GSPM Students Engage Turkish Politics and Culture

GSPM students explore Istanbul at night
GSPM students explore Istanbul at night
April 15, 2014

In today’s interconnected world, it is essential for students of politics to get outside of their home country to explore and engage in different cultures and systems of government.

A broader perspective on world politics will be critical to the leaders of the future, and The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) is leading the way with its Global Perspective courses throughout the world.

One recent trip took GSPM pupils to Istanbul, Turkey, a historic city that straddles two continents and has brought cultures from all over the world together for millennia.

During their time in Istanbul, students met with senior public affairs and communications professionals, business leaders, the United States Consulate General and Political Section Chief, and senior Turkish government officials. In addition to these visits and the attendant networking opportunities, students also had the opportunity to experience myriad cultural and historic monuments including the Hagia Sophia.

GSPM students came away from the course informed and grateful for the opportunity. “It was the last class I took before I graduated from GSPM and I can say it was the class I was most exited about,” said GSPM alum Megan Walters, “I had a good hunch about it and I had a wonderful experience.”

GSPM students from the United States were recipients of a study grant from the Turkish Coalition of America, which helped subsidize student participation costs.

The school plans to continue sending students to Istanbul, and with the launch of its new Advocacy in the Global Environment master’s degree, its Global Perspective course offerings are set to expand in the years to come.