It’s our pleasure to announce the resumption of our KU Guides Program for Spring ’23. 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 '23 Plan & KU Guides

The activity range is wide. The KU Guides and the ICO have been working together for the Spring ’23 schedule during the Fall ‘22. 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.

1 Sat, March 25, Historical Peninsula Tour Arda
Thu, March 30, Istanbul Cinema Museum for Kubrick Hamza Özbudak Defne
Sat, April 1, Paintball Hamza Khan
Sat, April 8, Board Game Night on Campus Alperen Göktuğ Zeynep Doğa / Nehir / Kayrahan
Mon, April 17,


It can be rearranged according to MEB Fall Break Dates

Tue, April 18,
Wed, April 19,
Thu, April 20,
Fri, April 21,
Sat, April 22,
Mon, April 24, Visit: Tulip Garden (Emirgan Park) during Istanbul Tulip Fest. Mehrdad
Sat, April 29, Turkish Future Telling via Turkish Coffee Zeynep Doğa (S) Alperen Göktuğ Tahta
Sun, April 30, Bibliopoles, Antique Stores, Feriköy Flea Market Tour Beste
Sat, May 6, A Day-Long Camping: Belgrad Forest Mehrdad Alperen Göktuğ Tahta
Sun, May 7, Beyoğlu Tour Nil Hamza Khan
Fri, May 12, Visit: Yoros Castle- Anadolu Kavağı Defne Hamza Özbudak Alperen Göktuğ Tahta
Kayrahan Yüce
Sat, May 13, Workshop: Ceramic Mug Making Seyna Alperen Göktuğ Tahta
Thu, May 18, Museum Day Beste
Sat, May 20, ARTWALK @Beyoğlu/Karaköy Beste
Sun, May 21, Playing Frisbee on Campus Günnaz Nehir Öykü Özyürek
Sun, May 28, A Day-Long Camping: Belgrad Forest Öykü Zeynep Doğa Özgül
Mon, May 29, EXAMS

Who are the KU Guides? Application for Fall '23

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.

Application link: 

The deadline to fill out the form is May 12th, 2023, at 11:59 PM

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.