International Cooperation and Exchange Programs


Erasmus+ (2014-2020), also called Erasmus Plus, is the new 14.7 billion euro catch-all framework programme for education, training, youth and sport. The new Erasmus+ programme combines all the EU's current schemes for education, training, youth and sport, including the Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius, Grundtvig), Youth in Action and five international co-operation programmes (Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and the programme for co-operation with industrialised countries). The Erasmus+ regulation was signed on 11 December 2013.

Erasmus+ provides grants for a wide range of actions including the opportunity for students to undertake work placements abroad and for teachers and education staff to attend training courses. Erasmus+ key action 1 provides a unique opportunity for teachers, headmasters, trainers and other staff of education institutions to participate in international training courses in different European countries. The staff home institution shall apply to receive the grant to send its staff members abroad for training.

About Erasmus+ Programmes

On 30 May, 2018, the European Commission adopted its proposal for the next Erasmus programme, with a doubling of the budget to 30 billion euros for the period 2021-2027. Further negotiations were expected to take place during the 2019-2024 European parliamentary term with the European Parliament and the European Council before the final programme is adopted.


More than 9 million people have participated to the Erasmus program since its creation. The number of young participants has increased significantly since 1987. Nearly 300,000 a year for only 3,244 in 1987. Spain is the country that allowed most people to participate to Erasmus with more than 40,000 per year, ahead of FranceGermany and Italy. The countries receiving the most students are Spain with more than 39,000 students and then Germany. There are currently more than 4,000 higher institutions participating in Erasmus across the 37 countries. In 2012-13 alone, 270,000 took part, the most popular destinations being Spain, Germany, Italy and France. Erasmus students represented 5 percent of European graduates as of 2012.

Studies have discussed issues related to the selection into the programme and the representativeness of the participants. Some studies have raised doubts about the inclusiveness of the programme, by socio-economic background, level of study, or academic performance. Thus, one study analyses the financial issues and family background of Erasmus students, showing that despite the fact that access to the programme has been moderately widened, there are still important socio-economic barriers to participation in the programme. Another study uncovered what seems to be an adverse self-selection of Erasmus students based on their prior academic performance, with higher-performing students less likely to participate than lower-performing ones. However, this case was based on a number of four hundred graduates in a Spanish university only. Inversely, one study looking in details at French and Italian students found that the primary predictor of participation to Erasmus was students' prior academic records, not the occupation of their parents.

Erasmus+ Student Mobility


The Erasmus Programme had previously been restricted to applicants who had completed at least one year of tertiary-level study, but it is now also available to secondary school students.


Students who join the Erasmus Programme study at least 3 months or do an internship for a period of at least 2 months to an academic year in another European country. The former case is called a Student Mobility for Studies or SMS, while the latter case is called a Student Mobility of Placement or SMP. The Erasmus Programme guarantees that the period spent abroad is recognised by their university when they come back, as long as they abide by terms previously agreed. Switzerland has been suspended as a participant in the Erasmus programme as of 2015, following the popular vote to limit the immigration of EU citizens into Switzerland. As a consequence, Swiss students will not be able to apply for the programme and European students will not be able to spend time at a Swiss university under that programme.

A main part of the programme is that students do not pay extra tuition fees to the university that they visit. Students can also apply for an Erasmus grant to help cover the additional expense of living abroad. Students with disabilities can apply for an additional grant to cover extraordinary expenses.

In order to reduce expenses and increase mobility, many students also use the European Commission-supported accommodation network, CasaSwap, FlatClub, Erasmusinn, Eurasmus, Erasmate or Student Mundial, which are free websites where students and young people can rent, sublet, offer and swap accommodation – on a national and international basis. A derived benefit is that students can share knowledge and exchange tips and hints with each other before and after going abroad.

Incoming Students

General Information

Within the framework of Erasmus + Student Mobility, Fenerbahçe University accepts applications for Learning and Internship Mobility. Only, applications from partner universities are accepted. Therefore, it is recommended to check the list of valid Erasmus Agreements on the website.

If there is no agreement with your university, we can start the agreement process if the faculties deem it appropriate. On the other hand, a bilateral agreement is not mandatory to apply for student internship exchange programs.


Please send the filled application form and the below listed documents to the

Application Documents

  • Application Form
  • Transcript
  • Passport Copy
  • Learning Agreement for Studies
  • Learning Agreement for Traineeship
  • English/Turkish Certificate (Issued by sending institution)
  • Nominee Letter (Issued by sending institution)

FBU Registration Process

Right-after your arrival, please contact FBU Erasmus+ Office as soon as possible for your registration procedures. The Student Card of FBU will be given, so please bring photos for the student card.

