Philosophy & Structure of the Koç University Curriculum

Koç University recognizes that the education of each student is a distinct process and suggests that the university adopt a liberal education philosophy. According to the definition of the Association for American Colleges and Universities, a liberal education “is an approach to learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. It provides students with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) as well as in-depth study in a specific area of interest (1).”  Liberal education, thus, helps students investigate the world from different perspectives.

The curriculum at Koç University has three components: Core courses, concentration courses, and free electives. While concentration courses provide the disciplinary depth, free electives offer students an opportunity to customize their programs according to special needs, talents, interests, and plans. Although their numbers change from department to department, free electives constitute a significant portion of the curriculum and are essential to our educational philosophy. They may be utilized to specialize on a specific subject area or to provide a disciplinary breadth.


1. See the official website of the Association of American Colleges and Universities for more information on liberal education, <>