What is Virtual Exchange?

UNIC Virtual Semester Exchange is a new opportunity for students who like to experience international exchange at home.

Virtual Exchange means Koç University students and partner institution students can take courses in their own institutions without leaving physically, while also attending and completing courses of the host (partner) institution in a virtual environment.

UNIC Virtual Semester Exchange is a significant opportunity for students to meet and work with other cultures without facing with any psychical and/or financial barriers.

In scope of this project, UNIC is opening a multidisciplinary course catalogue for all UNIC students for Virtual Exchange.

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Where Can I See the Courses?

Couse catalogue can be found here:  UNIC Course List


Along with Koç University, the following leading institutions from Europe are members of the UNIC network.

  • Erasmus University Rotterdam (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
  • Ruhr University of Bochum (RUB, Germany)
  • University College Cork (Cork, Ireland)
  • University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain)
  • University of Liège (Liege, Belgium)
  • University of Oulu (Oulu, Finland)
  • University of Zagreb (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Malmö University (Malmö, Sweden)
  • University of Lodz (Lodz, Poland)


For more information on the UNIC-Universities visit https://www.unic.eu/en/universities

When Can I Apply?

Application and Selection Calendar for Virtual Exchange in Spring 2024 is as follows:

Application Period: 19/01/2024 – 28/01/2024 

Announcement of Selection Results: 31/01/2024 

Info Session: Session will be held on 23/01/2024 and 24/01/2024 (detailed information about sessions’ time and platform will be provided in upcoming days). 

How Can I Apply?

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Applicants must be registered at KU as full-degree undergraduate or graduate students at the time of application
  • GPA Requirement
    • Minimum GPA for Undergraduate: GPA of 2.2
    • Minimum GPA for Graduate: GPA of 2.5
  • Language Requirement

Applicants need to have a document indicating their level of English proficiency and have the specified minimum score for the examination.

  • TOEFL IBT 80
  • IELTS 6.5
  • KUEPE 60
  • TOEFL PBT 550
  • Koç TOEFL 550


As a certificate of English language proficiency, Master’s and Doctoral program students can submit:
  • GRE Verbal Reasoning minimum score of 135
  • GMAT Verbal Session score minimum of 15


Application Documents

The following documents should be uploaded onto form:

Document Type Mandatory/ If applicable
Transcript of Records Mandatory
Language Scorecard Mandatory
Special Needs Statement & Proving documents If applicable



  • Selection is done based on 50% Academic achievement + 50% Language score (100-point system).
    • Students who have not previously participated in Erasmus+ (KA131, KA171), Global Exchange, and Summer Exchange programs will receive +10 points .
    • Disabled students receive +10 points if proving documents are provided in the application.
    • Students who have previously participated in the UNIC  virtual exchange program will receive -5 points.


Students will be ranked according to their score and be determined as candidates for the virtual courses of their preferred institutions in their applications.


  • Koç University students can take virtual courses from one of the partner institutions or from several at the same time, but this must be implemented in accordance with YÖK rules. Students can attend a maximum of 40% of the courses they take online, and 50% of their curriculum must consist of non-transfer courses.
  • A Koç University student can take courses equivalent to 30 KU credits (60 ECTS) under the virtual exchange program during their educational life at KU. If the credit total of the courses taken exceeds this limit, the grades/credits of these courses shall not be transferred to KU.
  • Koç University students can benefit from the virtual exchange program for more than one semester during their educational life at KU.
  • If they participate in this program, students who pay tuition fees at KU shall continue to pay their tuition fees to KU.

Virtual Exchange Documents and Recognition of Courses

Virtual Exchange documents are listed below:


Application Documents:

  • Transcript of Records
  • Language Scorecard
  • If applicable, proof of special needs (official document proving disability)”


Before the Mobility Document(s)will be submitted only after students are selected for virtual exchange:


After Virtual Exchange Document(s):

  • Transcript of Records from the partner institution(s).


Recognition of Courses

  • At the end of the virtual exchange semester, students have to submit the copy of host institution(s)’ transcript(s) to OIP, and the original copy of the transcript(s) to their colleges/graduate school for grade/credit transfer.
  • If the GPA of all courses taken in partner institutions as part of the program is below 2.00, all courses shall be transferred with their grades, whether or not they have a valid grade. If the GPA of all the courses taken in one semester as part of the virtual exchange program is over 2.00, upon request, at the end of the program, students can transfer all courses they have taken along with grades, or they can transfer only the credits of all courses. However, partial transfers of credits or grades cannot be made.

Cancellation of Virtual Mobility

Should you plan to cancel one/more or all courses that you plan to take as part of UNIC Virtual Mobility program, please fill in the online cancellation form.