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Erasmus+ Worldwide Internship

Description of the Mobility

A traineeship (work placement) abroad in an enterprise or any other relevant workplace. Traineeships abroad at a workplace are supported during short cycle, first, second and third cycle studies.

Students should work as an intern in a business enterprise or organization, which is directly related to their own educational field. The internship does not necessarily have to be a mandatory component of the student’s educational program although the economic sector the student works at should be closely related to it. An internship at a research center/laboratory, etc. is possible but only with an administrative role. Wherever possible, the traineeships should be an integrated part of the student’s study program.

Duration of Mobility

This program enables you to spend a placement (traineeship) period between 2 months to 12 months in an enterprise or organization in one of the Partner Countries (Switzerland, Egypt and Russia); public or private organizations active in the labour market.

However, it should be noted that in order to help more students benefit from the Erasmus+ Grant, payments can be made for max. 2 months depending on the available budget and number of applicants.

IMPORTANT: If a student returns to the home country before the end of the traineeship period and/or before the min. required duration (min. 2 months), then sanctions regarding the Erasmus+ Worldwide grant will be implemented.

If there is a “Force Majeure” (mücbir sebep)**, the student should immediately get in touch with OIP and OIP will seek Turkish National Agency’s advice and approval on the matter. If Turkish National Agency approves the situation as “compelling”, then OIP will inform the student and the student will be able to return home before the end of the mobility period. Student will only receive the grant for valid days of mobility.

If a student returns home without getting in touch with OIP first, then the mobility will be considered as invalid and student will be asked to return the initial grant (70%) back to Koc University.
 

**Force Majeure (mücbir sebep): Family issues, Health problems, Natural disaster, etc.

Where to Intern?

  • Students will have to find their work placements independently.
  • Students can intern at companies, education institutions/centers, research centers/facilities or any type of organization that is classified as “business enterprise” by the Erasmus+ Program Guide.
  • As part of Erasmus+ Worldwide Internship program, students can intern in the following countries:
    • Switzerland (**Internships in Switzerland could only be in the area of “Digital Skills”). At least one of the following digital skills should be covered during the internship: digital marketing (i.e. social media management, web analytics), digital graphic, mechanic or architectural design, software, coding or website development, development/maintenance/management of IT systems and networks, cyber security, data analytics, data mining and data visualization, programming and training of robots and artificial intelligence.
    • Egypt (Cairo)
    • Russia (St. Petersburg / Moscow)
  • As part of Erasmus+ Worldwide Internship program, students can intern at the administrative offices of the following partner Universities:
    • American University of Cairo (Egypt)
    • Higher School of Economics (HSE) (Moscow/St. Petersburg-Russia)
  • The Erasmus placement period cannot be used to conduct research or analysis projects related to academic studies within a certain program. Research projects cannot be considered as training activities. Mobility cannot be a laboratory work or scientific research. Students need to practice professional activities and internship must be carried out as the economic provisions in the relevant sector. For example, working at a company’s R & D department for product development and working at a university’s research center for a company’s project on product development could be considered as internship. In summary,
  • Host (receiving) organizations for student traineeships may be any public or private organization active in the labor market or in the fields of education, training and youth. Such organization can be:
    • a public or private, a small, medium or large enterprise (including social enterprises);
    • a public body at local, regional or national level;
    • a social partner or other representative of working life, including chambers of commerce, craft/professional associations and trade unions;
    • a research institute (as described above);
    • a foundation;
    • a school/institute/educational center (at any level, from pre-school to upper secondary education, and including vocational education and adult education);
    • a non-profit organization, association, NGO;
    • a body providing career guidance, professional counselling and information services
  • Activities may not take place at European Union institutions and other EU bodies including specialized agencies, organizations managing EU programs, and national diplomatic representations (embassy and consulate) of the home country of the student.
    The following types of organizations are not eligible as receiving organizations for student traineeships:
    • EU institutions and other EU bodies including specialized agencies Organizations managing
    • EU programs such as national agencies

Internship Quota

2018 Erasmus+ Worldwide program offers the following countries as internship destinations, and quotas are pre-set for countries listed in the table.

