Koc University

Istanbul, Turkey
Observing and understanding the world from the heights above the Bosphorus, Koc University provides access to a rich academic world, whose funding vision is to be a center of excellence. We are an international university, where the East and West meet, where a global perspective blends with multi-dimensional dynamics of Turkey and its regional culture. Guided by a strong sense of social responsibility and the ambition to elevate both the individual and the collective, Koç University offers you the perfect view.



Koç University was founded in 1993 as a non-profit private university in Istanbul, Turkey. In the twenty years since its establishment, Koç University has become one of the leading universities in Turkey, distinguished by notable contributions to the elevation of education, knowledge and service both domestically and beyond.


With its strong academic structure, research opportunities, international achievements, vivid social environment and wide range of job opportunities upon graduation, Koç University distinctively attracts attention. Koç University's commitment to excellence and its well-resourced programs attract prestigious international academicians.


Koc University's research mission is to contribute to the universal body of knowledge and influence intellectual, technological, economic and social developments on a global scale. Faculty members contribute to their fields both individually and in strategically designed cross-disciplinary teams.

PhD Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Business & Management (1)
  • Graduate School of Business (GSB)
Humanities (1)
  • Ph.D. History
    Graduate School of Social Sciences & Humanities (GSSSH)
Medicine & Health (1)
Social Sciences (1)
  • Graduate School of Social Sciences & Humanities (GSSSH)


Student services

Scholarship opportunities for high caliber students at graduate level.

Qualifying students will be eligible to receive the following offer when admitted to specific graduate programs:

  • Tuition waiver
  • Accommodation
  • Health Insurance
  • Working place and laptop
  • Monthly stipend

Housing services

KUs centralized campus is fully equipped with essential student services. Several cafeterias serve healthy meals to students throughout the day. The cafeteria services are supplemented by to-go options and grocery store. Additionally, KU houses a hairdresser, Campus Store, bookstore, student lounges, a Student Center and a library with such features as subject-specific librarians and on-demand availability of electronic resources.

Library services

Library spanning over 8,000 square meters circulates approximately 5,500 items per month andhouses over 300,000 resources total.

ICT services

Residents have unlimited Internet connection in every bedroom and wireless connection in every dorm building, free of charge.

Medical services

KU has a Health Center, with doctors on site 24/7 and its own ambulance to ensure immediate action in times of emergency. Beyond basic medical care, the Health Center houses KURES, which is the psychological resource center for students. Services at KURES include basic psychological care, as well as resources for people with disabilities and crisis prevention.

Student Life

Campus life

Located in the hills of Sariyer, Istanbul, Koç University is twenty minutes from the Black Sea beaches, surrounded by charming villages and natural landscapes, and connected to the city center through a plethora of convenient transportation options. Koç University has four other campus locations: West Campus, Nisantasi Campus, RCAC Beyoglu and Istinye Campus.

Sports facilities

Koç University realizes the importance of sports in the academic and personal development of students. The experience of competition, responsibilities of sportsmanship and benefit to physical and emotional health are of great value. The new Semahat Arsel (gymnasium) sports center is a large multipurpose building with a capacity of 2000 spectators, having a 1500 meter squares main hall used for basketball, tennis, volleyball and handball besides squash and racquetball courts, a two-floor fitness center and an aerobics-step studio. There exist an outdoor tennis court and a soccer field.

Student clubs

All of KUs 40+ student clubs were formed through student initiative, andparticularly the most active clubsoperate essentially as small businesses (responsible for all aspects of planning, funding, budgeting, project management, etc.). In addition to empowering student voice, club activities foster student leadership skills, creativity and entrepreneurship.As an institution, KU ensures that students have building blocks for their activities. Though carefully supervised, KUs Student Development Office deliberately minimizes their direct involvement in club events, allowing students to face and solve challenges on their own and celebrate successes as their own as well.


  • EFMD (College of Administrative Sciences and Economics and Graduate School of Business have 5 year EQUIS accreditation)
  • AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
  • UNAOC (United Nations Alliance of Civilizations)
  • DS (Diploma Supplement) Label
  • ANCC (The American Nurses Credentialing Center)