International Undergraduate Admissions at Koç University

Fall 2023 Application period (all undergraduate programs except Medicine)

Applications will open: 01 January 2023
Applications will close:

  • Regular deadline: 01 July 2023
  • Late deadline: 31 August 2023

Countdown to Fall 2023 undergraduate applications deadline

Fall 2023 Application period for Medicine 

Applications will open: 01 May 2023
Applications will close (deadline): 01 August 2023

Entry Qualifications

Koç University is a non-profit research university and maintains a highly competitive and selective admissions process.  We are looking to admit the best and the brightest high school leavers across the world. Therefore, all past academic and personal information provided by the applicants is expected to point out their potential to attain academic excellence during their course of study.

Candidates are evaluated in a holistic manner taking into account their academic performance in high school, entry qualifications, extra-curricular activities, recommendation letters, and the motivation to join Koç University and one of our undergraduate programs.

To apply to Koç University as an international student, you need to complete and submit an online application form. You should not email or post any documents to the university during the application process.

In order to be qualified for an offer to study at Koç University, all applicants must meet the entry qualification requirements of their intended program(s) of study. Although SAT I is the most common one submitted by international applicants, we also recognize a wide range of other international and country-specific qualifications. As an international prospective student, please keep in mind that you are expected to provide all of the requirements listed below for a competitive application.

Application Timeline

You will receive your admission and scholarship results around 4-6 weeks after submitting your online application.
There are no disadvantages to applying in the late application period with regards to receiving an offer of admission and scholarship, however, it is likely that you will not be eligible to apply for housing.

1) Eligibility & Entry qualifications

Important Notes

  • If you have one of the eligible test scores or diplomas, but with scores below our minimum criteria, you will not be offered admission.
  • You can apply with your predicted IB or A-level scores issued by your school.
  • All standardized test scores (e.g., SAT, ACT, MCAT, AP, EGE, ENT, CBSE, CISCE, ATAR, …) are valid for 2 years.
  • There is no time limitation on eligible diploma grades.
  • If your qualification allows for online verification, you must select Koç University as one of the score recipients. Otherwise, it will not be accepted as valid.
  • The minimum scores in the eligible entry qualifications list must be used as a guide and therefore meeting them will not automatically guarantee an offer.
  • Applicants may be asked to provide additional qualifications and documents or sit for interviews, if needed.
  • If you have TC citizenship by birth or TRNC citizenship, please check carefully our Registrar’s website for detailed guidance on your eligibility to apply as an international student.

Glossary

CASE: College of Administrative Sciences and Economics
CSSH: College of Social Sciences and Humanities
SON: School of Nursing
CE: College of Engineering
CS: College of Science
Law: Law School
SOM: School of Medicine

As an international student, you are qualified to apply only with one qualification using either “A” OR “B”:

A) International qualifications

SAT

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) CASE, CSSH, SON 1200 out of 1600
CS 1260 out of 1600
CE 1300 out of 1600
Law 1420 out of 1600
SOM 1450 out of 1600
  • Electronic score reports should be sent directly by College Board to Koç University with the college code 1931.
  • Test scores older than 2 years at the time of application will not be accepted.
  • Applicants are responsible to disclose all tests taken and valid scores achieved.
  • Reported ‘Evidence-based Reading and Writing’ and ‘Math’ scores must be from the same session; superscores are not accepted.

AP

AP (Advanced Placement) CASE Minimum 4 AP Subjects:
– Calculus AB or BC with a minimum score of 4
– 3 other relevant subjects (Preferably from Arts, History and Social Sciences tracks) achieved with a minimum score of 4
CSSH Minimum 4 AP Subjects:
– 4 relevant subjects (Preferably from Arts, History and Social Sciences, World Languages and Cultures tracks) achieved with a minimum score of 3
SON Minimum 4 AP subjects:                                                                                        – Calculus AB or BC achieved with a minimum score of 4
– 3 other relevant subjects (Preferably from Sciences, Math, and Computer Science tracks) achieved with a minimum score of 3
CE, CS Minimum 4 AP subjects:                                                                                                   – Calculus AB or BC with a minimum score of 5
– 3 other relevant subjects (Preferably from Sciences and Computer Science tracks) with a minimum score of 4
Law Minimum 4 AP subjects:                                                                                                     – 4 relevant subjects (Preferably from Arts, History and Social Sciences tracks) achieved with a minimum score of 4
SOM Minimum 4 AP Exams:
– AP Calculus AB or BC with a minimum score of 5
– 3 other relevant subjects (Preferably from the Sciences track) with a minimum score of 4
  • AP exams taken 2 years after matriculation are not accepted.
  • Applicants are not required to have completed an AP course to sit for an AP exam.
  • Applications submitted with subjects taken other than what is stated on the college-specific requirements list will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

ACT

ACT (American College Testing) CASE, CSSH, SON 25 out of 36
CS 27 out of 36
CE 28 out of 36
Law 32 out of 36
SOM 33 out of 36
  • Electronic score reports should be sent directly by ACT to Koç University with the college code 3017.
  • Test scores older than 2 years at the time of application will not be accepted. Applicants are responsible to disclose all tests taken and valid scores achieved.
  • Reported scores must be from the same session.
  • Only ‘Highest Full Battery’ scores are accepted.

