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Koç University

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Koç University, located in Istanbul, Turkey, is one of the leading universities in the country, distinguished by contributions to education, knowledge, and service, both domestically and internationally. The university responds to a growing need for focused graduate programs in International Relations, offering students thorough training for careers in research, politics, foreign policy and business. 

The University's mission statement reads, in part, "students acquire the intellectual courage to inquire and question while developing the character necessary to serve as custodians of democratic values and freedom. Guided by the highest standards of academic and interpersonal development, the institution collectively imparts the critical thinking necessary to analyze knowledge, the creativity to nurture and surpass this knowledge and the curiosity for lifelong learning."


Graduate students from AU can enroll at Koç for one semester. Students must take a full courseload at Koç and can earn up to 9 credits toward their AU degree.

Subject areas at Koç include:

  • Globalization and International Relations Theory
  • Comparative Politics
  • Turkey and the Global Political Economy
  • Issues in Turkish Politics
  • International Political Economy
  • Politics of European Integration
  • Europe in the Global Context
  • Anatolian Civilization and Cultural Heritage

Students may also have the opportunity to participate in research projects with Koç faculty members on a non-credit bearing basis.

Language Requirement

All classes are conducted in English.

Academic Calendar

Fall: mid-September - mid-January
Spring: February - May

Due to the differences between the AU and Koç academic calendars, students are encouraged to participate in the program in the spring semester.


Students are registered through the SIS Office of International Programs for up to nine (9) AU-Koç exchange credits (SIS-771). These exchange credits cover the Program credits only; research and/or internship credits are registered under normal AU guidelines. NB: Students must carry a full courseload of 9 AU credits while studying at Koç.

  1. Students are required to meet with their AU academic advisor and obtain formal pre-approval for courses they wish to take through the Program before enrolling at Koç. This ensures that credits earned on the Program can be applied toward the student’s AU degree.
  2. Students pre-register for Koç courses via an online portal prior to the start of the semester and then meet with their assigned advisor at Koç to confirm their courses.

Tuition and Fees

Students pay regular tuition, emergency international health insurance, and technology fees to AU. Students do not pay the student activity fee, sports center fee, or SIS fee while studying at Koç University.  

Students are responsible for any incidental costs, such as library fines and lab fees, incurred at Koç during the program. Students are responsible for all personal expenses including housing and transportation. Students should expect to pay for museum entry fees and lunch during arrival orientation at Koç. In addition, students must pay the residence permit fee which is approximately $100 (USD).

Students are required to submit a non-refundable $50 application fee at the time of submitting their application to SIS Abroad.


All the grad students are placed in apartments on West Campus designed for grad students (2 km from main campus). The room includes a bed, desk, wardrobe, and bedside table. Each bathroom is shared by 4 students. Each floor has shared kitchens. A free shuttle runs between main campus and the graduate apartments.

Visas and Immigration

Once admitted to the Program, students are issued a letter of acceptance by Koç. Students use this document to apply for their student visa at the nearest Turkish embassy or consulate.Consular information can be found through the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Student Orientation

During the semester prior to the start of the Program, the SIS Office of International Programs conducts a mandatory pre-departure meeting. Topics covered include administrative, logistical, security, and cross-cultural issues. Koç also holds orientation events in the week before classes begin each semester. Orientation activities include Survival Turkish classes, Koç University Academic Information System training sessions, activities with student clubs (such as volleyball, football, basketball tournaments), an Istanbul city tour, brunch in a traditional village nearby, an ice skating party, etc.

How to Apply

  1. Complete and submit the Koç application to the SIS Office of International Programs (OIP) by the specified deadline for the semester in which you intend to study abroad. Applicants are required to submit a non-refundable $50 application fee. Payment details are included in the online application. Students may not apply directly to Koç University.
  2. After applications are processed and reviewed, students will be selected by SIS for nomination to Koç.
  3. Once nominated, you will be instructed to complete the Koç online application which requires the following information be uploaded:
    • Passport size photo
    • Copy of passport photo page
    • Official transcripts
  4. Koç makes the final admissions decision and corresponds directly with Program participants regarding all admissions and enrollment matters.

The Program is competitive, and applying does not guarantee admission.

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Application Deadlines 

Fall 2017: March 31, 2017

Spring 2018: TBD

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Koç Grad Exchange Application

Academic Advisor Approval Form

Additional Information

Travel information about Istanbul from Lonely Planet and Wikitravel

Turkey Consular Information Sheet from the U.S. Department of State

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