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As the first and only state university in Turkey that provides with specialization in the fields of social sciences and humanities, Social Sciences University of Ankara (SSUA) with its interdisciplinary institutes and research centers, discerns the entire world as a field of inquiry for academic research. With this research perspective, one of the institutes in the body of SSUA is Institute of Western World Studies, which aims at: providing its students with masters and doctoral education majoring in the European and American continents, providing with regional expertise as the outcome of interdisciplinary research projects and activities in social and human sciences, and making explanatory and exploratory research that brings scholarly analyses and solutions to the problems of the specified regions.


Although Turkey has developed bilateral and multilateral relations with the Western World for a considerable time, further detailed research is still required in order to demonstrate political, cultural, historical, and economic relations amongst these countries and societies, and in particular, their socio-economic and security policies  towards Turkey. It is significant for our institute to train area experts who will systematically analyse the contemporary Turkey-Western World relations that have been developed based on the deep-rooted historical relations of two, and who will put these analyses into practical use. Accentuating the country or region’s distinctive characteristics, Institute of Western World Studies launches interdisciplinary graduate programmes to train area experts, who contribute to academic research with their novel approaches and their analyses that are compatible with scholarly accepted scientific standards in the world. The Institute’s Turkish and English programmes aim to contribute to meet the  necessary human resources in the field. 


The medium of instruction, and of the theses and dissertations offered by Turkish graduate programmes will be Turkish; while Turkish programmes include compulsory second foreign language or the language of the country/region that will be studied by the student (e.g. German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portugese, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Greek, and Polish) alongside with English as a foreign language. On the other hand, English graduate programmes require English language for courses, theses, and dissertations. On request, the students of English programmes are offered another regional language.


The aim of the Institute’s programmes is to conduct comprehensive studies on the history, politics, societies, economies, culture and international relations of the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Europe, Northern and Southern Americas and their policies towards Turkey; and to prepare students for academic, public, civil society and private sector careers via quality education at international standards.