International Relations

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Aug 1, 2023
401–500 place StudyQA ranking:10719 Duration:48 months You need IELTS certificate

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The students examine the basic questions of International Relations, including how nations struggle over power and wealth, how political communities reconcile claims of authority, liberty, and justice, and how governments and societies produce the policies that influence our lives. Students choose courses from the major subfields of international politics, comparative government, Turkish politics, and political theory. They develop critical analytical skills allowing them to explain, compare, and generalize about political phenomena in a broad range of countries, employing the key methodologies of the discipline.The undergraduate program allows for specialization in the International Political Economy track, designed for students who are particularly interested in the interactions of the economic dimensions of international relations.

The graduates of the Department have a unique combination of attributes, such as well developed writing skills, quantitative backgrounds, and in-depth country knowledge that enable them to pursue competitive careers in organizations, such as multinational firms, banks, trade and commercial groups, advertising agencies, the foreign ministry, and private consulting agencies.Many graduates continue their studies by pursuing Master of Art and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Turkey and abroad.

Master of Art in International Relations program reflects the Department's emerging strength in the areas of European Integration, International Political Economy, and Security Studies.Graduates of the program are continuing their studies in top-ranking programs throughout the world in addition to working in multinational corporations, non-governmental agencies, and for the state.Scholarships are offered.

The Center for Research on Globalization and Democratic Governance (GLODEM) has been operating as a research center at Koç University since November 2004 to enrich the debate about globalization and democracy on campus and to promote the flow of ideas between Koç and the global policy arena. The Center encourages comparative and multidisciplinary research on globalization and democratic governance, and serves as an intellectual platform for dialogue between academic and research scholars.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline August 1 Tuition fee
  • Free
Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 240 ECTS
Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

All of the four-year Bachelor of Arts and Sciences programs have the same course structure: common core, area, and elective courses. The common core demonstrates the Universitys educational philosophy and provides the building blocks of the educational process. The basic philosophy underlying the core courses is that every Koç graduate must be broadly educated and trained in a particular academic discipline. All of our undergraduates must devote half of their studies to the common core, which constitutes their first two years, as do language programs that continue longer.

The area courses are those necessary for the students specialization in a particular field and such courses delineate the various degree programs. Area courses start in the second year, to allow students to take basic prerequisites for the last two years of courses in their area of interest. Since there are only two second-year area courses offered in some areas of specialization, the second year student may be able to select courses from two different areas of concentration. This permits a student to make a more informed choice of an area of concentration or, if appropriate, to choose dual concentrations.

The electives are unrestricted but are subject to advisor approval. A student must take independent study courses in some programs before graduating. These courses are intended to individualize the program to fit each students personal goals and talents. Students are encouraged to choose elective courses outside of their area of concentration.

Most courses count for three credits. Those carrying four credits are marked respectively with an asterisk sign (*). The four-year programs leading to a BA or a BS are described on the following pages.

The Core Program

The basic philosophy underlying the core program is that every Koç graduate must possess not just depth of education that results from being trained in a particular academic discipline, but also a breadth of knowledge. The core program aims at the mastery of different approaches to knowledge, rather than the absorption of a body of specific information. The common cores unifying aspect is its emphasis on methodology, ways of thinking, and problem solving.

Double Major Programs

Double major programs offer the opportunity for a student to obtain two undergraduate degrees simultaneously. These are honor programs restricted to a limited number of high achieving students. To be considered for inclusion in the program, a student must have completed his/her freshman year with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Basic requirements of the program itself are the successful completion of twelve area courses in a second program (this usually necessitates an overload) while maintaining a minimum 3.00 GPA throughout undergraduate studies. Cross-listed courses will apply towards both majors. If a student enrolled in this program allows his/her GPA to fall below 3.00 at any time, including the semester preceding graduation, he/she will be withdrawn from the Double Majors option and returned to his/her original program.

The Executive Councils of the Colleges of the university announce the number of slots available for double major programs in each of their degree programs in the fall semester. A student is accepted to the double majors program by action of the Executive Council of the College the student is applying to for the second major. A student can withdraw from the Double Majors Program at any time and return to his/her original program. The duration of the Double Major Program cannot be extended beyond the normal time required for graduation in a single major. The students who complete the double majors program are awarded two diplomas, one for each of the majors at the time of graduation.

The Koç University Writing Center

The Writing Center is a place where students can receive guidance in their efforts to use English writing, reading and speaking effectively in their coursework. In individual sessions, students learn ways to improve their communication skills and academic habits through working on their writing with a tutor. Students may work with tutors on organization, grammar, style and clarity in their writing, research techniques, and documentation. The Writing Center also offers periodic workshops aimed at developing particular academic and professional skills that will enable students to be more effective communicators. For more information, see the Writing Center web page on the Koç University site.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test : 80

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International candidates who are currently a senior in a high school or have already earned a high school diploma that is equivalent Turkish High Schools and who satisfy the application criteria below may apply for undergraduate programs at Koç University.

General Requirements

Applications of the following candidates who are currently enrolled as a senior student in a high school or have already earned a high school diploma will be taken into consideration provided that they fulfil the following conditions;

  • Holding a foreign nationality,
  • Being a native-born Turkish citizen that has ceased to be a citizen by courtesy of the Ministry of Interior and can certify that she/he holds the official document for the use of rights granted by Law no: 5203,
  • Being a native-born foreigner that holds dual nationality by becoming a Turkish citizen afterwards,
  • Being a Turkish citizen who has completed last three years of his/her high school education in a foreign country other than TRNC,
  • Being a Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) citizen that resides in TRNC, has completed his/her high school education in TRNC and has taken GCE AL exam.

Applications of the following candidates will not be taken into consideration;

  • Turkish citizens (excluding the ones that have completed last three years of their high school education in a foreign country other than TRNC),
  • TRNC citizens (excluding the ones that have completed their whole high school education in TRNC and taken GCE AL exam),
  • Applicants who hold dual nationality one of which is Turkish (excluding the ones that have completed last three years of their high school education in a foreign country other than TRNC),
  • Applicants who hold dual nationality one of which is TRNC(excluding the ones that have completed their whole high school education in TRNC and taken GCE AL exam),
  • Turkish citizens that have completed their high school education in TRNC.

Proficiency in English

Since English is the language of instruction at Koç University, it is essential that you demonstrate competence in the language. Students who submit a valid English Proficiency Exam Result will be exempted from English Preparatory Class and will directly start their undergraduate courses.

Please see the chart below for the exams accepted by Koç University and minimum exam scores.

Institutional TOEFL (ITP) exam score administered by the ELC

Students with TOEFL/TWE score of 550/4 or above will be promoted to their academic programs.

External Exam Scores

Students can be exempted from ELC provided that they present mininum following scores of the external exams given below.

TOEFL CBT:213 IELTS (Academic Module) 6.5 (minimum of 5 per section)

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Alumni Study Travel Fund

    Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

  • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

    The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Koc University.

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