Undergraduate Application FAQs

Do you still have questions about your online application?

Check out our undergraduate tutorial video here or click the questions below and find answers to the questions we get asked the most about applying for our undergraduate programs.

What type of application should I select on the application system?

Please check below according to your individual educational status, which type of application you should complete and submit in the Koç University online application system for undergraduate programs.

 

Application type You have…
International Student Completed or will be completing your high school before the Fall semester and will apply for admission as a new freshman student
Transfer Student GPA – International Completed at least 1 year of an undergraduate program in a university located in any country other than Türkiye and have a GPA of 2.40 out of 4.00 (or in equivalent scale) or higher. See details on how to apply as a transfer student here.
Transfer Student GPA – Within Türkiye Completed at least 1 year of an undergraduate program in a university located in Türkiye and have a GPA of 2.40 out of 4.00 or higher. See details on how to apply as a transfer student here.
Transfer Student ÖSYM – Within Türkiye Completed at least 1 year of an undergraduate program in a university located in Türkiye and have a valid ÖSYM exam scores. See details on how to apply as a transfer student here.
Special Student Completed at least 1 year of an undergraduate or graduate program in a university in any country other than Türkiye and will apply for admission for 1 semester only to take some courses. See details on how to apply as a special student here.
KU Internal Transfer Student – GPA Already enrolled as a student at Koç University and will apply to transfer between majors with your current GPA
KU Internal Transfer Student – ÖSYM score Already enrolled as a student at Koç University and will apply to transfer between majors with your valid ÖSYM exam scores

How are undergraduate applications evaluated?

Applications are evaluated in terms of academic merit and fit with Koç University’s educational values and goals in a holistic approach by an Admissions Committee. Interviews may be arranged with some candidates via skype or telephone if necessary for the School of Medicine. If you have applied to Medicine as one of your program choices, make sure to check your email inbox regularly after submitting the application as they will contact you via email to schedule an interview. Please note that evaluation for admission to Koç University is done on a need-blind basis. This evaluation process typically takes 4-6 weeks after the application period deadline and we are not able to provide information about admission decisions to applicants via email, telephone, or in-person during this period. Please refrain from contacting the Admission Committee members or other units at Koç University regarding your admission status. You will be able to check your application and admission status from the online application system. We do not offer specific reasons for rejected candidates so please do not email the university asking for clarification in this regard.

How can I be considered for a scholarship at Koç University?

All international undergraduate applicants are automatically evaluated in terms of academic merit for 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100% tuition-only scholarships (all programs except Medicine. The School of Medicine only awards a very limited number of 25% or 50% scholarships each year). There is no separate form to complete or specific deadlines for our academic merit scholarships. Please check the “Tuition and Scholarships” section of our website for further details.

What are the Turkiye Bursları or Turkish Scholarships and how can I obtain one to study my undergraduate Education at Koç University?

Please visit https://international.ku.edu.tr/scholarships/turkish-scholarships-program-at-koc-university/ for more details about the Turkish Scholarships program at Koç University.

I have dual citizenship from Türkiye and “X Country” so will I be paying Turkish tuition fees or international tuition fees?

If you are offered admission and if you have Turkish citizenship you would pay Turkish international tuition fees in Turkish Lira regardless of any other citizenship you may have. You can find more information here https://international.ku.edu.tr/undergraduate-programs/tuition-and-scholarships/

Are there scholarships for dual citizens? (eg Turkish and another citizenship)

Yes, there are tuition scholarships for dual citizens at Koç University based on academic merit. You can find more information here https://international.ku.edu.tr/undergraduate-programs/tuition-and-scholarships/.

If offered admission, can I obtain the denklik (high school equivalency certificate letter) online?

No, you need to apply for the denklik (high school equivalency certificate letter) in person through the nearest Turkish Consulate or Embassy in your country of residence or the Istanbul Ministry of Education Office (Milli Eğitim Müdürlüğü) in Sultanahmet once you have arrived in Türkiye. You can make an online appointment through https://edenklik.meb.gov.tr/.

