Black-figured amphora, showing Aeneas carrying off Anchises from Troy; ca. 490480 BC; Attica (Greece) (The Trustees of the British Museum, London) 


Are you a student at the College of Social Sciences and Humanities with a special interest in cultural heritage management, (maritime) archaeology, art history, literature, and reception studies? Here comes an exciting, credit-bearing, funded mobility opportunity for you with both virtual and physical components: “Exploring Aeneas’ Route”!


Application closed.


This program is about the Aeneas Route. It includes;

  • Study of the Aeneas Route as a cultural route
  • Investigation of practical seafaring aspects, including the available archaeological evidence for the boats Aeneas may have traveled with and the environmental conditions of Aeneas’ journey.
  • Examination of the Afterlife of the Aeneid as reflected in Late Antique private art.
  • Exploration of the Byzantine and Ottoman reception and appropriation of the Trojan Cycle.


This Blended Intensive Programme (BIP) will provide the students with an opportunity to study the subject in full interaction with students coming from University of Sienna, Aristotle University Thessaloniki, University of Carthage, University of Tirana and Trinity College Dublin. The students will work in transnational groups to collect, analyze and present new material and information on the course content.


Students are required to complete a series of online workshops periodically scheduled between March and June, as well as travel to the University of Sienna in Italy for a short 5-day summer program in September on a funded basis.


Please click here to download the syllabus with the tentative program schedule.


Please note that the schedule is tentative and might be modified according to the students’ or teachers’/instructors’ necessities.


General objectives;

  • Learning to work in international and interdisciplinary teams
  • Communicating in intercultural academic contexts
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Developing digital skills
  • Problem solving


Specific Learning Outcomes;

  • An understanding of the concept of Cultural Route and appreciation for the Aeneas Route within the context of the planned and proposed routes in Türkiye and Europe
  • Knowledge of ancient seafaring practices and boat types against the background of the environmental conditions of Aeneas’ journey
  • An insight in the way the Trojan Cycle and Aeneid were received and appropriated in the Late Antique, Byzantine and Ottoman periods.


The program is open to all CSSH students with:

  • A minimum GPA of 2.2
  • TOEFL IBT 80, IELTS 6.5, KUEPE 60, TOEFL PBT 550, Koç TOEFL 550

* Students can apply using their expired language scores as well.

  • An interest in cultural heritage management, (maritime) archaeology, art history and reception studies


* This program might be of special interest to students who have an interest in Classical, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies.


*This program is not available for students who will be graduating in June since the physical part of the mobility will take place in September and is mandatory to join.


Selection criteria:

  • The application scores of the students shall be calculated based on 50% GPA+ 50% English proficiency exam result (100-point system).
  • An additional 10 points shall be provided to students who have not previously participated in Erasmus+ (KA131, KA171), Global Exchange, and Summer Exchange programs.
  • Students with disabilities, who submit supporting documents during the application, shall be provided with an additional 10 points.


Students shall be ranked according to the score they have received.




Since the BIPs shall be held during the semester, students can take a BIP within their normal course load and if they meet the necessary conditions within the framework of course overload. The total number of courses to be taken (BIP and KU courses) cannot exceed the total number of courses that a student is allowed to take in a given semester. Students who do not have the right to take courses above the normal course load shall be required to write a petition to the Faculty Board if they have a request in this regard. Students who receive a favorable response to their petition shall need to declare this in their application.


4 students will be selected and granted funding.


BIPs take place within the framework of the Erasmus+ program and therefore the selected students will receive a grant to travel for the physical part of the program.


A – Daily Grant for Physical Mobility


Duration of the activity Grant amount (Program countries or Partners)  
Up to 14 days of activity 70 Euros per day
From the 15th to the 30th day of the activity 50 Euros per day


An individual support grant can be awarded for one travel day before the activity and one travel day following the activity. OIP decides and implements this according to the availability of the relevant Erasmus+ budget. Detailed information will be provided to the selected students along with the announcement of the selection results.