Contact your Erasmus+ Departmental Coordinator in FBU so that it is known that you have arrived and. Our Erasmus+ Office will direct you to the related Erasmus+ Coordinator.

Within one month after you arrive in FBU; you need to apply for a residence permit. Erasmus+ Office will assist you with this procedure. At the end of semester, an official copy of Transcript of Records will be posted to your Erasmus+ Office.

After arrival of the students, there would be an orientation day for the incoming students to inform in detailed about the leads mentioned below:

  • Campus and community resources-campus tour
  • Residence permit rules and regulations that affect your visa status
  • Student health services and health insurance requirements at FBU
  • Academic life at FBU and how to register for classes
  • Student Organizations at FBU

Acedemic Calender

Visa and Residence Permit

As for visa and resident permit rules for foreigners, Erasmus students can enter Turkey on a tourist visa and apply for a residence permit for students.

All Erasmus students must apply for a residence permit to stay legally in Turkey. Students must complete their application online within thirty days of their arrival in Turkey. Students can find the link for the online application and can get the detailed information our Erasmus program officers at FBU.


  • The online application form must be fulfilled as colour printed and signed
  • Student need to show their Passport Copy’s ID page and each page processed.
  • 4 biometric photos
  • Medical Insurance for short term student visa application
  • Student Certificate taken from FBU and shows that you are an active student at FBU.
  • Student Certificate from Erasmus and EU Programs Unit
  • Proof the Resident Permit fee paid document. The residence permit fee should be paid at the Tax office (Vergi dairesi) and get a tax number.

* Before filling out the online application form please be sure that the documents mentioned above is ready.

The Immigration Office will post the Residence Permit to the address indicated in the online application form within 90 days after the application.

Turkish Migration Office Address: Hırka-i Şerif Mahallesi, Adnan Menderes Blv. No:64, 34091 Fatih/İstanbul

Outgoing Students

Student Mobility for Learning, the centrepiece of the ERASMUS + program, allows students in higher education institutions to spend between 3 and 12 months of study in another participating country. FBU full-time students can apply for the Erasmus + exchange program at the partner university of another partner country.

General Information

Application Criteria for Outgoing Students at FBU

  • Students registered as full-time FBU students (with the exception of undergraduate students at the preparatory level of English) can apply for the Erasmus + program.
  • Students who applied for an Erasmus + exchange in the previous application period but were not chosen / accepted can re-apply for the Erasmus + program.
  • Students who benefit from Erasmus + exchange with grant support at different levels of education can participate in Erasmus + exchange again with no reduction. However, according to the rules of the Turkish National Agency, students selected for the previous election period are at the same level of education (ie period 1, period 2, period 3) and participated in the Erasmus + exchange (regardless of student movement or mobility). collect ten final points for. The 10-point discount rule does not apply to students participating in the Erasmus + exchange while studying at the previous level of education. Applies to students who previously participated in the Erasmus + exchange at the same level of education.
  • Disabled students: 10 points will be added to those students who provide official health report from the hospitals authorized by Turkish Ministry of Health during their applications at FBU.
  • For the students who intend to participate in the Erasmus + exchange in the country of citizenship; if the student prefers his or her country on the state selection list, his final grade will be deducted - 10 points.
  • Disabled students who submit an official health report from a hospital accredited by the Turkish Ministry of Health when applying to the FBU will get an additional 10 points.
  • Students who are eligible for protection, care or asylum under the Social Services Act No. 2828 will get an additional 10 points. These students must provide official documents issued by the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services upon application to FBU Erasmus Office.
  • The evaluation will be carried out according to the rules of the Turkish National Agency and the decisions of the FBU Senate. These applications, which cannot meet the selection criteria, will not be evaluated in the evaluation.
  • The participation of university students registered in the seventh and eighth semester depends on the approval of the coordinators of the Erasmus Department due to the requirements of the graduation project. The final project cannot be taken on the go Erasmus + exchange.
  • Each student chosen as an Erasmus + exchange student must benefit from his or her right during the corresponding academic exchange period according to the department / program fee for which they were chosen. A student who has waived his right to exchange after the cancellation has taken place (regardless of the reason for the cancellation) cannot transfer this right to the next exchange period. However, the student can still request another Erasmus + exchange in subsequent application periods. However, he/she will again be subjected to election processes.
  • Under the terms of the Turkish National Agency, students, who were chosen to be Erasmus + students but who have not benefited from this right or implemented the cancellation procedure in previous school years, will be subject to a reduction of 10 points from the results of the final elections to the 2020-2021 applications.
  • Double Major students can request the Erasmus + exchange only for one program. Double Major students who graduated from one program can apply for Erasmus + for the other registered program

How to Apply

The applications to participate in the Erasmus+ programme are opened by the international office at the end of each fall semester. The minimum application criteria is 2.20 / 4.00 CGPA, after completing one semester and 60/100 in the Erasmus language exam (ELE) for undergraduate students.

