Visiting Opportunities at Koç University for Scholars and Researchers

Koc University provides incoming scholars a lot of opportunities via the programs offered by its various departments, as international research collaboration is one of the priorities of Koç University to ensure our research contributes to development on a global scale.  In order to give a handy insight of these opportunities for faculty members, we composed the following overview:

KU offers various programs to scholars and researchers. In the following, you will find information on Incoming Programs open to non-partner and partner institutions besides the Exchange Programs open to partner institutions.

A. ACADEMIC AND VISITING SCHOLAR PROGRAMS

Academic English Program for Researchers

About the Program

This program is designed for faculty members and/or PhD students who aim to improve their English language skills, academic and article writing skills and their skills for teaching in English by integrating education technologies.

English Language Requirements

Applicants will be expected to have CEFR B1+ level or higher in order to take benefit from the structure of this program to the fullest.

Each candidate will be asked to take an Online English Test to specify his/her current level. After taking the test, candidates will be informed regarding program participation based on the suitability of attending the program.

Duration: 3 to 5 weeks

Program Fee: Subject to change every year

Program in Detail

There will be three main elements of the program:

  1. English Language Center (ELC) Sessions:

These classes will be focused on both practicing and enhancing the use of English language in academic life and research. The teaching practices will be focused more on improving academic skills such as writing a research paper, citation, giving presentations and organizing a speech.

  1. Academic Writing Center Sessions

These classes will focus on improving the ability to write in a more concise, organized, and compelling style through learning academic writing conventions, analyzing existing literature, practicing writing in class, participating in peer-review, and receiving feedback. Participants will have a chance to understand what academic writing entails, learn ways to structure their writing around effective hypotheses, and develop an understanding of what journals and other publishers expect from submitted articles.

  1. KOLT Sessions

Koç University’s Office of Learning and Teaching (KOLT) team members will have meetings with participants to improve the clarity and efficacy of their English-language instruction, to have hands-on experience with educational technologies that are widely used currently and to experience “micro-teaching” sessions for observing their presentation and teaching skills in English.

For further details, please click here.

Koç University Visiting Scholar Program

Faculty members with research appointments (Asst. Prof., Assoc. Prof. or Prof.) can apply to take advantage of the Koç University Visiting Scholar Program, which has been managed by VPAA Office since Summer 2014. Applicants are expected to make arrangements with the University they wish to visit and to obtain an invitation from thereof.

Similarly, KU encourages faculty members to extend invitations to scholars working at international universities to participate in the Visiting Scholar Program at Koç University so that we can establish the foundations for research-oriented and long-lasting partnerships.

Duration: 4 to 8 weeks

Fee: No fee for program participation itself; KU will provide participants with a round-trip economy class airfare and free on-campus accommodation

Application Deadline: End of January every year

For further details, please click here.

B. EXCHANGE PROGRAMS BY THE OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS

Erasmus+ (KA103) Faculty Mobility 

If you work in higher education as an academic staff in an Erasmus+ Programme country, you can spend time teaching at KU through the KA103 projects.

A teaching period must last a minimum of 2 days and cannot last more than 2 months. This excludes travelling time.

During your stay at KU, the teaching activity must comprise a minimum of 8 hours per week (or any shorter period of stay) of actual teaching time.

If you consider participating a teaching mobility at KU, please make sure to check if your home institution and KU have an inter-institutional agreement for teaching mobility, and if yes, the departments that are covered on the agreement.

Please click here to see if your home institution and KU are partners or not, and eligible departments for mobility if applicable.

If your home university and KU don’t have an inter-institutional agreement and you would like to conduct a teaching mobility at KU, it may be possible to sign an inter-institutional agreement. To be able to form a collaboration covering teaching mobility, we need the approval of the relevant College or Graduate School after thoroughly reviewing your home institution’s curriculum. Therefore, finalizing agreement may take up to 2 months. Please plan your mobility accordingly.

You can check the Colleges and Graduate Schools at KU in here for a Teaching Mobility.

Please visit this page should you need further information.

 

Erasmus+ ICM (KA107) Faculty Mobility

If you work in higher education as an academic staff in an Erasmus+ Partner country and your home institution and KU has an ongoing Erasmus+ ICM project funded by the European Commission, you can spend time teaching at KU through the that project.

A teaching period must last a minimum of 5 days and cannot last more than 2 months. This excludes travelling time.

During your stay at KU, the teaching activity must comprise a minimum of 8 hours per of actual teaching time.

You can see the partner universities, quotas and further details about the program in here

Application Deadline: On a Rolling basis – get in touch with your international office back at home to be selected and nominated

Please visit this page should you need further information.

C. JOINT RESEARCH SEED-FUNDING PROGRAMS

Koç University-Renmin University Joint Seed Fund (KU-RU JSF) Program

The KU-RU JSF Program is designed to encourage and support faculty from all disciplines who wish to generate teaching and research partnerships and pursue future funding for research projects with Renmin University in China.

The primary objective of the program is to incentivize the cultivation or expansion of research collaborations to address global challenges and contribute to international development at both universities through substantive collaborations.

THE SEED FUND IS NOT TO DIRECTLY CONDUCT RESEARCH AT ONCE WITH A COLLEAGUE AT RENMIN BUT RATHER TO FACILITATE FACE TO FACE ACTIVITIES THAT WILL BUILD A STRONG COLLABORATION IN THE MEDIUM TO LONG TERM BETWEEN OUR FACULTY MEMBERS AND GROUPS OR LABS.

You can find more information about research conducted at Renmin University in your field of research here and in case you don’t have any previous contacts at Renmin you can email a short description (1 page) of your topics of interest and your CV to rsch@ruc.edu.cn so they can help identify matching researchers in the relevant Schools or Departments.

Each successful application is awarded up to 10.000 USD per year for up to three years

Eligible activities would include but are not limited to:

  • Visits to engage with research groups to establish new contacts and explore possibilities for future collaboration;
  • Preparation of collaborative bids to attract research funding;
  • Facilitating internationally co-authored publications;
  • Development of new interdisciplinary research programmes.
  • Other items that facilitate the collaboration among researchers at both universities.

This program is not designed to provide additional resources for projects already underway.

The KU-RU JSF program is open to all full-time KU faculty researchers in all disciplines.

Duration: TBD

Fee: No fee for the application or participation

Application Deadline: End of December each year

For further information, please get in touch with Mr. Emrah Göker (egoker@ku.edu.tr) or Ms. Oya Gül (oyagul@ku.edu.tr).

 

KOC UNIVERSITY and UNIVERSITY OF BATH

In 2015, both university signed a Memorandum of Understanding which aims at promoting academic cooperation between the two universities. Part of the MoU is the mutual agreement on procuring

D. RESOURCES FOR YOUR VISIT TO KU, TURKEY

Our International Community Office (ICO) provides various and detailed information on the arrival to Turkey and KU. Further, they support the international Community at KU with integration and adaption processes.

 

Entry to Turkey (Visa)

 

Arrival to Campus from Airports 

 

Transport from and to Campus 

 

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