The criteria outlined below are determined by the Higher Education Council of Türkiye.
Students who are in their senior year at high school or who graduated from high school and who satisfy at least one of the below criteria may apply as international students.
Students who cannot apply as international students:
International students may directly begin one of the 22 undergraduate programs to which they are offered admission or be admitted into our English Language Center (ELC) preparatory year.
Since English is the language of instruction at Koç University, it is essential that you demonstrate competence in the language:
Students who can’t satisfy the minimum English proficiency required (as detailed above) but are deemed academically fit will be offered admission into our ELC 1 year program.
Please note: it is not sufficient to have proficiency in English. International students are also expected to satisfy the minimum acceptable scores or diploma grades in the exams or diplomas listed in the Acceptable Exams and Diplomas and Minimum Eligibility Scores and Grades section.
Click here for the designated tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year.
This fee covers tuition and registration and also allows full use of the library, computer laboratories, and infirmary services. This fee does not cover campus dormitory accommodation, meals, books or other living expenses.
Scholarships for International Undergraduate Students
Every academic year the committee that evaluates international undergraduate applications may offer a limited number of tuition scholarships (25, 50%, 75%, 100%) to outstanding candidates based on academic merit.
Merit scholarships are awarded on the consideration of all academic and extra-curricular documents and information that demonstrate outstanding performance and potential. There are no specific test scores or GPAs that automatically award a full or partial merit scholarship.
Please visit international.ku.edu.tr for detailed information about country-specific scholarships and other externally funded scholarships in Türkiye.
To submit the online application form, you will need to upload ALL the documents below as relevant:
*Applications with missing documents will not be taken into consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to upload complete and accurate documents before the respective application deadline.
Please note that all documents should be uploaded to the online application form in PDF file format (.pdf), each file should be less than 60 MB in size and include no Turkish or other special characters in the file name.
Make sure you indicate a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of program in the online application form so that if you are not offered admission to your 1st choice program you will still be evaluated for your 2nd and 3rd choice. If offered admission to your 2nd or 3rd choice, you can still consider applying for internal transfer to your primary choice of program after your Freshman year. Please note that Koç University also offers the possibility to do double majors and minors for all undergraduate students.
Fall 2023 Application period for all undergraduate programs except Medicine for international applicants
Applications will open: 01 January 2023
Applications will close (deadline):
**There are no disadvantages to applying in the late application period with regards to admission or scholarship decisions, however, it is likely that you will not be eligible to apply for dormitory housing if you receive an admission offer letter and accept your offer after 31 August, 2023.
Fall 2023 Application period for Medicine for international applicants
Applications will open: 01 May 2023
Applications will close (deadline): 01 August 2023
Although you may apply with your national diploma grades and high school transcript, please be informed that the list below covers the most commonly submitted test types by admitted candidates. Consequently, students who cannot provide any of the exams listed below may also be evaluated based on their national high school diploma grades and other credentials but will typically have a significantly lesser chance of admission.
Exam scores older than 2 years at the time of application will not be accepted. However, there is no binding time constraint for diploma grades.
You can access statistics about the test scores of previously admitted international students to Koç University’s undergraduate programs here.
Below are the quotas for the 2023-2024 academic year.
|College of Science|
|Molecular Biology and Genetics (English)||20|
|College of Social Sciences and Humanities|
|Archaeology and History of Art (English)||5|
|Comparative Literature (English)||10|
|Media and Visual Arts (English)||30|
|College of Administrative Sciences and Economics|
|Business Administration (English)||50|
|International Relations (English)||30|
|College of Engineering|
|Computer Engineering (English)||40|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering (English)||40|
|Industrial Engineering (English)||40|
|Chemical and Biological Engineering (English)||20|
|Mechanical Engineering (English)||40|
|School of Medicine|
|School of Nursing|
Applications are evaluated in terms of academic merit by an Admissions Committee comprised of the Dean of the relevant College, the Dean of Students and the Vice-President of Academic Affairs. Interviews may be held with the candidates via the application portal, if necessary. Please note that evaluation is done on a need-blind basis.
Once you have made your decision about attending Koç University, you will need to inform the Global Recruitment Team via email (email@example.com) of your intent.
Before arriving in Türkiye, you should check the entry types and requirements (visa, e-visa, etc.) depending on your nationality. For more details about your arrival, life in Istanbul, and on campus, please check out the resources on the International Community Services Office (ICO) website.
For essential life-related tips (social and legal) and answers to most of your questions, please read the ICO’s Newcomers’ Guide.
If you encounter problems completing the online application form, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Since English is the medium of instruction at Koç University, it is essential that you demonstrate competence in the language. Students who submit a valid English Proficiency Exam Result and/or students who completed the last 3 years of high school education in a country where the official language is English will be exempted from attending the English Language Center (ELC) and will directly begin their undergraduate courses.
However, it is not sufficient to have proficiency in English. Applicants are expected to satisfy the minimum acceptable score or diploma grade for one of those exams or diplomas listed in Acceptable Exams and Diplomas and Minimum Eligibility Scores and Grades (please see above).
Koç University English Proficiency Exam (KUEPE) administered by the ELC
Students who achieve a KUEPE score of 60 or above will be promoted to their academic programs.
External Exam Scores
Students can be exempted from ELC provided that they meet the following minimum score requirements from the external tests below and upload corresponding score reports in the online application:
TOEFL IBT: 80 WRT:20
In granting and maintaining equivalence to the English proficiency exams listed above, it is obligatory that the test has been taken within the confines of a state university building.
TOEFL and PTE Home-edition versions and IELTS are not accepted by the Higher Education Council and therefore, we are not able to accept them as an eligible English proficiency test.
Further information is available on ELC’s website at http://elc.ku.edu.tr/home
Students who have applied for Law or Nursing programs will directly begin Turkish education if they can prove that -within the framework of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages- their score is C1 or above at TÖMER or Yunus Emre Institute Turkish Proficiency Exam.
The language of instruction at Koç University Faculty of Medicine is English. However, Turkish is spoken when patients are present. Therefore, students whose native language is not Turkish or who do not have sufficient Turkish proficiency to communicate with patients, before starting their second year of medical school, must have a B1 level of Turkish proficiency defined in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and before beginning their fourth year (Clinical Year 1), they must have a C1 level of Turkish proficiency certificate. This certificate is a prerequisite for starting the fourth year for this group of students, in addition to successfully completing the third year.
The required copies of school certificates and/or degrees should be certified by the issuing institution or notary public offices as genuine copies of the original.
All documents other than Turkish or English should be translated in either of these languages by an accredited translation office and the copies should be submitted.
Please note that the required documents for registration without original statements or certified evidence of study results will not be taken into consideration. The diplomas and transcripts should be officially translated by an accredited translator and the translation should be attached to the original.
On the day of enrollment, the student should provide the original of all the documents or their certified copies to the Registrar’s Office.
Important Note on the Use of Agents or Educational Agencies
Koç University partners with a selected group of third-party agents or educational agencies to provide advice and support on the suitability of our academic programs and the application process. However, it is not necessary to engage an agent in order to have a strong chance of admission to Koç University. Admission decisions are not based on the recommendations of agents.
Koç University expects an application to be the work of the applicant and that all information on the application is complete, accurate and truthful. We may reject application materials, cancel an admissions offer or dismiss a student from attendance if it is determined that application materials have been falsified.
You can see a list of authorized partner agencies in your country here.