About Kocaeli

    Dear International students and staff, This guide has been designed to help you get around the Kocaeli University, deal with necessary formalities and enjoy the local life to the fullest. We hope it answers most of your questions before your arrival in Kocaeli and helps you settle in afterwards. We are very glad that you have decided to study at Kocaeli University and we look forward to you joining us soon. We wish you a lot of success and many unforgettable experiences during your stay at our University.


Kocaeli Province First deep-rooted residency in Kocaeli dates back to 8th century B.C, with the settlement of ‘Astakos’ antique city, known as ‘Basiskele’ today.

The city, which was first ruled by Turks during the Seljuq Empire times, was then ruled by the Ottoman Empire under the reign of Orhan Gazi. The name ‘İznikmid’ which meant ‘the neighborhood of İznik’ changed into the name ‘Kocaeli’ in a time course. Kocaeli, which is famous for Pishmaniye - a traditional dessert, is also one of the leading industrial cities of the country. There are many historical artifacts in Kocaeli including; mosques, manor houses, and a clock tower located in the city center. The city offers a variety of activity opportunities with its silted beach and Kartepe Ski Center. The city also has a coastline by two different seas; the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea.

İzmit, the center of Kocaeli, is also the center of culture, art, and social life. Kocaeli is a center of attraction to the city people with its halls like; Kocaeli University Prof. Dr. Baki Komsuoğlu Culture and Congress Center, Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Süleyman Demirel Culture Center and Sabancı Culture Center.

Historical Artifacts and Tourist Attractions in Kocaeli The historical artifacts are: İzmit Castle, Aqueducts, Nymphalon Fountain, Agora, Agustus Temple, Haglos Antelemon Monastery, Cistern, Hunting Lodge (İzmit Museum), Pertev Pasha Ottoman Social Complex, Orhan Pasha Mosque, Akçakoca Mosque, the Mausoleum of Hannibal, Osman Hamdi Bey Museum, Fatih Fountain, Wilheim Kaiser Manor House, Saatci Ali Efendi Manor House, and Akçakoca Mausoleum.

Tourist Attractions are: The Blacksea beaches like; Kefken, Kerpe, Kovanağzı with silted shores. Hereke; famous for its carpets. Kartepe; the center of winter sports. Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Ice Sports Center, Kocaeli Fun and Industry Fair, and recreation areas like; Maşukiye, Balaban, Seka Park.



Culture in Kocaeli- Art and Social Life İzmit, the center of Kocaeli, is also the center of culture, art, and social life. Kocaeli is a center of attraction to the city people with its halls such as; Kocaeli University Prof. Dr. Baki Komsuoğlu Culture and Congress Center, Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Süleyman Demirel Culture Center and Sabancı Culture Center where big organizations are held.

Besides the semi-professional theatre groups, music club and conservatory within the Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality, theater groups, and the courses conducted in Public Education Center, Municipality Art Gallery and the activities carried out at the Street of Arts, the culture and art groups from other cities also meet the culture and art requirements of the city. Artistic activities such as; Poem performances, orchestra and chamber music concerts, opera-ballet performances, and recitals enrich our city. Traditionally held Değirmendere Nut Festival and Yarımca Cherry Festival contribute to cultural and entertainment life of the city.

Economy and Geography of Kocaeli There are many small and medium-sized enterprises in Kocaeli, which is also home to most major industrial institutions. Kocaeli takes the advantage of neighboring İstanbul, as well. It is a city that combines the past and the dynamics and economic comfort of today. Kocaeli, located on both sides of İzmit Gulf, leans up to the Black Sea on the north and Samanlı Mountains on the south. Kocaeli is surrounded by Sakarya from its East and Southeast, Bursa on the South, the İzmit gulf, Yalova and the Marmara sea and İstanbul on the west, and the Black Sea on the North. With a border to İstanbul and Yalova on the west, and to Sakarya on the east, Kocaeli connects to the Marmara Sea via Körfez district and to the Black Sea via Kandıra. Although with a 3505 km2 surface area İzmit is among the smallest cities of Marmara Region, there has been a dramatic increase in the population. Başiskele, Çayırova, Darıca, Derince, Dilovası, Gebze, Gölcuk, İzmit, Kandıra, Karamursel, Kartepe, and Körfez are the towns of Kocaeli.



Foundation Year: 1992  Status: State University Erasmus ID: TR KOCAELI02 PIC Number: 968472445 Number of Faculties: 18 Number of Institutes: 3 Number of Schools: 2 State Conservatory: 1 Number of Vocational Schools: 21 Number of Students: more than 80000 Number of Student Clubs: 91 Academic Calendar: Fall Term / Mid-September – Late February

Spring Term: / Late February - Late June For the exact dates of Academic Calendar, please visit the following site: http://odb.kocaeli.edu.tr/akademik_takvim.php Address: Umuttepe Campus 41380 KOCAELİ Telephones: Rectorate: +90 262 303 10 00-37-38-39 Directorate of Student Affairs: +90 262 303 12 02 Directorate of Library and Documentation: +90 262 303 13 22 Directorate of Press and Public Affairs: +90 262 3030 10 43 International Relations Unit: +90 262 303 38 42,

intoffice@kocaeli.edu.tr, Fax: +90 262 303 12 03 Web Site: www.kocaeli.edu.tr E-mail: international@kocaeli.edu.tr


History Kocaeli University was founded with 6 faculties, 1 vocational school, and 3 institutes as per 1992 dated and 3837 numbered law. Having lost 75% of its asset in the 1999 earthquake, Kocaeli University restarted education in 1999-2000 academic year with only one-month cancellation.

Umuttepe Campus At the end of this period, on 4 October 2000, Kocaeli University laid the foundation of Umuttepe Campus in a land of 6500 decares in Üçtepeler district. The construction was completed in 4 years and our university moved to the new campus in the 2004-2005 academic year.

Moving towards being an international university, Kocaeli University became a member of European Universities Associations in 2001. We fulfilled Erasmus conditions in 2004 and signed the “Magna Charta Universitatum” charter in 2006. Teaching staff and student exchange activities have been carried out via Erasmus Exchange Programs.

Kocaeli University Technopark Corporation Kocaeli University, with a sense of being located in one of the most important industrial regions of the country, sets a premium on cooperation between university and Industry. Our University successfully continues to cooperate with all organizations, carrying out industrial and commercial activities in the region, especially with the chamber of professionals.

Kocaeli University Technopark has been exporting to many countries and among these, the United States, Germany, Azerbaijan, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Georgia, Kenya, Turkish Republic of Northern, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Greece are at the head of the list.GENERAL INFORMATION