It’s our pleasure to announce the resumption of our KU Guides Program for Fall ’24. Enjoy!
What is KU Guides Program?

It is an intercultural engagement program designed by the ICO to help KU international community find at least one activity each week to socialize, learn, and make friends. There are various activity types led by volunteer KU students, aka KU Guides. 

It aims to offer the KU community a new experience on a regular basis by bringing together groups of faculty, staff, students, researchers, and families to do activities on and off campus. KU Guides are meant to guide the KU international community members on their transitioning process to their new lives in Türkiye by organizing events, workshops, activities, and local tours.

Spring '24 Plan & KU Guides

The activity range is wide. The KU Guides and the ICO have been working together for the Spring ’24 schedule during the Fall ‘23. The schedule is ready and can be found below. Feel free to reach the KU Guide of the event you are interested in. There will be RSVP forms for each activity that you will be asked to sign in order to attend. 

Disclaimer: There are some costs that participants should pay themselves. For instance entry tickets, public transportation fees, etc. ICO and the KU Guides do not take any responsibility for the possible costs of the activities. The participant should pay for their own transportation and any amount required for the activities. Activity details, including possible costs, will be mentioned in each event announcement. Please pay attention to details. 

The ICO and the KU Guides reserve the right to change the schedule when necessary or required. It is important to note that participants should wait for the specific announcement of the event they want to attend.

Thu, March 21, EuroLeague Basketball Game – Anadolu Efes Özge Değer
Sat, March 23, Visit to Rahmi M. Koç Museum Burak Emre Doğan
2 Sat, March 30, Waterpolo Experience Burak Emre Doğan
Thu, April 4, Yoga Workshop Irmak Ekin Biriz
Sun, April 7, Tea Time with a View of Istanbul at Pierre Loti Gülce Zeynep Şenol
Mon, April 8,
Ramadan and Spring Break
Tue, April 9,
Wed, April 10,
Thu, April 11,
Fri, April 12,
Sat, April 13,
Sun, April 14,
Mon, April 15,
Tue, April 16,
Wed, April 17,
Thu, April 18,
Fri, April 19,
Sat, April 20,
Sun, April 21,
Tue, April 23, April 23, National Sovereignty and Children’s Day
Thu, April 25, Turkish Bath Experience Burak Emre Doğan
Fri, April 26, Emirgan Korusu Piknik (Lale Zamanı – April) Betül Rana Çetin
Sat, April 27, Turkish Breakfast in Beşiktaş “Kahvaltıcılar Sokağı” (can be combined with a ferry to Kadıköy and a walk through the Moda shore) Özge Değer
Sun, April 28, Beykoz Glass and Crystal Museum Trip EREN TAHTACI
Tue, April 30, Walking Activity (Half Hiking Half Street Walking) Burak Emre Doğan
Wed, May 1, May 1, Labor and Solidarity Day
Thu, May 2, Visiting Casa Botter Gülce Zeynep Şenol
Tue, May 7, Karaoke Event (The Voice Of KU) Burak Emre Doğan
Thu, May 9, In-campus Orienteering Irmak Ekin Biriz
Sun, May 12, Beykoz Glass and Crystal Museum Trip EREN TAHTACI
Mon, May 13, İKSV Jazz Festival Irmak Ekin Biriz
Fri, May 17, A Day at the Beach Gülce Zeynep Şenol
Sun, May 19, May 19, Youth and Sports Day
Sat, May 25, A Picnic in Nişantaşı’s Maçka Park Gülce Zeynep Şenol
Sun, May 26, Watching a Volleyball Game Elif Özlem Özaykan
Mon, May 27,
Spring Semester Final Examinations
Tue, May 28,
Wed, May 29,
Thu, May 30,
Fri, May 31,
Sat, June 1,
Sun, June 2,
Mon, June 3,
Tue, June 4,
Wed, June 5,
Thu, June 6, Diversity Training Irmak Ekin Biriz
Sat, June 8, Little Neighborhoods of Anatolian Side Elif Özlem Özaykan
Sun, June 9, Burgaz Island Trekking and Culture Tour EREN TAHTACI

Who are the KU Guides? Application for Fall '24

KU Guides are volunteer KU students who know the city, activities, and language well. They can come up with creative ideas to make. If you are international but believe in your knowledge and skills, you can apply as well.

A KU Guide should have:

  • Interest in learning or improving how to communicate with people from different backgrounds  
  • Interest in improving themselves in event planning
  • Interest in improving their written and spoken English 
  • Curiosity about history, cities, sites, and their stories
  • Occasional availability on weekends to volunteer
  • Ability to socialize and communicate with new people easily
  • Strong sense of responsibility and belief in the value of volunteerism, hospitality, diversity, and equality
  • Willingness to experience a professional environment while studying at KU

Expectations from a KU Guide:

  • Find volunteer guests (on or off-campus) to do engaging activities with the international community of KU and create a contact and activity database (Visiting a Turkish family home, going to a cultural/artistic show, cooking activity, exploring a museum, doing sightseeing, etc)
  • Administer sign-ups for events
  • Manage the social media posts and event announcement emails relating to the events
  • Prepare event details by filling out the Event Plan Form (Event descriptions, rules, and other details for participants) 
  • Be the Event Leader by leading the events, facilitating the communication, reminding the rules, keeping the group together, answering questions
  • Work closely with ICO staff in and outside the office 

What Does the Program Offer to Its Guides?

  • A certificate of participation at the end of the semester.
  • Registration on the Symplicity platform. It will help you list your volunteer work as a KU Guide on your Social Transcript if it will be available on your graduation.*
  • A joyful experience
  • A chance to meet locals and internationals to expand your network in a super-friendly environment
  • A window opening to new cultures and lifestyles

*If it will be ready by your graduation, the university is planning to provide a social transcript. The attendance of those students who are awarded a certificate will be indicated on this platform along with other extra-curricular activities they participated in during their time at KU.

How to Apply and How is the Selection Process? 

Those who want to be a KU Guide must apply through the application form linked here.

The application deadline for the Fall Term: June 2nd, 2024, at 11:59 PM.

Application Form:

After this deadline, the ICO staff will evaluate the applications and invite selected students for interviews. The office will then finalize the student selection process.

Have any further questions?

Create a Trackit through Dean of Students Trackit/ ICO Requests.