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COVID-19 UPDATE – Fall 2021 Admissions

We remain cautiously optimistic about the upcoming Fall Semester 2021 and for the new Academic year 2021-2022.

The progress in Turkey in our fight against COVID-19 has been exemplary recently, especially in the area of the volume of vaccinations. In particular, the availability of vaccines for people aged 18 and above, now covers all of our university community, including all of our students, faculty, and staff. This new and encouraging development gives us enough confidence for a full return to our campus for all students, faculty, and staff with all of our dormitories full to capacity as well as with face-to-face teaching, learning, working, and interacting with one another.

FALL SEMESTER 2021 PLANS

We have accordingly revised our academic calendar for the Fall Semester, the start date for which is now scheduled as September 27th, 2021.

Please be advised that the details of our Return to Rumelifeneri Campus for the Fall 2021 Semester must always remain to be in line with the decisions of the Higher Education Council, and strictly based on measures from the Ministry of Health and guidance from our own health and legal experts.

To see the full academic calendar click here. Key dates for newly admitted international undergraduate students are shown below but please always refer to our registration.ku.edu.tr website for the most up-to-date information.

September 21-23, 2021 Class registrations
September 27, 2021 Fall Semester – First Day of Classes

FALL 2021 ADMISSION UPDATES

For the Fall 2021 admission period we are aware there may still be applicants in some countries who are not able to submit standardized test scores (SAT, ACT) because test centers are still closed, score release may have been delayed or release of official high school transcripts may also face delays. If this is the situation in your country, please indicate so in your motivation letter.

The application deadline has also been extended until Monday 02 August 2021 taking the above circumstances into consideration.

Please note that TOEFL is NOT a required application document for our undergraduate international admissions.

Please click here to read important updates regarding the Fall 2021 academic plans. Further updates regarding plans for the Spring 2022 semester will also be announced there.

International Undergraduate Admissions at Koç University

 

Koç University is a selective admissions university. We are looking for the best and the brightest in each country. Candidates are evaluated in terms of academic excellence, standard test scores, extra-curricular activities, recommendations, 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. Applications with missing documents will not be taken into consideration. You should not email or post any documents to the university during the application process.

Please check carefully our Registrar’s website for detailed guidance on admission requirements for each program, eligibility to apply as an international student (for example, if you have dual nationality one of which is Turkish or from KKTC), and minimum scores details.

What are the international application deadlines for Koç University? 

You can find below the application deadlines for Koç University Undergraduate Programs for prospective international students for the upcoming admission session.

2021-22 Academic Year (Fall 2021 Admission-September 2021 intake)

  • Applications will open between December 16th, 2020, and August 2nd, 2021.
  • Early application period: December 16th, 2020 – January 15th, 2021
  • Regular application period: January 16th, 2021 – May 14th, 2021
  • Late application period: May 15th, 2021 – August 2nd, 2021
  • Applicants will be informed of the admission decision approximately 4-6 weeks after the application submission date via email for those who apply during the regular and late application periods.
  • Do not email the university to ask about your admission decision.

Important things to consider as an international applicant:

  • We strongly recommend that you apply in the “Early application period” only if you have ALL your documents ready such as SAT test scores.
  • You can apply with your predicted IB or A-Level (A2) scores issued by your school

What are the application requirements for undergraduate programs at Koç University?

Please read carefully all the requirements below as you prepare your online application for admission to Koç University’s undergraduate programs as an international applicant. Submitting an application without one of the required documents or information will mean you have very low chances of admission to our university.

English proficiency tests such as TOEFL or IELTS are not required for admission to Koç University. However, you should provide one of the eligible international university admission tests (SAT I, SAT II, ACT) or international diplomas (IB, GCSE, French Baccalaureate, ABITUR) with your application.

Application requirements

 

1) An international standard university admission exam score or an international diploma grade

You should satisfy and exceed the minimum acceptable score or grade from only ONE of the exams or diplomas listed below.