Does Koç University accept international transfer students? Are transfer student applications accepted for Spring?

Yes, Koç University accepts international students currently studying in universities outside of Türkiye or within Türkiye that have completed at least one year of University courses and have a GPA above 2.40 out of 4.00. Applications are only accepted for the Fall semester for international transfer applicants. You can find more information about transfer application requirements here https://registrar.ku.edu.tr/en/admission/transfer-students/.

Should I apply through an educational agency or consultant?

Koç University has partnered with a limited and carefully selected number of education agencies in Türkiye and abroad (see approved list of educational agencies here) to provide guidance to prospective international students about our university and our admissions process. However, please note that it is NOT necessary to engage an educational agent in order to be considered for admission to Koç University. Admission or scholarship decisions are not based on the recommendations of agents and there are NO FEES charged by Koç University to educational agencies for any application procedures. Koç University expects an application to be the work of the applicant and that all information on the application is complete, accurate, and truthful. We may reject applications, cancel an admission offer or dismiss a student from attendance if it is determined that application materials have been falsified. Please note that you should submit an application with a personal email address, not an educational agency email address as this will create unnecessary problems communicating with you as an applicant if needed.

What should I do if I receive a rejection letter?

Koç University is selective in its admission process so a large percentage of applicants for each of our undergraduate programs will not be offered admission. Unfortunately, there is no reconsideration of an applicant’s admission or scholarship decision by the Admissions Committee so we ask you to not contact the university via email or telephone in this regard. You may consider applying for the following academic year admission period if you think you will be able to improve your test scores or other elements of your application. If you decide to enroll in a different university but after completing one year you still would like to apply for admission to Koç University, you can apply as a transfer student from another university in Türkiye or abroad. You can see the admission requirements for transfer students here.

What should I do if I receive an admission offer?

First of all, congratulations on being offered a spot in our student community in the Fall semester. To be able to enroll as a new student you should:

  1. Confirm your decision to enroll by accepting your offer in the online application system under “My Offers” by the deadlines indicated below.
  2. Pay the tuition deposit by the date indicated in your offer letter or as shown below and follow the instructions you will receive via email
  3. Visit our Registration Information page for new students to obtain the list of documents you will need to provide, how to pay the first-semester tuition, how to apply for dormitory accommodation (if applicable), and when you will receive your KU ID and email information from our Registrar and Student Affairs Directorate. You will also be contacted by our Newcomer’s Office and International Community Office in due course and they will provide detailed guidance.

I am not able to submit my application!

  • Please make sure that there are no missing required fields that need to be filled in (these are marked with a red asterisk “*”)
  • All the documents in the “Checklist” section are checked or you have marked the situation that best applies to you in terms of providing those documents.

When I try to upload my documents, I receive a message “This file is not supported”

  • Please make sure that all your documents are uploaded in PDF format.

I cannot find the name of my school/university/institution on the list.

  • Applicants who cannot find the name of their school name on the list should click on “I did not find my institution from the list”, in red below the underneath field, then the question allows them to type the name of their school.

My referee is not able to find the reference link.

  • Please make sure that your referees’ email addresses are accurate; email addresses should be written correctly.
  • Please remind your referees to check their SPAM/JUNK emails as sometimes the reference request link might be sent there.

I want to remove/change/edit my referee; how can I do this?

  • You can simply untick the referee and then add a new one.

I have already received my reference letter; can I upload them by myself or send them via email?

  • Reference/recommendation letters are not accepted by email nor can the applicant upload them; they should be submitted by the referee through the link that the applicant sends through the application.

I am trying to register, but the system keeps showing an error message.

What is meant by the ID-Card number?

  • It is your National Identity card number.

I don’t have a Turkish ID number (Kimlik ID); what shall I do?

  • The Turkish National identification Number (TC Kimlik) is not a mandatory requirement for international applicants.

