The application for Overseas Exchange is always made for the next academic year. For example, if the student wants to visit a partner university for 2018-2019 academic year, s/he should apply during 2017-2018 academic year application period. The application periods are announced on announcements section of this website.
The initial step for application is to attend the information sessions of the International Cooperations Office (ICO) during November of each year, which aim to give information about exchange programs. The dates and places of these meetings are announced on the department notice boards and on ICO's main website announcements section.
There are two steps of the application for Overseas Exchange Program for each academic year:
1. Application: In this step, students register for the program and the English Proficiency Exam, and submit their university preferences and get approval from their Departments.
2. English Proficiency Exam: The dates are announced for the EPEEP. Students do not have to apply separetely for the EPEEP.
Who can Apply?
Applicants must be registered at METU as full-degree students at the time of application. They must have completed at least one semester and have a valid CGPA score. They must also be able to continue studies at the same level (undergraduate, masters, PhD) at METU the following year, i.e. the year of the exchange.
Conditional Program (Bilimsel Hazırlık) students and students studying in the Department of Basic English are not eligible to apply.
Undergraduate students should have at least 2,5 CGPA and graduate students should have at least 3,0 CGPA over 4,0.
How to Apply?
Students fill the application form (sample application form can be found here)
University Preference Document will be published during preference period on this website. Please check the website announcements.
Applicants must make their university preferences by consulting with their departmental exchange program coordinators. Departmental coordinators must approve student's preferences on the application form and also his/her participation in the exchange program before s/he leaves for the host university.
English Proficiency Exam for Exchange Programs (EPEEP)
It is obligatory to take EPEEP for exchange applicants.
EPEEP is valid for two consecutive years and students who have taken the exam in the previous 2 years may apply with a previous score. This needs to be indicated on the application form. However, students are allowed to take the EPEEP only once every academic year and those who have already taken the EPEEP in the same academic year for another exchange program will not be able to take the exam again.
The exam is organized by the Department of Basic English. Students who are not able to enter the exam due to a valid excuse should submit a petition explaining their excuse to the International Cooperations Office. Otherwise, their exchange application will be regarded as invalid.
METU Selection Criteria
50% of CGPA and 50% of the EPEEP score are taken into account in electing prospective exchange students.
10 points will be added to the overall score of the students with disabilities.
Remark: Before calculating the 50% of the CGPA, a coefficient is applied on the CGPA according to the applicants' department and semester information as explained below:
Student CGPA: 3.15
CGPA of the related department's students in the same semester with the applicant: 2.89
Ratio: 3.15/2.89 = 1.09
Overall Exchange application score: 3.15x26.09 = 82.18
*the convergent factor to calculate 50% of the CGPA = 25
Language Proficiency and Academic Standing
METU does not ask an internationally recognized language document at the time of application. However, in most of the cases students need to submit a relevant language proficiency document during their application to the host university (TOEFL/IELTS for English-medium universities, etc.). Therefore, students are recommended to investigate the language requirements of the host universities even before their application to METU and take the required exam(s) when necessary.
Host universities may also require an academic transcript to evaluate candidates' academic standing in the semester(s) before s/he actually starts the exchange program. Therefore, students must be in good academic standing and are advised to avoid getting failing grades until their participation in the exchange program.
Students with FF/FD/W grades should consult their departments' procedures and undergraduate regulations.
It is highly recommended that applicants check partner universities' restrictions. A list of restrictions about language proficiecny, CGPA, etc. communicated by partner universities to ICO are listed in the announcements. However, it should be noted that this is not a comprehensive list and different restrictions might be introduced by partner universities.