1- What programs do you have in the Center?
ICIL offers 3 programs. The first and the main program is the International Law Formation Program. ILFP is an intense educational program that provides comprehensive knowledge of the principles, regulations and subjects of international law. Secondly, ICIL offers intense winter and summer schools. Thirdly, ICIL offers a graduate program focusing on training young academics on publishing in international journals and prepare for Master or PhD programs.
2- How long does ILFP take?
The Formation Program is a two-years long educational program that aims to promote international law in Turkey. The first year of the ILFP provides the students with general knowledge of international law, while the second year aims to help them find their area of interest and improve their academic skills.
3- How much does the ILFP cost?
There is a 1500 TL fee in the first year, and a 2000 TL fee in the second year of the program. After completing the program successfully, the students will be provided with a different amount of scholarship if they apply for abroad programs and courses in the field of international law. Additionally, ICIL students will be able to attend summer and winter schools organized by ICIL at a discount.
3- Are there any prerequisites to take before applying for ILFP?
To be eligible for the first-year program, applicants must be at least in their 2nd year at university. To participate in the second-year program, applicants must be at least in their 4th year or have been graduated. An exception may be made if students can prove that they have sufficient knowledge of international law.
4- Are there any entrance exams required for ILFP?
The most common entrance criteria for the applicants applying for the first year is the admission interview after submitting the application form. In case you demonstrated a substantial background of international law and want to join the program in its second year, there will be a 2-hours written exam consisting of 3 essay questions.
5- What does ILFP expect from the applicant?
The program first and foremost looks for indications of strong academic ability. This is typically displayed through your undergraduate GPA or the grades of your international law courses. Additionally, ILFP looks for well-rounded applicants who have an interest in an academic career in international law. Life experiences and unique circumstances are also considered in the admission process.
6- What is the language of the programs?
The language of the programs is English. Therefore, we expect applicants to demonstrate a good command of English to understand academic texts and lectures and to being able to show active participation in the lectures. A language certificate is not the only criterion but may be useful during the evaluation of the applicant.
7- How are the ILFP classes structured?
In the first-year program, the students will take public international law classes for 20 weeks. The lectures will be given by an ICIL scholar. In the second-year program the students will take a 20-weeks long lecture course on selected topics in international law. The lectures will be given by different scholars from abroad each week with the graduate system where students read the articles of the lectures in advance and prepare for the lectures by answering questionnaires and organizing pre-lecture discussion panels.
8- Will the students get a Certificate? If so, what can they do with that Certificate?
The students will get a Certificate of Completion once they have finished the ILFP and other programs provided by ICIL. There are many advantages that can be gained take with a Certificate. Mostly, it will help them to get an acceptance from foreign universities for studying or participating in other courses.
9- Can I apply to ILFP during working as a (trainee) lawyer?
It is not advised, especially in the first year of the ILFP you will not have the opportunity to do both. If you do, it should be a part-time job. Once you have completed your first-year program, you will have more of a grasp on your time management and will probably feel more comfortable for adding back additional responsibilities in the second-year program.
10- Do I have to attend the ICIL winter and summer programs during ILFP?
Winter and Summer programs are not required to be attended but it is advantageous taking these courses. It is a real-life experience for foreign summer and winter schools and for making meaningful connections with foreign law students.
11- What happens if the applicants have a low GPA?
ICIL looks at your application as a whole. If there should be a weak part of in your application, it is important to make sure that the rest of the application is convenient for participating the program. While IELTS/YDS and GPA are not the only decisive factors, they are indicators of academic ability, so every other part of your application must speak to your ability to succeed in a rigorous academic environment.
12- What if my question hasn’t been answered?
Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org; @istanbuICIL on Twitter; /company/ICIL on LinkedIn or @IstanbulICIL on instagram concerning any additional questions you may have about the application process.