The mission of the Middle East Technical University is to reach, produce, apply and promote knowledge, and to educate individuals with that knowledge for the social, cultural, economic, scientific and technological development of our society and humanity. This is to be done by bringing teaching, research and social services up to universal standards.


1. Scientific Approach
It is unconditionally accepted that a university's mission is to ensure the understanding of current knowledge and the discovery of new knowledge. On this subject, there should be no hindrance to the discovery and sharing of new knowledge. An environment should be created in which research, creativity and student self-development can be fostered.

2. Academic Freedom
The right to determine how, to whom, and by whom knowledge is taught is paramount. The university is opposed to dogmatic thoughts and ideas, under the principle of the scientific approach. The right to honest inquiry and legal protest is acknowledged and guaranteed by law.

3. Interdisciplinary Approach
Interdisciplinary education and research are encouraged. The university enables academic staff to work on educational and research projects with educational centres and institutes outside their own academic units.

4. Lifelong Education
The university encourages lifelong education for its own staff, graduates, and people from all walks of life, and provides these people with new scientific knowledge. In order for the people of our country to benefit more effectively and efficiently from ODTÜ's experience and culture, the university develops and applies exemplary educational models.

5. The Training of Qualified People
For the good of society, the university aims to develop students with humane and moral values, the skills for leadership, open-mindedness, and the habit of continuously re-educating themselves. Graduates are oriented to employ the skills they have learned at ODTÜ in their workplaces. Students are encouraged to become scientists, and thus be among the nation's most important human resources.

6. Student Support
The duty to provide the necessary support in order to prevent those students with material difficulties from being deprived of higher education is acknowledged.

7. Communication with Society
The university aims to continue performing its functions in order to benefit every sector of society and remain in contact with its environment. The university is concerned with the finding and promoting of solutions to the problems of our nation, region and the international community. It plays a prominent role in providing communication in scientific, cultural and social fields.

8. Involved Administration
The university encourages its academic staff, departments and administrative units to prepare, assess and continuously evaluate plans and concrete strategies in order to keep up with rapid change and globalization. To this end, an administrative policy which is based on knowledge, the delegation of duties and responsibilities, democratic principles, involvement, dynamism, flexibility and transparency is pursued. Respect for the individual and tolerance are our foremost concerns.


Language of Instruction

The language of instruction at ODTÜ is English.


Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ), a state university founded in 1956, currently has about 26,500 students.
Undergraduate and graduate students from many countries attend a semester or a year-round at ODTÜ as "Special Student" or "Exchange Student". Middle East Technical University is currently conducting Student Exchange Program activities with many foreign universities.

Academic Programs

ODTÜ has 40 undergraduate programs within 5 faculties. Additionally, there are 5 Graduate Schools with 104 masters and 66 doctorate programs and a "School of Foreign Languages" which includes the English Preparatory Department. 15 undergraduate programs and 3 graduate programs are offered in connection with ODTÜ Northern Cyprus Campus.

Academic Year

The academic year in ODTÜ is divided into two semesters. The first term of the academic year generally begins on the last week of September and ends in the middle of January. The second term begins in the middle of February and ends in mid June. ODTÜ also has a summer school with regular courses and an International Summer School with courses of special interest to international students.

International Perspective

Since its foundation, ODTÜ, as an international research university, has been the leading university in Turkey in terms of depth and breadth of international ties and the amount of funds generated from international research projects. ODTÜ actively took part in and managed many Med-Campus, MEDA, COST, Eureka, NASA, NATO, NSF, UN, World Bank, Jean Monnet, INCO, EUMEDIS, 6th and 7th Framework, Erasmus Mundus ECW, Leonardo and Socrates projects. ODTÜ has also involved in 59 FP6 projects, 48 of them have already been completed. Furthermore, 32 FP7 projects are still in execution. ODTÜ has 19 international joint degree programmes with European and American universities at undergraduate and graduate level.

English as the language of instruction in all its degree programs has greatly facilitated ODTÜ's efforts to accommodate international students and researchers. ODTÜ hosts over 1,700 international students from nearly 94 different countries studying toward myriad of academic degrees.
ODTÜ, with 168 Erasmus agreements and 182 bilateral exchange and cooperation agreements with universities in third countries (i.e., in Central Asia, Middle East, North America, Australia, Far East and Pacific Region), annually sends 350 students and 60 teaching staff and hosts 300 students and 50 teaching staff/researchers.

ODTÜ is a member of many associations and networks dealing with international education and exchange such as EUA, EAIE, IIE, GE3, CEASAR, SEFI, CIEE. ODTÜ actively participates in AIESEC and IAESTE summer internship programs.

ODTÜ has always sought external assessment, accreditation and certification by international organizations, and been committed to a "quality culture". The University has completed the process of "Institutional Evaluation" by the EUA in 2002. As a part of its efforts to ascertain world-quality education, in 1991 ODTÜ initiated a long-term program to have all its engineering programs accredited by the United States Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The Engineering Faculty now has all its thirteen undergraduate programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (

High Standards of Education

ODTÜ strives to maintain a high standard of education by international standards. All undergraduate programs under the Faculty of Engineering were evaluated by ABET, at ODTÜ's request.  All undergraduate programs were accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (

ODTÜ in Turkey

ODTÜ is one of Turkey's most competitive universities. Each year, among the students taking the National University Entrance Examination, over 1/3 of the 1000 applicants with the highest scores attend ODTÜ. Due to high demand towards ODTÜ being so great, most of our departments accept only the top 1% of approximately 1.5 million applicants taking the National University Entrance Examination. Over 40% of ODTÜ's students go on to graduate school.


The campus area is 4500 hectares and the forest area is 3043 hectares, including Lake Eymir, which is about 20 kilometers from the centrum of Ankara. The lake is available to ODTÜ students for rowing, fishing, picnicking and general recreational activities. Bus service is provided from the ODTÜ main campus and locations in the city to the lake.

Life at ODTÜ

The main part of the campus has dormitory capacity of approximately 7000 students who benefit from a shopping area, banks, post office and many eating places. Also a wide variety of sports facilities, including gymnasiums, tennis courts, basketball and football fields, jogging trails, olympic-size indoor swimming pool, and an outdoor swimming pool are available on ODTÜ campus. Among off campus facilities, ODTÜ has lodges at Elmadag, 30 kilometers from the ODTÜ campus, and a resort at Uludag near Bursa where mountain climbing and various skiing activities are possible.


Throughout the academic year, students can enjoy art exhibitions, concerts, recitals, cinema and theater events as well as a variety of social and academic activities. The Cultural and Convention Center hosts many of these events and many more. One of the most favored social activities is the traditional International Spring Festival held in May.

Living Expenses

Estimated living expenses for students are minimally $500.00 to $600.00 (US dollars) per month. Books and other administrative fees are approximately $100.00 to $150.00 per semester. Students in "Special Student Status", pay $225.00 per credit hour.