Welcome Guide and Info Pack
KUTAHYA DUMLUPINAR UNIVERSITY
WELCOME GUIDE - INFO PACK
- Welcome to Kutahya Dumlupinar University
Dear incoming staff and students,
First of all, we would like to thank you for your interest in performing an exchange study period at Kutahya Dumlupınar University (DPU). This page has been designed for foreign students and staff who intend to study at Kutahya Dumlupınar University in an exchange programme.
We hope that this guide will help you make your stay at Kutahya Dumlupınar University both benefical and enjoyable. If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We wish you a wonderful stay and exchange period in Kütahya, Turkey at Kutahya Dumlupınar University.
International Office Staff
- Turkey in Brief
Area: 783,562 km2
Currency: Turkish Lira (TL) - ₺
Capital City: Ankara
Political System: Democratic Parliamentary Republic System
Time Zone: GMT +3
Climate: Coastal parts Mediterranean Climate, inner parts continental climate
International Phone Code: +90
Country Code: TR
Borders with: Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan, Iraq and Syria
Kütahya is a 5000-year-old Anatolian city, full of cultural and historical richness. As well as being an important province center during the periods of Hittite, Phrygia, Lydia, Persian, Macedonia, Bithynia, Kingdom of Bergamo, Roma and Byzantine Empires, Seljuk and Ottoman Empires, it has an important place in Turkish History as the Great Victory, by which the foundations of Turkish Republic were laid, was achieved in this city.
Easily accessible by highway, railway and airway, Kütahya has a great number of historical and cultural heritages. The world’s largest ceramics, porcelain and glass industries are in Kütahya and 35 different kinds of precious metals exist within city boundaries. It is also a center of geothermal tourism with the world’s richest water sources.
Kütahya is located at the crossroads of the highways and railroads connecting Central Anatolia, Marmara and Mediterranean regions to the Aegean Region. The city is close to big and developed cities such as İstanbul, Ankara, İzmir and Antalya.
By the inter-city public busses it takes about 4 or 5 hours from Kütahya to Ankara, İzmir or İstanbul while it takes about 6 hours to Antalya.
Today, Kütahya is a lovely, economic to live, safe and student-friendly city, where living conditions are reasonable and easy for everyone.
Places to see in Kütahya:
Some Important Facts about Kütahya:
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- Kutahya Dumlupinar University (DPU)
Founded in 1992, Kutahya Dumlupinar University is an institution at national and international level of education, research, innovation and entrepreneurship. It has two campuses with an area of 7500 and 480 acres respectively as well as 11 more in its each different district. Kutahya Dumlupınar University is located in the centre of Kütahya. Bringing together the classic Anatolian architecture and modern style, Evliya Çelebi Campus hosts most of the faculties and schools. The number of programs and students has been increasing since it was founded, and currently DPU has associate degree, first degree, second degree and third degree programs distributed through 1 institute, 11 faculties, 1 school and 14 vocational schools.
The main gate of Evliya Çelebi campus was built in Ottoman-Seljukian style, the basic style of all the buildings in campus, in a form welcoming everyone. This enormous gate made of stone has got two large towers in the middle and there are other towers gradually getting smaller on both sides among which there are chambered entrances. A large ring road which separates those areas still under construction surrounds the existing buildings. No vehicles are allowed to enter inside the faculty blocks. Thus the areas for vehicles and the pedestrians are separated to a large extend. Right after the large Stone Gate there is a 160×300 m large square inside the campus.
Opposite the Stone Gate, the Rectorate Building is located. On the right and left sides of the square there are the Faculties of Art and Science, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Education with their deans’ offices and education buildings. On the square, there are five pools located on a line between the Rectorate Building and the Stone Gate. Between the pools and the Rectorate Building there is the Monument of Atatürk and Dumlupinar which represents our university.
In the School of Foreign Languages, DPU offers language education for English, German, French and Russian. In the upcoming years, it is planned that more languages are added such as Italian, Chinese and Japanese. Furthermore, the Turkish Education Center (TÖMER) offers Turkish Language Education, Certificate Programs and other activities for the students coming from different parts of the world.
Our university has been integrated with Europe in the framework of European Commission Bologna Process. Through the international relations, DPU performs student and staff exchange with European countries and other countries from around the world via bilateral agreements and Erasmus+ and Mevlana Exchange Programs.
Kutahya Dumlupınar University relies increasingly on quality, and thus has invested in the expansion of its facilities in both academic and social senses to offer the best conditions for the students. At DPU, the students can take the chance to have highquality education and research activities as well as many social, cultural and sports facilities.
