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Since it's establishment in 1993, Koç University has become one of the leading universities in Turkey. According to the Times Higher Education 2016 ranking, Koç is amongst the top 10 best small universities.Koç University contributes to the elevation of knowledge and service both in Turkey and around the world through 22 undergraduate, 32 graduate and 23 PhD programs all taught in English.

We offer small class sizes and dedicated faculty time to support our students (11:1 student-faculty ratio at undergraduate level).

The interdisciplinary and liberal arts nature of Koç University’s pedagogy equips students from all disciplines with the essential principles of the human sciences and promotes appreciation for the connection of knowledge across fields.

Each year we welcome talented students from over 50 countries to our undergraduate, graduate, semester exchange (Study Abroad) and summer programs.

77% of our alumni begin their professional lives with job offers before graduation or within 3 months of graduation. 40% of our undergraduate students complete at least 2 internships during their studies.

Life at Koç University
Located in the hills of Sariyer, in the cosmopolitan and vibrant city of Istanbul, Koç University is twenty minutes from Black Sea beaches. Our campus is surrounded by charming villages and natural landscapes, and connected to the city center through a plethora of convenient transportation options.

Koç University offers a complete residential campus experience for international students that includes: academic colleges, more than 100 research and teaching laboratories, a 24/7 library with access to all journals, databases & e-books, state of the art social and sports facilities (including indoor and outdoor swimming pool and an ice rink!), health center, support offices (career support, psychological counselling, academic skills, IT support), student dormitories and seamless Wi-Fi throughout campus. Other on-campus conveniences include a grocery store, hair dresser, full-service bank, post office, dry-cleaners, bookshop, cafeterias and other dining options.

As a university focused on creating well-rounded, confident and competent human beings both in and out of the classroom, Koç University places tremendous value on providing a variety of extra-curricular activities for its students and dedicates the necessary resources to ensure that these opportunities satisfy and enrich the Koç University experience. As a student you are encouraged to join one of the 80+ student clubs and societies on campus or create your own!

Watch the experience of one of our American students at Koç University.

Koç University Summer Research Program For High School Students
The Koç University Summer Research Program is for motivated high school students who want to sharpen their research skills and plan to attend research oriented universities upon graduation.

As a student in the 4 week program you will have the opportunity to work closely with our academicians and graduate students at fully-equipped laboratories in a research project.

There is no tuition and we provide free dormitory accommodation for participants. You get a unique opportunity to:

-     Contribute to projects that range from sciences, engineering, social sciences, business and other disciplines
-     Learn new research techniques and gain practical experience to improve your independent thinking and creativity
-     Explore different fields of interest and focus on your future major
-     Live for a month in the beautiful, vibrant and historic Istanbul!

Applications for the summer 2016 program are now closed. The dates for the 2017 summer program are:
-     First Group: 03 July - 28 July, 2017
-     Second Group: 31 July - 25 August, 2017

For more information about the Summer Research Program, please visit our website.

NSHSS Scholarships

Full Scholarship opportunities are available for high caliber NSHSS scholars applying to specific graduate programs. The scholarship includes: tuition waiver (full or partial), free accommodation, health Insurance, working place, a laptop and a generous monthly stipend.

There are also full or partial tuition scholarships available for talented students applying to undergraduate programs. For undergraduate admissions requirements, please visit our website.

Tuition at Koç University is approximately 18,000 USD per academic year (2016/17) for 4 year undergraduate programs or for 1 year Master programs (non-Thesis).

All Master with Thesis (2 years) and PhD (4 years) programs are offered with full tuition scholarships.

More information about costs of living in Istanbul can be found here.

How to Apply
Undergraduate Admissions
Application Deadline (Fall 2017): March 1, 2017

Graduate Admissions
Application Deadlines (Fall 2017): May-June 2017 (for more information on specific graduate programs, visit our website)

NSHSS Articles
Koç University: Top 5 Reasons to Consider a Graduate Program in Europe (02-02-2016)

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