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Mevlana Exchange Program

In 2013, Odlar Yurdu University was elected as a member of the Caucasus University Asso-ciation and became a member of Mevlana Exchange Program., which envisages further development perspective of the Caucasus University Association and collaboration between the members of this Association.

Mevlana Exchange Program is a program which aims the exchange of students and academic staff between the Turkish higher education institutions and higher education institutions of other countries. With the regulation published in August 23, 2011 (num: 28034), students and academic staff exchange between Turkish higher education institutions and higher education institutions of other countries has been possible.

Students may study abroad for one (minimum) or two (maximum) terms and academic staff may lecture abroad from one week (minimum) to three months (maximum). Accordingly, students and academic staff from any country may benefit from this program being hosted by Turkish higher education institutions in order to study or lecture.

1. Who is Mevlana?
The original name of Mevlana, from whom the name of the program is inspired, is Muhammed Celaleddin. Mevlana was born in 1207 in Belh of Horasan distinct that is now in the border of Af-ghanistan. The name "Mevlana" was used by Sultan Veled, Şems-i Tebrizi and his lovers, and virtu-ally is a universal symbol which identifies with him. Also, he is known as Rumi by the western peo-ple. Mevlana lived in the 13th century, but as a sufi who got beyond the ages with his works, did not make any discrimination between people as indicated in his verse "Come, come whoever you are". As well as his mercy, voluntary and unlimited humanity, he had endless tolerance and he im-pressed not only the world of Islam but also the whole humanity. He is accepted worldwide as an intellectual with his point of view to the people and life. UNESCO, due to the 800th anniversary of Mevlana’s birth, declared the year 2007 as Mevlana and Tolerance year.
Throughout his education, he visited the educational institutions of various cities in different coun-tries not only as a student but also a scholar. Mevlana attributed great importance to "change" in his philosophy throughout his life.
He is also the author of the important works like Masnavi, Divan-ı Kebir, Fihi Mafih, Mektubat and Mecalis-i Seba.

2. Who can benefit from Mevlana Exchange Program?
The students registered in formal education programs at higher education institutions in Turkey (on condition that the higher education institutions signed a bilateral Mevlana Exchange Protocol) may benefit from Mevlana Exchange Program. Additionally, all academic staff who work in a national or foreign higher education institution, on condition that the higher education institutions signed a bi-lateral Mevlana Exchange Protocol, may benefit from Mevlana Exchange Program.

3. Application Requirements of Mevlana Exchange Program
In order to be a Mevlana Exchange Program student
  • The students must be studying at associate degree, bachelor degree, master degree or PhD de-gree of higher education programs.
  • Grade point average (GPA) of associate degree and undergraduate students must be at least 2,5 on a four point scale.
  • Grade point average (GPA) of graduate students (MA, PhD) must be at least 3.00 on a four point scale.
  • 50% language score + 50% GPA.

The students studying in their first year at associate or bachelor degree and the students of preparation classes and scientific preparation programs of graduate degrees can not participate in this program at their first semester.

4. How should a student, who has the requirements, can apply to the Mevlana Ex-change Program?
The students may apply to the Mevlana Exchange Program unit of his/her university after filling the required forms properly.

5. How many times and how long can we participate in Mevlana Exchange Program?
Students may study abroad for one (minimum) or two (maximum) semesters. Semester periods may be different considering the education systems but the total exchange period can not exceed one ac-ademic year. Academic staffs also may participate in Mevlana Exchange Program. Academic staff may lecture abroad from one week (minimum) to three months (maximum).

6. Do students have to pay any tuition fee when they participate in Mevlana Exchange Program?
Students do not pay any tuition fees to the host institution during the program, 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 program.

7. Do the students who participate in the program repeat the courses/semesters taken at the host institution?
As the course(s) to be taken in the host institution are officially agreed to be counted in advance within the Learning Protocol, the students do not repeat any courses/semesters when they return.

8. Scholarships During the Mevlana Exchange Program: Terms and conditions for students
Mevlana Exchange Program students continue to take their other scholarships and grants in their home countries and they have to do registration in their home institutions.
They pay tuition fee to their home institution if they are supposed to and they do not pay any other tuition fee to the host institution.
The scholarship amount to be paid to the Mevlana Exchange students differs according to the life standards of the country of the host institution.
Within the context of Mevlana Exchange Program, the program students can be paid up to three times of the amount that is monthly paid to bachelor degree students according to the Law no.5102 on Granting Scholarship and Loan to the Higher Education Students and in the ratios determined by Council of Higher Education Executive Board.
Incoming students from other countries to Turkish higher education institutions are granted accord-ing to the ratios determined by Council of Higher Education Executive Board.
In terms of the scholarships that will be paid to the students, 70% of the scholarship amount is paid monthly.
For the student's remaining grant payment, the ratio of total credits of the succeeded courses to the courses that the student is obliged to take as obligatory courses will be considered.
In the case of insufficiency of the funds for Mevlana Exchange Program, providing the correspond-ence with other principles, student mobility can be carried out by other scholarships or without scholarship.

9. Scholarships During the Mevlana Exchange Program: Terms and conditions for ac-ademic staff
Within the scope of Mevlana Exchange Program, travel allowance stated in the Travel Expense Law no.6245 may be paid to incoming and outgoing academic staff while travel allowance and addition-al course fees may be paid as stated in Travel Expense Law no.6245 and article 10 of the Law no.2547. CHE Executive Board is authorized to determine additional course fees due to the coun-tries and titles.

Website: mevlana.yok.gov.tr

Student/Teacher Exchange Program
Coordinator of Mevlana Exchange Program at OYU is Sabuhi DADASHOV
Tel: (+994 12) 465 82 00; E-mail: rector@oyu.edu.az, info@oyu.edu.az