International Exchanges
(Pitzer Students Only)


Program Title: Pitzer Exchange with Middle East Technical University (METU)
Location Ankara, Turkey
Host Website
Eligibility Students in good standing at Pitzer College. Preference given to juniors and first semester seniors but sophomores are eligible if space is available.
Preparation At least one course with content on the Middle East in history, politics, literature, religious studies, or international relations is required. General preparation is also recommended: Language, Culture and Society; Intercultural Communications; Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies; Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
Application Pitzer College Study Abroad and the forms required by the University.
Program Dates Fall semester: Mid August to late December
Spring semester: Early January to mid June
Required Courses Intensive Language Course Participants are expected to take one course that includes content on Turkish history, politics, literature or culture, and the Pitzer Sakai course Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing.
Intensive Language Students will take a 3-4 week intensive Turkish course with Active Languages prior to the university courses and may continue language study at the university during the semester.
Independent Study See a Study Abroad Adviser
Course Options The University offers broad curricular offerings with particular strengths in the natural sciences, engineering and the social sciences. Students planning to take courses to fulfill major or minor science requirements should consult a member of the Keck Science Department faculty ahead of time.

For course offerings at METU, go here:, select the “Academics” tab, then choose “Academic Catalog”.
Credit Possible Students take a pre-semester Turkish language course worth 0.75 of a Pitzer course, a full course load of 15 or 16 units at METU (typically 5 courses worth 3 units each) and the Sakai course worth 0.5 for a total of 5.25 Pitzer course credits.
Housing Options Students will live with host families during the language course then will move into a METU dormitory. Rooms are shared. Meals are independently arranged.
Advising Notes Students have the option of continuing their language studies through Turkish courses available at METU.