- Vision and Mission of Kutahya Dumlupınar University
The vision of Kutahya Dumlupinar University is to provide high quality education and training according to international standards and to be one of the best 10 universities of Turkey.
The mission of Kutahya Dumlupinar University is to educate individuals who maintain the social and institutional values; who are unbiased, self-confident and enterprising, who adopt scientific, artistic and cultural thoughts; who will be able to perform successfully in public and private sectors; and to contribute to the development of Turkey with the help of scientific actions.
Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Fine Arts
Faculty of Islamic Sciences
Simav Faculty of Technology
Faculty of Architecture
Faculty of Sports Sciences
School of Foreign Languages
|Institute of Graduate Education
Altintas Vocational School
Cavdarhisar Vocational School
Domanic Hayme Ana Vocational School
Dumlupinar Vocational School
Emet Vocational School
Gediz Vocational School
Hisarcik Vocational School
Kutahya Vocational School of Fine Arts
Kutahya Vocational School of Social Sciences
Kutahya Vocational School Technical Sciences
Pazarlar Vocational School
Simav Vocational School
Saphane Vocational School
Tavsanlaı Vocational School
- Grading System at Kutahya Dumlupınar University
The following scale is used for all types of evaluations/ examinations. It is compulsory to take all the courses. Students are required to attend to the courses and pass all the exams. For each course taken, students are given one of the following grades by the course teachers. The marks, grades and grade points are given below:
1 full academic semester : 60 credits
- International Office
International Office which takes an active role for the promotion of the continuous academic, scientific and cultural developments in international area, coordinates different forms of international cooperation and exchange programs.
The office creates a bridge between DPU academics, students and the world. Currently, it manages the teaching, training and guidance for the students, academic and administrative staff at both national and international level within the framework of either exchange programs such as Erasmus, Farabi and Mevlana or via bilateral agreements and it helps the realization process of mobility with these programs. Under favour of International Office, our University has its place as sending and coordinating institution among accredited institutions within European Voluntary Service.
Due to International Office’s commitment and increasing efforts, DPU was awarded with “Diploma Supplement Label (DSL)” in 2013 by European Commission. Additionally, to increase the awareness about Bologna Process, several educational seminars are held at Kutahya Dumlupınar University and cooperation is set up with the Bologna experts within a national fund-sponsored project; “Bologna Process Training”. Double Degree Programs and ECTS Label studies still go on in International Office.
- Useful Information
Obtaining a student visa before departing your home country is a requirement for formal registration as a student at a Turkish university. Therefore, students who come to Turkey without a student visa will neither be allowed to register as a student at the university nor receive a residency permit once in the country. Student visas must be obtained from a Turkish consulate, generally the one nearest your place of residence in the country of your nationality. Student visas CANNOT be issued within Turkey. You must take or mail a copy of your "Letter of Acceptance" from a Turkish university and hand in a completed visa application form to the appropiate Turkish Consulate. Consulate staff can provide you with an application form upon request. Please note that it generally takes around eight weeks from the time you submit your application until you receive your visa. The student visa will be stamped in your passport.
For more visa information, please visit Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ official website.
In addition to a student visa, you will also need a residence permit to live in Turkey. This will allow you to travel in and out of the country without re-applying for a visa. You must register and obtain your residence permit within one month upon arrival in Turkey from the Foreign Relations Department at the local police headquarters. You will be given a residence permit booklet on which will be written your temporary Turkish Identity Number beginning with “99”. Please be aware that these permits have an expiry date and must be renewed before the expiration.
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All international students can take the advantage of “general health insurance” coverage in Turkey. If you have the "general health insurance", you can use all state hospitals without a fee and also private hospitals paying a moderate fee. For benefiting from the General Health Insurance System in Turkey, you should go to the Social Security Institution with neccessery documents to apply it personally (given with redidence permit your temporary Turkish Identification Number and signed certification which shows your being student). When you complete your application, you will pay your general health insurance fee which is determined on an annual basis within 1 month from the date of Social Security records. The fee is about 200 € and you can pay in any bank in Turkey. If you study at our university for one semester the rest of money will be given to you when you are leaving.
If you don't apply for general health insurance system within the given time period (in 3 months), you cannot benefit from the general health insurance services of the State. But, you can use your international health insurance if you have one or you can get private health insurance in Turkey.
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All Emergencies: 112 (all over Turkey for Ambulance, Police, Fire, Coast Guard, Gendarmery etc.)
While calling a person in Turkey from other countries, you should dial the country code “+90” and then the local number which has 10 digits. While making calls within Turkey, you should only dial the local number without the country code “+90”.
You can use your mobile phone in Turkey if your provider has enabled international roaming. Turkey has very wide mobile coverage networks so you will not have any problems in the main cities and tourist resorts.
