Welcome to Koç University School of Medicine…

Upon decision of Board of Trustees in 2008 and Higher Education Council in 2009, Koç University was complemented by School of Medicine in 2009, as the last of the six faculties or schools, in concordance with the vision for interdisciplinary scientific exchange between the already existing faculties and SOM, to the ultimate benefit and enrichment of all. First 40 students were admitted in 2010.

KUSOM aims to introduce a new and different perspective to medical education in Turkey. It intends to become an educational and medical institution with universal standards, which prioritizes cutting edge  research, state of the art medical education to train the prospective leaders in medicine and exemplary health service with its distinguished teaching staff.

As the other faculties of KU, the medium of instruction at KUSOM is English. However, the international students are required to obtain C1 level Turkish proficiency certificate before starting the clinical years (Year 4) as they will be in contact with Turkish patients.

KUSOM admits 40 students each year, based on the MF-3 scores acquired in the National University Entrance Examination and provides full-scholarships to 15 of these students and half-scholarships to the remaining 25 (at least 5 of them are upgraded to full scholarship as Anatolian scholars). In 2016 admissions, the bottom ranking of the full scholarship students was 69, the bottom ranking for half scholarship students was 2064. Each year, certain number of international and transfer students are also admitted.

The first three years of medical education (pre-clinical years) is provided in the main campus located in Rumelifeneri, Sarıyer. The following 3 years of clinical training is at Koç University Hospital located in Topkapi region of Istanbul, which was opened in October 2014.



The first phase of the construction of Koc University Health Sciences Campus is completed and Koc University Hospital was opened in October 2014. In the first phase, a 251-bed hospital with full operating facilities, intensive care units, interventional and imaging facilities, chemotherapy and radiotherapy departments, clinical laboratories as well as faculty offices and clinical teaching facilities along with the School of Nursing are currently operational. Most of the research infrastructure was completed by late 2015.

By the completion of the second phase by early 2017, the Hospital expanded to approximately 400 beds. In the second phase, a state of the art animal facility and a center for advanced medical learning on fresh frozen cadavers and larger animals, as well as simulation technologies will be present.

The opening of our laboratories at the Health Sciences Campus in September 2015 provided a complete range of cutting edge research facilities to all graduate and med students, as well as SOM faculty. Koç University Hospital provides a translational bridge from bench to bedside to our researchers, and serves as an important teaching platform for future medical scientists.


Our Vision

KUSOM envisions to become one of the most distinguished national and international medical schools with dynamic and progressive educational concepts, with strong emphasis on  interdisciplinary research and state of the art health service to the patients.

Our Mission

KUSOM’s  mission is to educate humanistic physicians; with superior levels of medical knowledge and skills, who are:

  • qualified to apply advanced medical technologies, up-to-date diagnostic and therapeutic procedures,

  • equipped with excellent skills to communicate with colleagues, health workers and patients,

  • strongly committed to ethical principles,

  • capable of team work with leadership qualities,

  • fully aware of  the problems of the society they live in while sensitive to global health issues,

  • able to follow the most recent developments in science,

  • able to provide  high quality, evidence-based health service to the society, 

  • determined to contribute to national and international science through advanced basic, clinical and public health research.