We are aware that the university admission process may become challenging at times and that you may have some questions about our admission process. You can find the answers to the most frequently asked questions by clicking on the topic of your interest.
Please refer to our Registrar’s and Student Affairs Directorate webpage to check for general eligibility requirements.
No, YÖS (Yabancı Öğrenci Sınavı) is not among the recognized qualifications for admission to Koç University’s undergraduate programs. You can find the exhaustive list of entry qualifications here.
No, only A-levels (including international A-Levels) are accepted for admission. You can find more details here.
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||If you|
|International Student||Have completed or will have completed your high school by university enrollment period and will apply for admission as a first-year student.|
|Transfer Student GPA – International||Have completed at least 1 year of an undergraduate program abroad (outside Türkiye). See details on eligibility requirements and how to apply as a transfer student here.|
|Transfer Student GPA – Within Türkiye||Have completed at least 1 year of an undergraduate program in Türkiye (regardless of your nationality). See details on eligibility requirements and how to apply as a transfer student here.|
|Transfer Student ÖSYM – Within Türkiye||Have completed at least 1 year of an undergraduate program in Türkiye and have a valid ÖSYM placement exam score. See details on how to apply as a transfer student here.|
|Special Student||Completed at least 1 year of an undergraduate or a graduate program in a university abroad (outside Türkiye) and will apply to enroll in up to 6 courses per semester for a maximum of 2 semesters. 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 score.|
Please make sure that:
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.
You can use the Cambridge, Pearson, or any online GPA calculator.
Please type that in letters (ex: A star).
Please type the date of issuing your predicted grades, not the date of your final exams.
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. Please note that evaluation for admission to Koç University is done on a need-blind basis. We do not offer specific reasons for rejected candidates so please do not email the university asking for clarification in this regard.
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.
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’s admission period if you think you will be able to improve your test scores or other elements of your application.
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.
Admission and scholarship decisions are final and any filed appeal will be rejected.
The evaluation process typically takes 4-6 weeks after the application is submitted and we are not able to communicate information about admission decisions to applicants via email, telephone, or in person during this period. However, you will be able to check your application and admission status from the online application system.
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:
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/.
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 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.
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.
Yes, you will have to submit your most up-to-date transcript of records with your application.
No, Koç University will not offer an internal English proficiency exam for international students from 2023 onwards.
You must submit a valid English Proficiency exam result while applying to your program(s) of choice.
Per the latest instruction letter for Foreign Language Exam Equivalencies issued by the Center for Selection and Placement of Students (ÖSYM), in order for an international language exam taken in Türkiye to be accepted as equivalent, it must be taken in a state university building.
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/
All international undergraduate applicants are automatically evaluated in terms of academic merit for 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100% tuition-only scholarships (except for Medicine). No partial or full scholarships are offered for the Medicine program. 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.
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.
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/.
Admission to Koç University and scholarship decisions are not guaranteed by applying through an educational agency or consultancy. Admission decisions are only made by the University’s relevant College admissions committee based on all application information and documents, such as academic performance, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, motivation letter, letters of recommendation, and video interview.
Educational agencies or consultants can assist with the application process and provide guidance on how to make the most of your strengths as a candidate. They can help you organize and submit your application materials, and provide information about the university’s admission minimum requirements (for standardized test scores or diplomas) and deadlines. Additionally, they can help you understand the university’s academic programs, which can help you make a more informed decision about whether Koç University is the right fit for you. However, no one including university international admissions staff, students, alumni, or professors can provide information about your individual chances of being admitted or your chances of being awarded any type of scholarship at any point in the application process.