Please note that this application is NOT for Erasmus+ with/without European Countries. Overseas Exchange is a non-granted program (without scholarship) conducted within the framework of bilateral agreements among the universities and it is different from Erasmus+ Programs.
Information sessions on Overseas Exchange Program for 2020-2021 Academic Year will be held according to the Schedule below:
Students can apply for Overseas Exchange Program only if:
- 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)
Applicants must be registered at METU as full-degree students at the time of application.
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.
Conditional Program (Bilimsel Hazırlık) students and students studying in the Department of Basic English are not eligible to apply due to the fact that they do not have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA).
Please note that:
Students can only participate in the Program during their studies at the same level (undergraduate students can participate in the program during their undergraduate studies, master's students can participate in the program during their master's studies, PhD students can participate in the program during their PhD studies).
Applications are taken for the next academic year; 2020-2021 Academic Year.
Application Period: 4-29 November, 2019
English Proficiency Exam: 7 December 2019 (No additional application is required for the English Proficiency Exam)
Announcement of Application Results: End of December
Withdrawal Period: 6-24 January 2020
Students must submit their application online between 4-29 November 2019: ONLINE APPLICATION PLATFORM- https://student.metu.edu.tr/ (#412 Overseas Exchange) (the link will be active in the application period)
ENGLISH PROFICIENCY EXAM
It is obligatory to have a valid English score from an exam organized by METU to complete the application. The valid score can be one of the following options:
1-You can take English Proficiency Exam for Mobility Programs (EPEEP) which will be organized on 7 December 2019. If you would like to take this exam, you should choose this option in the online application form. If you choose this option, you cannot use any other exam scores. If you do not attend the exam, your application for mobility program will be invalid. For the students who choose this option in the online application form, no additional application is required for the English Proficiency Exam on 7 December 2019. The details about the exam (venue & hour) will be announced later.
2-If you had English Proficiency Exam for Mobility Programs (EPEEP) or English Proficiency Exam (EPE) in the last 2 years, you can also use these exam results. EPEEP and EPE are valid for 2 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 in the online application form. Among these scores, the highest one will be taken. The students who choose this option will not be able to take the English Proficiency Exam for Mobility Programs (EPEEP) that will be organized on 7 December 2019.
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 (29 February 2020) for Erasmus+ European Mobility Program applications.
Students who choose the first option and are not able to enter the exam due to a valid excuse (e.g medical report) should submit a petition explaining their excuse to the International Cooperations Office.
The exams are organized by the Department of Basic English.
Withdrawal Period: 6-24 January 2020
Students who withdraw from the program without a forced major reason after 24 January 2020 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: http://ico.metu.edu.tr/departmental-coordinators
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. To learn more about the departmental restrictions, you can check the website below (an appointment with the coordinator is still advised): http://ico.metu.edu.tr/departments-restrictions-outgoing-students-0
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.
*** PLEASE BE CAREFULL ABOUT DEPARTMENTAL RESTRICTIONS WHICH ARE INDICATED IN THE RESTRICTIONS SECTION OF THE AGREEMENT LIST!!!!! If the agreement is available for all fields, before applying for those universities, please make sure that there is a department, level (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.
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.
After the placements to the universities are finalized, the institutions where the students are placed will not be changed in any conditions.
50% of CGPA and 50% of the English language test score are taken into account in selecting 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 uploaded to the online application platform 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 uploaded to the online application platform before the application deadline.
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 uploaded to the online application platform before the application deadline.
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. However, those students should find a proper thesis advisor at the host institution and get an approval from their thesis advisor at METU before the exchange period.
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.
GRANT & EXPENSES
Overseas Exchange Program is a non-granted (without scholarship) program. Students are responsible for all living, accomodation 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.
INFO SHEET FOR OVERSEAS EXCHANGE PROGRAM