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Turkey, Istanbul: Koç University
Istanbul, Turkey; Istanbul, Turkey (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Elon applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility:
1-Sophomore and Above
Minimum GPA:
Language Prerequisite:
Language(s) of Instruction:
English and local language, Turkish
Course Prerequisite(s):
Housing Options:
Internship Option:
Volunteer/Service Opportunities:
Max Credits To Receive/Transfer:
Program Capacity:
Program Advisor/Manager:
Shanna Van Beek
Program Description:

This program is undergoing administrative adjustments and is not currently accepting applications for fall 2015 but will reopen soon.  

For more information, please contact Shanna Van Beek at or 336-278-6700.

Koç University Campus

About the Location

Turkey is a dynamic country of more than 78 million people that bridges the divide between East and West.  Situated in both Asia and Europe, Turkey is an important political, economic, and cultural crossroads with strong ties to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. While the Turkish republic was founded in 1923, the rich history of the region stretches back millennia.  The city of Istanbul, at the heart of a major metropolitan area and boasting a population of more than 13 million people, spreads across both the Asian and European sides of the Bosphorus Straits. Istanbul has a long and vibrant history, including nearly 500 years as the capital of the Ottoman Empire. The historic areas of Istanbul are on the UN World Heritage List and include sites such as the Hagia Sophia. Modern Istanbul is the financial and cultural center of Turkey.


Koç University is a premier Turkish liberal arts university, located in the Sariyer district of Istanbul, about 45 minutes from the city center.  The 62-acre campus overlooks the Black Sea. Koç enrolls more than 4,400 students in undergraduate and graduate programs throughout its eleven colleges and schools. Courses are all taught in English, and exchange students are able to take a course on Turkish language and culture. There is an exceptionally low student-faculty ratio (10:1) with 400 faculty members, who hold degrees from the top universities in Turkey, Europe, and the U.S. 

Exchange students studying at Koç are able to enroll in courses across the curriculum.  Each full-semester course at Koç is equivalent to a 4-hour course at Elon. Students generally take 4-5 courses for a load of 20 semester hours at Elon. Attendance is mandatory for all classes.  Lectures are typically 75 minutes and are taught in technologically equipped classrooms.  Depending on the course, there may be additional discussion sessions, problem sessions, and labs. In addition to the support of faculty and staff, each exchange student benefits from the support of a student mentor.

The strong academic program at Koç is complemented by a variety of social, cultural, sports, and volunteer activities.  Students have access to campus facilities, including athletic and recreational facilities.  

Grades count toward an Elon GPA.

Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.

Students planning to study abroad on this program must fill out the Course Request Packet and meet with the Assistant Registrar to know how the courses will count toward their degree.

To see course listings for this semester program, visit the pages of the different departments within each college or school.

General Program Dates

Fall semester – mid-September to early January (students may be eligible for early exams)
Spring semester – late January to early June


Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:

Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC.  For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.


Koç offers on-campus housing to 2,200 students.  Incoming exchange students are guaranteed housing and live in one of the 18 dorms on the Koç Main Campus.  Dorms include single, double-occupancy, triple, and quadruple rooms.  Some rooms have private bathrooms and others have shared, common facilities.  Students are placed based on preference and availability of room type.  Wireless Internet access, cable-TV, and phone-services are available in each room.  Each dorm room has a refrigerator, bed, closet, desk, chair, bed stand, light, pillow, and blanket.  Students provide their own towel, pillow case, and sheets.  Each building has a laundry room, kitchen, and a lounge with TV, computers, and printer.  Weekly housekeeping services are available.  Students can prepare their own meals or eat in one of the campus cafeterias.  There is a market on campus and other services include a 24-hour health center, bank, hair-dresser, post-office, and bookstore.

Koç also offers rooms on West Campus which is located two kilometers west of the Main Campus.  Free shuttles run between Main and West Campus.  West Campus is composed of only dormitory buildings with double rooms.  As on the Main Campus, each dorm room has a refrigerator, bed, closet, desk, chair, bed stand, light, pillow, and blanket for each student.  Students provide their own towel, pillow case, and sheets.  Each building has a laundry room, a lounge with TV, computers, and printer.  There is  a 24-hour health center, cafeteria, indoor swimming pool, post office, library, and market.


Students must complete the online Elon University study-abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.  Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by Koç University.


A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.  Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad.  These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety.  Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program.  Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

Click here for the semester programs pre-departure orientation schedule.

Upon arrival, exchange students are welcomed with an orientation program at Koç University.  During the orientation, students meet their mentors, have Survival Turkish classes, Koç University Academic Information System (KUAIS) training sessions, activities with student clubs (volleyball, football, basketball tournaments), an Istanbul City tour, a welcome party at the outdoor swimming pool or the ice skating rink, and a welcome brunch in a traditional village.

Additional Information and Links

Interested in the program?  Join the Global Education Center Facebook page to connect with alumni, meet interested students, and get program updates.

Study Abroad Student Ambassadors (SASAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current SASAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!
Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Embassy of Turkey in Washington 
Embassy of the United States in Ankara 
Consulate General of the United States in Istanbul 


This program is undergoing administrative adjustments and is not currently accepting applications for fall 2015 but will reopen soon.  

For more information, please contact Shanna Van Beek at or 336-278-6700.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/18/2014
Rolling Admission 02/09/2015 06/06/2015
NOTE: The start dates and end dates listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status in a timely fashion.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.