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Welcome to our homepage! The Turkish student body at Stanford is around 70 people, consisting mostly of graduate students (~50), and undergrads (~15). The Turkish community at the university communicates through the TSA e-mail list, which is usually quite active. To subscribe to the TSA e-mail list, please fill the appropriate form. You can also contact the TSA Executive Board by e-mail.

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TSA Activities & Announcements - Winter ‘13

  • ISSU - MSAN - TSA top chef/community dinner!

Winter Community Banquet Featuring a Top Chef Competition! Cooking Challenge: Food from the Muslim world. Friday, February 22nd, 7pm. RSVP Now: Cultural attire encouraged but not required! RSVP:

  • Announcement from the Republic of Turkey San Francisco Office of the Commercial Attaché Invitation to the Conference on ‘Investment Opportunities in Turkey’, San Francisco, CA, January 23, 2013 Venue: Hilton San Francisco Financial District Address: 750 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94108. Mr. Ibrahim Uslu, General Director of Investment Incentives and Foreign Investments, Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Turkey, and his team will give presentations on overview of Turkish economy and investment environment together with the new investment regulations to facilitate investors. The conference aims at promoting the investment opportunities in numerous industries and regions in Turkey and will be hosting and addressing investment advisors and banks, faculty members of business schools, as well as prominent players in various San Francisco and Bay Area industries in an effort to increasing US direct investments to Turkey. The conference will be held at 9:30 am, following a breakfast to be served at 9:00 am.

We look forward to your participation.

Register online: or RSVP: 415-362 10 35

TSA Activities & Announcements - Fall ‘12

  • Announcement from the Consulate-General Los Angeles (in Turkish): Türkiye Bilimsel ve Tenolojik Araştırma Kurumu (TÜBİTAK) tarafından tasarlanan Araştırmacı Bilgi Sistemi (ARBİS), Türkiye’nin araştırmacı veritabanını oluşturmayı amaçlamakta olup, sözkonusu sisteme Türkiye’de görev yapan tüm araştırmacılar ve yurtdışında çalışan Türk araştırmacılar adresinden kayıt olarak bilgilerini girebilmekte ve güncelleyebilmektedir. Türk toplumunun değerli üyelerine saygıyla duyurulur.
  • Film Screening: Yahsi Bati (Ottoman Cowboys)

Event Facebook page: The Turkish Student Association wants you to join the fun of watching a mock-Western/late night comedy written, produced and starred by famous Turkish stand-up comedian Cem Yilmaz. If you are wondering whether it is possible to have lots of laughter watching a Turkish movie, just join us to satisfy your curiosity.

The film is titled "Yahsi Bati" (The Ottoman Cowboys)<> directed by Omer Faruk Sorak, 2010 / 112 minutes / in Turkish with English subtitles.

Two special agents Aziz (Cem Yilmaz) and Lemi (Ozan Guven) are tasked by the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire with delivering a diamond as a gift to the American President. As they ride on a stagecoach across the American wild west, they are robbed of the diamond by some bandits, leaving them stranded without any money. A tough cowgirl, Susanne Van Dyke (Demet Evgar) joins them on their quest.

Diirected by Omer Faruk Sorak, Written and Produced by Cem Yilmaz Cast: Cem Yilmaz, Ozan Guven, Demet Evgar Time: Friday, November 30th 2012 at 6:00pm-9:00pm, Place: Bechtel International Center Assembly Room.

Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm before the screening. Film starts at 6:30 pm.

The film is free and open to public. The screening is sponsored by the Bechtel International Center and the Billie Achilles Fund.

  • Turkish Brunch and Eid-al Adha Celebration

RSVP from the Facebook event page!: Come join the joy of celebrating Eid-al Adha and the Turkish Republic Dayand be ready on October 28th, Sunday from 10:30am to 12pm in the patio of the Bechtel International Center. There will be your fellows, soujouk, fried halloumi cheese, white cheese, olives, söğüş (tomatoes & cucumbers with olive oil and thyme), marmalade, tea, baklava, and hopefully sunshine!

