Middle East Technical University (METU) Exchange 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, farm-lands and clustered suburban neighborhoods. All instruction is in English and students enroll in regular classes and the 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. SUNY and non-SUNY students meeting the mini-mum requirements 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 4.7 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 good 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 ends in late January. Spring semester begins in early February and ends in late May. 

Last Updated: 8/21/14