Turkey: Middle East Technical University (Semester/Year)

Middle East Technical University (METU), located near the Turkish capital of Ankara, 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 know 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 Dou Teknik 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.

This program requires students to exercise a high degree of independence, self-reliance, and flexibility. While there are basic support services available through this program, participants should not expect to receive the same level and types of support they are accustomed to at GVSU.

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2.5 GPA Required
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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Fall 2019

Estimated Program Dates: September 2019 - January 2020
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019 (Closed)

Academic Year 2019

Estimated Program Dates: September 2019 - June 2020
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019 (Closed)

Winter 2020

Estimated Program Dates: February 2020 - June 2020
Application Deadline: September 10, 2019

Fall 2020

Estimated Program Dates: September 2020 - January 2021
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020

Academic Year 2020 (Fall 2020 - Winter 2021)

Estimated Program Dates: September 2020 - June 2021
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020

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.

Cost and Scholarships


Cost Breakdown

MELVANA SCHOLARSHIP: ($200 USD per month for 4 months) GVSU is a Mevlana partner with METU. Students who do not receive the Erasmus+ scholarship, may qualify for the Mevlana Scholarship. The Turkish Government supports 1 scholarship per year for a GVSU student. This scholarship is estimated to be around $200 US per month for the duration of your semester, approximately 4 months. This scholarship is subject to approval by METU.

PARTNERSHIP GRANT: ( $1,000 )The Padnos International Center will be providing (2) $1,000 Partnership Grants for students spending a semester or year at this partner.  If more than two students apply for this program, decisions on awards will be based on the strength of a student’s application and financial need.  Students may be eligible for more than $1,000, but two applicants will receive a minimum of $1,000 in grant support.  Decisions on awards will be made following the deadline for applications.

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

ERASMUS+ SCHOLARSHIP offers funding to help cover the cost of airfare as well as in-country living expenses. 

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Open to all majors 2.5 GPA required

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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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Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall

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