  • Nuray Mert ile Söyleşi (Turkish)

16 Ekim 2012, Salı Stanford School of Humanities & Sciences (Grad & Ugrad Studies), Levinthal Hall (424 Santa Teresa, Stanford, ) 18:00: Resepsiyon 18:30: Söyleşi (Moderatör: Yard. Doç. Ali Yaycıoğlu, Stanford University) Katılımınız için lütfen adresindeki formu doldurunuz. Etkinlik Türkçe olacak ve tercüme yapılmayacaktır. Please note that the event will be conducted in Turkish and translation will not be provided. Non-Turkish speakers are cordially invited to attend the roundtable session to be conducted in English with the participation of Nuray Mert on October 30, 2012 about democratization and freedom of speech in Turkey, the Arab World, and Ukraine ( Daha fazla bilgi için Dr. Burçak Keskin-Kozat ( ile temasa geçebilirsiniz. Bu etkinlik, The Mediterranean Studies Forum at Stanford University, Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies ve Stanford Humanities Center ile ortaklaşa düzenlenmektedir.

  • The Abdullah Gul University delegation is visiting Stanford. On Thursday, October 11th, between 12 PM to 1 PM, the delegation would like to meet interested students and researchers and have an informal lunch with them at the patio area in front of the Treehouse Cafe at Tressider Union Square. You do not need to RSVP. The delegation includes the Rector, Dean and Vice Dean of Engineering, Dean of Computer Sciences, Secretary General and the head of the International Office.
  • TSA Tanisma Etkinligi '12 / TSA Gathering '12

Hi! As the 2012-2013 academic year commences, we once again congratulate our new friends already enjoying their first years and wish them a good academic year. Where the oldies meets the newbies, returning people see their missed colleagues after a 3-month break, we meet this Friday (October 5th) @ 17h00-19h00 at the Tressider Memorial Union patio, around the tables between Stanford Bike Shop and The Treehouse. If you are not familiar to the campus yet, here is the map: We'd be delighted if you RSVP from the event Facebook page: See you on Friday! TSA Board '12-'13

TSA Activities & Announcements - Spring ‘12

  • TSA Board 2012-2013 Elections

Another academic year is coming to a close. This means, among other things, that a new TSA board will be elected. The meeting for election will be on June 1st, 5:45pm, at Bechtel International Center Assembly Room.

  • TSA Film Screening Series Winter ‘12: Romance in Contemporary Turkish Cinema

With Spring already here TSA wants to put cinephiles like you in touch with the romantic side of contemporary Turkish cinema. If you are wondering whether it is possible to have a hint of happiness, fulfilling relationships, or happy romantic endings in a Turkish movie, this film series promises to satisfy your curiosity by featuring four films representing different points in the romantic spectrum.

The films will be screened in the Bechtel I-Center on: April 16 - Conference room and Living room April 30 - Assembly room May 14 - Conference room and Living room June 1 - Assembly room

Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm before the screening. All films start at 6:30 pm. A discussion will follow each screening.

All films are in Turkish with English subtitles. TSA film series is free and open to public. It is sponsored by Bechtel International Center and Billie Achilles Fund.

-> The fourth and the final film in the series is “The Magician” (Hokkabaz) directed by Cem Yilmaz, 2006 / 119 minutes / in Turkish with English subtitles Failed magician Iskender decides to do a tour to save his career, but has to bring his grumpy and senile father along. The tour is quite unexpectedly interrupted when a bride actually disappears from the stage.The film won awards in the Brussels, Istanbul and Ankara Film Festivals.

Written and directed by Cem Yilmaz, Produced by Necati Akpinar, Cast: Cem Yilmaz, Mazhar Alanson, Ozlem Tekin and Tuna Orhan Time: Friday, June 1st 2012 at 6:00pm, Place: Bechtel International Center Assembly Room.

  • Stanford Graduate School of Business will host the President of the Republic of Turkey, Abdullah Gül

On Wednesday, May 23rd from 12:00 PM - 1:00PM, the Stanford Graduate School of Business will host the President of the Republic of Turkey, Abdullah Gül for a conversation about his vision of Turkey’s place on the global stage. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Global Business and the Economy, Global Speaker Series and the Center for Leadership Development and Research, View From the Top.