 

Acceptable exam or diploma All other programs in other Colleges – MINIMUM SCORE or GRADE Law/Medicine – MINIMUM SCORE OR GRADE
SAT I (New) – General Non-Essay (Koc University’s Code is 1931) Engineering: 1200 out of 1600
Sciences: 1180 out of 1600Social sciences and Humanities: 1180 out of 1600

Administrative Sciences and Economics: 1180 out of 1600

Nursing: 1180 out of 1600

For all colleges the minimum scores in each section of the SAT I test are as follows:

Maths: 620

Evidence-based Reading and Writing: 560

Medicine: 1450 out of 1600
Law: 1410 out of 1600 for LawFor Medicine and Law Schools no minimum scores are specified for each section of the SAT I test
SAT II Subject Tests (Koç University’s Code is 1931) Minimum number of subject tests: 2
Required subjects and minimum scores:- Mathematics Level 1 or Level 2: 620 out of 800
– Relevant subject test to the program being applied for: 650 out of 800
Medicine: 2 Subject Tests
– Mathematics Level 1 or Level 2: 650 out of 800
– Biology or Chemistry: 700 out of 800
Law: 2 Subject Tests- Mathematics Level 1 or Level 2: 620 out of 800
– Relevant subject to Law (eg World History): 700 out of 800
ACT 23 out of 36 31 out of 36
MCAT Not applicable 505
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 28 out of 45 40 out of 45
GCE (General Certificate of Education) 2 A-Levels (A2) on program-relevant subjects

Minimum grades: A*, A, or B

Medicine: 3 A-Levels (A2) on program relevant subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths) with A* or A grades

Law: 3 A-Levels (A2) on program relevant subjects with A* or A grades

Note: This includes:

Cambridge International GCSEs,

Pearson EdExcel International Advanced Level (IAL)

IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) Not applicable
AS levels are not considered a high school completion certificate by the Turkish Higher Education authorities so you can only apply for admission with A-Levels (A2) but you can include your AS levels for consideration as part of your educational history.Note: This includes:

Cambridge International GCSEs,

Pearson EdExcel International GCSEs

Not applicable
AS levels are not considered a high school completion certificate by the Turkish Higher Education authorities so you can only apply for admission with A-Levels (A2) but you can include your AS levels for consideration as part of your educational history.Note: This includes:

Cambridge International GCSEs,

Pearson EdExcel International GCSEs

French Baccalaureate diploma 12 out of 20 17 out of 20
ABITUR (Germany) exam 1-4 grade (1 and 4 included) 1,2 Medicine
1,5 Law
MATURA (Austria) exam Diploma grade: 1 or 2 1,2 Medicine
1,5 Law
MATURA (Switzerland) exam Diploma grade: 4.50 – 6.00 Diploma grade: 5.50 – 6.00
EB (European Baccalaureate) Diploma grade: 80% or 8-9 in relevant subjects (one of which should be Mathematics) Medicine: 90% or 8-9 in relevant subjects (one of which should be Mathematics)

Law: 90% or 8-9 in relevant subjects (one of which should be History/Philosophy)

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) Exams MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
CSSH, CASE, SON, LAWMinimum 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, CSMinimum 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

 

Please refer to the Acceptable Exams and Diplomas and Minimum Eligibility Scores and Grades section for details. Exam scores older than 2 years at the time of application will not be accepted. There is no time limitation on diploma grades.

Students who cannot provide any of the exams listed above (for a valid reason – such as an exam test center not being available in their country) may also be evaluated with their high school diploma grades and other credentials. However, please note that your admission chances will be low if you apply without one of the tests or diploma grades listed above.

Average test scores of previously admitted students to Koç University

You can see statistics about the average test scores of previously enrolled international students to Koç University’s undergraduate programs here (2017-2019):

2) 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.

ICGSE: AS levels are not considered a high school completion certificate by the Turkish Higher Education authorities so you can only apply for admission with A-Levels.

