We are writing to share a very important update with you regarding our Fall 2020 Semester plans for new and existing students and we kindly ask you to read it carefully.
Per Koç University’s President message of September 8, 2020 (see the full message here) the following changes have been decided in light of clear and strong guidance from the Turkish Ministry of Health and Council of Higher Education (YÖK) regarding the recent development of the COVID-19 pandemic:
• Class delivery format: All your classes will be conducted via remote online instruction for the Fall Semester 2020. You shall be able to follow courses taught in the classrooms while simultaneously interacting with your peers and instructors with new state of the art technology and based on our learning from the previous semesters to make the online experience as efficient and smooth as possible. Schedules for your online lectures are currently being worked on and shall be shared with you before the end of September.
• Academic Calendar: Our Academic Calendar for 2020-2021 remains the same as previously announced.
• Orientation: Will be conducted online and you will receive further details via email from the Newcomer’s Office in the following weeks.
• Dormitories: We have to keep our dormitories closed for this semester. If you have already registered for dormitory accommodation details of how to apply for a refund will be shared separately by the Housing Directorate in the following weeks.
• Registration: If you have not completed your registration yet, you can still do so via https://registration.ku.edu.tr/en/ and send any queries about your specific situation to our Registrar’s Office.
• Deferring enrollment: You shall be able to defer your registration to the Spring 2021 semester if your individual circumstances will not allow you to enroll in the Fall semester by sending a petition to our Registrar’s Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Your health, safety, and well-being is ultimately our top priority. We understand that this decision may have caused certain inconvenience if you have already made travel, housing or visa arrangements. These will have to be postponed.
We are hopeful that the face-to-face teaching/learning model with hybrid options we had planned for this semester may still be possible for the Spring 2021 Semester, incumbent upon evaluation of the developments in the country and new guidance from government authorities.
We all have been eager to return back to our beautiful campus and we still eagerly look forward to virtually meeting and welcoming you as part of our new incoming class.
Thank you once again for your understanding and patience as we try to find our way forward in these troubled waters.
Please continue to be cautious, be healthy, take care of yourself and your family!