B – Additional Grant Opportunity for Disadvantaged Students


An Additional Grant Support may be provided to disadvantaged participants in addition to the regular grant they will receive. In order to qualify for the said grant, the disadvantaged participant is defined as an individual with limited economic and social opportunities and who fits into the following sub-categories:

  • Those who are subject to Law No. 2828 (Those who have a protection, care or shelter decision by the Ministry of Family and Social Services pursuant to Law No. 2828)
  • Students for whom protection, care or accommodation decision has been taken within the scope of Child Protection Law No. 5395
  • Those who receive an orphan’s pension
  • Children of Martyrs / Veterans
  • Those who are granted a neediness pension for themselves or their families (if the student, his/her parents or guardians receive financial support from municipalities, public institutions and organizations (Ministries, Social Welfare and Solidarity Foundations, T.R. Directorate General of Foundations, Turkish Red Crescent, Ministry of Interior Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), it is sufficient to submit a document proving that they receive financial support at the time of their Erasmus application.)


The following amounts of Additional Grant Support can be provided for short-term physical mobility to students who meet the above criteria, upon their request and provided that they document this situation in their application:


Type of Mobility Amount of Additional Grant Support
Short student mobility between 5 – 14 days 100 Euros in addition to the total daily grant
Short student mobility between 15 – 30 days 150 Euros in addition to the total daily grant


C – Travel Grant for Disadvantaged Students


Distance Standard Travel Grant Amount Green Travel Grant Amount
10 – 99 KM 23
100 – 499 KM 180 210
500 – 1999 KM 275 320
2000 – 2999 KM 360 410
3000 – 3999 KM 530 610
4000 – 7999 KM 820
8000 KM and above 1500


The Travel Grant for Disadvantaged Students is given based on the same criteria as in the previous section.


D – NEW: Green Travel Grant (for all students)


With the new Erasmus+ Program students are encouraged to use low-emissions means of transport for the main part of the travel, such as bus, train or car-pooling.

Students who will use these means of transport will receive a single contribution of 50 EUR as a top-up amount to the individual support and up to 4 days of extra grant to cover travel days for a return trip, if relevant.


IMPORTANT: At the end of the mobility, students are obliged to present the OIP documents (bus ticket, train ticket, etc.) proving that the green travel has taken place.


E – Erasmus Disability Grant / Inclusion Support


Inclusion Support is available for students with disabilities and health conditions wishing to participate in the Blended Intensive Program and where participation would not be possible without extra financial support. Inclusion Support is provided in order to maintain adapted accommodation, travel assistance, medical attendance, supportive equipment, adaption of learning material, an accompanying person, etc. The Inclusion Support 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.


Requirements for application:

Special Need Support Request Form must be submitted to OIP when applying for a BIP in order to be considered for the Inclusion Support. This form includes the following:

  • Additional requirements and additional costs to be met. A detailed estimate of costs is required.
  • Information on any other sources of financial support that the student receives and why this is insufficient to cover extra costs.


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.
  • Copy of student’s identity about disability status.


After physical mobility:

  • Students must keep receipts or invoices of any expenses they have spent for their special needs. Each expense must be documented after the mobility in order for OIP to report the grant to the European Commission. Unless it is documented, the additional grant must be returned to the National Agency.
  • Students must submit documents regarding their expenses (i.e. receipts for accommodation, transportation (taxi, etc.), medical, or other) that supports the mobility under the BIP to the OIP.
  • Students are obliged to submit the required mobility documents on time and follow the rules of the program in order to receive the Erasmus grant besides the Inclusion Support grant.




To cancel your application after getting selected, you need to submit a cancellation notice to the OIP, by sending your petition in an e-mail to


To download the cancellation notice, please click here.


1- Course Equivalency Form

All selected students must fill this out


2- Special Need Support Request Form


3- Cancellation Notice


Student selection for the “Exploring Aeneas’ Route” Blended Intensive Program has been finalized. Please click here to see the results. 



Nilüfer Akpınar Şahin, International Projects and Education Programs Team Leader

0549 778 65 82