The first students of Koç University School of Medicine were trained in the 2010-2011 academic year. The first graduates of Medical School graduated in 2016.
A total of 60 students have been enrolled in Medical School for the 2019-2020 academic year.
As in all other faculties of Koç University, the medium of instruction in Medical School is English. With the clinical education that starts in the 4th year of medical education, bedside teaching is conducted in Turkish, but the courses continue in English.
The students must submit their TOEFL scores to the Registrar’s Office with other documents required for admission. If they do not have a valid TOEFL score, they must take KU’s Institutional TOEFL examination. Further information can be found on this page.
The students who fail the proficiency exam are enrolled in the English Learning Center (ELC) of Koç University, where they will be offered courses on different academic and social topics along with courses on the English language.
Medical School is on the main Campus of Koç University in Rumelifeneri, Sariyer. The first three years of medical education (pre-clinical years) are provided on the main campus. The 3 years of clinical training is provided at Koç University Hospital located in Topkapi-ISTANBUL.
The fully equipped and modern Koç University Hospital started providing education went into action in October 2014 in Topkapı. Our medical students receive their clinical education in this hospital since their 4th year of medical education.
Koç university medical school aims to provide a high level of international education to a small number of outstanding and qualified students according to the general principles of the university. Starting from the first years, students are encouraged to participate in research studies in particular fields of biomedical sciences. As a result, there is a Core Curriculum in the first year of medical education, which will prepare students for the coming years. This program, in which subjects such as natural and social science as well as communication skills, civilization history and introduction to medical science are taught, prepares students for scientific concepts students will encounter in the following years, and also trains them to recognize and solve their problems as social and humanist individuals.
Starting from the second year, students receive system-based medical training in an integrated program. In addition to major organ systems, special study emphasis is placed on cancer, neuroscience, and molecular medicine, which are the intensive research areas of modern medicine. According to general educational principals, the program is planned to enable the students to be autonomous and responsible individuals and provide the necessary time to participate in independent studies, discussions, and research projects in addition to their curriculum. They are encouraged to use the library and electronic resources freely.
Students are offered with lectures, courses and seminars on history and development of medicine, ethical concepts, fundamental principles, and treatments in modern medicine. They can also acquire communication skills, get familiar with the health problems of the society, and explore the health system. In the fourth year, long-term internships in the major branches, short-term internships in the fifth year, and 12-month pre-graduate internship training is given at Koç University Hospital.
Opportunities for summer internships with different educational institutions are provided and supported in the first years of medical training.
Koç University Medical School admits internal and external transfer students. Admission requirements for transfer students are explained at Koç University Transfer Students Policy page.
Additional requirements for transfer students are as follows:
Students must have at least one-year medical training from another medical school and at least 3.5 GPA out of 4.0
Turkish students must have an equal or higher rank in Math-Science3 part from undergraduate placement test in accordance with Koç University Medical School base point
Foreign national students, who do not have to take undergraduate placement test held in Turkey, must have studied at universities that are in the top 500 according to Times Higher Education World Rankings.
The following criteria are taken into consideration in internal transfer applications:
Transfer applications can be made among diploma programs accepting students with the same level but different placement score type
Students must have at least 3.5 GPA out of 4.0
Students must have an equal or higher rank in Math-Science3 part from undergraduate placement test in accordance with Koç University Medical School base point
A placement test is given to determine accepted transfer students’ current level and the most appropriate courses for enrollment.
External transfer or new international student applications are made via an online application during the specified application periods for the Fall semester admission. Applications are not received for Spring semester admission.
You can get detailed information from the links below to learn more about the application process, required documents, online application form and deadlines:
For international student applications:
For external transfer student applications:
Full tuition scholarships are not provided to students who are admitted as external students or international students, only partial (25%, 50%) tuition scholarships are available on a very competitive basis for outstanding admitted students. There are no specific test scores or grades required to be awarded a scholarship as the decision is made on a holistic manner, taking into account an applicants’s entire application file (motivation letter, reference letter, high school grades, extra-curricular activities or achievements, video interview AND test scores).
The medium of instruction at Koç University Medical School is English. However, since the students at Medical School receive bedside education from the 4th year, they should be able to understand, speak and write in Turkish to communicate with patients. Therefore, at the end of the third year, international students are asked for a Turkish proficiency certificate at C1 level.
You can find the detailed list of international exam and diploma grades that are eligible for our School of Medicine undergraduate admissions from the link below:
In international students’ applications, one of the main criteria for initial evaluation is that the candidate should have ONE of the internationally accepted test scores or diploma grades. High school transcripts cannot be determinant in terms of comparing academic success of the applicants who do not have such diplomas or scores. So, if you are not able to submit an application with ONE of the eligible test scores or diploma grades AND with a score above the minimum, we advise you to not apply as your application will be rejected.
Candidates who will apply with IB or GCSE diploma grades can apply with their predicted grades by including an official letter from their school stating their predicted grades. If offered admission it will be on a conditional admission basis. Upon receipt of the final grades that match exactly the predicted grades included in the application file, the candidate will earn the right to register as a student at the university. Please note, there are no exceptions made in case the final grades do not match the predicted grades.
External Transfer students should also submit ONE of the eligible test scores or diploma grades in addition to their university transcripts and syllabi.
Eligible test scores and diploma grades are as follows (for the full detailed list please check the link above):
Full tuition scholarships are not provided to students who are admitted as external students or international students to our School of Medicine, only partial (25%, 50%) tuition scholarships are available on a very competitive basis for outstanding admitted students. The partial scholarships are for the duration of studies and do not include financial support for dormitories, meals, books or other expenses.
There are no specific test scores or grades required to be awarded a scholarship as the decision is made on a holistic manner, taking into account an applicants’s entire application file (motivation letter, reference letter, high school grades, extra-curricular activities or achievements, video interview AND test scores).
There are no separate forms or application periods for the partial scholarships. All applicants who are evaluated for admission are also evaluated for a scholarship at the same time. If offered admission, the candidate’s offer letter will state if any scholarship has been awarded or not. Scholarship decisions are not subject to re-evaluation so please do not contact the School of Medicine or other units at Koç University to request a reconsideration if you have not been awarded a partial scholarship.