A-Levels

A-Levels (including international A-Levels) CASE, CSSH 3 A-Levels with grades B or higher in relevant (Preferably from Creative and Professional, Humanities and Social Sciences and Mathematics groups) subjects
CS, SON 3 A-Levels with grades B or higher in relevant (Preferably from Creative and Professional, Sciences and Mathematics groups) subjects
CE 3 A-Levels with grades A or higher in Math and B or higher in 2 other relevant (Preferably from Creative and Professional, Sciences and Mathematics groups) subjects
Law 3 A-Levels with grades A or higher in relevant (Preferably from Creative and Professional, Humanities and Social Sciences and Mathematics groups) subjects
SOM 3 A-Levels with grades A or higher in relevant (Preferably from Sciences and Mathematics groups) subjects
  • Applicants who are taking A-Levels with boards other than Cambridge International, Oxford AQA or Pearson Edexcel are expected to present a valid SAT/ACT in line with their selected program(s) minimum entry requirement.
  • Applications submitted with subjects taken other than what is stated on the college-specific requirements list will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

IB Diploma

IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma CASE, CSSH, SON 30 out of 42 from 6 subjects (preferably Mathematics and two individuals and societies or arts subjects at HL)
CS 32 out of 42 from 6 subjects (preferably Mathematics and two Science group subjects at HL)
CE 36 out of 42 from 6 subjects (preferably Mathematics and two Science group subjects at HL)
Law 38 out of 42 from 6 subjects (preferably Mathematics and two individuals and societies or arts subjects at HL)
SOM 38 out of 42 from 6 subjects (preferably Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology at HL)
  • Applications will be assessed based on the predicted/actual scores achieved from a combination of HL and SL subjects where at least 3 subjects must be taken at higher level.
  • As per Council of Higher Education (YÖK) regulations, IB certificates can not be accepted as a valid entry qualification.

EB (European Baccalaureate)

EB (European Baccalaureate) CASE, CSSH, SON, CE, CS Diploma grade: 80% or at least 8 in relevant subjects
Law Diploma grade: 90% or at least 8 in relevant subjects (one of which should be History/Philosophy)
SOM Diploma grade: 90% or at least 8 in relevant subjects (one of which should be Mathematics)

MCAT (School of Medicine Only)

MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) SOM A total score of at least in the 70th percentile
  • Percentile ranks information in effect indicates that 70th percentile will correspond to an overall score of 507/508 in MCAT for the majority of 2023 test sessions.
  • Applicants may submit their UCAT or BMAT exams as part of their application folder if they don’t have an MCAT exam score report.

TR-YÖS

TR-YÖS CASE, CSSH, SON A total score of at least 425 out of 500 points (85%)
CE, CS A total score of at least 450 out of 500 points (90%)
SOM A total score of at least 475 out of 500 points (95%)
  • YÖS exams administered by other Universities in Turkey are not acceptable. For more information on TR-YÖS, please visit this page
  • Law School does not accept TR-YÖS.

B) Qualifications by country

Australia

ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) CASE, CSSH, SON A rank of at least in the 85th percentile
CE, CS A rank of at least in the 90th percentile
Law A rank of at least in the 95th percentile
SOM A rank of at least in the 97.5th percentile
  • Selection ranks of applicants will be solely based on the ATAR score published by the relevant governing body.
  • Adjustment factors won’t be counted toward selection ranks.
  • Admission to any program would require meeting the corresponding selection rank together with other admission criteria and availability.

Austria

Matura CASE, CSSH, SON, CE, CS 2 or lower
Law 1.5 or lower
SOM 1.2 or lower

Canada

High School Diploma CASE, CSSH, SON At least 5 Grade 12 courses with an average of 80%
CE, CS At least 5 Grade 12 courses with an average of 85%
Law At least 5 Grade 12 courses with an average of 87.5%
SOM At least 5 Grade 12 courses with an average of 90%
  • Applicants from Canadian high schools are expected to attain grades at a very high level in subjects related to their intended program(s) of study.
  • We are aware that the grading systems can vary across provinces but typically 5 or more Grade 12 courses with an average of 80-90% are required for a competitive application.

