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Education Abroad Office

Koc University

Area: International Business Exchange
Location: Istanbul
Country: Turkey
Term: Spring

Koc University is one of the leading universities in Turkey and provides International Business students with a great global exchange experience. Koc University has been ranked among the world's top 250 universities by Times Higher Education. It prepares students of all disciplines with essential principles of human sciences and creates a connection of knowledge across fields. The university is continuously seeking to diversify its programs and welcomes many international and exchange students every year. The university was built in 1993 as a non-profit private university which means that the institution is equipped with the latest technology and support system.

Category: 1, no foreign language proficiency requirement, all courses taught in English

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: junior standing; International Business major

Students on exchange pay in-state tuition directly to USC and do not pay tuition to Koc. All housing, food, and personal expenses are paid by the student in Istanbul. Koc suggests that students budget approximately 4,990-5,490 TL per month for living and housing expenses. The actual cost can differ depending on the student’s lifestyle and accomodations. To get an idea of​ ​life on site, you will find on the numbeo website indications on the cost of living in Turkey compared to other countries in the world.

Students are recommended to take 4 courses (3 credits each). The normal workload is 5 courses for a total of 15 credits. Koc University also offers a Turkish Language and Society course for non-native students. To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

Students have the opportunity for independent travel. Koç University offers students resources and travel tips about to travel in and outside of Turkey. Additionally, the University has over 80 clubs and groups on campus and indoor and outdoor sport and social facilities.

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details. There is also a mandatory Turkish health insurance for all international students that will cost 120 USD per semester.

Koc offers all exchange students that select the on-campus housing option a single, double and quad room each with a furnished kitchen area. Exchange students will also most likely be placed with a Turkish roommate and students will be informed on their placement information upon arrival. You can find more information about housing here.

 UofSC IB majors will attend Koc University during the spring semester. Students can expect the orientation to usually begin in late January and final exams to end in early to mid-June. Student are expected to arrive early for orientation activities. You can find the academic calendar here.

Koc University offers students an Orientation Week during which they are exposed to vibrant student life and academic mandates of the program. Students are assigned an academic advisor which help finalize their courses at orientation. Exchange students are also paired with a local student as their mentor. Their mentor will help with the arrangement of residence visa permits and with making any academic appointments. At orientation they will also cover cultural excursion information and health and safety procedures.

Students should apply for a Turkish visa following the instructions of Koc University, available here. U.S. citizens enter Turkey on a tourist e-visa. After your arrival in Turkey, you will apply for a residence permit with guidance from Koc.


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