Overview

Koç University

City: Istanbul
Language of instruction: English, Turkish

Koç University is a private, nonprofit institution, founded in 1993 and located in Istanbul, Turkey.

Today, the University has approximately 3400 undergraduate and 520 Graduate students and 400 faculty members in 5 colleges, one School of Health Sciences and three graduate schools (with the addition of Graduate School of Sciences and Engineering and Graduate School of Social Sciences).

In October 2000 Koç University moved to its permanent campus at Rumeli Feneri, Sarıyer, Istanbul located on a hill close to the city but far removed from the distractions of city life, sprawling over a large area. Sariyer is located in the northern-most district on the European side of Istanbul. Sariyer has a small harbor, with a booming fishing enterprise and famous for its fish restaurants, beautiful parks, and cafés.

The sixty buildings, academic and administrative (laboratories, library, dormitories, faculty residences, social and sports facilities), are the product of a meticulous, integrated design. Drawing upon warm and natural materials, including stone, plaster, wood, and clay roof tiles, the architecture is a blend of the historical style of İstanbul and the timeless characteristics of well-established academic institutions.

Since half of the student body lives on Campus, the campus is active and vibrant with many organized social activities.

There is also the West Campus, just few minutes away from the Main Campus where there are new dormitories and facilities.

Partner university's areas of study

ArtsCommerce (UBCV)EngineeringLand and Food SystemsManagement (UBCO)Science

Notes on Language of Instruction

A Turkish Language & Society course is offered for non-native speakers each semester. This course is 3 KU credits and 5 contact hours per week. There is no additional fee.

Koc offers another course, designed for incoming exchange students, about Turkish Culture and History. The aims of this course are to introduce the cultural and social issues which are significant in the making of modern Turkey.

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ELIGIBILITY + TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Summer

Who can go?

Students must have a cumulative average of 75% to study at Koc University. Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study.

Term dates

KU semester 1: mid September to mid January

KU semester 2: late January to early June

Notes on eligibility and timing

A one-week Orientation program is offered every semester (Fall and Spring) for the incoming exchange students. Participation is mandatory. During Orientation, the Exchange Office organizes both a welcome dinner and a tour of Istanbul. 

The Koc Exchange Office assigns student mentors to each incoming exchange student. They help students understand life at Koc and assist them in fulfilling the requirements of the program.

Summer program

Koç University Undergraduate Research Program

Koç University Global Summer Academy

Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

Same as UBC credits.

Passing grade

C-

Grading scheme

A    4.00   Superior   90-100

A-   3.70   Superior   87-89

B+  3.30   Above Average+   83-86

B    3.00   Above Average   80-82

B-   2.70   Above Average-   77-79

C+  2.30   Average+   73-76

C    2.00   Average   70-72

C-   1.70   Average-   67-69

D+  1.30   Deficient+   64-66

D    1.00   Deficient   60-63

F     0.00   Fail   0-59

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline.  You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

Information about the transfer credit portal.

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Undergrad research

Course information and restrictions

Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive. When selecting courses, ensure that they are available in the semester for which you are applying. Ultimately, students are responsible for researching applicable course restrictions.

Full course load information

Students generally take five courses during the semester. Five courses is equal to 15 Koç credits; therefore 30 ECTS. At Koç, in general, one course lasts 150 minutes in a week. There are 17 weeks in a semester.

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Okanagan

Applied Science
UBC course: BIOL 311
Title: Biochemistry
Partner course code: CHBI 300
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-09-12
UBC course: PSYO 241
Title: Personality Theories
Partner course code: PSYC 305
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-06-12
Arts and Sciences
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Turkish Culture and History
Partner course code: EXCH 301
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-06-11
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Identity and Foreign Policy of the EU
Partner course code: INTL 447
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-29
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: International Conflict and Security
Partner course code: INTL 470
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-29
UBC course: PSYO 2nd
Title: Psychology of Learning and Cognition
Partner course code: PSYC 205
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-06-12
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Abnormal Psychology
Partner course code: PSYC 303
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-06-01
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Sociology of Organizations
Partner course code: SOCI 302
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-05-27
Creative and Critical Studies
UBC course: FREN 102
Title: French 1: Beginners
Partner course code: FREN 201
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-06-17
UBC course: VISA 103
Title: Illustration
Partner course code: MAVA 432
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-05-27