France

BAC (French Baccalaureate) CASE, CSSH, SON 13.5 (all subjects must be achieved with 12 or higher)
CE, CS 14.5 (all subjects must be achieved with 13 or higher)
Law 17 (all subjects must be achieved with 15 or higher)
SOM 17 (all subjects must be achieved with 15 or higher)

Germany

Abitur (Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife) CASE, CSSH, SON 2.7 or lower
CE, CS 2.3 or lower
Law 1.5 or lower
SOM 1.2 or lower

India

CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) CASE, CSSH, SON 5 relevant Class 12 subjects with 1 A1 and 4 A2 grades
CE, CS 5 relevant Class 12 subjects with 2 A1 and 3 A2 grades
Law 5 relevant Class 12 subjects with 3 A1 and 2 A2 grades
SOM 5 relevant Class 12 subjects with 4 A1 and 1 A2 grades
CISCE (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations) CASE, CSSH, SON A score of at least in the 80th percentile in 5 relevant Class 12 subjects
CE, CS A score of at least in the 85th percentile in 5 relevant Class 12 subjects
Law A score of at least in the 87.5th percentile in 5 relevant Class 12 subjects
SOM A score of at least in the 90th percentile in 5 relevant Class 12 subjects

Israel

BAGRUT (Matriculation Certificate) CASE, CSSH, SON A total score of 80% with at least 1 subject achieved at grade 5
CE, CS A total score of 85% with at least 1 subject achieved at grade 5
Law A total score of 90% with at least 2 subjects achieved at grade 5
SOM A total score of 95% with at least 3 subjects achieved at grade 5

 

  • Only the compulsory subjects will be counted toward the applicant’s weighted score.
  • School-dependent or internal subjects are not included.

Kazakhstan

NIS (Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools) Grade 12 Certificate CASE, CSSH, SON 3 NIS A-Levels with grades A* and A in relevant subjects (Preferably from Global Perspectives and Project Work, Person and Society, Educational, Mathematics, and Computer Science tracks)
CE, CS 3 NIS A-Levels with grades A* and A (min 1 A* and 2As) in relevant subjects (Preferably from Mathematics and Computer Science and Natural Science tracks)
Law 3 NIS A-Levels with grades A* and A (min 2 A*s and 1 A) in relevant subjects (Preferably from Global Perspectives and Project Work, Person and Society, Educational tracks, Mathematics and Computer Science tracks)
SOM

 

3 NIS A-Levels with grades A* and A (min 2 A*s and 1 A) in relevant subjects (Preferably from Mathematics and Computer Science and Natural Science tracks)
  • Applicants are expected to have demonstrated strong interest by taking subjects required or recommended by the selected program(s) of study.
  • Applications submitted with subjects taken other than what is stated on the college-specific requirements list will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

 

ENT (Unified National Test)

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASE, CSSH, SON 110 with 40 out of 50 from 3 core subjects and 70 out of 90 from 2 related elective subjects
CE, CS 120 with 40 out of 50 from 3 core subjects and 80 out of 90 from 2 related elective subjects
Law 125 with 45 out of 50 from 3 core subjects and 80 out of 90 from 2 related elective subjects
SOM 130 with 45 out of 50 from 3 core subjects and 85 out of 90 from 2 related elective subjects
  • Compulsory core subjects are Reading Literacy, Mathematical Literacy, and History of Kazakhstan.
  • Applicants are expected to take 2 additional subjects related to their intended program(s) of study.
  • A combination of high grades and the relevancy of the elective subjects taken will be considered a strong indicator of the applicant’s preparedness for the program(s) being applied to.

The Netherlands

VWO (Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs) CASE, CSSH, SON An overall score of 6.5 with a specialization either in Economics and Society or Culture and Society streams
CE, CS An overall score of 7 with a specialization either in Nature and Technology or Science and Health streams
Law An overall score of 7.5 with a specialization either in Culture and Society or Economics and Society streams
SOM An overall score of 8 with specialization either in Science and Health or Nature and Technology streams

 

  • Applicants are expected to have demonstrated strong interest by taking subjects required or recommended by the selected program(s) of study.
  • Applications submitted with subjects taken other than what is stated on the college-specific requirements list will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