To be eligible to participate, students must complete their first year of study at FBU in their undergraduate degree program. According to the rules of the Erasmus + program, participants must be full-time students who have not obtained all the necessary credits to obtain their diploma / degree and who have a minimum course load of 30 ECTS / semester.

Application process:

  • Follow the announcement of the Erasmus + 2020-2021 applications.
  • Submit your online application and the selection of the institution.
  • Examine partner institutions.
  • Consult the official websites of the partners and read the practical information.
  • Check additional notes / presentations provided by FBU
  • Take the Erasmus + language exam (ELE)
  • Erasmus score calculation method would be 50% CGPA + 50% ELE.
  • The classification will be based on the faculty.

Visa Application

Erasmus students have the individual responsibility to apply for an entry visa and a residence permit. Fenerbahce University International Office helps students provide information on basic visa and residence permit arrangements. The student is required to pay the corresponding fees.

Studens receive a petition after presenting the acceptance letter to the Erasmus office. Only the original document must be delivered to the consulate. If the petition needs to be delivered elsewhere, copy the document must be presented.

Before Departure

Prospective students must submit the following documents together, without any missing paper, on a sheet of the FBU Erasmus office before leaving, after receipt of all documents, the scholarship agreement will be signed by the students and the FBU. Therefore, the documents must be submitted by the student in person.

  • Print-out or photocopy of acceptance letter
  • A document from your Program Erasmus coordinator which indicates the courses you will take in the receiving institution with their ITU equivalents.
  • Recognition Sheet photocopy
  • Faculty/Institute Permission
  • Student Information Form
  • The grant agreement will be prepared by the office staff at the time of delivery of everything. Your documents will be submitted to the Erasmus office and will be signed in person.
  • Photocopy of Account Book
  • Account Declaration Petition
  • Photocopy of Health Insurance: This is a copy of the health insurance that should cover all costs. In case of a health problem, at least 30.000 € outpatient or hospital treatment You can meet Erasmus + Study during your academic exchange during your stay abroad.
  • Online result of online linguistic support (OLS) - before departure This is an assessment prepared by the European Union and given to students before starting. After evaluating the Erasmus + exchanges, assess the development of their language. In addition, The OLS system also offers online language courses for wanted and interested students. Improve language skills.

Arrival at the Partner University

On the day you arrive at the Partner University, the semester confirmation form issued by Fenerbahçe University must be filled in and sent to the FBU Erasmus + Office.

It is the responsibility of the student to follow the changes in the Learning Agreement during your stay abroad.

The second part of the learning agreement prepared before going abroad is the course change part. If it is necessary to change courses during the training, courses can be added / removed using the course change form. You must complete this process within the first 30 days. This document must be scanned and sent to the FBU Erasmus + office after it is approved by the partner university!

Erasmus+ Internship Mobility

Erasmus + offers internship opportunities abroad for doctoral candidates as well as students enrolled in higher education institutions at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the countries where the program is valid. Internship opportunities are also open to new graduates. By doing an internship abroad with Erasmus +, you can not only improve your communication, language and intercultural skills, but also develop your social skills, highly valued by future employers, and become more entrepreneurial. You can also combine your Erasmus + internship with a period of study abroad.

Internship Periods

Your internship abroad can last from a minimum of 2 months to a maximum of 12 months. With Erasmus + abroad, you can take advantage of multiple exchanges as a student or intern, but your total time abroad (including study abroad) cannot exceed 12 months in one study cycle. As a new graduate, you can also do an internship abroad. In this case, your internship must take place within one year of your graduation and you must apply while enrolled in your higher education institution.


This opportunity is open to students enrolled in a higher education institution with an Erasmus + Higher Education Requirement. Your internship should be relevant to your department, learning and personal development needs, and should be integrated into your study program wherever possible.

You can do an internship at any organization in an Erasmus + Program Country (excluding EU institutions, bodies and agencies).


