Burcu Munyas studied international relations at Bilkent University, Ankara (B.A., 2004). In Bilkent she set up and coordinated the Peace Studies Group of the International Relations Academic Research Community. The group organized presentations, teach-ins, and a Peace Exhibition. During 2003, Burcu completed the internship program of the Center for Strategic Research of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, where she prepared a paper on UN peace operations. As a student volunteer, she taught elementary-level English and social sciences. She also participated with Harvard University students in video conferences about Turkish-U.S. relations.