Country Quota
Egypt 1
Russia 2
Switzerland 1

While students can find internships at any suitable organization, as part of Erasmus+ Worldwide Internship program, students can also intern at the administrative offices of the following partner Universities:

  • American University of Cairo (Egypt)
  • Higher School of Economics (HSE) (Russia)

Application & Selection

Application Date & Method

The application for Erasmus+ Worldwide Internship Program takes place between 18/02/2019-18/-3/2019. For details please refer to OIP’s Application and Selection Calendar. Each call for application published by the University may stipulate different dates of start and/or end; in any case all mobility programs must be concluded by July 30th, of the relevant Academic Year.

Application is done via OIP’s online application system: https://kuapp.ku.edu.tr/ If you have not applied to any of the Mobility Programs offered by OIP via kuapp.ku.edu.tr during your studies at KU before, please first create a “Preliminary Application” for yourself as shown below:

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**Please select the Reference Type at the Application Information section as "Internship"

Who is Eligible to Apply?

  • Students must be registered in a higher education institution and enrolled in studies leading to a recognized degree or other recognized tertiary level qualification (up to and including the level of doctorate).
  • The applicants must have not participated in the Erasmus+ & Erasmus+ Worldwide program (study and internship) for more than 10 months in their current cycle (Bachelor/ Masters/PhD). A student may receive Erasmus mobility grants for a maximum of 12 months in any cycle. A student may receive funding within the Erasmus+ program for student mobility (studies and traineeships together) for a maximum of 12 months.
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least two regular semesters (remedial and prep excluded) with a minimum GPA of 2.20. Graduate students must have completed at least one regular semester (remedial and prep excluded) with a minimum GPA of 2.50.

Application Requirements

  • Minimum required CGPA 2.20 for undergraduate, 2.50 for graduate and postgraduate students
  • Language Requirement: Koç University Institutional TOEFL** (550 PBT), TOEFL (550 PBT/ 80 IBT) or IELTS Score Card (min. 6.5) (valid for 2 years after the test date)

**You may pick it up from the Registrar’s Office. It doesn’t need to be your official score card, the Registrar’s Office can give you a copy, certified with a “True Copy” stamp on it. Please keep in mind that it will take a couple of days for Registrar’s Office to issue your TOEFL or IELTS score card. You are asked to upload your English Proficiency Proof on the online application form (https://kuapp.ku.edu.tr ) .

If you do not have a valid TOEFL or IELTS score card, you have to take a new test. Please note that you need to plan your application accordingly as it takes time to get the result of English Proficiency tests.

Exceptions to the English proficiency tests (TOEFL, IELTS) include only lifetime residents of Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States (other than Puerto Rico). Students who have recently and successfully completed at least 4 years of rigorous academic studies in one of the countries listed might also be exempted.  Their English proficiency score calculated on KUAPP will be the min. English Language admission requirement of the program at KU they are admitted. Students English Language Score will be automatically calculated as the equivalent of 80 TOEFL IBT, unless student submits a valid IELTS and TOEFL score. Placement will be based on 50% GPA and 50 % TOEFL, so the higher scores students have, the better chance of placement students will have.

 

Application Documents:

  • A 2-month-period acceptance from the host organization: Students are required find their internship and receive an acceptance letter from the host organization in one of the partner countries: Switzerland, Egypt, Russia.
  • Most recent transcript
  • A valid English Language Proficiency Certificate (TOEFL IBT, KOÇ TOEFL or IELTS)
  • Resume (CV)
  • Special Needs Statement & Proving documents (if applicable)
  • Substitutive documents for children of martyr and veteran people (if applicable)
  • Substitutive documents for students who are covered by the 2828 numbered Social Services Law (if applicable)

Selection

  • Erasmus students are selected by their sending higher education institution in a fair and transparent way
  • Selection is done based on 50% Academic achievement + 50% Language score.
  • In addition to academic achievement and language score, if the applicant has benefited from another Lifelong Learning Program or Erasmus+ mobility scheme while pursuing the same level of academic degree, 10 points will be subtracted for each and every activity utilized (regardless of whether internship or education) when calculating academic achievement and language score averages.
  • Disabled students receive +5 points if proving documents are provided in the application.
  • Children of martyr and veteran people receive +5 points if proving documents are provided in the application
  • Students who are covered by the 2828 numbered Social Services Law receive +5 points if proving documents are provided in the application.
  • Students who want to participate in mobility programs in their birth country receive -5 points
  • The OIP calculates and lists the average score of each applicant based on the calculation explained above
  • All applicants are ranked from the highest to the lowest score by faculty, and the top scoring students are selected depending on faculty quotas, by the selection committee.
  • Results are notified to all applicants in written format via e-mail and OIP website, and are also announced on OIP’s Bulletin Board.

