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İnternational schools in Turkey: A full guide 2021

İnternational schools in Turkey are a great choice for students who want to study international curriculum while living in Turkey.

So you’re thinking about sending your child to an international school in Turkey? Well, there are many! İstanbul is the most popular destination for these schools. You can find them in Ankara or Antalya as well – this blog post will help you learn more about what options might be available for which best suits your needs.

İnternational schools in Turkey

About İnternational schools in Turkey

International schools in Turkey provide higher quality education in smaller classrooms compared to standard classrooms.

These schools ensure that students receive a quality education by keeping student motivation at the highest level with extracurricular activities plus teaching foreign language.

İnternational schools in Turkey teaches all levels, starting from kindergarten to primary school, middle school and high school, the class sizes in an international school in general is less than public and private school.

The education system and curriculum offered at international schools in Turkey varies between:

  • International Baccalaureate
  • Edexcel (Cambridge International Examination)
  • American Diploma
  • IGCSE
  • Italian diploma
  • Abitur
  • Canadian High School Diploma
  • İraqi diploma
  • Libyan diploma
  • Yemeni diploma
  • Sudanese diploma
  • Lebanese diploma

Some of the top government and İmam hatip schools in Turkey offers İGCSE education for bright students with low tuition fees.

İGCSE Program includes the student in the program process by submitting petition to the school administration board.

Students who will participate in the program are selected according to their IGCSE placement scores and selected from those who have the right to register.

Students who are not selected continue with the Turkish national curriculum.

Students in the IGCSE program are required to attend summer schools, 9th grade classes and courses organized by the school.

For students accepted to the IGCSE program, the parents will pay 1,000 Euros as the program fee. Books and exam fees are not included in this fee.

The deadline of the the application for İGCSE program in Government school in Turkey is usually in the middle of June.

Who can study in International schools in Turkey?

Only foreign citizens and international students can study in international schools in Turkey, it’s strictly prohibited for Turkish citizens or dual citizens to enroll in international schools in Turkey.

Turkish citizens can study The international curriculum in government and imam hatip schools.

According to the Law on Private Education Institutions numbered 5580, only foreign children can study in these schools, which were opened by the decision of the Council of Ministers.

Dual citizens cannot study in these schools if one of their citizenships is Turkish citizenship.

For example, the child of an American father and a Turkish mother cannot be a student in international schools according to the law. Both parents must not have Turkish citizenship.

TED Bursa College  international schools in bursa turkey
TED Bursa College international schools in bursa turkey

International schools accreditations in Turkey

Accreditation is very important when choosing a school. Two of the international accreditations are widely used in Turkey.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Accreditation

International Baccalaureate (IB) in Turkey is built on a specific model of education and training. The aims of the program are:

• To encourage children to think independently,

• Being responsible for their own training,

• Learning a second language for greater cultural awareness,

• Obtaining certificates for access to the best schools in the world.

The accreditation, consists of 4 programs:

• Children aged 3-12: Primary Years Program

• Students aged 11-16: Middle Years Program

• Students aged 16-19: Diploma and Relevant Career Program

Currently, there are 95 schools giving (IB) education in Turkey. These schools provide education in English, German, Turkish and other languages.

You can reach the schools in the official İB website from here.

Council of İnternational schools (CIS) accreditation

The council of international schools is the largest association of international schools affiliated with primary and secondary education. The aim of the association is to equip students with the ability to become world citizens with an intercultural understanding.

The council of international schools encourages research, discussion and personal action on local and world issues, as well as respect for diversity among communities.

A total of 27 schools are located in Turkey, 15 in Istanbul, 1 in Ankara, 5 in Izmir and 3 in Adana.

You can check the CİS accredited schools in Turkey from here.

Tuition Fees for İnternational schools in Turkey

The Tuition Fees for İnternational schools in Turkey varies a lot depending on the taught curriculum and the level.

İn general the tuition Fees can go as low as 12 thousand Turkish lira and as high as 250 thousand lira.

The average international school fee in Turkey is around 25 thousand lira for kindergarten, 35 thousand lira for primary school, 45 thousand for middle school and 55 thousand for high school.