3) Official high school transcripts (or predicted high school GPA)

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.

4) 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.

How to write a strong motivation letter

Webinar video

Location: Koç University The time: September 2019 Duration: 1:30:00

Watch our webinar on how to prepare your motivation letter for our undergraduate international application at Koç University. Best practice guidance on format, length, how to impress the Admissions Committee, and more!

5) One (1) letter of recommendation

You will be asked to provide contact details (name, surname, institutional email address, job title) for 1 person (this can be a teacher, headteacher, or guidance counselor) who can provide recommendations on your behalf for university admission. The referee will receive an email from Koç University asking them to complete a recommendation form. Make sure you remind them with enough time in advance to prepare their recommendation letters.

The recommendation letters can be written in English or Turkish. If your referees are not able to write in English you can provide a notarized translation of their recommendation.

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”

6) Non-refundable application fee

Koç University charges 200 Turkish Lira (TL) for undergraduate international applications submitted in the Regular and Late Application periods for the Fall 2021 admission intake.

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 enable 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 for Fall 2021 admission.

If you do not pay the application fee your application will not be evaluated.

7) Optional application documents

English language proficiency exam score

Since English is the medium of instruction at Koç University, it is essential that you demonstrate competence in the language. Students who submit a valid English Proficiency Exam Result and/or students who completed the last 3 years of high school education in a country where the official language is English (as recognized by the Turkish Higher Education authorities) will be exempted from attending the English Language Center (ELC) and will directly begin their undergraduate courses.

However, it is not sufficient to have proficiency in English. Applicants are expected to satisfy the minimum acceptable score or diploma grade for one of those exams or diplomas listed in Acceptable Exams and Diplomas and Minimum Eligibility Scores and Grades. Please see our English Language Preparatory  program for details.

TOEFL: minimum of 80 points out of 120 in the Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT)

YDS (Yabancı Dil Sınavı): 80

PTE: 60

CAE: C

Note: IELTS is not currently accepted in Turkey (2019). Pakistan and Nigeria are not on the list of countries where English is the official language according to the Turkish Higher Education authorities and therefore are not exempt from providing a valid original English Proficiency test score report during enrollment (if offered admission) or taking the Koç University Institutional English Test.

Turkish language proficiency exam score

Only for Law and Nursing program candidates, a copy of the Turkish language proficiency exam score. Please see Proficiency in Turkish section for details.

How to complete the Koç University undergraduate application form

Tutorial Video

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.

Important things to remember as you complete your application for Koç University

To strengthen your chances of admission to Koç University’s undergraduate programs as an international applicant, you should:

  • indicate a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice of undergraduate programs so that, if you are not offered admission to your 1st choice program, you will still be evaluated for your 2nd and 3rd choice. If offered admission to your 2nd or 3rd choice you can consider accepting the offer and after your Freshman year applying for an internal transfer to your original 1st choice. Please note that Koç University also offers the possibility to undergraduate students to do double majors and minors.
  • upload ALL the required documents.
  • remind your referee to submit their recommendation letter before the deadline. 

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 Turkey 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 Turkey Completed at least 1 year of an undergraduate program in a university located in Turkey 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 Turkey Completed at least 1 year of an undergraduate program in a university located in Turkey 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 Turkey 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 (Early, Regular, Late) 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 50%, or 100% tuition-only scholarships (all programs except Medicine. The School of Medicine only awards a very limited number of 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.

Should I apply through an educational agency or consultant?

Koç University has partnered with a limited and carefully selected number of education agencies in Turkey 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 to communicate with you as an applicant if needed.

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 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 following the instructions you will receive via email.
    • Early application admitted students: 01 June 2021
    • Regular application admitted students: 01 July 2021
    • Late application admitted students: 30 August 2021
  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.

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 Turkey or abroad. You can see the admission requirements for transfer students here.

Download our prospectus for more details

Our international undergraduate prospectus for Academic Year 2021-22 is available in the following languages:

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