General Information



The original name of Mevlana, from whom the name of the programme is inspired, is Muhammed Celaleddin. Mevlana was born in 1207 in Belh of Horasan distinct that is now in the border of Afghanistan. The name “Mevlana” was used by Sultan Veled, §ems-i Tebrizi and his lovers, and virtually is a universal symbol which identifies with him. Also, he is known as Rumi by the western people.

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 impressed 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 countries 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-i Kebir, Fihi Mafih, Mektubat and Mecalis-i Seba.



Mevlana Exchange Programme is a programme 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.

What is different from other Exchange programmmes is that mobility of Mevlana Programme includes all the higher education institutions around the world without any regional discrimination.

Students may study abroad for one (minimum) or two (maximum) terms and academic staff may lecture abroad from two weeks (minimum) to three months (maximum). (While students can benefit the scholarship only for 1 semester, academic staff can benefit from the scholarship up to three weeks.) Accordingly, students and academic staff from any country may benefit from this programme being hosted by Turkish higher education institutions in order to study or lecture.



Within the framework of Project-based Mevlane Exchange Program student and academic staff mobilities are supported in countries, about the subjects that are identified by Higher Education Institution of Turkey.

Application Date

Application date is defined by Higher Education Institution. 29.04.2016 was the deadline of 2016 academic year. 2017 academic year deadline is supposed to be 2017, April.

(These dates are renewed every year.)

Substantial Issues About Mevlana Projects

1.The most important difference among Mevlana Projects and other scientific projects is Mevlana Projects are only supporting round trip mobility costs. The main factor of that program is to support round trip costs and accommodation costs while studying, in order to provide opportunity to institutions that have scientific competence and hardware.
2.As in other scientific projects an application form that is including both detailed project process and concluding must be filled in Mevlana projects. And at the end of the projects there must be beneficial scientific outputs.
3.Projects that just including academic staff mobility have little chance in selecting process. It is suggested that projects should be planned including mutual mobility of academic staff and student.
4.Projects are carried out with nearly all world countries. Clickto see the Project Countries List.
5.Projects can be done about the subject titles that determined by HEI of Turkey. Click to see related HEI Decision and Project Subject Titles
6. In order to do Project we must have Mevlane Exchange Program Protocol with an abroad university. If there is not any agreement between our university and the university that you want to do Project, get in contact with
the International Relations Office in order to initiate agreement process.

Agreement Process is as in the below;
-Office of International Affairs send ‘’Recognition Form’’ about the abroad university to the HEI, if it is identified or not by HEI of Turkey.
-Filling up Mevlane Exchange Program Protocol by institutions which will make agreement (Agreement List, Institutionl Codes / List).
-Completing the signing process
by the International Relations Office.

The Process related with Project-Based Mevlane Exchange Program

1.Identification of Project subject and partner by the institution which will do Project and completing of the agreement process if there is no agreement before.

2. Filling up Project Form that also include partner institution’s information.

3.If there is any other support for the Project, it is necessary to indicate add documents to the Project Form.

4.The filled documents are sent to the HEI of Turkey by the International Relations Office

5.Projects are evaluated by HEI if they can be supported or not

Issues related with Project Budjects
Project budgets are defined by HEI for each project’s itself. In addition to this, issues related with budget and payment are as in the below;
-A payment will be made to the mobility students who are studying at bachelor’s degree which will not exceed the threefold of monthly tuition established for students in Law No 5102.
– A payment will be made to the academic staff which will not exceed the upper limit established in the ‘ The Decision regarding Daily Expenses while Abroad ’ and confirmed by the Decision of Council of Ministers in the relevant year according to the 34th item of the Travel Expense Law No 6245.
-The budgets for machinery and equipment will be evaluated separately by HEI and no payment wil be made to cover the cost of these items. But if there is any other cost item it must be indicated in the Project Proposal Application Form.





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