The prices are for 2021 and is subjected to be changed year by year.

Bilkent Laboratory and International School 1
Bilkent Laboratory and International British School in Turkey

İnternational Baccalaureate Diploma (İB) schools in Turkey

All the schools in the list below are accredited by the Turkish ministry of education.

İstanbul

There are around 53 international schools that offer International Baccalaureate education in İstanbul.

School namePYPMYPDPCPLanguage of instruction
ACIBADEM OKULLARITURKISH
Aka Koleji (Aka Schools)ENGLISH
ALKEV SchoolsENGLISH-GERMAN
AREL Primary SchoolTURKISH OTHER
Besiktas Sakip Sabanci Anadolu Lisesi ENGLISH-TURKISH 
British International School IstanbulENGLISH
Burcak Eyuboglu Bati Atasehir Primary and Middle School ENGLISH-TURKISH 
Enka Schools ENGLISH-TURKISH 
EYUBOGLU KEMERBURGAZ MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH-TURKISH 
EYUBOGLU KEMERBURGAZ PRE- PRIMARY SCHOOL ENGLISH-TURKISH 
Eyuboglu SchoolsENGLISH-TURKISH 
FMV Ayazaga Isik Kindergarten and Primary SchoolENGLISH-TURKISH 
FMV Erenkoy Isik Kindergarten and Primary SchoolENGLISH-TURKISH 
FMV ISIK KINDERGARTEN AND PRIMARY SCHOOLSENGLISH-TURKISH 
FMV Ispartakule Isik Kindergarten and Primary SchoolENGLISH-TURKISH OTHER
FMV Ozel Ayazaga Isik High SchoolENGLISH
GÖKKUŞAĞI KOLEJİ (GOKKUSAGI SCHOOLS)ENGLISH
GOKKUSAGI PRIMARY SCHOOL-BAHCELIEVLER (GÖKKUŞAĞI SCHOOLS)ENGLISH
GOKKUSAGI PRIMARY SCHOOL-ESENYURT ISTANBULENGLISH-TURKISH
Huseyin Avni Sozen Anatolian High SchoolENGLISH-TURKISH
IELEV Özel LisesiENGLISH-GERMAN
Irmak SchoolsTURKISH OTHER
Istanbul International Community SchoolENGLISH
Istanbul Prof. Dr. Mümtaz Turhan Sosyal Bilimler LisesiENGLISH
ISTEK Baris Schools (İSTEK Barış Anaokulu ve İSTEK Barış İlkokulu) ENGLISH-TURKISH 
ISTEK Belde Kindergarten and Primary SchoolENGLISH
İSTEK Kasgarlı Mahmut Schools (Pre-School and Primary School) ENGLISH-TURKISH 
ISTEK Kemal Atatürk Schools Kindergarten and Primary School ENGLISH-TURKISH 
İSTEK Özel Atanur Oğuz Anadolu Lisesi ENGLISH-TURKISH 
ISTEK Private Acibadem Schools ENGLISH-TURKISH 
ISTEK PRIVATE BILGE KAGAN SCHOOLSENGLISH
ISTEK Private Ulugbey Schools ENGLISH-TURKISH 
ITU Gelistirme Vakfi Özel Ekrem Elginkan LisesiENGLISH
Kartal Anadolu Imam Hatip LisesiENGLISH
Koç SchoolENGLISH
Kültür2000ENGLISH
Marmara Educational Institutions – Marmara Egitim KurumlariENGLISH TURKISH OTHER
MEF International School, IstanbulENGLISH
MEF Schools of TurkeyENGLISH
Muruvvet Evyap SchoolsTURKISH 
NUN Okullari ENGLISH-TURKISH 
NUN Primary SchoolENGLISH
Özel Acarkent Doga Anadolu LisesiENGLISH
Private ALEV SchoolsENGLISH
SEV American CollegeENGLISH
Tas Private Elementary SchoolENGLISH-TURKISH 
Terakki Foundation SchoolsENGLISH-TURKISH 
Terakki Foundation Sisli Terakki Tepeoren High SchoolENGLISH-TURKISH 
Terakki Foundation Sisli Terakki Tepeoren Kindergarten and Primary SchoolTURKISH 
TUZLA ÖZEL EĞİTMEN İLKOKULUTURKISH
UMRANIYE GOKKUSAGI PRIMARY SCHOOL (GÖKKUŞAĞI SCHOOLS)ENGLISH
Uskudar American AcademyENGLISH
Vefa High SchoolENGLISH-TURKISH

