GLLS Required and Selective Courses are similar with the courses of Sustainability and Impact Management Track program. GLLS students are able to attend the same courses for both of the track programs.

INTL 365: Survival and Prosperity in an Interdependent World

This course offers a foundation for thinking and acting on the global challenges that will require leadership and citizenship from the rising generation. A well-rounded university experience in the 21st century has to include a conversation about our responsibilities towards the whole of humanity, and the corresponding rights we all have.

MGMT 310: Creating Social Impact Through Collaborative Project Management: Experiential Learning

The Creating Social Impact through Collaborative Project Management: Experiential Learning course provides students with theoretical approach as well as with practical experience on developing and managing the project and initiatives aiming to create positive social change. The course takes Istanbul and its social impact ecosystem as an “urban laboratory” that refers and teach sustainability, social innovation, stakeholder collaboration for collective impact creation, collaborative project management, social value creation, social impact measurement, and inherent interconnections between business and other societal institutions to students both in the class and in the field This course gives students the tools to enhance their social innovation through education in the class and interactions in real life; and as well support students to understand, identify needs, match these needs with available resources to develop and implement social impact projects.

MGMT360: Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship is a rapidly developing and changing business field in which business and nonprofit leaders design, grow, and lead mission-driven enterprises. As the traditional lines blur between business, government, and nonprofit enterprises, it is critical that business students understand the opportunities and challenges in this new landscape. Through guest speakers,case discussion, lecture, and student presentations this course will explore this emerging field.Because the field of social entrepreneurship is interdisciplinary and in its infancy, the course will be introductory in nature and will draw heavily from cases, speaker experience, and student inquiry.


Students at the Advanced level are required to take two of the GLLS Elective Courses. The list of elective courses may vary if courses are not offered or new courses are added during the semester. Students must check the list before course selection period ends and contact with the program coordinator for their questions. Click here for GLLS elective course list here.



What GLLS offers to students is a variety of workshops that will prepare them for the 21st Century. Those workshops are prepared according to the needs of the fellows. Topics of the workshops varies according to the core competencies of the program. One month you can see a workshop about one’s inner self, in another it is possible to see a workshop about the decision-making processes of the groups. Hence, we are aiming to organize workshops about different topics to develop leaders who have more than one strengths.



Every month the program coordinators invite a leader in the community to our school for organizing story harvest sessions. In these sessions student groups listen the speaker around different themes such as leadership challenges, magical moments etc. The speaker starts to tell his story from the beginning of her life. At the end of the speaker’s session. Groups present speaker’s whole to the rest of the group. This session enables fellows to understand the challenges, obstacles in the life of a leader. In this way fellows can be able to see the possible approaches towards challenges in their own life.




Students are required to attend at least one International Learning Experience at both levels. These opportunities and limited number of small grants are announced to GLLS students regularly. Students are also expected to fund raise their own costs to attend international learning experiences.

GLLS students are required to attend at least one of the activities of following: Semester Exchange Programs, International Conferences/Workshops, Short Term Special Summer or Winter Programs, Internship Abroad International Competition, International Fellowship Program and International Service Learning Project/Program.



Every GLLS student is required to be part of a team and carry-out a hands-on prototype initiative that connects the personal, relational, and systemic dimensions of change. Learning-by-doing is at the heart of Capstone Projects and design thinking is used as a core problem-solving methodology. Through the projects, students apply the knowledge, skills, methods and tools that they learned during the GLLS program on real life social or environmental challenges.

Project topics vary from reducing package waste across the campus to developing language learning programs for refugees. Project teams are constantly mentored throughout the process and are required to achieve clear project outcomes and deliverables at the end of every semester. Success of the projects is assessed through mentorship meetings and end-of semester presentations.



At the beginning of every month, students receive a newsletter informing them about selected events that are organized by organizations and individuals from the fields of education, sustainability, social impact, entrepreneurship, design and technology, etc. Students are expected to participate in these events to connect with a network of like-minded individuals and organizations in the topics that they are interested in.



This is an on campus networking event for GLLS students to present their projects to Koç University community, Civil Society Organizations and Companies to increase impact through collaborative action. Project Bazaar is organized once every year.



GLLS Retreat is a two or three day immersive learning experience for GLLS students which takes place at a location outside of Istanbul. The retreat plays a crucial role for students’ GLLS journey, since it creates a strong container for students to practice deep self reflection and build lasting relationships to become a community of peers and learners. GLLS Retreat is organized once every year.



Within the scope of their projects, students are required to be part of the KUSIF Mentorship Program. This will enable students to get mentoring, professional support, as well as access to research tools and work space in the Social Impact Lab who have social entrepreneurship ideas and who start working in the laboratory.