Koç University

City: Istanbul
Language of instruction: English, Turkish
  • Located in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Founded in 1993
  • 3 400 undergraduate students, 520 graduate students, and 400 faculty members
  • 5 colleges, 1 School of Health Sciences, and 3 graduate schools
  • Architecture of facilities is a blend of Istanbul historical style and well-established academic institutions
  • 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, has a small harbor, with a booming fishing enterprise, and famous for its fish restaurants, beautiful parks, and cafés
  • Half of the student body lives on campus making it active and vibrant with many organized social activities
  • West Campus has new dormitories and facilities, just a few minutes away from the Main Campus

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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, free of charge (3 KU credits and 5 contact hours per week)
  • Koc offers another course, designed for incoming exchange students, about Turkish Culture and History


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

  • Semester 1: mid September to mid January
  • Semester 2: late January to early June


  • A one-week mandatory Orientation program is offered every semester (Fall and Spring) for the incoming exchange students (incluves a welcome dinner and a tour of Istanbul)
  • The Koc Exchange Office assigns student mentors to each incoming exchange student, to help students understand life at Koc and in Turkey and assist them in fulfilling the requirements of the program

Summer program

Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • Same as UBC credits

Passing grade


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.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

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

  • When selecting courses, ensure that they are available in the semester for which you are applying

Full course load information

  • Students generally take five courses during the semester 
  • 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 Vancouver

UBC course: ARTH 3rd
Title: The Art and Architecture of the Islamic World
Partner course code: ARHA 422
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-12-09
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: State and Society in the 19th Century Ottoman Empire
Partner course code: HIST 433
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-21
UBC course: POLI 364
Title: International Organizations and NGOs
Partner course code: INTL 360
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-12
UBC course: POLI 366
Title: Introduction to Global Political Economy
Partner course code: INTL 313
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-02-26
UBC course: POLI 369
Title: International Law
Partner course code: LAW 221
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-12-22
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Governments and Politics of the Middle East
Partner course code: INTL 340
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-12
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Policy Design and Implementation
Partner course code: INTL 401
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-12-22
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Diplomacy: Theory & Practice
Partner course code: INTL 452
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-02-26
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Partner course code: SOCI 220
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-12-18
UBC course: SOCI 425
Title: Urban Sociology
Partner course code: SOCI 315
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-12-18
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 travel 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’ for Federal 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


Housing notes

  • On-campus accommodations are available for exchange students

Information on Accommodation

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