EGE (Unified State Exam) CASE, CSSH, SON 220 in 3 related subjects (preferably Mathematics, History, Geography, Literature, or Social Science) except for Russian
CE, CS 230 in 3 related subjects (preferably Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, or Biology) except for Russian
Law 240 in 3 related subjects (preferably Mathematics, History, Literature and Social Science) except for Russian
SOM 240 in 3 related subjects (preferably Mathematics, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry) except for Russian
  • Applicants are expected to have chosen a combination of subjects that will have prepared them for their selected program(s) of study.
  • Applications submitted with subjects taken other than what is stated on the college-specific requirements list will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Matura CASE, CSSH, SON 4.5 or higher
CE, CS 4.8 or higher
Law 5.2 or higher
SOM 5.5 or higher

United Kingdom (UK)

BTEC (Business and Technology Education
Council)
CASE, CSSH, SON, CE, CS Level 3 Extended National Diploma with 3 subjects at grades DDD or above
Law, SOM Level 3 Extended National Diploma with 3 subjects at grades D*D*D or above
  • BTECs are generally accepted as being direct equivalents of the A-Levels (including international A-Levels) and hence acceptable for admission to our undergraduate programs. However, some departments may ask for additional qualifications.
  • The required grades are comparatively higher than that of A-Levels because BTEC curriculum, for the most part, is academically less rigorous.
  • Applicants who are taking A-Levels with boards other than Cambridge International, Oxford AQA, or Pearson Edexcel are expected to present a valid SAT/ACT in line with their selected program(s) minimum entry requirement.
  • Applications submitted with subjects taken other than what is stated on the college-specific requirements list will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

United States of America (USA)

Undergraduate Degree CASE, CSSH, SON, CE, CS Bachelor’s Degree preferably in a related program with a GPA of 3.0 or above
SOM Bachelor’s Degree preferably in a related BCPM program with a GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Typically, relevant undergraduate programs include Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Microbiology, and Physical Sciences.
  • Applicants holding undergraduate degrees from other disciplines may be asked to provide additional qualifications such as SAT (1450) or ACT (33).

All other countries

If your country isn’t listed above, it means that your national qualification is not accepted by Koç University, and hence you must submit one of the international qualifications stated above, with your application.

2) Other mandatory application requirements

Official high school transcripts

  • High school transcripts or predicted results from every attended grade (9th, 10th, 11th, and if available 12th grades).
  • You should upload a copy of official transcripts of your high school courses and grades showing your final Grade Point Average (GPA) or equivalent grading system.
  • If you submit an application whilst you are still enrolled in your last year of high school you can submit an official document from your school stating your predicted grades.

Documentation of English proficiency

Test

Minimum Exemption Score

Minimum Section Scores

Notes

TOEFL iBT 80 Writing: 20 Electronic score reports should be sent directly by ETS to Koç University with the college code 0163. Scores older than 2 years at the time of application will not be accepted. TOEFL iBT Home Edition is not accepted. All section scores must be from the same session; ‘MyBest scores’ is not accepted.
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) Grade C (180 or above) Not applicable Scores older than 3 years at the time of application will not be accepted.
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Grade C (200 or above) Not applicable Scores older than 3 years at the time of application will not be accepted.
Pearson PTE Academic 67 Not applicable Electronic score reports should be sent directly by Pearson to Koç University. Scores older than 2 years at the time of application will not be accepted.
YDS/e-Yds 80 Not applicable Applicable only to Turkish nationals and foreigners with foreign national ID numbers. Scores older than 5 years at the time of application will not be accepted.
  • Koç University will no longer offer an internal English proficiency exam for international students.

  • Students who submit a valid English Proficiency Exam Result and/or who completed the last 3 years of high school education in a country where the official language is English* will be exempted from attending the English Language Center (ELC) and will directly begin their undergraduate courses.

*Australia, New Zealand, Canada (except for Quebec province), United Kingdom, Ireland, United States of America, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad, and Tobago

  • 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. Therefore, TOEFL iBT, PTE, or CAE/CPE tests taken at private test centers in Türkiye will not be accepted.
  • Unless shared electronically by the official testing institution, test scores will not be considered valid.
  • IELTS is not accepted as a valid English proficiency exam as per The Council of Higher Education (YÖK) regulations.

