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Koç University Exchange

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Program sponsor: Northwestern

Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya), Istanbul, Turkey
Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya), Istanbul, Turkey

In this exchange program, students enroll directly at Koç University and take classes with local and other international students. The program is open to students from all majors, and students have access to a wide range of course offerings in Social Sciences, Humanities, Economics, and Engineering.

Students have the option of studying abroad for a semester or full academic year. The fall semester takes place from September to early January, but students can make arrangements to take their final exams in December. The spring semester takes place from late January to early June. At the beginning of each semester, Koç hosts an orientation program that covers information about services provided by the university, as well as academic and campus resources.

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Students can take courses in engineering, economics and business administration, international relations, legal studies, chemistry, biology, molecular biology and genetics physics, media and visual arts, comparative literature, history, philosophy, psychology, and sociology.

Program Requirements


Open to students from all majors with a GPA of 3.0 or above.


No language pre-requisite.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Interview for your program

    Yes, an interview with the GLO adviser for this program is required.

    • For the interview, please be prepared to:
      • Discuss your specific motivations for study abroad and reasons for selecting this program
      • Explain how the program and coursework aligns with your personal, academic, and/or professional interests, and
      • Ask informed follow-up questions about program details that you have reviewed on the program website
  3. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. This application will not be accessible until you are nominated by Northwestern to participate in the exchange. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

3 to 8 Northwestern units per semester. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.

Students will receive a transcript issued by Koç, and course credit will be eligible for transfer back to Northwestern as long as students earn course grades of C or better. Refer to the credit transfer page for information on the "C" grade equivalent and minimum credit requirement for this exchange program.


Exchange students are guaranteed accommodation in one of Koç University’s residence halls.

Host Institution

Located in Istanbul, Koç University is one of the top institutions of engineering and the fastest rising university in Turkey. It was also recently recognized as one of the top young universities in the world. Founded in 1993, it is a non-profit, private university committed to the pursuit of excellent teaching and research.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2020: $25,359*

Review estimated costs for other terms on the program budget sheet.

*Budget sheets for exchange programs were last updated on September 14, 2020. All international travel associated with undergraduate credit-bearing study abroad programs slated to begin during the Fall 2020 quarter, including all Fall 2020, Fall/Winter 2020-21, and Full Year 2020-21 exchange programs, was cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Billed by Northwestern
  • Program fee: $19,409

Students attending exchange programs will be charged a program fee equivalent to Northwestern tuition, which covers academic fees, program administration, orientation, and GeoBlue health insurance.

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Room & board: $3,300
  • Airfare: $1,500
  • Visa fees: $150
  • Books & supplies: $200
  • Local transportation: $250
  • Personal expenses: $550

Total: $5,950

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid for study abroad is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Students applying to this program are eligible to apply for GLO scholarships and are also encouraged to apply for other funding opportunities.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for Northwestern exchange programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.

Program Confirmation

Once you are approved to attend an exchange program, you will need to complete a Program Confirmation form to confirm your participation. You are not required to pay a confirmation deposit, but will be charged a cancellation fee for withdrawing from the program after confirming.

Program Fee

Students participating in exchange programs will be charged a program fee equivalent to the NU tuition rate for:

  • 1 quarter for fall quarter or spring quarter exchange programs
  • 1.5 quarters for fall-winter or winter-spring exchange programs
  • 3 quarters for full-year exchange programs

The program fee includes tuition and GeoBlue health insurance. It does not include additional program-related costs, such as housing, meals, or airfare. Refer to your estimated budget sheet above for the full estimated breakdown of your expenses abroad.

Student Visa Financial Certification

If you are required to obtain a student visa, you may need to provide documentation that you will be supported financially for the duration of your time abroad. This may require bank statements from your parents and/or a financial aid award letter; review your visa application instructions carefully to be sure you are providing the appropriate documentation, and contact GLO for assistance.

If you primarily fund your education through financial aid and/or loans, you may contact Krista Bethel in the financial aid office to request a letter of financial support from Northwestern.

Northwestern Invoice

You should not pay your exchange institution directly for tuition. Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your program fee (outlined above). You will not be billed for on-campus student fees, and exchange programs are exempt from the study abroad administrative fee.

It is your responsibility to pay directly for all other charges abroad, including your housing. Review estimated costs on your budget sheet, linked above.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your Northwestern account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Withdrawal & Refund Policies

If you withdraw or are dismissed from an exchange program abroad after submitting your program confirmation form, you are subject to the withdrawal & refund policies for Northwestern programs.

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