Experiencing Diversity:

Experiencing Diversity:

Every Exchange Has a Story! 

Each year, Koç University opens doors to exchange students who comes from various locations around the world. At KU every single exchange student brings a new story to the community. Each story shared empowers and contributes to the diversity of the campus and class environment.

Here are some facts about Sprin' 19 exchange term:

80+ exchange students and 15 mentors

This term, we welcomed more than 80 international exchange students. No journey is to be walked alone therefore a well-selected mentor team of OIP has been assisting the exchange students from the very beginning of their time in Istanbul to the moment of a farewell.

KU greets exchange students in the warmest way possible on the campus. A well-structured orientation week to the exchange students is a tradition here.












The orientation week is the moment where a new journey starts for an exchange student at KU. Imagine a week full of meeting up with new people, getting to know the campus and its facilities and exploring the historical city of Istanbul.


With love from Incoming Exchange Students

At first, it kind of sounded weird for me to go on exchange for a semester as a person never been outside of the borders of his motherland. A friend of mine recommended KOÇ University. I am glad that he did; it was an amazing experience. A university in the mountainous part of Istanbul, surrounded by woods, and full of energized students and staff… It could not be any better. 

Tural Khudaverdiyev, ADA University, Azerbaijan 


Merhaba! Being a part of the exchange program at Koc University was a bliss for me. During my stay in Istanbul, I got to understand a lot about Turkish people, culture, food and the rich history of the country. Istanbul is where the continents collide, this magical meeting place of East and West has more top- drawer attractions than it has minarets. I found studying at Koc University in the heart of Turkey, Istanbul, a rich experience in itself. From taking diverse courses to getting to know people from all over the world, the spring 2019 term is truly a life changing experience.

Janakiram Mandyam, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India​


Life in Koc University would probably be one among my most cherished memory. With good mentors, friends and teachers, I couldn’t even pick slight drawbacks of Koc. Honestly, I love it, and no matter how afraid I was of living abroad, I enjoy studying and travelling here in Turkey and feel more than fortunate to have joined the Erasmus+ program.

Xinli ZHU, Zhejiang University, China


Visiting Turkey has always been an exciting thought for me, maybe it’s because I belong to Pakistan where we fancy Turkey, its people, culture, food, traditions, warm vibes and even its tv serials. Every single day that I spent in Istanbul and at Koc University was full of laughter, fun and surprises. This exchange brought together a lot of us from all parts of the world and united us into one. I will never forget the hospitality Turkey and its people have shown me.

Aleena Khalid, University of Hong Kong, China


Studying abroad may be one of the most valuable experiences for a university student. By going on exchange, students have the opportunity to study in a foreign nation and take in the allure and culture of a new land. Choosing to study abroad can be one of the most enriching, fulfilling, interesting and educationally stimulating experiences of a student's entire life. 

More than just a semester: Outgoing Exchange Students 

Mustafa Serdar Karakaya, University of British Columbia , Canada

I can gladly say that going on an exchange to Vancouver, Canada was the best decision I have ever made in my life. It was a life changing experience that even altered my career goals and reshaped my perspective of the world we live in. Spending some time in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world was most certainly a unique experience and trying out all the new cuisines that came with the territory was a welcome addition to my life. If I can, I would not hesitate to go back to UBC for my
future studies and continue my life there, in that beautiful city which I call my second home.


Beyza Kartal, Rotterdam School of Management, The Netherlands

I was an exchange student in Rotterdam School of Management. The Netherlands is an amazing country that is super chill while keeping the rules and somehow it made me feel more free than ever. Being an exchange student was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I have met with lots of people from different cultures, experienced their way of living and had the opportunity to expand my horizon and respect for differences.


Ayşe Egenur Ay, Kyoto University, Japan

I went to Kyoto University as an exchange student last year, from April to August and I call this experience a “dream”. Since the day I was introduced to anime and manga, thus the Japanese culture, going to Japan was my number one goal in life. Living there for 4 to 5 months while I was still a university student was a unique experience.  There’s an organized orientation program to introduce the university and class system to the students. The social life in Kyoto University is pretty good. There are so many students clubs you can join.

More incoming and outgoing students' experiences are live on Koç Uni Exchange Blog and on our YouTube Channel