International Schools in Turkey: A Comprehensive Guide 2023

International schools in Turkey are a great option for students who want to receive an international education while living in Turkey.

In this article, we will help you learn more about the options that best suit your needs.

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About International Schools in Turkey

International schools in Turkey provide education at all levels, starting from kindergarten to primary school, secondary school and high school, and the class size is generally smaller than public and private schools. This is one of the first steps to having quality education.

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

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

  • International Baccalaureate
  • Edexcel (Cambridge International Examination)
  • American Diploma
  • IGCSE
  • Italian diploma
  • Abitur
  • Canadian High School Diploma
  • Iraqi diploma
  • Libya diploma
  • Yemen diploma
  • Sudanese diploma
  • Lebanese diploma

Some of the best public and Imam hatip schools in Turkey offer IGCSE education to successful students with low tuition fees.

The requirements for IGCSE education are as follows:

  • In the IGCSE Program, the student submits a petition to the school board and the student is then included in the program process.
  • Students who will participate in the program are selected according to their IGCSE placement scores and among those who have the right to enroll.
  • Students who are not selected for this program can continue 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, a program fee of 109,374 TL (3830.33 USD) must be paid. Books and exam fees are not included in this fee. (for 2023)
  • The application deadline for the IGCSE program in public schools in Turkey is usually mid-June.

Who Can Study at International Schools in Turkey?

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According to the Private Educational Institutions Law No. 5580, only foreign students can study in these schools opened by the decision of the Council of Ministers.

Those with dual citizenship cannot receive education in these schools if one of their nationalities is a Turkish citizen.

Turkish citizens can follow the international curriculum in public schools and religious schools.

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

International School Accreditations in Turkey

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

International Baccalaureate (IB) Accreditation

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

• Children’s ability to think independently

• Taking responsibility for their own education

• Learning a second language for greater cultural awareness

• Obtain a certificate for admission to the best schools in the world

Accreditation consists of 4 programs:

• Children aged 3-12: First Tier Program

• Students aged 11-16: Second Stage Program

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

Currently, there are 104 schools providing (IB) education in Turkey . In these schools, education is provided in English, German, Turkish and other languages.

You can reach the schools from the official IB website .

Council of International Schools (CIS) Accreditation

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

The international council of schools promotes research, discussion and personal action in local and world affairs, as well as respect for diversity among communities.

There are a total of 33 schools in Turkey in this context, 20 of which are in Istanbul, 4 in Ankara, 3 in Izmir, 3 in Mersin and 1 in Erzurum .

You can review accredited CIS schools in Turkey here .

Tuition Fees for International Schools in Turkey

Tuition fees of international schools in Turkey vary greatly depending on the curriculum and level studied.

School nameFee Range
Aljazar International Schools of Science and Technology$5,000 – $7,310
Bahçeşehir College, Antalya$716 – $40,902
British Embassy School Ankara$11,540 – $12,443
big college$51,000 – $70,500
Ihsan International School Esenyurt Branch$46,000 – $61,000
Istanbul International Community School Hisar Campus$10,500 – $24,250
Milestone International School$1,350 – $6,000
Modafen School$45,000 – $95,000
Oasis International School$12,000 – $17,000
Private Italian Kindergarten and Primary School$295,000 – $440,000
Sezin School$56,000 – $67,200
Tarabya British Schools$12,000 – $18,000
The British International School Istanbul$15,600 – $42,000

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) Offering Schools in Turkey

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All schools in the list below are accredited by the Turkish Ministry of National Education.

