A graduate of the United Nations International School (1979), Yasemin Dobra-Manco studied studio art and art history at Vassar College, graduating in 1983. She then followed a program of art history at Oxford University (St. John's College) in England. Yasemin obtained her Master’s Degree from Columbia University, NY in 1986 and her thesis was entitled ‘Orientalism and Western Encounters with the East.’ She subsequently served internships with both Sothebey’s in New York and Christie’s in London. She attended the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, obtaining a Certificate from a course on the ‘Arts of Asia’ in 1989. While doing her Master’s course work at Columbia University, Yasemin involved herself in miniature studies under the tutelage of a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She studied miniature studio art with Gulbin Mesara in New York and undertook calligraphy studies from Es Rouya, a master in this discipline from Afghanistan.
Later in her art career, Yasemin assisted Professor Nurhan Atasoy in organizing the U.S. exhibition of ‘Splendors of the Ottoman Sultans.’