Exchange with Koc University in Turkey

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Koc University is a private, nonprofit institution, founded in 1993 and located in Sariyer, Istanbul. The University is supported by the financial resources of the Vehbi Koc Foundation, set up by Vehbi Koc, a leading businessman.  His passion is “To serve humanity by increasing the number of people who can be of service to the Turkish nation,” and he is committed to the pursuit of excellence in both teaching and research. Koc University sprawls over a 62 acre site. The 60 buildings – academic and administrative, laboratories, faculty residences, social and sport facilities are the product of a meticulous and integrated design.

There are 3481 Undergraduate and 521 Graduate students on campus.  Koc University also hosts 48 active student clubs and groups, including language clubs, debate, dance, music, communications,  and clubs focusing on different academic disciplines, among others.

Facilities on campus include a swimming pool, tennis courts, squash room, soccer field, fitness center, cafeteria, canteens, cafés, library, hair dresser, full service bank, ATM machines, supermarket, dry cleaning, bookstore, KU store, post office, 24-hour computer labs, IT support, etc.

Academic Departments

  • College of Administrative Sciences and Economics (CASE): Business Administration, Economics, International Relations 
  • College of Sciences: Chemistry, Mathematics, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Physics 
  • College of Social Sciences and Humanities: Archeology & Art History, English Language & Comparative Literature, Sociology, History, Psychology, Philosophy
  • College of Engineering (CE): Chemical & Biological Eng, Computer Eng, Electrical & Electronics Eng, Industrial Eng, Mechanical Eng.
  • College of Law
  • School of English Studies
  • Sociology
  • Statistics

Course/Language Information

All courses are taught in English. A minimum 4 courses (3 KU credits each) is recommended.  A normal workload is 5 courses.  Students should fulfill prerequisite courses where appropriate.  Independent study is available upon agreement with a Faculty member.  The Turkish Language & Society (TURK 201) 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.

Regarding Student Visas

Exchange Students are responsible for obtaining their own visas. Countries′ immigration policies change periodically; the absolute best source of information is the Consulate of the country for which you′re attempting to obtain a visa.

A student visa is a document issued by a country granting an individual permission to enter a country with the express purpose of completing studies there at a recognized institution. The process of obtaining a visa to study in another country can take weeks or months, so it is important to begin the process as soon as possible after being accepted to the exchange. Without a visa, you may not be allowed to enter the foreign country, even upon arrival at their airport.