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Koç University

Koç University Rumelifeneri Yolu Istanbul View map
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Since our establishment just over 25 years ago in 1993, Koç University has steadily climbed in various university rankings both internationally and nationally, and are currently one of the highest ranking university’s in Turkey according to QS World University Rankings®.

At Koç University we are continuously striving to achieve even greater heights for students’ academic and interpersonal development, and are dedicated to impart the critical thinking necessary to analyze knowledge as well as creativity to nurture such knowledge in order to stimulate curiosity for lifelong learning. As a result, we’ve emerged as a center of global excellence in science and education with a unique position to explore the connections between medicine, engineering, science, social sciences and administrative sciences to further pursue basic and applied research.

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At Koç University we have several campus buildings located across Istanbul with our main campus located in the north-west European district of Sariyer. We’re home to sixty academic and administrative buildings including laboratories, dormitories, faculty residences, the Sevgi Gönül Cultural Center, Medical Center, as well as high-end sports facilities. There’s also the Suna Kiraç Library which is open 24/7 and boasts over 200,000 electronic journals and books in various languages.

We are committed to creating equal accessibility to academic, residential and campus life-related services for every student by providing the necessary support mechanisms for learning and development. Support services include: the ALIS (Academic and Life Skills) course, Academic Consultancy, Fellow Support Consultancy Program, Koç University Guidance and Psychological Counseling Service (KURES), and the Office of Learning and Teaching (KOLT).

A student-oriented approach to education is also encouraged. Students have access to various research opportunities in over 200 interdisciplinary research centers, forums and laboratories, including research practices with our partner universities from around the world, such as the US, Europe and Asia as part of semester exchange programs.

Students are also taught by a truly global faculty that’s made up of both national and international professionals with national and international scholars and speakers giving talks as well as hosting their own specialized events throughout the year.

At Koç University, five percent of our undergraduate and master’s students are international, representing 50 nations. At doctorate level, this proportion jumps to 25 percent as we welcome talented PhD students from all around the world. This means our 62-acre campus is home to a diverse cohort of students who all contribute to a lively campus life.

There’s an abundance of social and cultural activities in the form of 80 student clubs, such as the Literature Club, the Debate Team, dance and theater, as well as 23 student sports teams including American Football, ice-hockey, football, snowboarding, sailing, scuba diving and rowing.

There’s also the International Students Club which regularly organizes social activities such as movie nights, stand-up nights and trips into Istanbul to support international students on campus. The Marketing and the Index Industrial Engineering Clubs host two student-organized events on our Rumelifeneri campus, and there’s also the the Spring Festival which is one of the most popular events on campus.

When it comes to student accommodation, we have space for almost 3,000 students in our main campus and west campus dormitories in which first-year students are given priority.

Single, double, triple and quadruple rooms are available with all dormitories equipped with the necessary amenities and facilities, including Wi-Fi, central heating and weekly room cleaning services at no extra cost.

Transport around the city as well as between the university’s campuses is efficient and easy to use. Students who live in the main campus dormitories have luxury of only a ten minute walk to and from class, whilst students who live in the west campus are able to utilize the university’s 20 minute shuttle bus service to get to class.

Visit our website to discover more reasons why you should consider studying at Koç University.

If you’re an international student who’s interested in studying at Koç University, you’ll need to complete and submit the online application form.

You must also ensure you meet the necessary requirements and submit the following documents alongside your initial online application form:

-    An international standard exam score (SAT, ACT, MCAT) or an international diploma grade (IGCSE, IB, French Baccalaureate, MATURA) for undergraduate programs and a GRE/GMAT test score for a master or PhD program
-    English language proficiency exam score (TOEFL, CAE)
-    Diplomas and grade transcripts from all completed high school and university degrees
-    Personal essay or statement of purpose outlining your motivation for wanting to study at Koç University
-    Two or three letters of recommendation

Some undergraduate and postgraduate programs may have an application fee and other requirements. For more information, visit our website.  

We are also proud to offer full and partial scholarships for international students who wish to apply to either an undergraduate program or postgraduate program. These scholarships can cover tuition fees as well as accommodation costs, insurance costs and travel costs.

All undergraduate applications are submitted on a need-blind basis, which means the Scholarships Committee will evaluate any scholarship requests if the applicant has been accepted, and have requested to be considered for a financial need tuition scholarship. All national and international students who wish to study at postgraduate level are able to apply for full-tuition scholarships.

More information about our undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships for international students is available on our website.

Please also note, that although all of our 22 undergraduate and 55 graduate programs are offered in English, our undergraduate Law and Nursing programs are taught in Turkish due to national regulation. Candidates wishing to enroll on these programs should be able to demonstrate proficiency in Turkish.

72 percent of our 2016 undergraduate alumni received a job offer before graduation or within the first three months after graduating.

In addition, a considerable number of our master’s alumni are offered a place in some of the top US and European PhD programs, such as Harvard, Yale, GeorgiaTech, Caltech, Oxford, Cambridge and many more. Whilst our PhD alumni find post-doctoral and assistant professor positions in similarly top-ranked universities also in the United States, Europe and Asia.

To help our students and alumni reach their goals and ambitions, the Career Development Center at the university offers careers advice and guidance using the “E.D.I.T. (Explore, Design, Improve, Transfer) Your Career” approach, allowing individuals to explore their career options and discover more about themselves in order to design their career path step by step.

Our 14,000 strong alumni network also regularly organizes networking, personal and career development activities and opportunities alongside the Alumni Office and Alumni Association.

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Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

School of Law

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities

University Highlights

Total students - 5,366


International students - 279


Total faculty staff - 557


Total students - 5,366


International students - 279


Total faculty staff - 557

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