Application deadline extended: April 30, 2017


Check-in to dorms: July 2, 2017
Orientation on Campus: July 3, 2017
Course dates: July 3 – July 21, 2017
Check-out from dorms: July 22, 2017

Instructor: Dr. David Campbell, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Public Administration, College of Community and Public Affairs, Binghamton University

About The Course




Course structure:

3 weeks of classes + service learning activities

  • Learning via lectures, guest lecturers and student presentations (Monday through Thursday)
  • Service learning activities will take place on Fridays


Academic Program:

To download the preliminary syllabus, please click here.


Historically, philanthropists have played an important role in the development of civil society. Philanthropy today is a global phenomenon, utilizing a variety of institutional forms and involving both the very wealthy and those of modest resources to address issues of common concern. The nonprofit organizations that philanthropists fund represent nearly ten percent of the United States economy and nongovernmental organizations are among the fastest growing parts of economies in other parts of the world. Yet, many students are unfamiliar with philanthropy and the role nongovernmental organization plan in community life. Philanthropists are an important source of capital in social movements, encouraging innovation and supporting the nongovernmental and grass roots infrastructure that leads to social change.  Nongovernmental organizations, both formal and informal are the vehicles for philanthropists’ social investments.


The goal of this course is to introduce students to the role philanthropy and civil society organizations play in community life, specifically in Türkiye and the United States. This course introduces students to individual and institutional philanthropy and the role and management of nonprofit/civil society organizations in community life through a hands-on service-learning grantmaking experience. As part of this course students will have the opportunity to learn about several Turkish civil society organizations.  In addition, students will decide, collectively, to make a grant to one. All of the organization with which you will work will receive a grant from the class; however, you will decide which one you want to support with a larger grant.


This course is a collaboration of the Office of International Programs and Koç University Social Impact Forum (KUSIF) .



·         A background in social sciences is not required. Koç University invites all interested students to apply, regardless of their background or major.

·         A minimum of 2.5 GPA is required.

·         The language of instruction is English. Students must hold a minimum of TOEFL PBT 550, TOEFL CBT 213, TOEFL IBT 80 or IELTS 6.5 (Not applicable to students applying from institutions whose medium of instruction is English).


To apply, students are required to submit:

  • Online application form
  • A 400 word statement describing the student’s motivation for participation
  • Transcripts describing student’s academic performance
  • A recent photograph
  • TOEFL or IELTS score sheet
  • Non-refundable deposit of 100 USD*


*Paying the deposit will put you on the applicants’ list, but will not secure you a spot in the program. Your participation will only be confirmed once you complete the tuition and dorm payments. The deposit of 100 USD will be deduced from the full amount of tuition that you will pay. If you cancel your participation at any point, this deposit will NOT be refunded to you. This deposit will be refunded only if Koç University cancels the program.


Students can apply by clicking “APPLY NOW” below. You will be asked to upload a copy of your transcript, a recent photograph, TOEFL or IELTS score sheet, and the bank receipt as proof of payment of the deposit. If you have any problems with creating an application, please email to


Important Dates

April 30 – Extended Application deadline

May 5 – Accepted applicants will be announced
May 10 – Deadline for applicants to make their final decision
May 12 – Deadline for payment of dorm fee

May 26 – Deadline for payment of program fee


The program fee:  1250 USD

*Excludes accommodation on campus, meals, costs associated with service learning activities (transportation etc.), other miscellaneous expenses.

** Students coming from partner institutions of Koç University will get 10% discount on the tuition.


Dorm accommodation in single rooms (21 nights):  525 USD

Accommodation on campus is recommended, but optional.


Please find the link to our virtual campus tour at the bottom of this page or click here.


For more information on the campus, please click here.


Living Expenses:

For living expenses in Istanbul, please click here. 


Meal Expenses:

Student meal menu (4 items) at Koç University Dining Hall: Around 10 – 15 TL


Transportation Expenses:

IETT Bus (KU Campus – Sarıyer): 2.30 TL

Dolmuş (KU Campus-Sarıyer): 2.15 TL

Dolmuş (Sarıyer – Beşiktaş): 2.75 TL

Taxi (Taksim-Campus): 65 TL


International students will be responsible for the following expenses:

Flights to and from Istanbul, health and travel insurance, meals, and any miscellaneous expenses.

Please note that all students must have health insurance which covers them overseas.



The program offers merit-based scholarships.

Payment Info

ACCOUNT NO: 89636338
IBAN CODE: TR38 0006 7010 0000 0089 6363 38


IMPORTANT: Please note that banks apply transaction fees. So please make it clear with your bank that the amounts that Koç University will receive will be the exact amounts stated in “Finances” section above.


Payment Deadlines

May 12 – Deadline for payment of dorm fee

May 26 – Deadline for payment of program fee


Cancellation Policy:

Dorm payment must be made between May 5 – 12. Applicant’s placement in the dorms will be secured only after the full payment has been made. Once you make the dorm payment, it will not be reimbursed in case you change your mind. Dorm fee will be reimbursed to you only if Koç University cancels the program. If you will not stay in the dorms, please indicate that in the application form.


Full refund of payment of the program fee until May 26, 2017. Cancellations after this date will result in half refund of payment. In case of cancelation, the deposit of 100 USD will not be refunded under any circumstances unless Koç University cancels the program. The deposit of 100 USD will be deduced from the full amount of tuition that you will pay.