*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 course catalog (available online and in the College of Engineering International Program's office) to find more information about specific courses. At METU, classes and accompanying work are conducted in English. You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load (generally, the equivalent of 12-15 Penn State credits).
Education Abroad Credits
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. Students are required to register for a minimum of 12 credits per semester. Students can register for a maximum of 15 credits.
To obtain specific instructions on the course equivalency process visit our Course Equivalencies page. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. Meet with your academic adviser to learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit.
Housing and Meals
You will live in a residence hall or an apartment arranged by the onsite staff. Meals will be either available in the cafeteria or prepared by students in their apartment. Payment for accommodations will be made directly to METU.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. 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 above 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 see Funding Study Abroad.
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 205 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 http://www.engr.psu.edu/global/ 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.
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Whitney Strickler, 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 at the top of this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- 1 academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance. Applications open approximately one year before the program term begins.