MEVLANA EXCHANGE PROGRAMME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1) Who can benefit from Mevlana Exchange Programme?
Within the scope of Mevlana Exchange Programme, the students registered in formal education programmes at Associate Degree, B.A, M.A and PhD levels of the 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 the academic staff working at a national or foreign higher education institution may benefit from Mevlana Exchange Programme on condition that the higher education institutions signed a bilateral Mevlana Exchange Protocol.
2) Application Requirements for Mevlana Exchange Programme
To be a Mevlana Exchange Programme student:
The student is required to be studying at associate degree, bachelor degree, master degree or PhD degree of higher education programmes,
The grade point average (GPA) of associate degree and undergraduate students is to be at least 2,5 on a four-point scale.
The grade point average (GPA) of graduate students (MA, PhD) is to be at least 3.00 on a four-point scale.
50% language score + 50% GPA
The students studying in their first year at the associate or bachelor degree and the students of the preparation programmes of graduate degrees are not eligible for this programme at their first semester.
To be a Mevlana Exchange Programme Academic Staff:
All the academic staff working at 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.
Priority is given to special issues such as education language of the host higher-education institution, the language to be used in the lectures and his/her proficiency of the language to be used at the host institution.
Priority is given to the academic staff who has not benefited from any kind of mobility activities before.
3) What are the stages to follow in the assessment and selection of students?
Considering the amount of grant transferred by the Council of Higher Education Executive Board, the institution determines the number and distribution of incoming and outgoing students within the scope of the bilateral agreements. The Higher Education Institutions cannot select any students for Mevlana Exchange Programme before signing the Mevlana Exchange Programme Protocol.
In the assessment process, 50% of the applying students’ GPA (Grade Point Average) and 50% of the language test score to be used at host institution are taken into account and depending on their average sum, students are selected from the ranking list. The result of a bilaterally agreed language test is requested from the applying students by the signatory institutions to be used in the selection process. Assessment results are published on the web pages of signatory higher education institutions. The rules of this item are to be followed in the assessment and selection process of incoming students, as well. However, incoming students’ assessment and selection procedures are implemented within the knowledge of the domestic higher education institution.
4) How can a student/academic staff apply to the programme if s/he has the requirements for application?
Students may apply to the Mevlana Exchange Programme Institutional Coordinating Office of their institutions by filling the necessary documents that can also be obtained from https://mevlana.yok.gov.tr/.
Academic staff working at a signatory higher education institution may also apply to the Mevlana Exchange Programme Institutional Coordinating Offices of their institutions.
5) Does the Mevlana Exchange Programme student repeat any semester at home institution?
Since the courses to be taken at the host university and their equivalents at home university are clearly defined within the Learning Protocol, the student who participates in the Mevlana Exchange Programme for one or two semesters will not repeat the semester(s) at home institution on condition that s/he achieves the required credits.
6) How many times and how long can we benefit from Mevlana Exchange Programme?
Students can benefit from Mevlana Exchange Programme for at least one semester and at most two semesters. As the semester duration may differ according to the education system of universities, the total duration of mobility can not exceed one academic year.
Students may be granted by Mevlana Exchange Programme only once during their whole educational life at any stage of higher education. A student may benefit from the programme at any stage of higher education for a second time without receiving grant.
Academic staff may benefit from Mevlana Exchange Programme only once during an academic year and the duration may be between one week (at least) and three months (at most).
7) What is the duration and content of Academic Staff teaching mobility?
The academic activities of academic staff cannot be less than six hours a week. Lectures given by the staff are taken into account while calculating the activities as hours. If
the lectures are not sufficient to fulfil six hours of academic activities, seminars, panels, conferences or such activities can be considered within the academic activities. Any kind of academic staff mobility plan without teaching activities should not be assessed and accepted for the programme.
8) Are the applicants supposed to submit a language test score document (YDS, TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)?
One of the main criteria of selection for students is language score. However, there is not a standard language test or document defined by legislation to be accepted. The institutions may demand a national/international language test score or they can measure the language level with an exam developed by their institution. The language proficiency of applicants is one of the core elements affecting the quality and success of the programme and student. Higher education institutions are supposed to be sensitive in this issue in the selection process of applicants.
9) What are the important dates for the 2014-2015 academic year?
Call for application at higher education institutions
30 March-14 April 2014 Receiving applications for exchange 15 April-22 April 2014
Assessment of applications
24 April-2 May 2014 Sending the selection results to The Council of Higher Education 5 May 2014
Announcing the selection results
12 May 2014
10) Does the student who wants to benefit from Mevlana Exchange Programme pay any tuition fee to the host institution?
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.
11) What are the financial opportunities of students and academic staff in Mevlana Exchange Programme?
Health Insurance Outgoing student from TR
Incoming student to TR
Outgoing academic staff from TR
Incoming academic staff to TR
12) Might the Mevlana Exchange Protocol include all departments/programmes of the higher education institution or should it cover some specific departments/programmes?
