Middle East Technical University
The Middle East Technical University program has been temporarily suspended for the fall of 2017. Please check back in the fall for updates regarding the spring program.
Middle East Technical University (METU) is a beautiful campus with magnificent architecture laid out gracefully on the rolling Anatolian hills in a western suburb of Ankara surrounded by wooded hills, farmlands and clustered suburban neighborhoods. All instruction is in English and students enroll in regular classes and residence halls alongside Turkish and other international students. They are welcome to participate in all University activities. Students may attend for a semester or an academic year. All eligible SUNY and non-SUNY students are welcome to apply.
Ankara is the capital of Turkey and its political and administrative center. Located in the heart of the Anatolian peninsula, Ankara is the second largest city in Turkey, with a population of 4.6 million. Long an important center of trade between the east and west because it lay along ancient caravan routes, the Celtic Galatians named the city Ancyra, meaning “anchor” in the 3rd century B.C. Many important civilizations have come and gone, leaving their mark on the character of the city and region, including the Hittites, the Phrygians, the Lydians, the Persians, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Seljuk Turks and the Ottoman Turks. In 1923 Kemal Ataturk chose it as the capitol city of the new Turkish Republic.
The city lies on the Anatolian plateau nearly 3000 feet above sea level, with forested regions to the northeast and fertile plains to the south and east. It has hot, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. It is linked to other parts of Turkey and beyond by highways, railways and a large international airport. The Turkish Parliament and the Heads of State reside in Ankara, and the city has a formal feel. It is rich in museums and other cultural sites, universities, parks, bustling shopping districts, and a fascinating night life. Public transportation is modern, plentiful and convenient, and Turkish culture is warm and welcoming to visitors, with a strong ethos of hospitality.
Students may participate for the fall or spring semester or academic year. Fall semester normally begins with the exchange orientation during the second week of September and the semester ends in late January. Spring semester generally begins in early February and ends in late May.
Orientation: Two weeks before the start of classes
Spring 2018 Classes: February 12 - May 22, 2018
Finals: May 23 - June 4, 2018
Click HERE to view the METU Academic Calendar for 2017-2018.
METU has been ranked among the top 235 Best Global Universities for 2016 and the best university in Turkey by the U.S. News and World Report. The university has a student population of 26,500 and 43 undergraduate programs spread among five faculties. There are five graduate schools with 107 Master’s and 69 Doctoral programs. METU hosts 1700 international students from nearly 94 countries around the world. A hallmark of METU is its international perspective and its interdisciplinary approach. The basic principles of the university include academic freedom and a scientific approach to education.
A small selection of the many courses to choose from includes:
History of Eastern and Western Civilizations
Intro to International Politics
Turkish Language Instruction
Participants will gain much more out of the experience if they work to acquire some knowledge of the Turkish language. During the two-week orientation, students attend mandatory courses in Beginning Turkish and Contemporary Turkish Politics and Policies, which they can opt to continue over the semester for 3 credits each.
Credits at METU are equivalent to credits at Binghamton. Most courses are 4 credits. A full load will be 12 to 16 credits. Students should discuss their intention to participate with all appropriate academic advisors and obtain pre-approvals and an understanding of study abroad credit policies.
All students are encouraged to live on campus in the residence halls. There is a wide range of choices with different levels of amenities and different prices. All halls have common areas such as self-catered kitchens and study rooms, as well as cantinas where students can eat very inexpensively. In addition there are many cafeterias and other eateries around campus, as well as a shopping area. Students can choose to participate in a wide selection of clubs and societies and other social, cultural and sports activities. METU has a fully staffed Health Clinic that provides for emergency needs.
Public transportation to downtown Ankara is easy by bus and takes about 30 minutes. There is a free shuttle service from campus to two locations in Ankara. The downtown bus service is free with a METU Student ID. The city is a center for opera, ballet, jazz and modern dance, and is home to nine universities. Modern shopping malls are easily accessible from campus, as are local markets and restaurants. Istanbul is just 5 hours away by bus.
The updated cost sheet will be posted here shortly.
In order to understand the actual difference in cost of your semester abroad, you should compare the Estimate of Costs sheet for this program that is linked above to what you would pay normally for a semester at Binghamton. ***Cost Comparison: Binghamton University estimates the average cost for a full time student one semester on campus to be $12,467 in-state and $18,287 out-of-state.
The METU program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors. An overall grade point average of 3.0 is normally required. Applications from other SUNY and non-SUNY students are welcome. The application deadline is March 15 for all fall semester/academic year programs and October 1 for spring semester.
Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Office of Financial Aid Services is able to consider only the applications of students matriculated at Binghamton. Non-Binghamton students should contact the financial aid office on their home campus for information about eligibility for financial aid programs.
Students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for campus and national scholarships. Please visit the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives or go to our scholarships page for more information. The Turkey Coalition of America also offers a scholarship for American minority students, which can range between $500-$2,000. For more information on this scholarship, please see their site.
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Ankara. Exchange students are met at the airport by METU host students upon request and are available during orientation to answer questions and assist students to settle in and learn how to get around the campus and the city. During the orientation program the International Office arranges tours of Ankara and nearby historic sites.