Mevlana Exchange Programme
Mevlana Exchange Programme is a programme which aims the exchange of students and academic staff between the Turkish higher education institutions and higher education institutions of other countries. With the regulation published in August 23, 2011 (num: 28034), students and academic staff exchange between Turkish higher education institutions and higher education institutions of other countries has been possible.
The programme includes all higher education institutions throughout the world without discriminating between the geographical borders. The higher education institutions of EU countries benefiting from Erasmus programme will not beincluded inMevlana Exchange Programme in 2013-2014 academic years.
Students may study abroad for one (minimum) or two (maximum) terms and academic staff may lecture abroad for one week (minimum)). Accordingly, students and academic staff from any country maybenefit fromthis programme being hosted by Turkish higher education institutions in order to study or lecture.
The Objectives of Mevlana Exchange Programme
The primary objective of Mevlana Exchange Programme is to exchange students and academic staff between the
Turkish higher education institutions and higher education institutions of other countries. Additionally, Mevlana
Exchange Programme aims;
• Making Turkey a centre of attraction in higher education area,
• Increasing the academic capacity of Turkish higher education institutions,
• Contributing to the globalization process of higher education,
• Sharing the historical and cultural heritage of Turkey in a global scale, enriching the culture of respect and tolerance to
differences by increasing intercultural interaction
Mevlana Exchange Programme Students,
• are willing to recognize and perceive their regions and the world better,
• are open to change,
• are qualified and self-confident,
• have a strong sense of competition,
• have global knowledge and responsibility.
The students, who benefited from Mevlana Exchange Programme, can also benefit from other exchange programmes before/after participating in this programme.The students, who participate in the programme after having the requirements, will be given non-refundable scholarship during their study abroad. The students do not pay any tuition fee to the host institutions during their exchange period.
Who can benefit from Mevlana Exchange Programme?
The students registered in formal education programmes in Associate Degree, B.A, M.A and Ph.D level at higher education institutions in Turkey (on condition that the higher education institutions signed a bilateral Mevlana Exchange Protocol) may benefit from Mevlana Exchange Programme.Additionally, all academic staff who work in a national or foreign higher education institution, on condition that the higher education institutions signed a bilateral Mevlana Exchange Protocol, may benefit from Mevlana Exchange Programme. In the scope of mobility, academic activities of academic staff cannot be less than total six hours weekly. In hourly calculation ofthe activities performed by academic staff,
courses are considered. If course hours do not complete six hours, academic activities like seminars, panels or conferences are evaluat- ed in this context. Academic staff mobility plans which do not contain lectures shall not be considered within Mevlana Exchange Programme and accepted for the Exchange.
Application Requirements of Mevlana Exchange Programme
The requirements for being a Mevlana Exchange Programme Student are;
• to be studying at associate degree, bachelor degree, master degree or phd degree of higher education programmes,
• Grade point average (GPA) of associate degree and undergraduate students must be at least 2,5 on a four point scale,
• Grade point average (GPA) of graduate students (MA, PhD) must be at least 3.00 on a four point scale,
• 50% language score + 50% GPA
• The students studying in their first year at associate or bachelor degree and the students of preparation classes and scientific preparation programmes of graduate degrees cannot participate in this programme at their first semester.
Other Main Aspects for Execution of the Programme
How should a student, who has the requirements, can apply to the Mevlana Exchange Programme? The students may apply to the Mevlana Exchange Programme unit of his/her university after filling the required forms in https://mevlana.yok.gov.tr properly. All academic staff, working in higher education institutions with Mevlana Exchange Protocol, may also apply to Mevlana Exchange Programme coordination offices of their institutions. How many times and how long can we participate in Mevlana Exchange Programme?
Students may study abroad for one (minimum) or two (maximum) semesters. Semester periods may be different considering the education systems but the total exchange period cannot exceed one academic year.Academic staffs also may participate in MevlanaExchange Programme. Academic staff may lecture abroad for one week.
Other Main Aspects for Execution of the Programme
Do students have to pay any tuition fee when they participate in Mevlana Exchange Programme?
Students do not pay any tuition fees to the host institution during the programme, but they continue to pay the obligatory tuition fees to their home institutions. They do not pay any extra fee to the host institution within the scope of the exchange programme. Do the students who participate in the programme repeat the courses/semesters taken at the host institution? As the course(s) to be taken in the host institution are officially agreed to be counted in advance within the Learning Protocol, the students do not repeat any courses/semesters when they return.
Scholarships during the Mevlana Exchange Programme
Terms and conditions for students:
Mevlana Exchange Programme students continue to take their other scholarships and grants in their home countries and they have to do registration in their home institutions. They pay tuition fee to their home institution if they are supposed to and they do not pay any other tuition fee to the host institution.He scholarship amount to be paid to the Mevlana Exchange students differs according to the life standards of the country of the host institution.Within the context ofMevlana Exchange Programme, the programme students can be paid up to three times of the amount that is monthly paid to bachelor degree students according to the Law no.5102 on Granting Scholarship and Loan to the Higher Education Students and in the ratios determined by Council of Higher Education Executive board.
For more information
You can access more information and documents from the Academic Exchange Programmes Unit of your institution, the official web page of https://mevlana.yok.gov.tr, or The Council of Higher Education, Mevlana Exchange Programme Coordination Office.
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