Mevlana Exchange Program
What is the Mevlana Exchange Programme?
The Mevlana Exchange Programme is a programme which aims to facilitate the exchange of students and academic staff members between Turkish higher education institutions and the higher education institutions of other countries. The introduction of this programme was made possible with the publication of the regulation (No. 28034) on August 23rd 2011.
Who was Mevlana?
The original name of Mevlana, from whom the inspiration for the name of the programme is taken, comes from Muhammed Celaleddin. Mevlana was born in 1207 in the Belh of Horasan district that is now on the border with Afghanistan. The name "Mevlana" was used by Sultan Veled, Şems-i Tebrizi and his lovers, and has become identified with him as a virtually universal symbol. He is also known as Rumi by the western world. Mevlana lived in the 13th century, but as a Sufi the influence of his work is ageless. His legacy is notable for the lack of any discrimination between people, as indicated in his verse "Come, come whoever you are".
Who can benefit from the Mevlana Exchange Programme?
Any student may benefit from Mevlana Exchange Programme if they are registered on a formal education programme at a higher education institution in Turkey, on condition that the higher education institution concerned has signed a bilateral Mevlana Exchange Protocol. The Programme is also open to all academic staff members who are employed by a national or foreign higher education institution, on condition that the higher education institution concerned has signed a bilateral Mevlana Exchange Protocol.
What are the Application Requirements of the Mevlana Exchange Programme
In order to apply for the Mevlana Exchange Programme a student must be studying on an associate degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD higher education programme. To qualify for participation the Grade Point Average (GPA) of associate degree students and undergraduate students must be at least 2.5 on a four point scale. The GPA of graduate students (MA, PhD) must be at least 3.00 on a four point scale, with a 50% language score and a 50% GPA. Students studying in their first year at associate or bachelor degree level, and students taking part in preparation classes and scientific preparation programmes for graduate degrees cannot participate in this programme during their first semester. How should a student who meets the requirements apply to the Mevlana Exchange Programme? Applications should be made to the unit of the student’s university responsible for the Mevlana Exchange Programme by filling out the required forms correctly.
What time limits are there on participation in the Mevlana Exchange Programme?
Students may study abroad for a minimum of one, up to a maximum of two semesters. The duration of the semester periods may be different taking into account of differences in the education systems of the countries involved, but the total exchange period must not exceed one academic year. Academic staff members may also participate in the Mevlana Exchange Programme, and may lecture abroad from a minimum of one week up to a maximum of three months.
Do students have to pay any tuition fees when they participate in the 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 fees to the host institution within the scope of the exchange programme.