METU Visa Information
All students must have obtained a Student Visa before entering Turkey for study at the Middle East Technical University (METU).
A visa is an official document affixed in a U.S. Passport by the Turkey Consulate General granting permission to live and study in Turkey for the duration that the visa is valid. Students need to apply to the Turkey Consulate General with jurisdiction over their permanent residence (not their school address) and be aware that each Consulate General of Turkey may differ slightly in its visa application requirements. Students are advised to contact the Turkey Consulate General in their jurisdiction to confirm visa requirements and whether an in-person appointment is necessary. Students from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin contact the Chicago Consulate General of Turkey at http://www.chicago.cg.mfa.gov.tr/.
Students are avised to apply for their Student Visa immediately upon receiving their official acceptance letter from METU as the visa processing time varies, and may take up to 8 weeks. In addition, a visa application fee is generally assessed.
Entry into Turkey must take place within 60 days of obtaining the student visa, so students cannot apply for it more than 60 days prior to their departure. In addition, the student’s U.S. Passport must be valid at least three months beyond the student’s planned stay in Turkey.
Upon acceptance into METU, all of the necessary documents that students need to apply for their visa will be provided to them by UW-Platteville Education Abroad. Students will be given additional information and instructions, if needed, upon acceptance into the program.
Within one month of entering Turkey, students must also apply for a Residence Permit at the Ankara Security Office, Bureau for Foreigners. Additional information can be found on METU’s website: http://ico.metu.edu.tr/visa-residence-permit.