably in English, especially commenting on the Turkish and Ottoman language skills of the candidate) directly via e-mail to before the deadline. ANAMED does not contact recommenders. It is each applicant’s responsibility to request letters from her/his recommenders.

It is important to underline that, owing to the functionality of the online form, the application must be completed and submitted in one session without closing the browser window. For a list of information required in the application form, click here.

Application Deadline:1 APRIL 2021
The results will be announced in May.

Please kindly get in contact with for further inquiry.