Advising the international community of KU is one of ICO’s major responsibilities. ICO provides advising to students, interns, scholars, and their families with appointment and on drop-in basis.

Appointment/Non-Appoinment Based Advising

Advising is available through online appointment and during advising hours. To speak with an advisor outside the regular advising hours please make an appointment so that someone is available for your specific visit. You may also call us to discuss your question.

Weekly advising hours are for everybody on a first come – first serve basis and are as follows:

Monday: 10am – 12pm
Tuesday: 2pm – 4pm
Wednesday: 10am – 12pm
Thursday: 2pm – 4pm
Friday: 10am – 12pm

If you have an emergency while the office is closed, please contact KU International Hotline at 0549 790 8340.

What is a LIFE Emergency?

Common advising topics include

  • Visas to Turkey and passport questions
  • Residence Permit application or extension
  • Family immigration questions
  • Changing residential status in Turkey
  • Health Insurance
  • Cultural Adjustment
  • Life in Turkey as a foreigner
  • Who to speak to/what to do on certain issues on campus
  • Safety/Emergency Issues
  • Accessing the right resources

Advising Structure


Advising records remain confidential unless your information is needed by another university staff for professional purposes.


ICO advisors are trained professionals who research the latest information about topics relevant to the International Community at Koç University. We respect everyone’s concerns and welcome constructive feedback.


We can provide advising on matters listed above but we might have to refer you to other university departments or external resources for issues such as: Criminal or civil court cases, Turkish tax regulations, Mental health and personal counseling.

  • Criminal or civil court cases
  • Turkish tax regulations
  • Mental health and personal counseling