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Drexel in Turkey, Middle Eastern Technical University (METU)
Ankara, Turkey (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Minimum Language Requirement:
No Requirement
Language of Instruction:
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Class Eligibility:
3. Pre-Junior, 4. Junior
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Academic Pre-Approval, See Brochure for details
Eligible Majors:
All Majors
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Program Advisor:
Emily Sweeney
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Program Description:

The Programturkery1

As of Fall 2010 Drexel's exchange program with METU will be open to ALL Drexel majors. Drexel's exchange program with METU allows  Drexel students to study at one of the top universities in Turkey becoming fully immersed in the education, culture and daily life of both Turkey and METU. This is a fantastic opportunity to make new friends and explore your academic interests from a different perspective.

Located in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, METU is the largest public university in Turkey with over 23,000 students including over 1,000 international students.

For more information on studying at Middle Eastern Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey please visit


All classes at METU are taught in English and there is no foreign language requirement. Students may take a variety of courses in their field.

turkey2Program Calendar:
METU is a semester based school. Students should prepare to make adjustments and be flexible in fitting this program into their Drexel schedule. Due to the need for cycle adjustments, students should begin planning 12-18 months in advance.

* Fall semester: September - early January
* Spring semester: February - June.

Students with fall/winter class have two options: 1) arrange with professors to take METU final exams early (early exams are at the discretion of individual faculty members. Neither Drexel nor METU can guarantee that all professors will allow this) OR 2) Students can change their co-op cycle to Winter/Spring. This would allow students to take METU final exams in early January, and be on co-op for winter and spring terms. Keep in mind, this option would require an independent co-op search as well as a cycle adjustment.

Students with spring/summer class should consider going to METU during the spring semester/term, leaving their winter co op early. Students will need to make arrangements to take their METU exams early if the METU spring semester ends after Drexel's summer term begins.

METU - Course Equivalents.xls List of METU courses that have been approved for Drexel equivalencies. If you would like to take courses that are not listed, you will need to get equivalents approved by the appropriate department. For example, if you want to take a sociology course for Drexel credit, the Sociology Department at Drexel must pre- approve the course and equivalency.turkery3

Grading: Students are taught and graded by Turkish faculty at METU. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn a "C"or above at the host institution. The goal is to be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel.

The Experience
Ankara, is where the eastern and western worlds converge. It is a huge university town and the local streets and venues are filled with students from around the world during most of the year. Capital city status and the presence of language schools and universities has brought a large ex pat community to Ankara and all this adds to the western feel of the city.

The Study Abroad Office at METU co-ordinates the Welcome and Orientation Program for incoming exchange students. The Orientation program starts two weeks prior to the beginning of semester. The orientation program consists of Beginning Turkish, and Contemporary Turkey, which will be partially completed before the semester begins. During the orientation program, the office also arranges tours of Ankara and study trips to nearby historical sites. To get a broader perspective of the culture, they are also taken to the villages and small towns to see the contrast in life.

There are 18 modern dormitories within the University Campus. METU will coordinate your housing.

A student visa is required for entrance into Turkey. This process may take 6-8 weeks so students should act early. Visa Instructions.pdf


Scholarship Information

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus all of your financial aid travels with you. If you are interested in seeking additional funding, you should considering applying for study abroad Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2016 02/01/2016 03/01/2016 TBA TBA
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