School namePYPMYPDPCPeducation language
ACIBADEM SCHOOLSTurkish Other
Adapazari ENKA SchoolsEnglish
Aka College (Aka Schools)English
ALKEV SchoolsEnglish German Other
American Collegiate InstituteEnglish
Ankara ABC SchoolsEnglish Turkish Other
AREL Primary SchoolTurkish Other
Ari SchoolsEnglish Turkish Other
ATASEHIR GOKKUSAGI PRIMARY SCHOOLEnglish
BALIKESIR ACI COLLEGEEnglish Turkish Other
Beykoz Doga CollegeTurkish Other
Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory SchoolEnglish Turkish Other
Bilkent Laboratory and International SchoolEnglish Turkish Other
BJK Kabataş Foundation Private Anatolian High SchoolEnglish Turkish Other
Bodrum Private Marmara CollegeEnglish
Bodrum Private Marmara CollegeEnglish
Bodrum Private Marmara Primary SchoolEnglish
British International School IstanbulEnglish
Burcak Eyuboglu Batı Atasehir Primary and Middle SchoolEnglish Turkish Other
Cakir SchoolsEnglish Turkish Other
CAMLICA MBA PRIMARY SCHOOLSEnglish Turkish Other
Çanakkale Private primary schoolEnglish Turkish Other
Deutsche Schule IzmirEnglish
Enka SchoolsEnglish Turkish Other
Eskisehir Gelisim SchoolEnglish Turkish Other
EYUBOGLU KEMERBURGAZ SCHOOLEnglish Turkish Other
Eyuboglu SchoolsEnglish
Ezgililer Private Primary SchoolEnglish
FMV Ayazaga Isik Kindergarten and Primary SchoolEnglish Turkish Other
FMV Erenköy Işık High SchoolEnglish
FMV Erenkoy Isik Kindergarten and Primary SchoolEnglish Turkish Other
FMV Isik High SchoolEnglish Turkish Other
FMV ISIK KINDERGARTEN AND PRIMARY SCHOOLSEnglish Turkish Other
FMV Ispartakule Isik High SchoolEnglish Turkish Other
FMV Ispartakule Isik Kindergarten and Primary SchoolEnglish Turkish Other
FMV Private Ayazaga Isik High SchoolEnglish
Gazi University Foundation Private Anatolian High SchoolEnglish
Gaziantep College Foundation Cemil Alevli CollegeEnglish
RAINBOW COLLEGE (GOKKUSAGI SCHOOLS)English
GOKKUSAGI PRIMARY SCHOOL-BAHCELIEVLER (RAINBOW SCHOOLS)English
GOKKUSAGI PRIMARY SCHOOL-ESENYURT ISTANBULEnglish Turkish Other
IELEV Private High SchoolEnglish German Other
Irmak SchoolsEnglish Turkish Other
ISIKKENT ANATOLIAN HIGH SCHOOLEnglish Turkish Other
Istanbul International Community SchoolEnglish
Request Antalya Lara SchoolEnglish Turkish Other
ISTEK Baris Schools (İSTEK Barış Kindergarten and İSTEK Barış Primary School)English Turkish Other
ISTEK Belde Kindergarten and Primary SchoolEnglish
ISTEK Denizli SchoolsEnglish Turkish Other
İSTEK Kasgarlı Mahmut Schools (Pre-School and Primary School)English Turkish Other
ISTEK Kemal Atatürk Schools Kindergarten and Primary SchoolEnglish Turkish Other
Istek Mersin SchoolsEnglish Turkish Other
Istek Private Antalya Konyaalti SchoolEnglish Turkish Other
İSTEK Private Atanur Oğuz Anatolian High SchoolEnglish Turkish Other
ISTEK Private Acibadem SchoolsEnglish Turkish Other
ISTEK PRIVATE BILGE KAGAN SCHOOLSTurkish Other
ISTEK Private Ulugbey SchoolsEnglish Turkish Other
ITU Development Foundation Private Ekrem Elginkan High SchoolEnglish
JALE TEZER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONSEnglish Turkish Other
Red Line SchoolsEnglish Turkish Other
Koç SchoolEnglish
Kültür2000English Turkish Other
Marmara Educational Institutions – Marmara Educational InstitutionsEnglish Turkish Other
Maya Schools AntalyaEnglish Turkish Other
MEF International School, IzmirEnglish
MEF National and International SchoolsEnglish
MEF National Primary SchoolEnglish
Muruvvet Evyap SchoolsTurkish Other
Nesibe AYDIN ​​Educational Institutions (Antalya)Turkish Other
Nesibe AYDIN ​​Educational Institutions (Gaziantep)Turkish Other
Nesibe AYDIN ​​Educational Institutions (Konya)Turkish Other
Nesibe AYDIN ​​Educational Institutions (Ankara)English
NUN SchoolsEnglish Turkish Other
Private Acarkent Doga Anatolian High SchoolEnglish
PRIVATE ANTALYA COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANATOLIAN HIGH SCHOOLEnglish Turkish Other
Private Atayurt Primary SchoolTurkish Other
PRIVATE AY PRIMARY SCHOOLEnglish Turkish Other
PRIVATE BATIKENT ABC KINDERGARTENEnglish Turkish Other
Private Bilkent SchoolsEnglish Turkish Other
Private Egeberk KindergartenEnglish
Special First Line KindergartenEnglish Turkish Other
Private Istanbul Academic System SchoolsEnglish Turkish Other
Private Career Primary SchoolTurkish Other
Private Kocaeli Bahçesehir Anatolian High SchoolEnglish
Private Kocaeli Marmara College Anatolian High SchoolEnglish Turkish Other
Private Minecan Kindergarten and Primary SchoolTurkish Other
Private Ruzgar Anatolian High SchoolEnglish Turkish Other
Private ALEV SchoolsEnglish
Private Sahin SchoolsTurkish Other
PRIVATE SANKO SCHOOLSEnglish Turkish Other
Privatschule Der Deutschen Botschaft AnkaraEnglish
SEV American CollegeEnglish
Tarsus American SchoolEnglish
Tas Private Elementary SchoolEnglish Turkish Other
TED Ankara College Foundation High SchoolEnglish
TED Bursa CollegeEnglish
Terakki Foundation SchoolsEnglish Turkish Other
Terakki Foundation Schools_Tepeoren CampusEnglish Turkish Other
THE SEZIN SCHOOLEnglish Turkish Other
TUZLA PRIVATE EĞİTMEN PRIMARY SCHOOLTurkish Other
Uskudar American AcademyEnglish
Yeni Yol SchoolsEnglish Turkish Other
YUCE SchoolsEnglish Turkish Other
ZAFER COLLEGEEnglish

IGCSE Schools in Turkey

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For IGSE schools, you can find the list of available schools in Turkey below.

School nameCityAcademic ProgramsCIS AccreditedBoarding / Homestay
Acibadem SchoolsIstanbulIBPYPNoNone
American Collegiate InstituteIzmirIBDPYesboarding
Ankara ABC SchoolsAnkaraIBDP, IBPYPNoNone
Açi SchoolsIstanbulAP, IGCSEYesNone
Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory SchoolErzurumIBDP, IBMYP, IBPYP, IGCSEYesNone
Bilkent Laboratory & International SchoolAnkaraIBDP, IBPYP, IGCSEYesNone
Enka SchoolsIstanbulAP, IBDP, IBMYP, IBPYPYesboarding
Eyüboglu SchoolsIstanbulIBDP, IBMYP, IBPYPYesNone
FEYZİYE SCHOOLS FOUNDATION IŞIK AYAZAĞAIstanbulAP, IBDP, IBPYPYesNone
FEYZİYE SCHOOLS FOUNDATION IŞIK ERENKÖYIstanbulIBDPYesNone
FEYZİYE SCHOOLS FOUNDATION IŞIK NİŞANTAŞIIstanbulAP, IBDP, IBPYP, MontessoriYesNone
Hisar SchoolIstanbulA.P.YesNone
Istanbul International Community SchoolIstanbulIBDP, IBMYP, IBPYPYesNone
Izmir SEV SchoolsIzmirYesNone
Işıkkent Education CampusIzmirIBDP, IBMYP, IBPYPYesBoarding and Homestay
Marmara Primary and Middle SchoolIstanbulIBPYPYesNone
MEF International School IzmirIzmirA Level, AS Level, IGCSE, IPCYesNone
MEF International School, UlusIstanbulIBDP, IBPYP, IGCSEYesNone
NUN SchoolsIstanbulIBDP, IBMYP, IBPYP, IGCSENoboarding
METU Development Foundation SchoolsANKARAIGCSENoNone
SEV American CollegeIstanbulIBDPYesNone
Tarsus American CollegetarsusIBDPYesboarding
Tarsus SEV SchooltarsusYesNone
TED Bursa CollegeBursaNoNone
TED Izmir CollegeIzmirAP, GCSENoNone
TED Rönesans CollegeIstanbulA.P.NoNone
The British International School IstanbulIstanbulIBDP, IGCSEYesNone
The Koç SchoolIstanbulIBDPNoBoarding and Homestay
Cag CollegetarsusNoBoarding and Homestay
Private Big CollegeAnkaraYesNone
Private Marmara CollegeIstanbulIBDPYesNone
Üsküdar American AcademyIstanbulAP, IBDPYesNone
Üsküdar SEV SchoolsIstanbulYesNone

Who Can Open an International School in Turkey?

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

Natural persons who are citizens of the Republic of Turkey, private law legal entities or legal entities subject to private law provisions may also open an international private education institution in their own names for the same purpose.

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

Abdullah Habib
Abdullah Habib

Merhaba! I'm Abdullah Habib. In this article, I share the essence of my 7-year journey in Turkey - as an expat and foreign student. With a heart full of stories and a mind rich with insights from my experiences, I've written this piece just for you. So, without further ado, sit back, relax, and enjoy the read!

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