Higher education institutions should define the departments and fields of exchange as well as the number of students and academic staff within the protocol.
13) Is there a list to check whether an institution to make an agreement with is recognized by the Council of Higher Education or not? If yes, how can we access this list?
The list of recognized universities by the Council of Higher Education can be accessed at http://www.yok.gov.tr/web/denklik/anasayfa.
14) What could be done if the name of the higher education institution to be agreed is not in the recognition list of The Council of Higher Education?
In order to learn recognition status of an institution that is not in the abovementioned list, you may contact The Council of Higher Education, Academic Exchange Programmes Unit with the petition form that can be downloaded from mevlana.yok.gov.tr/belgeler.
15) Our university signed Memorandum of Understanding agreements with partner universities abroad. Is it possible to include these agreements in Mevlana Exchange Programme? If we include them, do we need to change the protocols?
In order to start Mevlana Exchange Programme, an institution has to sign a Mevlana Exchange Protocol with a partner university recognized by the Council of Higher Education. Any kind of other agreements signed with a partner university cannot be included in Mevlana Exchange Programme. To be able to start exchange, signing Mevlana Exchange Protocol is a must.
16) Is there any restriction to signing a Mevlana Exchange Protocol with a public or private university abroad?
There is not a restriction to signing a Mevlana Exchange Protocol with a public or private university abroad.
17) May private/foundation universities benefit from Mevlana Exchange Programme?
According to the 2nd item of the 28th article in Mevlana Exchange Programme Regulation which was published in The Official Journal with the number 28034 and the date 23rd August 2011;
Within the scope of this program private/foundation universities and private/foundation vocational schools can exchange students and academic staff with foreign higher educational institutions. However, no fund transfer or payment is done by the Council of Higher Education to these institutions within this programme. Except financial provisions, private/foundation universities and vocational schools are subject to these Regulation items to execute Mevlana Exchange programme and they are obliged to inform the Council of Higher Education.
18) Are the incoming and outgoing students and staff to be exchanged with a private/foundation university abroad funded?
The status of the partner university abroad (public/foundation/private) does not inhibit the grant to be funded by the Council of Higher Education.
19) Why is it important to make an additional protocol besides Mevlana Exchange Programme Protocol?
The signatory higher education institutions are recommended to make an additional protocol including the issues such as accommodation, food, health insurance, etc. and if the institutions have different grading and credit systems, these additional protocols help institutions agree on a common system. There is not a standard form of additional protocol, and its content is a text which will be determined in cooperation with the higher education institutions with which to make an agreement.
20) Is there a standard format for an additional protocol? Is there a restriction to the content of the additional protocol?
There is neither a standard form of the additional protocol nor a restriction in its content. However, the items of additional protocol should not be incompatible with the Regulation and Principles of Mevlana Exchange Programme.
21) Who is entitled to sign the Mevlana Exchange Protocol in the absence of the rector at the institution?
In the absence of the rector at the institution, the deputy of rector is the only authority to sign the protocol. For the partner institutions abroad, the protocol is to be signed by the top authorities (this position may change according to the country, institution, etc).
22) Should we send a copy of signed Protocols to the Council of Higher Education?
The signed protocol should be sent to the Council of Higher Education both as soft copy and hard copy. The original of the Protocol should be archived in the signatory higher education institution.
23) What is the amount of the scholarship of students to be funded by Mevlana Exchange Programme?
For 2013-2014 academic year:
According to the Law no.5102 on Granting Scholarship and Loan to the Higher Education Students, the students, who study in a country in which national income for a person is more than 10.000 $, are paid three times the monthly scholarship (paid in Turkey by the government) in 2012-2013 as 280x3=840 TL;
The students, who study in a country in which national income for a person is between 5000 and 10.000 $, are paid two times the monthly scholarship (paid in Turkey by the government) in 2012-2013 as 280x2=560 TL;
The students, who study in a country in which national income for a person is less than 5000 $, are paid 1,5 times the monthly scholarship (paid in Turkey by the government) in 2012-2013 as 280x1,5=420 TL;
Incoming Mevlana Exchange Programme students to Turkey are paid twice the monthly scholarship (paid in Turkey by the government) in 2012-2013 as 280x2=560 TL.
For details and the scholarship amounts for each country, please visit mevlana.yok.gov.tr.
24) What are the payments to be made to the academic staff benefiting from Mevlana Exchange Programme?
Outgoing Academic Staff from Turkey:
According to the Travel Expense Law no.6245 and 39th item of Law no. 2547, outgoing academic staff to a foreign country with Mevlana Exchange Programme, are be paid for daily wages, travel costs, monthly health insurance costs.
Incoming Academic Staff to Turkey:
Incoming academic staff with Mevlana Programme are paid according to the Travel Expense Law no.6245 and dated 10.02.1954.
For details and amounts to be paid to incoming academic staff please visit mevlana.yok.gov.tr.
