The language of instruction at Koç University Faculty of Medicine is English. However, Turkish is spoken when patients are present. Therefore, students whose native language is not Turkish or who do not have sufficient Turkish proficiency to communicate with patients, before starting their second year of medical school, must have a B1 level of Turkish proficiency defined in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and before beginning their fourth year (Clinical Year 1), they must have a C1 level of Turkish proficiency certificate. This certificate is a prerequisite for starting the fourth year for this group of students, in addition to successfully completing the third year. Information about how to learn Turkish will be provided during the Orientation program by the International Community Services Office (ICO) and is also available on their website at ico.ku.edu.tr.
Koç University School of Medicine is included in the approved schools’ lists of ECFMG (for USA Clinical Master applications), California Medical Board, and GMC (for UK Clinical Master applications), and students are supported to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
Pre-clinical and clinical courses are taught by 163 faculty members who are leaders in their clinical and research fields
The program accepts 40 students per year from the Turkish national university entrance exam and up to 20 international students throughout the international admissions procedure.
The Koç University Hospital is located in central Istanbul and has 400 in-patient rooms, 14 operating rooms, interventional and imaging facilities, 77 intensive care units, and separate emergency services for adults and children. There is also a radiotherapy center with a particular focus on oncology, cancer, genetics, and infectious diseases.
An Advanced Learning Centre is available for students to rehearse “standard patient” practice by means of computer simulation
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