Depending on their nationality, students are able to enter Turkey with a multiple entry tourist (ordinary) visa, e-visa or student visa.

Please check your country’s eligibility and/or apply by clicking on “Main Page > Apply Now” at: If you are exempt from a tourist visa for Turkey, you need not apply for a student visa at the Turkish Consulate. You will simply enter the country with a passport valid for the complete length of stay plus 60 days.

A student visa will still be valid, but must be issued from the consulate (and some countries’ consulates no longer issue these visas for Turkey). The student visa however, is a single-entry visa.

We refer you to the official Republic of Turkey webpage on which you may scroll down to country-specific information for further details:

For a more detailed information, you can refer to our guide.

Residence Permit

A residence permit is required of anyone who will stay in Turkey for longer than 3 months or the amount of time granted through a visa. Therefore, all exchange students are obliged, by law, to apply for and obtain a residence permit upon their arrival in Turkey.


Exchange students apply for a residence permit during their orientation week at Koc University with the help of our International Community Office (ICO). Upon completion of the application, students will receive an automatic appointment date which may be disregarded as all Koc student appointments will take place on campus on an assigned day.



Submit the following documentation to the Office of International Programs during the orientation week:


1. ID page

2. Last entry stamp (the stamp you obtain at passport control in the airport)

3. Visa page (or e-visa document)

  • HEALTH INSURANCE (see below)
  • 4 BIOMETRIC PHOTOGRAPHS: Full face, front view with a plain white background; taken within last 6 months
  • ATTESTATION DOCUMENTS: to be issued by mentors and signed by exchange students after arrival
  • STUDENT ENROLMENT DOCUMENT: to be issued by Office of International Programs after arrival

​*If you miss the appointment, or come unprepared: it will be your own responsibility to complete all steps of application process.

For a more detailed information, you can refer to our guide.

Health Insurance

As per immigration laws in Turkey, it is MANDATORY that all students have valid insurance that covers the total duration of their enrolment at Koç University. The insurance should take effect from the day the student enters Turkey and should cover them for their complete duration of stay.
General requirements for health insurance policies:

  • Valid in Turkey
  • Translated into English
  • Meets minimum coverage requirements (as outlined below)

Minimum Policy Content

Contracted Institutions *Non-Contracted Institutions
Annual Minimum Limit Contributions Annual Minimum Limit Contributions
Outpatient Diagnosis Treatmend 2.000.-TL Insured : %40
Company : %60
2.000.-TL Insured : %40
Company : %60
Inspatient Diagnosis Treatmend Unlimited Insured : %0
Company %100
20.000.-TL Insured : %20
Company %80

*Non- Contracted Institutions: Institutions(hospitals, physicians’ offices, and the other health institutions.) do not have an agreement with insurer



There are other insurance options for foreign students in Turkey, however, to obtain any insurance in Turkey will take time and is often a complex process. You might have medical needs until you obtain a Turkish Health Insurance and you have to pay extraordinary amounts of cash money for any procedure as a foreigner. Therefore, we recommend that you are insured prior to entry to Turkey.

If you consider purchasing a health insurance in Turkey our International Community Office will assist you only after you arrive in Koç University.


Bilateral Social Security Agreements as Alternative Insurance Coverage In Turkey
Students whose nationalities are listed below may bring from their home country their bilateral social security agreementlabelled with the corresponding agreement code.
In order to be covered by Turkish Public Health Insurance, students will fill out a supporting form at the OIP and will also submit:

– The original document from your home country with the agreement code and original signature (not a photocopy)
– Application form that we will provide
– Passport photocopy

The OIP will schedule a trip to the social security office where all student agreements will be validated and students will receive their Turkish social security number. Students must bring passports to this appointment. This option is free of charge for eligible nationalities.

Country Agremeent Code
Germany A/T 11, A/T 12, A/T 23
Austria A/TR 3, A/TR3-A, TR/A6
The Netherlands N/TUR 106, N/TUR 111, N/TUR 112
Belgium BT.8, BT.10
France SE 208-01 FT, SE 208-02 FT, SE 208-04 FT,SE 208-05 TF, SE 208-06 AFT, SE 208-06 CFT, SE208-17 FT, SE 208-18 TF, SE 208-19 FT, SE 208-28 FT, SE 208-30 FT
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus K.K.T.C. / T.C. 3, K.K.T.C. / T.C. 5
Macedonia MC/TR 4, TR/MC 10
Romania R/TR 3
Albania AL/TR 4, AL/TR 10
Bosnia BH/TR4, BH/TR5,
Czech Republic CZ/TR 111, CZ/TR 112
Luxembourg L/TR 3,

For a more detailed information, you can refer to our guide.