Middle East Technical University is founded under the name of "Orta Doğu Yüksek Teknoloji Enstitüsü" (Middle East High Technology Institute) on November 15th, 1956 to contribute to the development of Turkey and Middle East countries and especially to train people so as to create a skilled workforce in the fields of natural and social sciences. "Arrangements and Procedures as for the Foundation of METU, Law No 6887" was enacted on January 29th, 1957. Finally, "Foundation Act No 7307", which sets forth the particular standing of METU and describes the conditions rendering METU as a juridical entity, was enacted on May 27th, 1959.Middle East Technical University's presence brought about new methods and introduced innovations to Turkish higher education system manifesting METU as a pioneer of modern education nationwide. In its earliest years, part of METU was located in a small building that belonged Social Security Office of Retirees at Kizilay's Müdafaa Street and the other section was located in the barracks behind the TBMM (Turkey's National Grand Assembly). In 1963, the University moved to its current campus location which is the first university campus of Turkey.In 1956, the first academic program to start education was the Department of Architecture. Then in spring semester of 1957, Department of Mechanical Engineering launched its academic program. At the onset of 1957-1958 academic year, the Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Administrative Sciences were established. In 1959, the tasks undertaken to establish Faculty of Arts and Sciences were completed. Faculty of Education launched its academic program in 1982. Today, there are a total of 41 undergraduate programs in five faculties of METU.There are 107 graduate and 69 doctorate programs available in Graduate Schools of Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Informatics, Applied Mathematics and Marine Sciences Graduate Schools. Marine Sciences conducts the academic program studies at İçel-Erdemli.The language of instruction at METU is English. METU School of Foreign Languages takes the initiative to teach English to students at Preparatory School.Owing to the quality academic education that emphasizes merit and excellence in scientific, cultural and intellectual studies as well as owing to the accomplished and qualified METU graduates, the University has become one of the distinguished and respectable institutions of Turkey. Today, the University is proud to employ about 791 faculty (professors, associates professors etc.), 225 academic instructors and 1.273 research assistants. It is a great pleasure to offer education to over 28.000 students. The total number of the alumni now is above 120.000.MISSIONMETU’s mission is to attain excellence in research, education and public service for society, humanity and nature by nurturing creative and critical thinking, innovation and leadership within a framework of universal values.VISIONA pioneer university at international level, which transforms its region and the world.Language of InstructionThe language of instruction at METU is English. StudentsMiddle East Technical University (METU), a state university founded in 1956, currently has about 27,000 students.Undergraduate and graduate students from many countries attend a semester or a year-round at METU as "Special Student" or "Exchange Student". Middle East Technical University is currently conducting Student Exchange Program activities with many foreign universities. Academic ProgramsMETU has 41 undergraduate programs within 5 faculties. Additionally, there are 5 Graduate Schools with 105 masters and 70 doctorate programs and a "School of Foreign Languages" which includes the English Preparatory Department. 15 undergraduate programs and 5 graduate programs are offered in connection with METU Northern Cyprus Campus. Academic YearThe academic year in METU 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. METU also has a summer school with regular courses and an International Summer School with courses of special interest to international students. International PerspectiveSince its foundation, METU, 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. METU 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. METU has also involved in 59 FP6 projects, 48 of them have already been completed. Furthermore, 32 FP7 projects are still in execution. METU 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 METU's efforts to accommodate international students and researchers. METU hosts over 1,700 international students from nearly 94 different countries studying toward myriad of academic degrees.METU, 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.METU is a member of many associations and networks dealing with international education and exchange such as EUA, EAIE, IIE, GE3, CEASAR, SEFI, CIEE. METU actively participates in AIESEC and IAESTE summer internship programs.METU 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 METU 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 (www.abet.org). High Standards of EducationMETU strives to maintain a high standard of education by international standards. All undergraduate programs under the Faculty of Engineering were evaluated by ABET, at METU's request. All undergraduate programs were accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org). METU in TurkeyMETU 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 METU. Due to high demand towards METU 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 METU's students go on to graduate school. CampusThe 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 METU students for rowing, fishing, picnicking and general recreational activities. Bus service is provided from the METU main campus and locations in the city to the lake. Life at METUThe 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 METU campus. Among off campus facilities, METU has lodges at Elmadag, 30 kilometers from the METU campus, and a resort at Uludag near Bursa where mountain climbing and various skiing activities are possible. ActivitiesThroughout 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.