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Loyola Exchange-Koc University
Istanbul, Turkey (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: LOYOLA applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Required GPA:
Language of Instruction:
Housing Options:
Residence Hall with Host Nationals
Type of Program:
Enrollment at a University Abroad
Program Description:

Program is currently suspended for the 2016/2017 year.

Koç University   

Istanbul, Turkey           

University Highlightsg

  • Live and explore in the historic city of Istanbul, Turkey’s most populous city
  • Study at the first and only university in Turkey to be accredited by EQUIS and receive a top ranking from the Financial Times
  • Enjoy intimate classes with low student-faculty ratio
  • Participate in the lively campus with ongoing social and cultural activities, like dance and theater festivals, and a Spring Celebration

The University and Location

Koç University is a private, non-profit institution located in the lively, historic city of Istanbul, Turkey. The university has a lively campus with a host of social and cultural activities throughout the year. Exchange students have the opportunity to take courses in a variety of subjects, including science, business, and humanities.

Istanbul is the 5th largest city in the world. It is truly a "megacity" that serves as the cultural, economic, and financial center of Turkey. Istanbul is located on the Bosporus Strait and encompasses the natural harbor known as the "Golden Horn". The city extends both on the European (Thrace) and on The Asian (Anatolia) sides of the strait making it the only city in the world situated on two continents.
In its long history, Istanbul has served as the capital city of the Roman Empire (330-395), The Eastern Roman (byzantine) Empire (395-1204 and 1261-1453), the Latin Empire (1204-1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453-1922).

The Academics

Loyola students studying at Koç University for one semester or for one year can choose from the following undergraduate programs offered in English:

College of Administrative Sciences and Economics (CASE)

College of Sciences (CS)

College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH)

For a full list of courses offered by Koç University, please, view their course listings.

Credit and Grading

To be considered full-time, students must take between 24 and 30 ECTS credits, which typically transfer to Loyola as 12-15 credits. 

Academic Calendar
Fall Semester: mid-September through mid-January
Spring Semester: early-February through mid-June.

It is sometimes possible for students studying in the fall only to make arrangements to take exams early. However, CIE encourages Loyola students at Koç to study abroad in the spring semester, or for the full academic year.

Student Life

Finances and Budgeting
Please refer to the BUDGET SHEET. Typically fall and spring terms are estimated to cost the same. A full year is estimated to be double the cost of spring.

Housing and Meals
Loyola students on this program live with local students on the university campus in

Organizations and Activities
Loyola students have the option of participating in over 30 student clubs on campus, including groups such as the International Students' Society, Model UN, and more. For more information on student clubs and groups, please, visit

Visa Regulations
ISEP Visa Guidelines

Useful Websites
TimeOut Guide Istanbul
ISEP Country Handbook Turkey
U.S. State Department Travel Information

Last Updated 05/19/16

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/01/2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Year 2018-2019 12/01/2017
12/01/2017 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 03/01/2018
03/01/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
This program is currently not accepting applications.