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  • Locations: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Rice applicants only
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Koc - Oludeniz Turkey Lagoon


Founded in 1993, Koç University is a private university located on a beautiful hillside
campus overlooking the Black Sea, near the Sariyer district of Istanbul and approximately 45 minutes from the central part of the city. A liberal arts university, courses are taught in English, and most of the faculty received their graduate degrees from universities in North America and Western Europe. The campus includes facilities consistent with those found on U.S. campuses, and there is a vibrant student campus life offering numerous clubs and special activities.


The subjects listed below are a sampling of courses offered at Koç.  For additional information on courses available, visit the Koç University website.

Archaeology, Art history, Bioengineering, Business administration, Byzantine studies, Chemical engineering, Chemistry, Comparative literature, Computer science, Cultural studies, Economics, Electrical engineering, Electronics, English literature, Genetics, Greek (ancient), History, History of art, Humanities, International relations, Latin language, Law, Mathematics, Mechanical engineering, Media studies, Middle Eastern languages, Middle Eastern studies, Molecular biology, Near Eastern studies, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Turkish language, Turkish studies, Visual arts


Koç University offers on-campus housing through the Dormitory Management. Koç University has dormitory capacity of 2200 students. Incoming students are guaranteed housing. Exchange students live in one of the 18 dorms on the Koç main campus. Dorms include single, double-occupancy, triple and quadruple rooms. Some rooms have private bathrooms and others have shared, common facilities. Students are placed based on preference and availability of room type. Wireless Internet access, cable-TV and phone-services are available in each room. Each dorm room has a refrigerator, bed, closet, desk, chair, bed stand, light, pillow and blanket. Students provide their own towel, pillowcase and sheets. Each building has a laundry room, kitchen and a lounge with TV, computers and printer. Weekly housekeeping services are available.  Students can prepare their own meals or eat in one of the campus cafeterias. There is a market on campus and other services include a 24-hour health center, bank, hair-dresser, post-office, and bookstore. Up to the exchange students’ preferences, Koç University offers rooms on West Campus, which is located 2 km West of the Main Campus. There are free shuttles running between the two campuses throughout the year. West Campus is only composed of dormitory buildings with double rooms. As on the Main Campus, each dorm room has a refrigerator, bed, closet, desk, chair, bed stand, light, pillow and blanket for each student. Students provide their own towel, pillowcase and sheets. Each building has a laundry room, a lounge with TV, computers and printer. There is a 24-hour health center, cafeteria, indoor swimming pool, post office, library and market.

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Student Life

The university sponsors over 30 student clubs and organizations which focus on the diverse needs and interests of Koç students.  An international students organization includes KU and international students who come together to share each other's cultures and backgrounds and to provide support for those who are new to the country. A new sports center offers indoor space for basketball, tennis, volleyball and handball, as well as squash and racquetball courts, and a fitness center.


Istanbul ( sits in one of the most beautiful natural settings of any city in the world.  Straddling the Bosphorus, the city is noted for its stunning skyline of domes and minarets. Opera and ballet, numerous theaters and cinemas, concerts, exhibitions, sporting events and an international arts festival ensure a rich and vibrant cultural life throughout the year.  In 2000 Koç University moved to its permanent campus on a hill close to the city yet removed from the distractions of city life. It occupies a sixty-two acre site with academic and administrative building, laboratories, library, dormitories, faculty residences, social and sports facilities.