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
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.
ELIGIBILITY + TIMING
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.
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.
Course equivalency formula
Same as UBC credits.
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.)
* 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Types of accommodation available
On-campus accommodations are available for Exchange students. Please see the link below for more information.