Ankara

School name PYPMYPDPCPLanguage of instruction
Ankara ABC Okulları ENGLISH-TURKISH 
Ankara Türk Telekom Sosyal Bilimler LisesiENGLISH
Bilkent Laboratory and International SchoolENGLISH-TURKISH 
Bilkent Primary SchoolENGLISH-TURKISH 
Gazi University Foundation Private Anatolian High SchoolENGLISH
JALE TEZER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONSENGLISH-TURKISH 
Koç SchoolENGLISH
Nesibe AYDIN Educational Instutitions (Ankara)ENGLISH
ÖZEL ARI ANADOLU LİSESİENGLISH
Özel Bilkent LisesiENGLISH
Özel Kariyer İlkokuluTURKISH 
Privatschule Der Deutschen Botschaft AnkaraENGLISH
TED Ankara College Foundation High SchoolENGLISH
YUCE SchoolsENGLISH-TURKISH 
ZAFER COLLEGEENGLISH

Kocaeli

Sakarya

Bursa

Eskişehir

Yeni Yol Schools

İzmir

Bodrum

Bodrum Private Marmara College

Mersin

Tarsus American School

Gaziantep

Gaziantep Kolej Vakfı Cemil Alevli College

Erzurum

Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School

İGCSE schools in Turkey

There are a lot of British schools in Turkey that offers İGCSE education program.

You can check the list for İGCSE schools in Turkey down below:

Centre
Aci Schools (İstanbul)
ADANA GUNDOGDU COLLEGE
Al-Rafidain International Schools
Ankara Private Anatolian High School
Ankara University Development Foundation Schools
Baskent Universitesi Ozel Ayseabla Okullari (Ankara)
Baskent Üniversitesi Özel Baskent Okullari (Adana)
Bestepe Okullari (Ankara)
Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School
Bilkent Laboratory and International School (BLIS) (Ankara)
Gokkusagi Educational Institutions – Esenyurt Istanbul
Gokkusagi Educational Institutions – Umraniye Istanbul
Gokkusagi Educational Institutions Bahcelievler Istanbul
Gokkusagi Educational Institutions-Beylikduzu Istanbul
ISTANBUL INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Kartal Anadolu Imam Hatip Lisesi (İstanbul)
Kazanim International School (İstanbul) (Ankara) (Adana) (Bursa) (Yalova) (Antalya)
MEF International School – Izmir
MEV Koleji Ozel Ankara Ilkokulu ve Ortaokulu
MEV Koleji Özel Basinköy Ilkokulu ve Ortaokulu
MEV Koleji Ozel Büyükçekmece Ilkokulu ve Ortaokulu
Mev Koleji Özel Güzelbahçe Ilkokulu ve Ortaokulu
Nesibe Aydin Educational Institutions
Özel Antalya Toplum Koleji ilk ve Ortaokulu
Ozel Istanbul Bilim Koleji
Ozel Namik Altas Koleji
OZEL TARABYA ORTAOKULU
Pakistan Embassy International Study Group
Private Antalya Konyaalti College
Private Antalya Manavgat College
Private Antalya Muratpasa College
Tarabya British Schools
The British International School Istanbul

Who can open international schools in Turkey?

International schools in Turkey can be opened by real and legal persons of foreign nationality or through partnership with Turkish citizens, with the permission of the Council of Ministers within the framework of the Foreign Direct Investment Law No. 4875.

Real persons who are citizens of the Republic of Turkey, legal entities of private law or legal entities governed by the provisions of private law can also open an international private education institution in their own name for the same purpose.

Curriculum and educational activities in these schools are carried out according to the principles prepared by the institution and prepared by the Ministry of National Education.