Koç University Exchange

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About This Program

  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey – Koç University
  • Term: Fall Quarter, Winter/Spring Quarters, Full Year
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Eligibility: Open to NU sophomores and juniors (and seniors with permission) from all majors with a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Program type: Exchange Program
  • Program credits: Minimum Credit Requirement

Application deadline:

  • For Fall Quarter and Full Year: January 15
  • For Winter/Spring Quarters: June 1

Program dates:

  • Fall Quarter: Early January - Late December
  • Full Year: Early September - Early June
  • Winter/Spring Quarters: Late Janaury - Early June

View the program budget sheet for available terms.

Fall 2017: $27,763

Full Year 2017-2018: $73,539

Winter/Spring Quarters 2018: $38,721

Students applying to this program are eligible for IPD Study Abroad Fellowships and may be eligible for external funding opportunities.

Students participating in this program are subject to the Withdrawal and Refund Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs.

This program is suspended for the 2017-18 Academic Year. Exceptions may apply for Turkish citizens. The status for future years will be revisited in Winter 2018.


In this exchange program, students enroll directly at Koç University and take classes with local and other international students. Northwestern students have the option of studying abroad for a semester or full academic year. Students pay Northwestern tuition and are responsible for travel and all other expenses (including room and board). Information on the visa process can be found through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Host Institution

Located in Istanbul, Koç University is one of the top institutions of engineering and the fastest rising university in Turkey. It was also recently recognized as one of the top young universities in the world. Founded in 1993, it is a non-profit, private university committed to the pursuit of excellent teaching and research.

Housing & Meals

Exchange students are guaranteed accommodation in one of Koç University’s residence halls


Students can take courses in engineering, business administration, economics, international relations, law, chemistry, biology, molecular biology and genetics physics, archaeology and history of art, media and visual arts, comparative literature, history, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. 

Students will receive a transcript issued by Koc, and course credit will be eligible for transfer back to Northwestern as long as students earn course grades of C or better. Refer to the Credit Transfer Page for information on the "C" grade equivalent and minimum credit requirement for this exchange program.