Registration is open now. A limited number of tickets have been set aside exclusively for GSB students, faculty and staff. Visit the registration link now ( to reserve tickets. Tickets are very limited so be sure to act quickly. Tickets will be made available via will call outside CEMEX Auditorium on the day of the event.

No bags will be allowed in CEMEX Auditorium and all attendees must present current Stanford ID for entrance. A bag check will be available next to the Ford Center if you need to check a bag. Attendees are subject to search.

See you there!

  • Fire On Fire Festival

Event Facebook page:

Please join us for the re-edition of Fire on Fire, a multinational BBQ party bringing together the outdoor cuisines from Argentina, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Spain and Turkey. Each country will have BBQ-istas from the countries making sure you have the time to relax and talk for hours to people from of all over the world, and endlessly snack on our delicatessen from the grill. We will also have outdoor dancing to the beats of these diverse set of countries.

Give us a hand! Please help us by grilling and serving food, it will be very much appreciated. Additional help provided by 4-5 people will make it much easier and faster to do the necessary job on a rotational basis. If you'd like to help, it'd be great to e-mail us ( in advance and show up at Bechtel around 4pm. Please send us an e-mail if you like to join the team of workers who will get rewarded!

Also, we'd like to play the Turkish music tune you want! Just send your audio files or contact to arrange a delivery of your CD's on the event day through

TSA Activities - Winter ‘11

  • Meeting with the President of TUBITAK, February 1 2012 Wednesday, 5:00 pm-8:00pm, C102 (Wells Classroom) - Knight Management Center

We would like to introduce the Stanford community to the president of TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), Prof. Yucel Altunbasak.

  • TSA Film Screening Series Winter ‘12: The Social and Cultural Challenges in Contemporary Turkey

Turkish society has observed the rise of two social and cultural challenges to the secularist and nationalist Turkish state tradition in the last two decades. While religious and conservative circles have demanded and endorsed an Islamic lifestyle in private as well as public spheres, pro-Kurdish activists have claimed political and cultural rights for Kurdish people and other ethnic groups in the country. These two social and cultural challenges (an Islamic lifestyle demand and Kurdish rights demands) have significantly conditioned the political, social and cultural context of Turkey for two decades. TSA’s Winter ’12 Film series presents three films that capture different aspects and receptions of these challenges.

->Takva (Takva: A Man’s Fear of God) (Dir. Özer Kızıltan, 2006, 96 min.), February 10, 2012 Takva tells the story of a pious man, Muharrem, living in a solitary and meager existence of a prayer and attending weekly praying of a religious cult. The leader of the cult notices Muharrem’s religiosity and honesty. The leader offers him a post as a rent collector for various properties of the cult in Istanbul. After being equipped with a car, driver, computer and expensive suits, Muharrem faces the challenge of fulfilling requirements of the business world and upholding his religiosity at the same time. As a Turkish “new cinema” film with the aim of “Seing everything about Turkey”, Takva received mixed and conflicting responses from different circles in Turkey. Takva has received awards in Berlin, Toronto and Sarajevo International Films festivals.

->Nefes: Vatan Sağolsun (Breath: Long Live the Homeland) (Dir. Levent Semerci, 2009, 128 min.), February 28, 2012 Nefes tells the story of 40 soldiers –mostly conscripts- who were assigned to defend a relay station in the Iraqi –Turkish border. 40 young men of different backgrounds personally experience the armed conflict between the Turkish army and Kurdish rebels during the 1990s. The film successfully depicts the astonishment, helplessness, yet courage of young men who were sent to a strange part of the country due to compulsory military service. Although Nefes was primarily endorsed by nationalist circles in Turkey, it is open to different and conflicting readings.

->Fırtına / Bahoz (The Storm) (Dir. Kazım Öz, 155 min.), March 13, 2012 Bahoz tells the story of a Kurdish student, Cemal who arrives in Istanbul for his college education. Through the personal story of Cemal, it depicts the pro-Kurdish student movement in Istanbul during the 1990s. With the rise of civil war conditions in the Kurdish region of Turkey in the 1990s, a pro-Kurdish leftist student movement emerges in the colleges of big cities. Depicted as its director as a “witness of the pro-Kurdish student movement in the 1990s,” Bahoz adopts a critical stance towards both sides of the conflict, presents us courage, sincerity, yet isolation and despair of young pro-Kurdish activists in Istanbul during the 1990s.

