Turkey: Semester in Ankara with METU

Middle East Technical University (METU) is located near the Turkish capital of Ankara. METU is located in the vibrant district of Çankaya, which is the home to many government buildings and foreign embassies. Students studying in Ankara have the opportunity to visit the museums, castles, and theaters located there. Past participants have traveled throughout Turkey and Europe in their free time while abroad.

METU is one of Turkey’s premier state-financed institutions of higher education. METU has a very strong emphasis in research and education in engineering and the natural sciences. While a wide range of subjects are offered at this prestigious University, it is best known for its excellence in science education. It is considered one of the very best Universities in Turkey and in Europe, and has partnerships with entities such as NATO, NASA, the United Nations, World Bank, and Erasmus. Founded in 1956, METU has grown to serve a student population of more than 26,000. It adopted English as its language of instruction, so the vast majority of courses are taught in English. In Turkish, METU is Orta DouTeknik Üniversitesi ODTÜ.

This program is ideal for more independent students and for students who are interested in Middle East Studies. Students will be expected to function quite independently during their time at METU, but there is a very robust Erasmus Student Network (ESN) organization that provides a lot of support to new international students. 

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GVSU's partner universities are largely independent programs; prospective participants should carefully consider if this form of study abroad suits their needs before registering. These partnerships allow students to experience a more independent international study abroad, but also require students to have a high level of flexibility and the ability to navigate much of the program independently. Those who prefer additional support may wish to consider other study abroad options such as external study abroad providers and our faculty-led options.

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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Fall 2023

Estimated Program Dates: October 2023 - January 2024
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023 (Closed)

Academic Year 2023 (Fall 2023-Winter 2024)

Estimated Program Dates: October 2023 - June 2024
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023 (Closed)

Winter 2024

Estimated Program Dates: February 2024 - June 2024
Application Deadline: September 1, 2023

Fall semester participants are not guaranteed an early departure in December; however, past participants have usually been able to work with their professors to take an early exam in order to return in December.



METU offers a wide range of course options for undergraduate students. The majority of courses at METU are taught in English.

Course Options Use this button to search all available course options and descriptions.

Pre-Approved Courses Note: This course list indicates courses that have been previously approved. It is not a list of available courses on this program.

Course Approval Process Students registering for courses that have not been pre-approved will need to follow the course approval instructions. 

Students interested in satisfying general education courses abroad can find more information on our General Education page.


METU has three types of campus dormitories; state, semi-private and private. All dormitories provide bedding. Meals are not included in the fee, but dormitories have canteens where students can eat breakfast and other meals for a nominal cost. All dormitories are located in the same general area near the campus shopping center and is amongst banks, a post office, the campus medical center and sports facilities. State housing is included in the program. Students wishing to upgrade to a different housing option may be required to pay an additional fee. Additional information is available on the accommodations page.

Cost and Scholarships


Cost Breakdown

NOTE: "Other Expenses" listed above Cost Breakdown are general cost estimates. Due to COVID-19, costs may increase for basic goods and housing. These estimates are provided as a guide to help students in their planning, but they are subject to change.

Questions? Contact [email protected] or 616-331-3898 

SEIDMAN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP: offers a study abroad scholarship for SCB majors who wish to participate in a qualified study abroad or international internship program.  Awards are based on program costs and financial need.  Apply online using GVSU MyScholarships: https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/3103

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Open to all majors 2.5 GPA required

Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is required for participation in this program.

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Visa Requirements

All students studying in Turkey are required to apply for a student visa. The Turkish consulate always has the most up to date information on visa requirements. For additional information, please consult our student visa guide for Turkey.

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Contact Information

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall
[email protected]

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