City Guide

The splendid city of Istanbul has many unique and fascinating features.

Observing and understanding the World from the heights above the Bosphorus, Koç University provides access to a rich academic world, whose founding vision is to be a center of excellence. It is an international university, where the East and West meet, where a global perspective blends with the multi-dimensional dynamics of Turkey and its regional culture. Guided by a strong sense of social responsibility and the ambition to elevate both the individual and the collective, Koç University offers the perfect view.

The splendid city of Istanbul has many unique and fascinating features. It is the only city in the world reaching across two continents, with its old city in Europe and modern Istanbul situated in Asia, separated by the Bosphorus. It is also unique in having had capital status during two successive empires, Christian Byzantine and Islamic Ottoman, and the legacy from both is visible in the modern city today. The charm and character of Istanbul lies in its endless variety. It’s fascinating history has bequeathed the city a vivid inheritance of Byzantine ruins, splendid palaces, ancient mosques and churches, hamams (bath-houses) and exotic bazaars. Additionally Istanbul exudes trendy bars and nightclubs, western boutiques, office blocks, and elegant suburbs. The city, 2010 European Capital of Culture, also hosts many events including concerts and exhibitions of internationally acknowledged artists and a variety of festivals.

Combining the charm of Istanbul with an excellent academic background, Koç University invites all students to learn and have fun…