TSA film series are free and open to public (all films are in Turkish with English subtitles). Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm before the screening. All films start at 6:30 pm at Bechtel International Center Assembly Room. A discussion will follow each screening. It is sponsored by the Stanford Graduate Student Council.

  • TSA Winter Breakfast

Please join us for our winter quarter Turkish brunch on February 12th, Sunday, from 10:30am to 12pm! The event will be held in the assembly room/patio of the Bechtel International Center. We will have soujouk, fried halloumi cheese, white cheese, olives, söğüş (tomatoes & cucumbers with olive oil and thyme), marmalade, tea, good company, and (hopefully) California sunshine!

  • What happened on January 19th? Hrant Dink Memorial, THURSDAY, January 19, 2012, 5:00 pm, Conference Room, I-Center, Documentary Screening

We asked this question last year. We are asking it again and will keep asking. On January 19th, 2007, Hrant Dink, an Armenian-Turkish journalist/intellectual was assassinated in Istanbul. The TSA will hold an event in the memory of Hrant Dink. In the memorial, we will watch From 19 January to 19 January (Umit Kivanc, 2009, 45 mins), a documentary that depicts the period from the assassination up to January 19th , 2009. It tells the story of the struggle for Hrant, justice and freedom of speech in Turkey. A Q&A session will follow the screening. Where & When? January 19th, 2012, THURSDAY, at 5:00 pm, Conference Room, Bechtel International Center We would like to thank to the Hrant Dink Foundation Archive for the documentary film.

TSA Activities - Fall ‘11

  • TSA Autumn Film Series 2011: Encountering Difference in Turkey

The Autumn Film Series presents five fiction films telling stories of difference, conflict and tolerance in Turkey. By covering different decades (1940’s through 2000’s), each film narrates friendship and love as well as hatred and hostility in the encounters among different religious, ethnic, class and gender groups in the modern Turkey. We invite you to join us in watching and discussing the narratives of difference, conflict and tolerance from Turkey. A light dinner will be served at 6:00 pm before the screening. All films start at 6:30 pm at Bechtel International Center Assembly Room. A discussion will follow the screening. Filler ve Cimen (Elephants and Grass), dir. Derviş Zaim, 2000 October 11th, Tuesday Karartma Geceleri (Blackout Nights), dir. Yusuf Kurçenli, 1990 October 28th, Friday Uçurtmayi Vurmasinlar (Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite), dir. Tunç Başaran, 1989 November 10th, Thursday Çoğunluk (Majority), dir. Seren Yüce, 2010 December 8th, Thursday

  • TSA Rice Reunion

You are cordially invited to our "Rice Reunion" (Pilav günü) on October 23rd, Sunday, from 1 to 3 pm. The event will be held in the patio of the Bechtel International Center. Come catch up with your friends, meet interesting people, (hopefully) enjoy the sunshine while tasting world-famous Turkish-style rice (pilav), beans (kuru fasulye) and sour yogurt drink (ayran).

  • TSA Autumn Breakfast

Please join us for our autumn Turkish brunch on October 30th, Sunday, from 10:30am to 12pm! The event will be held in the patio of the Bechtel International Center. We will have soujouk, fried halloumi cheese, white cheese, olives, söğüş (tomatoes & cucumbers with olive oil and thyme), marmalade, tea, sunshine and good company!

  • Kurban Bayrami Kutlamasi / Eid al-Adha Celebration

We sincerely wish you a happy Eid al-Adha/Festival of Sacrifice/Kurban Bayram. Bayram celebrations will be observed in the 1st day of the Bayram, November 6th, Sunday from 10:30am to 12pm in the patio of the Bechtel International Center. Come join us for meeting your fellows, Turkish tea, baklava, lokum and cologne!

Prospective Students

  • If you're a prospective Stanford student seeking information on admissions please see this important announcement (in Turkish).
  • For general inquiries, the Turkish Fulbright Commission is offering free advice, and also has a website with many resources for students aiming to apply to an academic institution or English language programs in the USA:



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