Koç University Istanbul, Turkey

turrets and complex architecture of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Koç University is distinguished by its domestic and international contributions to education, knowledge, and service. Koç offers international relations students thorough training for careers in research, politics, foreign policy, and business. Koç's mission statement reads, in part, "Students acquire the intellectual courage to inquire and question while developing the character necessary to serve as custodians of democratic values and freedom."

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester
September - January
Spring Semester
February - May

Due to the differences between the AU and Koç academic calendars, students are encouraged to participate in the spring semester.


Students will enroll as full-time students for one semester alongside Koç graduate students, and earn up to 9 credits toward their graduate degree from AU. Subject areas include:

  • Anatolian Civilization and Cultural Heritage
  • Comparative Politics
  • Europe in the Global Context
  • Globalization and International Relations Theory
  • International Political Economy
  • Issues in Turkish Politics
  • Politics of European Integration
  • Turkey and the Global Political Economy

Students may have the opportunity to participate in research projects with Koç faculty members on a non-credit bearing basis.

Language Requirement

All classes are conducted in English.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2018: October 13, 2017 

Fall 2018: March 19, 2018

Applicants are required to submit a non-refundable $50 application fee.

You will be notified by email with a decision regarding your nomination for study abroad.

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Suggested Program Match

This program is compatible with all SIS programs.

Students may take courses in any graduate program provided the student meets the state academic requirements.

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