IMPORTANT: Special Cases

If an application and selection round for Erasmus+ Worldwide Study and Internship program takes place at the same time, and if a student applies to both programs at the same time, then the following applies:

  • If a student has not participated in an Erasmus+ Worldwide program before: 10 points are deducted from the student’s overall score for one of the programs (either study or internship), and the student selects the program for deduction to be implemented. The student informs OIP about this decision via a written petition.
  • If a student has participated in an Erasmus+ Worldwide program before: 10 points are deducted for the program that the student has participated before and 20 points are deducted for the other program that the student applies.

If a student is doing a double major and wants to apply for Erasmus+ Worldwide program for both of the majors during the same application round, then 10 points are deducted from the student’s overall score for one of the majors, and the student selects the major for deduction to be implemented. The student informs OIP about this decision via a written petition.

Before Mobility Procedure & Documents

After you are selected please note that you will be expected to submit below documents to OIP:

Erasmus+ Worldwide Internship Commitment Letter: This letter should be read by the student carefully and signed version should be submitted to OIP.

  • Learning agreement for traineeship: Students have to fill in all the parts on the Learning Agreement electronically. Hand-written Learning Agreement is not accepted by OIP. Students are asked to fill in the Learning Agreement and sign it. Students should also get the signature of the host company/university’s representative and Koc University Erasmus Institutional Coordinator (Dr. Bilgen Bilgin). Electronically filled out and fully signed LA should be submitted to OIP office.
  • Letter of acceptance: You are asked to submit the “Letter of Acceptance” when you apply. However, if you make any changes in dates, then you should submit the revised version to OIP.
  • Insurance Coverage: Student are required to have an international insurance coverage for the duration of their traineeship. The following coverage is required:
    • Health insurance coverage: Usually basic coverage is provided by the national health insurance of the participant as well during his/her stay in another EU country through the European Health Insurance Card. However, the coverage of the European Health Insurance Card or private insurance may not be sufficient, especially in case of repatriation and specific medical intervention. In that case, a complementary private insurance might be useful. It is the responsibility of the sending institution of the student to ensure that the participant is aware of health insurance issues.
    • insurance coverage: Covering damages caused by the student at the workplace A liability insurance covers damages caused by the student during his/her stay abroad (independently whether he/she is at work or not). Varying arrangements with respect to liability insurance are in place in different countries engaged in transnational learning mobility for traineeships. Trainees therefore run the risk of not being covered.
    • Accident insurance coverage: Related to the student's tasks covering at least damages caused to the student at the workplace. This insurance covers damages to employees resulting from accidents at work. In many countries employees are covered against such accidents at work. However, the extent to which transnational trainees are covered within the same insurance may vary across the countries engaged in transnational learning mobility programs. If the receiving organization does not provide such a coverage (which cannot be imposed if not made compulsory by the national regulation of the receiving country), the sending institution shall ensure that the student is covered by such an insurance (taken either by the sending institution (on a voluntary basis as part of its quality management) or by the participant herself or himself).
  • Grant Agreement: Once the student completes and submits all the documents to OIP office, a draft version of the Grant Agreement is shared with the student by OIP. The student is obliged to fill in necessary places (i.e. bank account details, etc.), sign each page of the agreement and sign the signatory part of two copies of the agreement. Student is then asked to submit 2 signed copies to OIP office.
  • Roadmap for Students with Special Needs: Students with special needs should follow the steps described in the roadmap.

During & After Mobility Procedure & Documents

During Mobility

Documents to be submitted by student upon arrival at the host university:

  • If the student wants to make a change on the Learning Agreement, “During” part of the LA should be filled out electronically. The changed agreement should be approved and signed by the Erasmus+ (Academic) Departmental Exchange Coordinator of Student’s college, student and the representative of the host organization. This copy should be submitted to OIP via e-mail.

