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Middle East Technical Univ.

Study Abroad Program Overview

EAP students are fully integrated into Middle East Technical University's (METU) classes and have access to all fields of instruction. All courses are in English, but students can increase their ability to interact socially with Turkish students outside of classes if they study some Turkish. Students can take advantage of METU's particular strengths:

Gain expertise in political and security issues in the Middle East, the Balkans, and the Central Asian Republics for students in international relations and political science

Examine Ankara's history, the cultural differences in the use of space, and the geological factors involved in the use of space in the departments of Architecture and Regional and City Planning; METU has specialists in the history of Islamic, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine art and architecture

Explore Islamic thought and its implications for politics, education, and women's studies in the departments of Philosophy, Sociology, and Political Science

Increase depth or breadth in your engineering studies by taking courses in aeronautical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, food, geological, industrial, mechanical, metallurgical and materials, mining, and petroleum and natural gas engineering

Enroll in a course in beginning Turkish for visiting students

Visit METU's archaeological museum housing material discovered on its own site

Take advantage of METU's interdisciplinary, graduate-level archaeometry program that combines teaching with research activities and allows you to participate in restoration and conservation projects

METU is one of Turkey's most competitive universities. Due to the high demand for entrance to the university, most departments accept only the top 1 percent of the approximately 1.5 million applicants taking the National University Entrance Examination. More than 40 percent of METU's students go on to graduate school.

Students attend classes with host country students.

Language of Instruction


Courses are taught in English if there are English speakers in the class. If a class is being taught in Turkish, you may request that the instructor teach in English (he or she may not be aware non-Turkish students are in the class) or you may ask the Exchange Program Coordinator to request instruction in English on your behalf.

Please note: Foreign language courses at METU are frequently taught in Turkish (even if there are non-Turkish students taking the course).

Language Study


​Two weeks of Turkish language instruction precede the fall term. Turkish language study is required for fall and year students during the fall term and for spring students during the spring term.


​Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.

Fall :  
​early September to late January

Spring :  
​early February to mid-June

Year :  
​early September to mid-June






Extension is possible from the fall to the year.


​METU's dormitories provide housing for 5,000 students. There is a big difference in quality, however, so it is strongly recommended that EAP students choose upgraded dorms and not the least expensive options. All rooms are comparable to standard UC dorm rooms, but the more expensive rooms will be much better maintained. EAP students can also locate their own apartments in Ankara, about 30 minutes distant from the campus. Dormitory life offers the best opportunity to meet and interact with Turkish and other international students.

Extracurricular Activities

On-site Support

​EAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. Local staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of their host country and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.

​See the EAP Program Guide (PDF) for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).

Course Opportunities

​Regular university courses in science, engineering, the social sciences, and humanities. The following disciplines are particularly strong: architecture, graphic design, landscape, and urban planning.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
  • EAP Program Search provides information on general areas of study.
  • Host institution online catalogs or course listings:
  • MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. Since courses in new programs have not yet been taken for credit, they may not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.


​You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. Students enroll in five courses for a total of 22.5 UC quarter units per semester.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

​Independent study and internships for academic credit may be possible in this program. Arrangements are generally made at the Study Center after arrival at the host institution. Predeparture preparation may be required.

Middle East Technical University, Ankara

Middle East Technical University, Ankara
Middle East Technical University (METU), home to over 23,000 students of which 1,430 are international, is one the highest-ranked research universities in Turkey. It was founded in 1956 in cooperation with the United Nations. You can select courses from a wide array of departments within the university’s faculties (schools) of Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Economic and Administrative Sciences, Education, and Engineering. Several departments in the engineering school have been evaluated and given approval by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). From its inception, METU has been a leader in ecological issues. One of its achievements has been a reforestation program on campus that has created the largest wooded area within Ankara. Students and staff have planted more than 10 million trees since 1961.

Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

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These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip airfare
  • UC fees
  • Cost of attending METU
  • Accident and medical insurance
  • On-site orientation
  • Intensive Language Program
  • Room and Board
  • Local transportation
  • Optional excursions
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​

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Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.


Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: