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.
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
- Italian diploma
- 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.
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.
İnternational Baccalaureate Diploma (İB) schools in Turkey
All the schools in the list below are accredited by the Turkish ministry of education.
There are around 53 international schools that offer International Baccalaureate education in İstanbul.
|School name||PYP||MYP||DP||CP||Language of instruction|
|Ankara ABC Okulları||✔||✔||ENGLISH-TURKISH|
|Ankara Türk Telekom Sosyal Bilimler Lisesi||✔||ENGLISH|
|Bilkent Laboratory and International School||✔||✔||ENGLISH-TURKISH|
|Bilkent Primary School||✔||✔||ENGLISH-TURKISH|
|Gazi University Foundation Private Anatolian High School||✔||ENGLISH|
|JALE TEZER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS||✔||ENGLISH-TURKISH|
|Nesibe AYDIN Educational Instutitions (Ankara)||✔||✔||ENGLISH|
|ÖZEL ARI ANADOLU LİSESİ||✔||ENGLISH|
|Özel Bilkent Lisesi||✔||ENGLISH|
|Özel Kariyer İlkokulu||✔||TURKISH|
|Privatschule Der Deutschen Botschaft Ankara||✔||ENGLISH|
|TED Ankara College Foundation High School||✔||ENGLISH|
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:
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.