After Mobility

Following the completion of the program, the student has to take the following steps:

  • Submit the Certificate of participation to OIP
  • Submit ‘Evaluation of the trainee’ part of the learning agreement to OIP
  • Submit “After Mobility” part of LA after getting the required signatures
  • Copy of the passport pages that show the entrance and exit dates to the host country
  • Fill online EU Survey: EU Survey is needed to be filled out online. OIP will be sending you the link of the survey through the Mobility Tool.

Erasmus+ (Academic) Departmental Exchange Coordinator

Departments/Colleges Coordinators Room Phone E-mail
College of Adm. Sci. & Econ. Murat Usman CASE 248 1553 musman@ku.edu.tr
International Relations Ziya Öniş CASE 150 1670 zonis@ku.edu.tr 
Business Administration Zekiye Selvili CASE 240 1456 zselvili@ku.edu.tr
Economics Murat Usman CASE 248 1553 musman@ku.edu.tr
College of Soc. Sci. & Hums.        
Psychology Yasemin Kisbu-Sakarya SOS Z13D 1114 ykisbu@ku.edu.tr
Media and Visual Arts Ergin Bulut SOS Z26A 1113 ebulut@ku.edu.tr 
Archeology History of Arts Ivana Jevtic SOS 310 1712 ijevtic@ku.edu.tr 
English Lang. & Comparative Litr. Mert Bahadır Reisoğlu SOS 273 1528 MREISOGLU@KU.EDU.TR 
History Can Nacar SOS Z 11B 1130 cnacar@ku.edu.tr
Philosophy Eylem Özaltun SOS Z22C 1116 eozaltun@ku.edu.tr 
Sociology Fatoş Gökşen SOS 258 - fgoksen@ku.edu.tr
Law School Yasin Alperen Karaşahin SOS 151 1825 yakarasahin@ku.edu.tr 
College of Science Özgür Müstecaplıoğlu SCI 155 1424 omustecap@ku.edu.tr
Mathematics Hasan İnci SCI 268 1687 HINCI@KU.EDU.TR
Molecular Bio. & Genetics Yonsoo Park SCI Z59 1815 ypark@ku.edu.tr
Chemistry Umut Aydemir SCI Z61 1449 uaydemir@ku.edu.tr
Physics Özgür Müstecaplıoğlu SCI 155 1424 omustecap@ku.edu.tr
College of Engineering Engin Erzin  ENG 145 1533 eerzin@ku.edu.tr
KU Institutional ErasmusCoordinator Bilgen Bilgin DOS B334 - bbilgin@ku.edu.tr
Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities Tuğçe Şatana CASE Z13 1883 tsatana@ku.edu.tr
Graduate School of Business Başak Yalman CASE 1455 byalman@ku.edu.tr

Erasmus+ Worldwide Internship Grant

Overview

The number of grantees is determined by the National Agency in accordance with the grant allocated to the country for the year.

Grants are paid to students in two instalments. 70% of the grant is paid before departure in 45 days following the submission of documents to OIP, and the remaining 30% is paid after the student submits all required documents, depending on the mobility duration as verified by the Certificate of Attendance and passport entry/exit dates, and taking into account the student's level of success and fulfilling their responsibilities. Payments are made in Euros, which requires a Euro bank account in Yapi Kredi Bank.

Grant Amount

Erasmus+ Worldwide Traineeship program provides monthly stipend as well as travel grant to selected participants. Koç University student going to a partner country receives 700€ per month.

Selected participants also receive travel grant. The calculation is done based on the distance between Koç University and the host city. Calculation is done by Distance Calculator.

