Summer Exchange at Koç University

Summer Exchange at Koç University offers a broad range of courses and provides an education with an international and intercultural perspective.

About Program

The program aims to create a rewarding summer experience for students from both partner and non-partner universities. It combines high-quality courses and the opportunity to participate in local activities that enables you to gain insight into Turkish culture in Istanbul.


Located on both sides of the Bosphorus, Istanbul bridges Asia and Europe both physically and culturally. This is one of the greatest cities in the world where you can see a modern western city combined with its own unique culture. From the foundation of Byzantium in the 7th century BC until today, Istanbul always held an important role in the history of humanity as a melting pot of many civilizations. Today it boosted its population over 14 million people living in this spread out city. This makes Istanbul the largest city in Turkey and one of the biggest cities in the world.


An exciting social and cultural orientation week, featuring numerous outdoor and indoor activities, enriches the academic framework of our summer program. Personal guidance by your mentors, academic advisors, excellent professors, and cultural activities provide a lasting experience. Orientation week program is available if you wish to explore more outside of the course.


Summer Exchange at Koç University is offered in two tracks:

3 July – 6 August (5 Weeks)

3 July – 17 August (7 Weeks)


Each track offers a broad range of courses in English, both on undergraduate and graduate level taught by an international team of experienced lecturers.


You can now download full course list!


On-campus accommodation is available to all students. 


To make sure you get settled in easily on your first day in Istanbul, we organize a free airport transfer on the arrival day. From the moment you arrive in Istanbul, you will be in good hands. 

Application and Nomination

If you are one of our partner university students, you can be nominated by your home university on Please consult your study abroad advisor. Once you are nominated, you will receive an email with your log-in credentials. From here, you can immediately begin the application process and upload the required documents. 

Required documents for partner university students are as follows:

  • 1 passport size photo
  • Copy of English proficiency exam or a letter from your study abroad advisor confirming that your English level is minimum B2 (CEFR)
  • Sealed and approved official transcript
  • Identification Certificate / Passport


If you are coming from a non-partner university, you make your application here by selecting 'Special Student Summer 2017'.   

Required documents for non-partner university students are as follows:

  • 1 passport size photo
  • Copy of English proficiency exam (TOEFL PBT: 550/TWE: 4, TOEFL IBT: 80/WRT: 20, TOEFL CBT: 213, KPDS/UDS: 87) 
  • Sealed and approved official transcript
  • Identification Certificate / Passport
  • Diploma
  • Statement of purpose

You can contact for further information.


Deadline to receive all student applications: 22 May. 


Regular Fee: US$ 200 Program Fee + US$ 1,500 tuition fee per course

Partner Fee: US$ 200 Program Fee (tuition fee waived)

Included in the program fee are:

  • Up to 3 courses (18 ECTS)
  • On-campus accommodation
  • Meal tickets 
  • Trips and activities during orientation week
  • Public transport card
  • Museum pass
  • 3-day Survival Turkish Course
  • Mentorship support from KU students
  • Certificate of Participation
  • Return airport transfer
  • On-site support and 24/7 emergency assistance
  • Transcript of records after successful completion of the course