Directive for International Student Applications, Admissions and Registrations to Undergraduate Programs
(Senate Decision dated 20.5.2014)
Aim, Scope, Basis and Definition of Terms
Article 1 – (1) The aim of this directive is to regulate the principles that govern the procedures concerning international student applications, admissions and registrations to undergraduate programs at Middle East Technical University.
ARTICLE 2 – (1) This directive comprises provisions concerning international student applications, admissions and registrations to undergraduate programs at Middle East Technical University.
ARTICLE 3 – (1) Procedures concerning international student applications, admissions and registrations are carried out within the framework of the “Principles Governing International Student Admissions” drawn up by the Council of Higher Education and “Middle East Technical University Rules and Regulations Governing Undergraduate Studies” and its related directives.
Definition of Terms
ARTICLE 4 – (1) Wherever the following terms appear in this document, they shall be taken to refer to:
a) CoHE: Council of Higher Education,
b) GCE: General Certificate of Education,
c) IB-Diploma: International Baccalaureate Diploma
d) ISO: International Students’ Office
e) METU: Middle East Technical University,
f) TR: Turkish Republic,
g) TRNC: Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,
h) SAT: Scholastic Aptitude Test,
i) UEC: The University Education Commission comprising the Assistant to the President in charge of student affairs and Associate Deans.
Quotas, Application and Evaluation
ARTICLE 5 – (1) International student quotas may not be more than 35% of the quotas indicated in the SSPC Higher Education Programs and Quotas Guide of the previous year.
(2) Quotas are set by recommendation of the Departments Chairs and decision of the Faculty Administrative Board.
(3) The CoHE is notified of these quotas after their approval by the METU Senate.
(4) METU is free whether or not to fill the announced quotas. When deemed necessary, quotas may be transferred among programs.
ARTICLE 6 – (1) Applicants are required either to be in their last year of study in or to have graduated from any institution of secondary education whose equivalence has been approved by TR authorities.
(2) The applications of the following candidates are accepted:
a) Foreign nationals,
b) Those who are Turkish citizens by birth but have obtained permission from the Ministry of Interior for the renunciation of Turkish citizenship and their children of full legal age who are listed in the citizenship renunciation certificate and document their certification (Those who wish to apply for international student quotas are advised to check their rights defined in Turkish Citizenship Law No: 5901. Article 7 of this law bears the provision: “(1) Whether born in or outside Turkey, a child is a Turkish citizen if either the mother or the father is a Turkish citizen.”),
c) Those who are foreign nationals by birth but have obtained a TR citizenship / are in this status but a have dual citizenship,
d) Those who are Turkish citizens by birth and have completed all of their secondary education in another country, excluding TRNC, (those who have completed all of their secondary education in a Turkish school in another country, excluding TRNC, may apply)
e) Those who have a TRNC citizenship, reside in TRNC, have completed their secondary education in TRNC and hold GCE AL exam scores, and those registered and educated in high schools in other countries between 2005 and 2010 and hold, or are to hold, GCE AL exam scores.
(3) The applications of the following candidates are not accepted:
a) Turkish citizens who have completed all of their high school education in Turkey or TRNC,
b) Citizens of TRNC (excluding those who have completed their secondary education in TRNC high schools and hold GCE AL exam scores, and those registered and trained in high schools in other countries between 2005-2010 and hold, or are to hold, GCE AL exam scores),
c) Dual citizens who hold a TR citizenship by birth as defined in Article 2-b above (excluding those who have completed all of their secondary education a county abroad, apart from TRNC / those who have completed all of their secondary education in a Turkish school abroad, apart from TRNC),
d) Dual citizens who hold a TRNC citizenship (excluding those who have completed their secondary education in TRNC high schools and hold GCE AL exam scores, and those registered and trained in high schools in other countries between 2005-2010 and hold, or are to hold, GCE AL exam scores),
e) TR citizens who have been educated in embassy or foreign high schools in Turkey and dual citizens whose nationality by birth is TR within the scope of Article 2-b above.
(4) Candidates applying for these quotas are to document the adequacy of their financial resources for pursuing their higher education in Turkey by providing a guarantee.
The Application Procedure
ARTICLE 7 – (1) Applications are made within the period announced in the academic calendar.
(2) Applicants must present the documents mentioned in the application announcement in full and in the manner announced.
ARTICLE 8 – (1) Examinations that bear the features of a university entrance exam and diplomas that are to be taken into consideration as well as the relevant minimum eligibility scores are determined by the Senate, notified to the Higher Education Council, and announced in the university website each year.
(2) A “common placement score” is determined by using the diploma and exam grades that are to be taken into consideration in the evaluation and the candidates are placed based on this score.
(3) Having fulfilled the application requirements does not necessarily mean being accepted to a program.
(4) It may be taken into consideration that quotas announced for a specific department be allocated to students accepted from different countries.
(5) The validity of exams that bear the features of a university entrance exam (such as SAT) is 2 years. The period of validity of scores obtained in exams which are of the status of a high school exit exam (such as GCE-AL, IB Diploma, and Baccalaureate) or high school graduation degrees/diplomas is unlimited.
ARTICLE 9 – (1) Applications undergo a preliminary evaluation at the ISO within the framework of the requirements announced. The applications of candidates who fail to fulfill the application requirements are not further evaluated.
ARTICLE 10 – (1) In the evaluation of applications, criteria such as the applicants’ success in national/international examinations, their diploma scores and the position of the high schools they have finished in national and international rankings may be taken into consideration.
(2) The applications of candidates who have fulfilled the application requirements are evaluated by the UEC. The UEC finalizes the evaluation of each application as “Accept” or “Reject”.
(3) Applicants who have been accepted are sent a letter of acceptance by the ISO via e-mail and are required to declare whether or not they will be present for registration.
(4) Applicants declaring that they will be present for registration are sent an official letter of acceptance in order that they might receive a visa.
Miscellaneous and Final Provisions
ARTICLE 11 – (1) It is mandatory that international students register for the first semester they are admitted to a program.
(2) International students who are admitted to undergraduate programs must either hold a visa annotated for education or be in a foreigner status which does not require a student visa as stipulated by the General Directorate of Security.
(3) Submission of all the necessary documents in full during registration is imperative.
ARTICLE 12 – (1) The principles concerning exemptions from or discounts in tuition fees for international students are determined by the University Administrative Board.
ARTICLE 13 – (1) Students who have been admitted to the Ankara Campus are required to obtain health insurance unless they have social security which is valid in Turkey.
Northern Cyprus Campus
ARTICLE 14 – (1) The procedures and principles regarding the implementation of this Directive in the undergraduate programs conducted at the Northern Cyprus Campus are determined by the Senate.
Conditions for which provisions do not exist in this Directive
ARTICLE 15 – (1) In conditions for which provisions do not exist in this Directive, the provisions of the University’s other regulations apply.
ARTICLE 16 – (1) This Directive is effective as of May 20, 2014, the date it was approved by the University Senate.
ARTICLE 17– (1) This Directive is implemented by the President of Middle East Technical University.