2-      ERASMUS+ KA171 International Credit Mobility Program (ICM Program)

What is International Credit Mobility (ICM Program)?

For over 25 years, Europe has funded the  Erasmus+ program, which has enabled  over  3 million European students to spend part of their studies  in  another higher  education  institution  (HEI)  elsewhere  in  Europe.  Erasmus+ now opens up these opportunities to students and staff from other parts of the world. Under  international  credit  mobility,  a  HEI in  a  Partner  Country can  send  its  students  and  vice  versa.  Students are able to study abroad for a limited period of 3 to 12 months for which credits are obtained. After the mobility  phase,  the  students  return  to  their  sending  institution  to  complete  their  studies. List of partner and program countries can be seen here.

Frequently Asked Questions for Erasmus+ KA171 ICM Partners 

Erasmus+ KA171 International Credit Mobility Programme 

How to apply?

The students registered in formal education programs at higher education institutions may benefit from the program on the condition that their home institution and METU signed a bilateral Erasmus+ ICM Exchange Agreement.

There is a specific unit at METU ICO, which carries out all the ICM operations at METU. This unit is responsible for organizing application calls and facilitating incoming student exchange mobility. The application process is started by the incoming student application call that METU ICM unit opens by contacting the partner institutions. The partners nominate their selected candidates. Applications without official nominations will not be accepted. Prior to their applications, applicants must be officially nominated by their home universities. An official nomination by the applicant's home University should be sent by e-mail to icm@metu.edu.tr 

 Application Documents

The application documents for ICM Program is as follows; 

 * These documents will be provided by METU ICM unit to partner institutions during the application call.

Nomination Criteria

- Minimum study years for undergraduate students: Undergraduate nominees must have completed a minimum of 1 year at your institution before visiting METU.

- MS/PhD Students: METU will accept graduate students for exchange only if:

a) They agree to take courses at our institution. Or,

b) They find a Research Supervisor at METU (by themselves) who is ready to accept to study with the student. In this case, the student should submit an acceptance letter from the agreed supervisor during the application period. Please note that it is not possible for ICO to assign academic supervisors to students who want to conduct research work at METU.

 Important Reminder

Medium of instruction at METU is English at all levels and programs. Please bear in mind that in order to be able to follow courses at METU, students are strongly recommended to have adequate level of English, meaning B1 level language competence according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or TOEFL (ibt) score of 79 or IELTS score of 6,5.

 Application Deadlines

  • Nomination Deadline for Home Universities30 June (for Fall Semester & Academic Year)-30 November (for Spring Semester & Academic Year)
  • Application Deadline for Students: 31July (for Fall Semester)-31 December (for Spring Semester)

Scholarships for Incoming Erasmus+ ICM Students

According to the budget allocation made to METU by The Turkish National Agency,  the countries and institutions that can be provided with Erasmus+ grant is determined, each year. The availability of budget and the number of participants that can be funded is announced to our partners by the application calls.

Incoming students, who will be visiting METU within the framework of Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility (ICM) program with scholarships recieve 800 EUR per month for individual support and some amount of travel support, ranging from 275 EUR to 1500 EUR, determined according to the distance of home university and Ankara (https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/resources/distance-calculat...) Students receive 70% of the total amount (individual support + travel support) at the beginning of the semester; and remaining 30% upon the successful completion of the semester.

It is possible to benefit from the program without scholarships (zero-grant).