25) Which credit and grading system will be used for Mevlana Exchange Programme students?
Mevlana Exchange students cannot take a smaller number of credits at their host institution than they are required to take at their home institutions in the same semester. During the exchange, the number of credits is taken into account rather than the number of courses taken. The signatory higher education institutions can use a common credit system agreed by both institutions after declaring it in a written agreement form or they may use European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
In order to prevent course repetitions due to the courses students take at their home institutions, the recognition of courses to be taken at host institution and to prevent any kind of repetition of courses, credits, semester or year, the signatory higher education institutions should take necessary precautions. For this reason, courses from different years can be taken to complete the necessary number of credits and to prevent repetitions.
Within the Learning Protocol, the credits of courses and the courses to be counted should be clearly defined before the educational semester starts.
While counting the courses taken and passed at the host institution, the grading system of the host institution is considered and recorded. The students who plan to study at a university with a different grading system are to be informed before the exchange. The students who sign the learning agreement are automatically declared and informed about this issue.
Recognized courses are approved by the board of the academic department concerned. The courses passed in Mevlana Exchange Programme should be stated in the transcript of records at the home institution.
26) Can research assistants benefit from the Programme?
Research assistants (if registered in a postgraduate programme) can benefit from the programme as a student. Since research assistants are not formally paid lecturers, they cannot benefit from this programme as an academic staff.
27) Is there a yearly quota given to the higher education institutions by the Council of Higher Education?
There is no yearly quota for each higher education institution. In the second page of Mevlana Exchange Protocol, signatory institutions define the departments, duration and number of students/staff to be exchanged. A copy of these protocols is sent to the Council of Higher Education and the Executive Board of the Council assess the demands of institutions and may revise these demands in order to execute the programme and use the financial sources more effectively.
28) Can MA/PHD students at thesis stage (after fulfilling the courses) benefit from Mevlana Exchange Programme? Do they need to apply any work plan at host institutions or what kind of plan should they use?
MA and PhD students at thesis stage (after fulfilling the courses) may benefit from Mevlana Exchange Programme if they have the requirements in the regulation. Whether the student should take a course or not and have thesis research should be decided by department heads and coordinators. The Council of Higher Education leaves this decision to the departments. However, the student should have measurable educational activities during his/her study. This is needed in order to check the quality of exchange (whether the student fully participated in the activities or not), the payment and for the student not to repeat any semesters.
29) What are the regulations for incoming and outgoing students/academic staff in terms of health insurance?
Until 29/05/2013, health insurance procedures of incoming students to Turkey were yearly applied by the higher education institutions in which they studied until their graduation. With the regulation numbered 6486, health insurance procedures have become optional. If the students demand health insurance, they have to apply to Provincial Directorate of Social Insurance Institution (SGK) in the city of their university within the first three months of their stay in Turkey. The insurance is yearly applied and 480 TL is to be paid during application. For incoming academic staff, there are four ways to have a health insurance. Firstly, they can make insurance in a private company in their countries before coming to Turkey. Secondly, they can make general health insurance after paying the SGK (Social Insurance Institution) fee by the time they come to Turkey. Thirdly, they can pay health costs (if
needed) in advance in Turkey and they can get it back after submitting the invoice to the concerning units in their country. Lastly, they can synchronously get their health expenditure according to the agreement of SGK with 22 countries all around the world. In cases of emergency, incoming students and staff can benefit from health services free of charge. If the incoming student/staff does not have any insurance, the host universities are not fined any penalties according to the Regulation of Social Insurance and General Health Insurance numbered 5510. Families are excluded from insurance services.
30) Can the 6th-year medicine students benefit from the programme?
6thyear Medicine students (intern) cannot benefit from Mevlana Exchange Programme according to the decision to stop their Mevlana Exchange activities until a second decision in the 2013-2014 academic year.
31) Can I apply for the Programme in the academic year of 2013-2014?
The candidates can apply the Program only once a year. The deadline for the academic year of 2013-2014 is determined as 17th May 2013.
32) Can the opportunities of the KYK (Institution of Student Scholarships and Dormitories) be used for the accommodation of incoming students to Turkey?
There are rooms reserved for incoming students within the framework of Mevlana Exchange Programme to a certain extent by KYK (Institution of Student Scholarships and Dormitories).
33) Is there any kind of exemption from residence permit fee in Turkey?
If the students, who come to Turkey after obtaining student visa from their countries, submit a document indicating that they are Mevlana Exchange students (signed by Mevlana Institutional Coordinators), and show the starting and ending dates of mobility with the university they will study in, a free-of-charge residence permit is given on condition that they apply within the first month of their entrance into Turkey.
34) How can I get more information about the programme?
From Mevlana Exchange Programme Coordination offices of your institution,
From https://mevlana.yok.gov.tr/ web page,
Or you can get information and necessary documents from The Council of Higher Education and Mevlana Exchange Programme Coordinatorship.