Please note that only Penn State Engineering students and Penn State Earth and Mineral Sciences students may apply to this program.
Middle East Technical University (METU) is an internationally renowned university. The courses, content, and applications are influenced by the Turkish culture as well as by its proximity to Europe and Asia. You will take regular courses with local students at this institution.
METU offers a comprehensive array of engineering and science courses. Use the METU course catalog to find more information about specific courses. At METU, classes and accompanying work are conducted in English.
Countries with a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning
In order to comply with Penn State's International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries with active U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings are required to submit a petition for a waiver to the Standing Advisory Committee on International Student Travel. This petition will be included in the online application process for this program. For more information regarding the travel warning, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis.
You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load (generally, the equivalent of 12-15 Penn State credits). Students are required to register for a minimum of 12 credits per semester. Students can register for a maximum of 15 credits.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Ankara, METU Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program
3.0 Cumulative GPA
Junior class standing or higher at time of study
This program is open only to students in the College of Engineering or College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Housing and Meals
Students will arrange their housing directly with the Middle East Techinical University. You will live either in dorms on campus, or in nearby facilities.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall budget sheet and Spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
There are special scholarships available for Armenian-American students who study abroad in Turkey through the Turkish Coalition of America (TCA). Please visit the TCA website for more information.
For More Information
Penn State College of Engineering has resources to help students gain international experience. The college's international office is located in 204 Hammond Building, and international engineering envoys are available during fall and spring semesters to help answer your questions. In addition, there is a study abroad advisor in each department in the college who can help to answer academic questions that you may have. Please see the Global Engineering website for information about our office, programs for College of Engineering students, and the College of Engineering International Travel Grant. In addition, it is strongly recommended that all College of Engineering students take ENGR 111: Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication for Engineers, a 1 credit online course, before their semester abroad.
Students in Earth and Mineral Sciences should contact Kevin Furlong.
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks last day of final exams.
NOTE: The Fall term last day of teaching is on January 6, 2017. Exams run from January 9-Jan 21, 2017. Students may petition METU to take fall semester exams early and will need to do so in order to return to Penn State in time for the start of the spring term. For questions about this process please contact your Education Abroad Adviser.
NOTE: Classes end May 26, exams are held May 26- June 10. Students must stay through their last final exam.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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