A. Calendar for 2016-2017 Academic Year Overseas Exchange Mobility
There are three steps of the Application for Overseas Exchange Program:
1. Pre-application: 8-28 December 2016 (In this step, students register for the program and the English Proficiency Exam)
2. English Proficiency Exam: 7 January 2017*
3. University Preference: 23 January - 3 February 2017 (In this step, students submit their university preferences and get approval from their Departments)
METU sends exchange students to partner universities at the beginning of Fall or Spring semesters of each university. The academic year for US and Canadian universities begins in August, that of the European universities in September or October, and that of the Australian and Japanese universities at the end of February.
The initial step for application is to attend the information sessions of the International Cooperations Office (ICO) during November, 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 web site.
Students who are interested in doing an overseas exchange should apply to ICO for participating in the exchange program for the Fall and/or Spring semester of the following academic year.
B. 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.
C. How to Apply?
1. PRE-APPLICATION (8-28 December 2016):
Please fill-in this form: APPLICATION FORM
2. UNIVERSITY PREFERENCE (23 January - 3 February 2017):
University Preference Document will be published during preference period (23 January - 3 February 2017) 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.
D. English Proficiency Exam for Exchange Programs (EPEEP)
t is obligatory to take EPEEP for exchange applicants.
E. 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
*the convergent factor to calculate 50% of the CGPA = 25
F. Language Proficiency and Academic Standing
METU does not ask an intertionally 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 here. However, it should be noted that this is not a comprehensive list and different restrictions might be introduced by partner universities.