The Stanford at Koç in Istanbul Overseas Studies Program is designed to give Stanford students an integrated study abroad experience in Istanbul and to provide them with an opportunity to experience rigorous academics while at the same time developing a broad awareness, knowledge and appreciation for Turkey, its culture, and its role within the global ecosystem.

The program is also open for Koç students to take courses with the attending Stanford students. The courses offered within this program are open for selection simultaneously as KU’s Spring semester courses. However, applying Koç students are expected to specify in the application form which courses they wish to select in advance of the course opening.

Click for a video testimonial of the Stanford students on last year’s program. 


Application is for OIP’s tracking purposes ONLY. Sending the application form does NOT guarantee you a spot in any of the courses. Course quotas are limited. So the selection process will be on a first – come, first – served basis. If the maximum quota is reached for a certain course, applications automatically go to a waiting list.Sending the application form will be considered as student’s commitment to participating in the program. If a student has to cancel participation due to unexpected circumstances, they are required to submit a written excuse to the Dean of Students.

The important dates are:

  • 14 December 2015 – Application forms to be sent to Nilüfer Akpınar at
  • 3rd Week of December 2015 – Planning of courses starts on KUSIS (Date to be updated)
  • 11 January 2016 – First Day of Classes
  • 16 March 2016 – Last Day of Classes
  • 17-18 March 2016 – Final Exams

To be eligible for this program, students need:

  • to be at the junior or senior undergraduate level
  • to have good academic standing

Courses to be opened in 2016:

  • Religion, Secularism and Democracy in the World (Murat Somer)
  • Films on Istanbul and Istanbul in Films (Ela Başak Atakan)
  • Strategy in a Global Environment (Birgül Arslan)
  • Dreaming of a Cosmopolitan Sea:  The Mediterranean in History (Alexis Rappas)
  • Travels in Ottoman History with Evliya Çelebi (Aslı Niyazioğlu)

Normal KU course fees apply.

To benefit from this educational experience, students should fill in the form attached and e-mail it to Nilüfer Akpınar (, with the subject “Stanford at Koç Application-Name & Surname”, no later than Thursday,December 14.