IstKon Student Exchange 2019

7 days of intercultural exchange, inspiring academic topics, lots of fun and joy came to an end. From the 11th to the 19th of May, students of Marmara University have been staying in Konstanz and meeting their buddies of the University of Konstanz. IstKon 2019 ran under the slogan “Global Challenges to Democracy”. Students of both universities discussed the topics of democratic innovations, populism and gender.
Read the blogposts about the third edition on the IstKon website!

IstKon Student Exchange 2018

In the spirit of a cultural exchange the visit in Istanbul focused on insights into the culture and the lifestyle of the participants studying in Istanbul. Four days were filled with a cultural program, including a lot of excursions and sightseeing. For example, a cultural night with the most beloved food of both countries and a philosophy night with an intensive discussion about great thinkers of ancient times took place. The other four days were dedicated to academic topics – discussions about foreign policy, the impact of cultural factors on politics in both countries, about environmental problems and the challenges of globalization.

IstKon Student Exchange 2017

During the first exchange, many friendships could be built between all participants. The nine-day project week was characterized by controversial discussions about topics such as secularism and pluralism, human rights, German-Turkish history, migration policy and the political tensions between the two countries. The Turkish participants got to know the authentic Konstanz students way of life through private accommodation and our buddy system and experienced German culture first-hand. Excursions and cultural evening programs provided the opportunity to even more thoroughly discover the Konstanz lifestyle.

The first exchange was a real success according to all participants and the organization team collected many inputs to further improve the return visit to Istanbul.