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  • Locations: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Housing Options: Dormitory without Meal Plan
Language of Study: English Class Level: Graduate Students, Undergraduates: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Program Type: Direct Enrollment, Exchange Student Type: Open to all Qualified Applicants
Flight Arrangements: Self-Arranged Flight Program Advisor: Amber Jennings:
Program Description:

Koc University

The Koc University program has been temporarily suspended through the spring of 2018. Please check back in the fall for updates regarding the fall program.


Academic Features
Student Life
Estimate of Costs
Application Process
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Founded in 1993 as a non-profit, private university, Koç University has quickly become one of the leading universities in Turkey.  All instruction at the university is in English.  Students enroll in regular classes and live in the residence halls alongside Turkish and other international students.  They are welcome to participate in all University activities.  Students may attend for a semester or an academic year.  All eligible SUNY and non-SUNY students are welcome to apply.


Istanbul is the cultural and commercial capital of Turkey and has for centuries been the bridge between east and west.  The city itself straddles Asia and Europe.  Many important civilizations have come and gone, leaving their mark on the character of the city and region, including the Greeks, Romans and Byzantines, and the Seljuk and Ottoman Turks.  In 1923 Kemal Ataturk established Ankara as the political and administrative capitol of the new Turkish Republic, but Istanbul remains the premier city of Turkey.
The University is on a beautiful 62-acre campus in the hills of Sariyer, a district of Istanbul on the edge of the Bosphorus and just 20 minutes from the Black Sea beaches.  The campus is surrounded by charming villages and beautiful natural landscapes and connected to the city centre by a plethora of convenient transportation options. 

Travelers make their way with ease in Istanbul. In areas accustomed to the lively tourist industry, enough English is spoken for one to be understood. Public transportation is easy to use and inexpensive. Turkish culture has a highly developed ethos of hospitality and attentiveness to the well-being of the community. Students will encounter a welcoming and helpful environment.



Students may participate for the fall or spring semester or academic year.  Fall semester normally begins with the exchange orientation during the second week of September and ends in late December.  Spring semester normally begins in late January and ends in early June. To view the 2016-2017 academic calendar, please click here

Spring 2017 dates for reference: 1/28/17 - 6/4/17

Academic Features

Since its establishment in 1993, Koç University has become one of the leading universities in Turkey. Serving education with Faculties of Social Sciences and Humanities, Administrative Sciences and Economics, Science, Engineering, Law, Nursing and Medicine, Koç University contributes to the elevation of knowledge and service both in Turkey and around the world. The interdisciplinary nature of Koç University’s pedagogy equips students from all disciplines with the essential principles of the human sciences and promotes appreciation for the connection of knowledge across fields.

Courses at Koç are are 3 credits.  A full load will be 15 credits.  Students should discuss their intention to participate with all appropriate academic advisors and obtain pre-approvals and an understanding of study abroad credit policies.

A small selection of the many courses to choose from includes:

Psychology of Learning and Cognition
Philosophy and the Modern Mind
Social Anthropology
Organic Chemistry
Cell and Developmental Biology
Multivariable Calculus
Intro to Chemical and Biological Engineering
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
International Marketing
Labor Economics
Introduction to International Relations
History of Political Thought
Additional information about the university and course offerings can be found here:

To see a list of courses students have previously taken at Koc University and how these classes were shown on Binghamton transcripts, check out our Education Abroad Course Equivalencies page. 

Turkish Language Instruction
Participants will gain much more out of the experience if they work to acquire some knowledge of the Turkish language. A course in Turkish Language and Society is taught each semester for non-native speakers.

Student Life

Exchange students are guaranteed housing on campus.  Students are placed in double-occupancy rooms with a Turkish roommate.  Wi-Fi, cable TV, phone services and a refrigerator are available in each room.  Each building has a laundry room and a lounge with a TV and computers.   On the main campus each building has a kitchen, as well as cafeterias.  West campus buildings do not have kitchens, but there is a cafeteria, snack bar and a small market. There are indoor and outdoor sports facilities, including an Olympic-size swimming pool, a two-floor fitness center, tennis courts and jogging track.  Other facilities include cafeterias, a full-service bank, ATM machines, supermarket, dry cleaning, bookstore post office and 24-hour computer labs.  There are cultural activities throughout the year.  There are more than 800 clubs and student groups at  Koç.
Public transportation is very inexpensive and convenient in Turkey.  A Dolmus or mini-bus runs from the Koç campus to downtown Sariyer every ten minutes, and from Sariyer to Besiktas, where you can get the metro to the city center. There is also a bus from Sariyer to Taksim Square that runs 24 hours.  A sea bus runs between Sariyer and the city centre. For more information, please visit the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives or contact to schedule an appointment.

Estimate of Costs

The updated cost sheet will be posted here shortly.

In order to understand the actual difference in cost of your semester abroad, you should compare the Estimate of Costs sheet for this program that is linked above to what you would pay normally for a semester at Binghamton. ***Cost Comparison: Binghamton University estimates the average cost for a full time student one semester on campus to be $12,993.50 in-state and $20,633.50 out-of-state.

Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to education abroad programs. The Binghamton Office of Financial Aid Services is able to consider only the applications of students matriculated at Binghamton. Non-Binghamton students should contact the financial aid office on their home campus for information about eligibility for financial aid programs.

Students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for campus and national scholarships. Please visit the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives or go to our scholarship page for more information. The Turkey Coalition of America also offers a scholarship for American minority students, which can range between $500-$2,000. For more information on this scholarship, please see their site

Withdrawal Policy: 
When a student commits to an education abroad program in their Terra Dotta online program application, the Office of International Programs (IEGI) mirrors the Binghamton University Student Accounts refund policy for tuition, tuition differentials, and all program fees.

Application Process

The Koç University program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors. An overall grade point average of 3.0 is normally required. Applications from SUNY and non-SUNY students are welcome. The application deadline is October 1 for admission in the spring semester and March 15 for admission in the fall semester or the academic year. 

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.