I live in Türkiye and I have a blue card , do I have to write my blue card number in the ID number section?

  • Yes, you should write your Mavi Kart number in the ID number question on the Profile section of the application form.

What are the Advanced Placement (AP) Test Scores accepted by Koç University for undergraduate applications?

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS – CSSH, CASE, SON, LAW

Minimum 3 AP Exams:

  • AP Calculus AB or BC with a minimum
    score of 3 out of 5
  • 2 other relevant AP Exams with a
    minimum score of 3 out of 5

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS – SOM, CE, CS

Minimum 3 AP Exams:

  • AP Calculus AB or BC with a
    minimum score of 4 out of 5
  • 2 other relevant AP Exams
    (Biology, Chemistry) with a
    minimum score of 3 out of 5

 

Accepted AP Tests (Minimum 2 AP in addition to AP Calculus) Recommended Minimum Scores Details
AP Art and Design Program 3 out of 5 Eligible for CSSSH, CASE, SOL admission
AP Art History 3 out of 5
AP English Language and Composition 3 out of 5
AP English Literature and Composition 3 out of 5
AP Comparative Government and Politics 3 out of 5
AP European History 3 out of 5
AP Human Geography 3 out of 5
AP Macroeconomics 3 out of 5
AP Microeconomics 3 out of 5
AP Psychology 3 out of 5
AP World History: Modern 3 out of 5
AP Computer Science A 3 out of 5 Eligible for CE, CS admission
AP Statistics 3 out of 5
AP Biology 3 out of 5 Eligible for CE, CS, SOM, SON admission
AP Chemistry 3 out of 5
AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based 3 out of 5 Eligible for CE, CS admission
AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based 3 out of 5
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 3 out of 5
AP Physics C: Mechanics 3 out of 5

Full list of AP Subjects can be read at https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/

What is the ACT College Code of Koç University?

Koç University’s ACT College Code is 3017.

Will HPA (Honors Point Average) be considered in our application rather than just GPA?

Normally, the College admission committee will consider only GPA (unweighted) and pay attention to your individual course/subject record to determine whether your GPA is an accurate reflection of your academic potential for a specific undergraduate program.

Are O-levels important for admission or only A-levels?

O-Levels are not eligible for enrollment in Turkish universities for international students, only A-levels are eligible for both admission and enrollment. You should include your O-Level certificates only if you consider this will help show the relevant College admission committee exemplary or outstanding performance in a relevant subject or field to the undergraduate program you are applying to. For example, if you are applying for an Engineering program but your O-levels with high grades (A, A*) are in non-STEM-related subjects, this information will not add much value to their assessment of your potential to do well in University level courses in STEM subjects.

If I have an award or a published research where can I put it on the application form? And does it give me an advantage?

You can list any Research publications and/or awards in the “Activities” section of the online application form and you should also mention them briefly in your Motivation Letter.

If I apply with A-level or IB predicted grades will I receive a full or conditional admission offer?

If you apply with predicted grades you will receive a conditional admission offer (if all other elements in your application are also considered eligible for admission) and you will be able to change your offer into a full admission offer once you provide your official final grades and request the relevant institution to send the final grades or certificate to Koç University electronically and via post.

If I apply with A-level or IB predicted grades and one of the standard test scores such as SAT I or ACT will I receive a full or conditional admission offer?

If you apply with predicted grades and one of the eligible standard tests such as SAT I or ACT with a score above the minimum, and all the other elements in your application are considered eligible for admission, then you may receive a full admission offer. However, please note that in order to enroll as a new student you will need to provide proof of completing your high school education and transcripts for four years of high school education.

Is IGCSE (AS Levels) eligible for admission to Koç University undergraduate programs?

No, IGCSE is not eligible for admission. Only Advanced Levels (A2) A-levels are eligible for admission. You can find more details here: https://international.ku.edu.tr/undergraduate-programs/application-requirements/

Is the YÖS exam necessary or eligible for admission to Koç University undergraduate programs?

