Koç University

Istanbul
Turkey

Language of instruction

Turkish
English

Koç University, a non-profit private university in Istanbul, has become one of the leading universities in Turkey since its founding in 1993. KU’s founder, Vehbi Koç, was a renowned Turkish entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Located in the hills of Sarıyer, Istanbul, KU is twenty minutes from the Black Sea beaches, surrounded by charming villages and natural landscapes, and connected to the city centre through convenient transportation options.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester January–June
Semester 2 Autumn Semester September–January

View the KU academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

KU has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Full-time study load

15 Turkish credits, or 30 ECTS, per semester at KU is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at KU.

Find courses

Search the KU course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.
List of courses by semester

Ensure you search for the correct level of courses - see "Additional Academic Information" below for more detail.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Biological engineering
Biological sciences
Business administration
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Computer engineering
Computer science
Economics
Electrical engineering
English literature
Film, TV and media
History and ancient history
International business
International relations
Law
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Philosophy
Physics
Psychology
Sociology
Postgraduate
Biological engineering
Biological sciences
Biomedical engineering
Biomedical science
Business administration
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Computer engineering
Computer science
Economics
Electrical engineering
Finance
International business
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Physics

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

Exchange students can apply for accommodation in Koç University's on-campus housing. Undergraduate students will be allocated a place in the West Campus dormitory, which consists of triple-bunk rooms. Graduate students are housed in apartments near campus.

Cost of living

In their Incoming Exchange Student "Newcomer's" Guide, KU provides some examples of common expenses students can expect to encounter in Istanbul. The "Study in Turkey" website also provides information of the cost of living in Istanbul.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Immigration laws in Turkey require all students to have valid health insurance for the entire duration of their stay. Students must obtain their own health insurance before arriving to Turkey and make sure their insurance covers them in Turkey. English copy of the insurance policy must be submitted to the exchange office before arrival.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the Turkish Consulates for visa and immigration information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.