Motivation letter

  • The motivation letter should be the place where your unique experience, interests, and motivations can “shine” in front of our Admissions Committee.
  • You should use 1-2 pages to explain why you would like to study your program of choice, talk about the academic and extra-curricular activities that have helped you make your decision to study a specific major and that would make you ready for university life, and why specifically do you think Koç University’s program is a good fit for your character, goals, and style of learning.
  • Always remember: plagiarism will mean an automatic rejection, make sure there are no spelling or grammar mistakes, and before uploading this document ask yourself: could this have been written by anyone else other than me? If the answer is yes, then go back and revise.
  • Below we have put together some sample motivation letters to guide you in the process.
  • Sample motivation letter – Medicine
  • Sample motivation letter – Engineering
  • Sample motivation letter – Business Administration
  • Sample motivation letter – Psychology

Two letters of recommendation

  • You will be asked to provide contact details (name, surname, institutional email address, job title) for two persons (this can be a teacher, headteacher, or guidance counselor) who can provide recommendations on your behalf for university admission. The referees will receive an email from Koç University asking them to complete a recommendation form.
  • Make sure you remind them enough time in advance to prepare their recommendation letters.
  • The recommendation letters can be written in English or Turkish.
  • You will be able to see if your referees have submitted their recommendations in your online application and they will receive an email confirming that they have successfully submitted the recommendation letters. Check out our short guide on “How to ask for a reference”.

Pre-Recorded Video Interview

  • Here, you will be asked a number of questions and you are expected to read over each question and then record your answer accordingly within a given time frame.
  • The interview is about your motivation and strengths as a candidate and is not designed to measure your technical knowledge on the program(s) you are applying.
  • You will not be able to repeat the questions or re-record your answers.
  • All applicants are asked to provide an online interview and it does not imply that you have been shortlisted.

Documentation of Turkish proficiency (Law School only)

Documentation of Turkish students who will apply to the Law undergraduate program must demonstrate at least C1 level proficiency in the Turkish language -under the framework of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages-  at TÖMER or Yunus Emre Institute.

Non-refundable application fee

  • You will find the instructions on how to pay the application fee on the application form using a credit card.
  • Please make sure the credit card used to pay for the application fee is authorized or enables you to do online purchases and purchases outside of your country if you are paying with a  non-Turkish bank credit card.
  • You can pay for the application fee with a family member’s or other authorized person’s credit card but they will need to provide you with the code they will receive as an SMS message on the mobile phone registered with the credit card.
  • There are no application fee waivers for undergraduate international applications.
  • If you do not pay the application fee your application will not be evaluated.

3) Optional application documents

Official High School Diploma (if available at the time of submission)

  • If available, a copy of your National High School Diploma certified by the issuing institution or notary public offices as genuine copies of the original and translated to English or Turkish IF the original is not in English or Turkish.
  • Please refer to Certifying Copies of your Original Documents section for details.

Extracurricular activities

  • In the application form, you will be asked to submit the extra-curricular activities you have participated in that you think would be relevant for your evaluation (If applicable).
  • Please note that if you don’t have extracurricular activities or achievements, this will not negatively affect your evaluation as a candidate.
  • You can upload certificates, letters, or other evidence of participation in these activities in the “Checklist” section of the application form under “Activities”.
  • You don’t have to translate certificates or letters that are not in English or in Turkish.
  • If there is no date available for the honor, award, or activity, please type the date of your application.

Undergraduate Course exemptions

Course exemption by AP, IB and A-Levels

Koç University may award course exemptions to admitted students based on their performance on AP, IB, and A Level exams, granted they meet certain conditions set below.

If you are admitted to an undergraduate program and you have submitted your final grade or diploma results from the IB, AP, or GCE (A-level) qualifications with the highest grade possible you can request to be exempted from specific 1st year university required courses at Koç University as follows:

 

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Subject

Exam Grade Required for Exemption Related Course
Physics 7 PHYS 101
Mathematics 7 MATH 102/MATH 106
Chemistry 7 CHEM 101

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Subject Exam Grade Required for Exemption Related Course
Calculus AB 5 MATH 102/MATH 106
Calculus BC 5 MATH 102/MATH 106
Statistics 4 or 5 MATH 201
Chemistry 5 CHEM 101
Physics C: Electricity 5 PHYS 102
Physics C: Mechanics 5 PHYS 101
Biology 5 MBGE 101

 

GCE (A-level) Subject Exam Grade Required for Exemption Related Course
Physics A* PHYS 101
Mathematics A* MATH 102/MATH 106
Chemistry A* CHEM 101

Notes:

  • Students can be awarded exemption for up to three courses in total.
  • Exemption requests related to subjects not included in the list are evaluated by the College offering the course and submitted to our University Academic Council for approval.
  • The grades of the courses that students are exempt from will be recorded in the transcripts as IB, AP, or AL if they apply.
  • General elective credits to be completed will be increased by the amount of exempted required course credits.

How to complete the Koç University undergraduate application form

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Watch our tutorial video on how to complete the Koç University online undergraduate application form. This tutorial is your best guide to ensure you prepare a complete application that will be ready for evaluation.

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