No, the YÖS (Yabancı Öğrenci Sınavı) is not one of the eligible tests for admission to Koç University’s undergraduate programs. You can find the list of eligible tests here https://international.ku.edu.tr/undergraduate-programs/application-requirements/

I’m an American citizen living in Türkiye for more than x years, am I considered a native speaker?

  • The Koç University’s English proficiency requirement will be exempted for those who have completed the last three years of high school education in a country where English is considered the official language. Pakistan, India, Nigeria, and other countries where English is also spoken are not on the list of the countries where English is the official native language according to the Turkish Higher Education authorities and therefore are not exempted from providing a valid original English Proficiency test score report during enrollment (if offered admission) or taking the Koç University Institutional English Test.
  • Students who hold a citizenship of a country where English is the native spoken language, but those students lived and studied in a country where English is not the official language, are not exempted from providing a valid original English Proficiency test score report during enrollment (if offered admission) or taking the Koç University Institutional English Test. During the enrollment days, admitted students are expected to take the Koç University Institutional English Test or satisfy the minimum acceptable score for one of the tests listed here.

Would my conditional admission offer be cancelled if my final A-level/IB grade is lower than the predicted grade, but still above the minimum grade for the relevant College?

Yes, if your final grade is not the same or higher than the predicted grade you applied with, then you are not able to enroll as a new student, even if your final grade is above the minimum required for the relevant College.

I want to delete/reorder my program preferences; how can I do that?

  • Applicants can change the order of their priorities by using the up and down arrows or delete the program by using the bin symbol next to the programs.

How can I restore my application password?

  • The applicant can do it by clicking the “Forgot your password”. Then, the system asks “click send a one-time link/register” and afterward, the applicant receives an email and verification with the pin to create a new password

When I submit the online application fees, I receive a “Payment Error” message.

  • Please double-check with your bank that your credit card is authorized to make international transactions.

How can I make sure that my application is successfully submitted?

  • Once you submit your complete online application, the system will send a conformation email regarding that. Please make sure to check your inbox in your application and your SPAM/JUNK emails.

Can I still edit my application after the admission session deadline?

  • Yes, you can still edit your application, but, please note that if you do not submit your application again before the deadline and it remains Reopen, your application will be transferred to the next admission session evaluation.

I am an A-level student; how can I calculate my GPA on a grading scale of 100?

You can use the Cambridge, Pearson, or any online GPA calculator.

The online application does not allow me to type symbols; how can I type (A*) for my obtained grades?

Please type that in letters (ex: A star).

The online application does not allow me to type future dates; how can I indicate the date of my predicted grades?

Please type the date of issuing your predicted grades, not the date of your final exams.

Is it possible to take the English Placement Exam and English Proficiency Exam online this year? – I don’t have anywhere to stay until the dormitory check-in dates

The ELC English Placement Exam and the English Proficiency Exam are only available on campus and there are no make-up exam dates for any reason (including health reports).

We understand that arriving earlier than the dormitory check-in dates on 17-18 September to take the English placement and English proficiency exams, may not be feasible due to additional hotel expenses, age constraints, or other reasons.

We can recommend that you consider taking one of the following eligible English proficiency tests in August:

  • TOEFL IBT*: minimum score 80 (total) / 20 (minimum score required on the writing section).: Home Edition and My Best Score are not accepted.
  • PTE Academic*: (Pearson Test of English): 67 out of 90. We understand the results are released quickly and the test fee is lower than the TOEFL test.

If you take one of these tests before 01 September, please upload the test score report to your application, let us know via study@ku.edu.tr indicating your application number and this information will be shared with our Registrar’s Office so that you are exempt from taking the Koç University English Placement Exam and English Proficiency Test (KUEPE).

If you are already living in Turkey please note that the TOEFL or PTE exam must be taken in a state university test center building. More details here https://elc.ku.edu.tr/program/