Education and Schools in Istanbul

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There are a number of international schools in Istanbul, all offering various international curricula.

Eurosun Exclusive International Pre-School
Curriculum: IB World, Montessori
Tel: (+212) 608 1000 / 669 4241
Age: 2 to 6
Sex: Co-educational
International Eurosun Pre-Schools was founded in 1995 under the Ministry of National Education, in Bahçeşehir, Istanbul. The group has two branches. A truly international school, classes are taught in both English and German all week, with additional classes taught in Turkish twice weekly. The school follows a combination of the International Baccalaureate and Montessori curriculums. Its excellent facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, skating field, theatre, cinema, chess ground, play gardens, leisure centres, a basic science laboratory, computer room, music room and a modern dance and ballet studio.

Istanbul International Community School
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Age: 4 to 18
Sex: Co-educational
The Istanbul International Community School is the oldest International School in Istanbul, open only to non-Turkish passport holders. It has international staff and follows the IB curriculum from primary school onwards. Set in a serene campus amongst fields, the school's only drawback is that it is very far out of town and children spend a good hour or more commuting each way. However, there is a primary campus in Rumeli Hisari, above the Bosphorus. Both campuses are on the European side of Istanbul.

British International School
Curriculum: English National Curriculum and IB Diploma
Age: 3 to18
Sex: Co-educational
The British International School follows the National Curriculum for England with an option to do the IB Diploma at the senior level. This is a small school in Zekeriyakoy, which is fairly far out of Istanbul. There is however a primary section in town in Etiler. Both campuses are on the European side.

MEF International
Curriculum: English National Curriculum and IB Diploma
Age: 3 to 18
Sex: Co-educational
MEF International School is in town, in Ortakoy on the European side. The institution offers both the IB and IGCSE programmes.

There is an International French School and a German School in the older part of town.
There are also a number of English-medium pre-schools around the city on both the European and Asian sides.


Learning Turkish

Aside from the tourist areas, most Turks speak very little English. You will find that most of the people that you need to deal with for your daily life - shop assistants, maids, taxi drivers, doorman, tradesman – will not speak any English. It is therefore a good idea to invest the time in learning some basic Turkish. Your stay in Istanbul will be much more comfortable and meaningful.

There are several schools in Istanbul, such as Dilmer and the EFINST Turkish Centre, that offer Turkish classes. Many expats also opt for private tutors at home.

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