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Drexel in Turkey: Koc University
Istanbul, Turkey (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Minimum Language Requirement:
No Requirement
Language of Instruction:
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Class Eligibility:
2. Sophomore, 3. Pre-Junior, 4. Junior
Other Eligibility Requirements:
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Eligible Majors:
All Majors
Type of Program:
Housing Options:
Program Advisor:
Erica Sebastian
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Program Description:

The Program

Drexel University, in partnership with Koç University, offers an exchange program available to students of ALL majors. Spend a term studying in Turkey taking courses in English. The Koç exchange program completely immerses Drexel students into Turkish education and culture as you take classes with the local Turkish and international students. For more information about Koç University check out the Incoming Students website. 


All classes at Koç are taught in English. There is no foreign language requirement. Koç has undergraduate programs in:

  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Business Administration
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Sociology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical/Electronics
  • Economics
  • International Relations

Koc University - Course Equivalents.xls List of Koç courses that have been approved with Drexel equivalents. If you would like to take courses that are not listed, you will need to get equivalents approved by the appropriate department at Drexel. For example, if you want to take a sociology course for Drexel credit, the Sociology Department at Drexel must pre- approve the course and equivalency.

To view all of Koc's course offerings by semester, please CLICK HERE.

Grading: Students are taught and graded by Turkish faculty at Koç University. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn a "C" or above at the host institution. The goal is to be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel.

Fall and Spring Program Calendar:
Koç is a semester based school. Students should prepare to make adjustments and be flexible in fitting this program into their Drexel schedule. Due to the need for cycle and program changes the study abroad office urges you to begin planning 12-18 months in advance

* Fall semester: September - early January.
* Spring semester: early February - May.

Students with fall/winter class have two options: 1) arrange with professors to take Koç final exams early (early exams are at the discretion of individual faculty members. Neither Drexel nor Koç can guarantee that all professors will allow this) OR 2) Students can change their co-op cycle to Winter/Spring. This would allow students to take Koç final exams in early January, and be on co-op for winter and spring terms. Keep in mind, this option would require an independent co-op search as well as a cycle adjustment.

Students with spring/summer class should consider going to Koç during the spring semester/term, leaving their winter co-op early. Students would then have a one month break before returning to Drexel in June for summer term classes. During this month students could return to their co-op, travel in Turkey or elsewhere, or return to the United States. Alternately, students may choose to attend Koc's "summer semester" program. Further details about the summer program are below.

The Experience

Exciting events start as soon as you arrive at Koç. During your orientation you will receive your Smart Card for access into places such as the library, and also course materials from your advisor. The following day, you will get a free tour of Istanbul visiting sites such as the Haghia Sophia, and the Basilica Cistern!  Koç has a variety of extra curricular activities and clubs to make your stay in Turkey a great one.

On-campus housing is available in single, double, triple and quadruple rooms. Internet, cable-TV and phone-services are available in each room. There are twelve laundry rooms and five kitchens in seventeen dorm buildings. At the ground floor of each building, there are computer rooms accessible to all students. In each dorm building, 7 to 10 students live on the same floor. Rooms include: refrigerator, bed, closet, desk, chair, bed stand, light, pillow and blanket. Students must bring their own towel, pillow case and sheets.

Students are required to obtain a visa for entry into Turkey. This process may take 6-8 weeks so students should act early. Visa Instructions.pdf

Scholarship Information

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus all of your financial aid travels with you. If you are interested in seeking additional funding, you should considering applying for study abroad  Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2016 09/01/2015 10/01/2015 TBA TBA
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