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: ARTH 2nd
Title: THE ART OF MEDITERRANEAN AND EUROPEAN CIVILAISATIONS: ANCIENT TO PRE-MODERN
Partner course code: ARHA 221
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-28
UBC course: ARTH 2nd
Title: Painting in the Ottoman Empire
Partner course code: ARHA 412
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-06-29
UBC course: ARTH 3rd
Title: Antique/Byzantine Art
Partner course code: ARHA 318
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date:
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Basic Turkish 1/Turkish for Foreigners 1
Partner course code: TURK 201
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-02-28
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Basic Turkish II
Partner course code: TURK 202
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-07-26
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Basic Turkish 3
Partner course code: TURK 203
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-02-26
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: BASIC TURKISH IV - TURK. 302 (1)
Partner course code: TURK 302
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-07-10
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: Translating Literatures and Cultures
Partner course code: LITR 201
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-02-26
UBC course: ECON 302
Title: Intermediate Macroeconomics
Partner course code: ECON 202
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-05-27
UBC course: ECON 326
Title: Econometrics I
Partner course code: ECON 311
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-20
UBC course: ECON 345
Title: Money and Banking
Partner course code: ECON 360
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-20
UBC course: ECON 350
Title: Public Finance
Partner course code: ECON 340
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-20
UBC course: ECON 355
Title: International Trade
Partner course code: ECON 321
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-20
UBC course: ECON 356
Title: INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
Partner course code: ECON 322
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-07-25
UBC course: ECON 356
Title: International Finance
Partner course code: ECON 322
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-20
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: Industrial Organization
Partner course code: ECON 330
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-20
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: Financial Markets and Institutions
Partner course code: EFIN 403
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-20
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: The Economics of Institutions
Partner course code: ECON 480
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-20
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: Public Finance
Partner course code: ECON 340
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-05-27
UBC course: ECON 421
Title: Game Theory and Strategy
Partner course code: ECON 333
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-20
UBC course: ECON 425
Title: Econometrics II
Partner course code: ECON 312
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-20
UBC course: ECON 455
Title: International Trade
Partner course code: ECON 321
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-05-27
UBC course: ECON 456
Title: International Finance
Partner course code: ECON 322
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-05-27
UBC course: ENGL 220
Title: ENGLISH LITERATURE TO 1800
Partner course code: LITR 315
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-07-02
UBC course: ENGL 3rd (3)
Title: Literature and Culture II
Partner course code: LITR 210
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-08-05
UBC course: ENGL 478
Title: Postcolonial Theory and Practice
Partner course code: LITR 432
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-04-14
UBC course: ENGL 478
Title: Selected Topics in Literature: Post-colonial Literature and Theory
Partner course code: LITR 450
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-11-26
UBC course: ENGL 4th (3)
Title: The Novel in Comparative Perspective
Partner course code: LITR 443
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-08-05
UBC course: FIST 3rd
Title: Film Theory
Partner course code: MAVA 305
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-08-09
UBC course: FIST 3rd
Title: European Cinema: The Politics of Contemporary European Cinema
Partner course code: MAVA 335
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-08-09
UBC course: FREN 102
Title: Beginners French 2
Partner course code: FREN 202
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-07-16
UBC course: GEOG 2nd
Title: Social Change and Development
Partner course code: SOCI 220
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-03-21
UBC course: GEOG 353
Title: International Migration in a Global World
Partner course code: INTL 435
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-03-22
UBC course: GERM 1st
Title: German III: Intermediate
Partner course code: GERM 301
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-12
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Travels in the Ottamon History with Evliya Celebi
Partner course code: HIST 317
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-07-12
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire, 1917-1991
Partner course code: HIST 440
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-11-26
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: OTTOMAN IMAGINATION: A CULTURAL HISTORY
Partner course code: HIST 450
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-07-12
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Dreaming of a Cosmopolitan Sea: The Mediterranean in History
Partner course code: HIST 350
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-30
UBC course: HIST 402
Title: EUROPEAN DIPLOMACY AND THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE
Partner course code: HIST 406
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-08-16
UBC course: HIST 4th
Title: History of Turkish Nationalism
Partner course code: HUMS 122
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-30
UBC course: HIST 4th
Title: Colonialism and Imperialism
Partner course code: INTL 415
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-21
UBC course: MUSC 1st
Title: The Art of Piano
Partner course code: MUSC 201
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date:
UBC course: PHIL 334
Title: Philosophical Perspectives on Gender
Partner course code: PHIL 432
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-13
UBC course: POLI 364
Title: International Organizations and NGOs
Partner course code: INTL 360
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-07-07
UBC course: POLI 366
Title: INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
Partner course code: INTL 531
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-16
UBC course: POLI 369
Title: International Conflict and Security
Partner course code: INTL 470
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-16
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Terrorism, Insurgency, and World Politics
Partner course code: INTL 335
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-13
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Religion, Secularism and Democracy in the World
Partner course code: INTL 450
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-07-16
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Politics of Ethnicity and Nationalism
Partner course code: INTL 475
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-07-07
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: European union Economic Law
Partner course code: LAW 340
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-13
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: State and Society In the Middle East
Partner course code: INTL 340
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-07-07
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Sociology of Organizations and Institutions
Partner course code: SOCI 302
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-04-17
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Sociology of Communication & Information
Partner course code: SOCI 402
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-03-03
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Political Sociology
Partner course code: SOCI 421
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-03-03
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Social Network Analysis
Partner course code: INTL 318
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-14
UBC course: SOCI 425
Title: Urban Sociology
Partner course code: SOCI 401
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-10-22
Science
UBC course: GEOB 2nd
Title: Energy and the Environment
Partner course code: SCIE 107
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-11-25
UBC course: PSYC 308A
Title: Social Psychology
Partner course code: PSYC 204
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-07-12
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC. Some exceptions may apply.

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campusOn-campus

Housing notes

On-campus accommodations are available for Exchange students. Please see the link below for more information.

Information on Accommodation

How to applyBack to UBCO