Distance Travel Grant
20-99 km 20 €
100-499 km 180 €
500-1999 km 275 €
2000- 2999 km 360 €
3000-3999 km 530 €
4000- 7999 km 820 €
8000 km an above 1.500 €

Grant Deduction and Repayment

 

Deductions may apply to students who do not fulfil their responsibilities and/or are unsuccessful. Grant deduction may take place in case of the following

  • If a student does not stay and work at the host country as a trainee for min. 2 months, then the mobility is considered invalid and the student has to return the initial grant (70%) to Koç University.
  • If a student leaves the host organization/country for more than 7 days (including weekends), student is not paid for that duration. If the student was paid for those days, then he/she is asked to return that amount to Koç University.
  • If student does not submit the “Certificate of Participation”, then the mobility is considered invalid and student has to return the initial grant (70%) to Koç University.
  • If a student does not complete the EU Survey after mobility, 5% deduction on total grant amount is implemented
  • If a student returns home country before the end of the traineeship period and/or before the min. required duration (min. 2 months), then sanctions regarding the Erasmus+ Worldwide grant will be implemented. If there is a “Force Majeure” (mücbir sebep)**, student should immediately get in touch with OIP and OIP will seek Turkish National Agency’s advice and approval on the matter. If Turkish National Agency approves the situation as “compelling”, then OIP will inform student and student will be able to return home before the end of the mobility period. Student will only receive the grant for valid days of mobility. If a student returns home without getting in touch with OIP first, then the mobility will be considered invalid and student will be asked to return the initial grant (70%) back to Koc University. (**Force Majeure (mücbir sebep): Family issues, Health problems, Natural disaster, etc.)

Zero Grant Students

Students are able to participate in Erasmus+ Worldwide Traineeship program without receiving a grant. However, it should be noted that the student has to go through the same application & selection procedures and also submit the required documents (before-during-after mobility) to OIP.

Erasmus Disability Grant

 
  • Additional grants are available for students with disabilities and health conditions wishing to participate in an Erasmus+ placement and where participation would not be possible without extra financial support.
  • The allowance is offered when disabilities or health conditions lead to additional mobility costs, which exceed the maximum grant allocations allowed, and which cannot be recovered from other sources. The grant covers approved actual costs.
  • Applications for the Erasmus Disability Grant must be submitted to OIP prior to the start of the mobility.
  • Student’s application must include a statement from a doctor or other authority confirming the disability or health condition, its severity, the impact on the Erasmus+ mobility, additional requirements and additional costs to be met. A detailed estimate of costs is required.
  • The application should provide information on any other sources of financial support that the student receives and why this is insufficient to cover extra costs.
  • If you have any questions please send an e-mail to kuapp@ku.edu.tr kuapp@ku.edu.tr
  • Roadmap for Students with Special Needs
  • Special Need Support Request Form 

Cancellation

To cancel your application after submitting the Student Commitment Letter, you need to submit the Cancellation Petition to OIP.

It should be noted that students, who cancel their exchange after the “notice period” provided by OIP right after the announcement of placement results, would lose -10 points if they apply for Erasmus+ Worldwide Program again in the future.

Useful Documents

Important Notes & Reminders

  • If student has utilized other Erasmus+ activities while pursuing the same degree, total duration of all activities cannot exceed 12 months. 
  • Students who are selected but not placed in an internship program due to insufficient funds or other reasons do not acquire a “vested right” to be sent the next year. Students are independently reviewed, assessed and selected every time they apply.
  • Students may not be selected for an Erasmus+ Worldwide internship if no host organization is available.
  • When a student leaves his/her host institution before the end date and returns without a valid reason, the student will be asked to pay back the amount for the duration between the planned end date and actual return date. In case a student returns before the end date of the program without any valid reason, the student will be asked to pay back the entire amount.
  • Students should consult to their academic coordinators if it is possible to substitute the internship with their compulsory internship at Koç. If the internship is recognized as compulsory internship, students should consult to their faculties if they need to select any internship course and get approval from their faculties beforehand.
  • If the internship is on voluntary basis, OIP will notify the registrar office about the successfully completion of internship therefore the internship will be stated on the diploma supplement of the student. 
  • Students are required to obtain Health Insurance, Liability Insurance and Accident Insurance prior to internship
  • Students are responsible for passport and visa applications, other procedures for traveling abroad, and finding accommodation.
  • Student should apply to Faculty Academic and Administrative Assistants in order to request early final in case exam dates clashes with the internship dates.

How To Find A Position?

It should be noted that students are expected to find their work placements independently. However, you can get help from KuCareerlink.

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