Please note that this application is NOT for Erasmus+ with/without European Countries. Overseas Exchange is a non-granted program conducted within the framework of bilateral agreements among the universities and it is different from Erasmus+ Programs.



  • CGPA is at least 2.50 as of the application deadline (undergraduate level)
  • CGPA is at least 3.00 as of the application deadline (graduate level)
  • The student must have completed at least 1 semester in the program they are enrolled in. During the application, the student must have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in the program they are enrolled in and must be continuing their education on the same level of education in the following year.
  • Students that are studying in Basic English Department cannot apply to the program due to the fact that they do not have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA).



Application Period: 5 November-30 November 2018

English Proficiency Exam: 8 December 2018 (No additional application is required for the English Proficiency Exam)

Announcement of Application Results: End of December

Withdrawal Period: 2-11 January 2019



Students must submit their application online between 5 November-30 November 2018: 



8 December 2018 (No additional application is required for the English Proficiency Exam)

It is obligatory to take EPEEP for Overseas Exchange Program 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 document. 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. Thus, students who take this exam will not be able to take the English Proficiency Exam (2 March 2019) for Erasmus+ European Mobility Program (application: 6-26 February 2019) applications.

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 application will be regarded as invalid.

Only the students who submit their application to ICO will take the exam and the place of the exam will be announced later.



Withdrawal Period: 2-11 January 2019

Students who withdraw from the program without a forced major reason after 12 January 2018 will lose 10 points in their next Overseas Exchange applications.



At most 4 universities can be chosen.

List of partner universities and country quotas can be seen HERE.

Partner university fact sheets can be seen HERE.

It is of utmost importance to consult departmental exchange programs coordinator about the university choices. List for departmental exchange programs coordinators can be found in:

Students must be sure that the university they applied to offers education on their level and in a relevant department. Availability of a university in the list does not imply that the said university offers education in all the departments and on all levels of education.

Student can only apply for their current level of education. Undergraduate students cannot apply for a master or PhD level program. But after being selected for the program, it is possible to take courses on different levels providing that METU and the host university approve of it.

Host university can demand student’s transcript in order to track student’s academic status and success, and this can affect the acceptance process.

During application, an internationally recognized language proficiency exam grade is not required by International Cooperations Office. However, partner universities may require a language proficiency exam grade document for their language of education (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.). It is not possible for the student to study in a university if they cannot meet the language requirement for the said university. Since language proficiency requirements differ among universities, it is necessary to check the university’s website for the language requirements before application and to make sure the language requirements can be fulfilled/documented before the deadline.

***Agreements within the framework of Overseas Exchange Program are established as “all departments”. This means that all students can apply, and no one is given priority over the others, unless stated otherwise in the Restrictions section of the agreement list in the announcement. However, before applying for those universities, please make sure that there is a department (or at least courses) at the partner university corresponding to your department and level at METU. The fact that you are given the chance to apply for such universities does not guarantee that the university accepts you. The applicants are required to check the conditions of the partner universities (i.e. medium of instruction, language requirement, academic calendar, accommodation opportunities etc.) before submitting their applications. 

E.g. :

X University

Application criteria: CGPA: 3,00/4,00

Student placed in X University CGPA: 2,90/4,00

In this case, even if you are placed in X University, which requires min CGPA to be 3,00/4,00  for UG, you may not be accepted to the university since your CGPA is less than 3,00/4,00. For this reason, students must check the university list announced by ICO, and the websites of the universities.



CGPA and English Proficiency Exam score are taken into account in electing prospective Overseas Exchange Program students. Weighted CGPA is calculated for each applicant depending on the average CGPA in his/her departmental cohort.

In order to calculate the 50% of the CGPA, a coefficient is applied on the CGPA according to the applicants' department and semester information as below:


Student CGPA: 3.15

Average CGPA of the same department & semester: 2.89

Ratio: 3.15 / 2.89 = 1.09

25(*) + 1.09=26.09

Overall Score: 3.15 x 26.09 = 82.18

(*) the convergent factor to calculate 50% of the CGPA = 25


Applicants with disabilities (approved by medical report) get 10 additional points. Medical reports concerning their disability must be submitted to International Cooperations Office before the application deadline.

10 points will be deduced from the overall grade of the students who have benefited from the Overseas Exchange Program before within the same study level. Previous participation in the program in different study levels does not cause any deduction in the overall grade.

10 points will be deduced from the overall grade of the students who have withdrawn from the program after the announced deadline for the previous Overseas Exchange Program Applications.

10 points will be added to the overall score of the students who have been under protection by 2828 Social Services Law. The proving documents must be submitted to ICO when submitting the application.

15 points will be added to the overall score of the students who are the relatives of martyrs and veterans. The proving documents must be submitted to ICO when submitting the application.



«According to the complementary grades in METU, CC and above for undergrad students and BB and above for grad students if deemed applicable by department, counted as passed in student’s curriculum. Student receives “EX” grade and considered “exempt” from these courses and these grades are not taken into consideration in grade point average (GPA) calculation. These courses are shown as registered in the mobility semester of student. These courses that are registered as “exempt” in METU have their names and codes from the host university indicated in “remarks” part of the transcript. »


Please bear in mind that students:

Should have METU course load of minimum 30 ECTS for the semester in which s/he plans to participate exchange. Those MS and PhD students who completed their course load and in thesis period can also apply as their thesis satisfies the ECTS requirement.

Should take 30 ECTS course/or 5 courses (when the host university does not use ECTS) at the host university.

Make sure that 30 ECTS courses will be recognized by their departments upon successfully completion.

Online applications will be reviewed by Departmental Erasmus+/Exchange Coordinators. The Coordinators are authorized to decline the applications of the students if they do not approve the universities or the academic background/status of the students.


Grant & Expenses

Overseas Exchange Program is a non-granted program. Students are responsible for all living and personal expenses while at the host institution.

Within the framework of Overseas Exchange Program, selected students are exempt from paying tuition fees to the partner universities (except a few universities like USA/IIT and Israel/Ben Gurion University) 

But exchange students must pay their regular tuition fee to METU for each semester spent at the exchange program. This is supposed to be paid at the beginning of the academic semester.



For more information about the program please read our INFO SHEET (TURKISH).