Currently, there are 3 mobile operators provide services in Turkey: Turkcell, Vodafone and Türk Telekom. If you intend to stay for a long time in the country or make several calls, it may be preferable to buy a local prepaid SIM card.
Take your mobile phone and passport to a Turkish mobile phone shop where your new SIM will be registered along with your handset's IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number and your personal information.
Kütahya is a rapidly developing city in the western part of Turkey. It is in the Aegean Region. Kütahya is located in crossroads of the highways and railroads connecting Central Anatolia, Marmara and Mediterranean regions to the Aegean Region. By the inter-city public busses it takes about 4 or 5 hours from Kütahya to Ankara, İzmir or İstanbul while it takes about 6 hours to Antalya.
From İstanbul to Kütahya, there are two possible ways; by bus or by plane. We have a new airport really close to Kütahya, Zafer Airport. There are flights on specific days and if the flights from Europe can connect with the flight to Kütahya, it's better to take the plane. But if it is not possible to take the flight to Kütahya, you can always find tickets for buses. And if you come by plane, there are always buses from airport to city centre which takes not longer than 45 minutes.
The campus is 10 km away from the city center but it is always easy to reach the campus. There are buses from city centre; A1, 7, 7A and 7B.
One of the best things in Kütahya, Turkey is that almost every shop is open everyday until 22:00 even on Sundays. Weekdays and weekends shops are open from 09:00 a.m. to 22:00. These working hours are same for shopping centers. There are even shops, cafes and restaurants which are open until midnight.
Now, let’s talk about some shopping tips in Turkey. When you decide to buy something, try to be one of the first customers because Turkish shopkeepers believe that the first customer is sent by the God and pleasing him or her brings good luck throughout the day. In addition to this, bargaining for everything except food and clothes in shopping malls is quite usual in Turkey. We would like to state that shopkeepers in Turkey are mostly honest.
As Turkish cuisine is one of the richest in the world, you may enjoy a wide variety of dishes. You have probably heard Turkish Kebab, Turkish Delight, Turkish Coffee and Turkish Baklava.
The city of Kütahya offers a wide variety of cuisine with traditional food and accessible price. You can try Kebab only for 3-4 Euros in Kütahya. Also you should try the famous dishes of Kütahya, too. For example, Cimcik, Sıkıcık soup, Göveç ( a kind of meat dish), Tosunum ( a kind of pastry with green lentil), Gözleme ( a kind of pastry).
At University, students' food requirement is fulfilled with hygiene standards and the meals are served in Bedesten and the dining halls. Also, the canteens at our units are on good conditions and provide food and drink affordable for students. As we have stated above, the prices are also reasonable.
Leisure Time Activities & Entertainment
You can find a wide variety of leisure time activities and entertainment in Kütahya, Turkey. There are cinemas in the city center of Kütahya. In cinemas, some movies are shown with their original language subtitled with Turkish. There are also theatres, bowling saloons, go-carting areas, tennis courts, shooping malls, outlet centers, swimming pools, hot spring baths and Turkish Baths.
Our University promotes sports activities; thus, students will certainly find here a number of sport facilities. It offers various sports ranging from traditional sports like tennis, swimming, volleyball, basketball, aerobics, soccer, karate or gymnastics to the more unusual ones such as climbing, wrestling or rafting. In Germiyan Campus, there is also a center for both indoor and outdoor sports like fitness, step or athletics.
Furthermore, to maintain and develop the physical and mental health of students and staff and to contribute to the socialization of students, several sports events are organized. Each year, during the Spring Festivals held by DPU, tournaments of football, basketball, volleyball, chess, arm wrestling and table tennis are organized.
Adopting a student-centered approach, DPU not only gives importance to education, but cares for social and cultural aspects also. With its canteens, game saloons, hairdressers, cafeterias and food halls, it offers its students the chance to take part in various activities to make their lives more enjoyable. Different student clubs provide the students with the opportunity to be engaged in various extracurricular activities. Also, to enhance the contentment and motivation of the students, DPU organizes traditional spring festivals annually in which different activities are held like dance shows, concerts, tournaments or competitions.
The official language of Turkey is Turkish. Turkish language belongs to Altaic Language Family.
Turkish is an agglutinative language and frequently uses affixes, and specifically suffixes, or endings. Word order in simple Turkish sentences is generally subject–object–verb, as in Korean and Latin, but unlike English.
Turkish is written using a Latin alphabet introduced in 1928 by Atatürk. The Turkish alphabet consists of 29 letters (q, x, w omitted and ç, ş, ğ, ı, ö, ü added).
Now, Let’s practice !!!