Before doing an internship abroad:

You, the FBU and the host organization must sign an agreement for Internships to ensure that the exchange abroad is prepared in a transparent and efficient manner. This document specifies the rights and responsibilities of the various parties, a detailed internship program, information about insurance and how your internship will be recognized when successfully completed. You will receive an Erasmus + Student Statement that explains your rights and obligations regarding your internship abroad.

After the internship abroad:

The accepting organization / business should send you and Fenerbahçe University an Internship Certificate, normally within five weeks of the successful completion of the internship. FBU recognizes your internship abroad according to the commitments agreed in the learning agreement and without any other requirements. The information contained in the Internship Certificate is included in the Diploma Supplement, except for your recent graduation. In this case, your internship is recorded in the intern's Europass Mobility Document.

Financial support:

You can receive an Erasmus + grant to contribute to your travel and living costs, and there is extra funding for internships. The grant amount, the cost of living differences between the target countries and Turkey, the number of students applying for the grant, may vary according to the availability of grants and other distance between the countries.

If you are moving between program countries, consult the National Agency and Fenerbahçe University Erasmus + Office for the applicable fees. There is also extra support for students from Program countries or regions with disadvantaged backgrounds. Grant levels and flat rates for exchanges between the Program and Partner countries are published in the Erasmus + Program Guide. Whether you are receiving an Erasmus + grant or you are an Erasmus + 'zero grant' student, you will sign a grant agreement stating the duration of your mobility, the grant amount and other rights and obligations. If your internship is in another Program country, Fenerbahçe University will sign your grant agreement and be responsible for all payments. If you are transferring between the Program and Partner countries, the country institution of the Program will sign the grant agreement. Your sending and receiving institutions will decide which will make your payments. You can earn the right to receive additional grants from FBU, Republic of Turkey, governments or from other sources.

How to Apply

You can apply through Fenerbahçe University International or Erasmus + Office.

Erasmus+ Staff Mobility

With Erasmus +, training opportunities are available for staff working in education, in both teaching and non-teaching capacities. Staff can benefit from training periods abroad, on-the-job training, observation periods, professional development courses or certain competence development activities. Erasmus + supports education both in educational institutions and related organizations operating outside the sector. Opportunities to participate in professional development activities are available to staff working at all levels of education.

Higher Education Erasmus+, supports training times for staff working in higher education institutions. With Erasmus +, you can have training in an Erasmus + Program or in a higher education institution in the Partner country. If you work at a higher education institution in a Program Country, you can also have trainings at an organization outside of the sector.

General Information

Erasmus + supports training times for staff working in higher education institutions. With Erasmus +, you can have trainings in an Erasmus + Program or at a higher education institution in a Partner country or an organization outside of the sector in a Program country. Examples of such organizations include businesses, public institutions, social partners, research institutes and non-governmental organizations.

Staff Mobility Period

A period of study between two Program countries must last at least 2 days and cannot exceed 2 months. This does not include travel time. The duration of education between a Program country and a Partner country must last at least 5 days and not more than 2 months. This does not include travel time.


In order to have tranings abroad with Erasmus +, Fenerbahçe University must have the Erasmus + Higher Education Charter in the Program countries or, in the case of Partner countries, have signed an agreement between the host institution and the institutions. Fenerbahçe University and the institution you will get training from, must be part of an Erasmus + National Mobility Consortium. Before starting your studies, you, the FBU and the receiving institution sign a Mobility Agreement. This document specifies your learning goals, rights and responsibilities as well as how your education will be formally recognized. Financial support EU grants contribute to your travel and living expenses during your stay abroad and vary depending on:

  • In the event that the recipient countries Program mobility within countries, the level of demand Turkey's staff wishing to get training abroad;
  • The distance between recipient countries and Turkey;
  • Program the case of training periods between their countries, the availability of other financial resources in Turkey;
  • Your training time abroad;

If it is among the Program countries, Fenerbahçe University will be responsible for making all payments. If between the Program and Partner countries, the sending and receiving institutions decide which of your payments will be made.

Grant levels for mobility between the Program and Partner countries are published in the Program guide. You can get information from the National Agency and Fenerbahçe University Erasmus + office for the fees valid for education periods between the program countries. See the Program Guide for more information on grant levels.

How to Apply

Applications are received by the International and Erasmus + Office of Fenerbahçe University and candidates are selected from among the applicants for their study abroad period. Personnel selection is done in a fair, transparent and well documented manner.

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