Global Exchange First Call for Applications

Author: Office of International Programs (OIP)

Global Exchange First Call for Applications & Global Exchange Scholarship




















OIP invites Koç University students to apply for the Global Exchange program. Prospective candidates are invited to read the information provided below carefully.

Application Dates:

Applications for the Global Exchange program’s First Call will be open between 04/11/2020–04/12/2020. The selection will be done for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. Please note that there will a Second and a Third Call for applications only for Spring 2022 but the quota for those calls will be the remaining quota from the First Call. If you would like to go on exchange in Fall 2021 Semester, you must apply in the First Call.

Partners & Destinations:

Students are advised to check KU’s Institutional Partner List before the application period. Please be careful about the following:

  • Make sure to select the program type as Global Exchange.
  • Read the details on partner institutions’ web pages such as Departments/Colleges included, quota, Fact Sheet, Course List, Language and GPA requirements, etc.
  • Once you have a list of possible destinations, please contact us if you have specific questions on partner universities.
  • Please note that you can list up to 6 universities in your preferences while you are making your application.
  • If you have any academic questions related to course equivalency and course transfer procedures, please contact your exchange coordinator at your department for more information and academic advising.

Application Requirements:

  • Minimum required CGPA is 2.50 for undergraduate, 3.00 for graduate and postgraduate students. Please be advised that some partner universities may have higher GPA requirements. Students should meet these requirements in order to be eligible to select those institutions as their preferences. Please check our partner webpages’ for specific requirements before submitting your application.
  • Language Requirement: Koç University Institutional TOEFL (550 PBT), TOEFL (550 PBT/ 80 IBT) or IELTS Score Card (min. 6.5) (valid for 2 years after the test date). Please note that some partners might have specific language requirements to admit exchange students. That is why it is highly recommended to check the partner fact sheets and web pages before submitting your application. 


Application & Application Documents:

  • You can apply online on KUAPP system (
  • Please visit our website in order to watch the demo video “How to apply”
  • You can list 6 universities for your preferences in your online application.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Please pay attention to the deadlines for Global Exchange applications. We highly recommend our students to complete their applications 1-2 prior to the application deadline to avoid any complications or system errors.

You may find the required documents for the application below:

• Official Transcript: Official Transcript: Please keep in mind that it takes a couple of days for Registrar’s Office to issue your transcript. Please upload the most up-to-date transcript with all pages included. Registrar’s Office can issue your transcript online and send it to you via e-mail. Please request your transcript on KUSIS and ask the Registrar’s Office to send you your transcript online.

• English Language Test Score:

  • IELTS – min. 6,5
  • TOEFL IBT-min. 80
  • Koç TOEFL – min. 550-You may request the document from the Registrar’s Office
  • TOEFL IBT Home Edition will also be accepted.

We advise you to have your document valid during your application to the partner university as well.

Please keep in mind that some partner universities might not accept Koç TOEFL. The students are responsible to check which test results will be accepted by the host University from OIP’s Institutional Partners List or the host university’s incoming exchange language requirements website. We advise you to make your preferences accordingly. You can list 6 universities for your preferences in your online application.

• Photo: Please upload a photo of you along with your application form.

Placement Criteria:

Once you upload all the necessary documents to the system and complete your online application form, OIP will evaluate your application, find out if you are eligible candidate to be an exchange student in one of the universities you have selected and place you in one of them. After your placement, you will be nominated to the partner university. The nomination does not guarantee your acceptance to the partner university.

Please mind that the changes on the agreements and student quotas of partner may occur during the application period as well.

  • 75% of your CGPA and 25% of Language Score
  • Previous participation in Global Exchange program in the same study cycle: -10 points
  • Previous withdrawal from Global Exchange program after the notice period given by OIP: -10 points

Important Notes and More Information:

  • Please mind that the changes on the agreements and student quotas of partner may occur during the application period as well.
  • For more detailed information please visit OIP’s website.
  • We will be organizing Online Info Sessions and Q&A Sessions during the application period. Specific dates and times of these sessions will be announced later.

Contact Us

Please send an e-mail to if you have any questions about the program.

You can also contact our Outgoing Student Advisors by booking an appointment on their office hours. You can use audio or video call on Microsoft Teams for advising on exchange programs. To book an appointment with Outgoing Advisor Ms. Gizem Güler, please click here. To book an appointment with Outgoing Advisor Mr. Ömer Eskici, please click here.


Global Exchange Scholarship

Every semester KU Office of International Programs offers grants to assist students with the costs associated with going on exchange. Applications for Global Exchange Grants (need based) are competitive and awarded on the basis of merit and financial need. These grants are given only once for one semester.

In order to be evaluated for GE Scholarship, students are required to submit documentation to the Scholarships Office between 04/11/2020–04/12/2020. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Value and duration

4000 TRY  for one semester. (Travel Grant)* 
18 000 TRY (max. amount) for one semester (Global Exchange)*
(* Koc University always has the right to change the amount and number of scholarships granted to students)


For eligibility and all the other details regarding GE Scholarship, please refer to OIP web site:


Please submit your application for Global Exchange Scholarship from the following link:

 More Information on scholarship

For the other requirements and documents for Global Exchange Scholarship please contact to Ms. Özge Erdošan ( during the application period.


Best Wishes,

Office of International Programs