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Yes they have private international schools. They are a popular choice for most foreign families living in Turkey, the standard of education is high and students have access to foreign standardized test materials. It is important to check to see whether the school is internationally accredited. If it is not, your child may not be eligible to enter foreign universities. You are required to submit an application for your chosen school; you need to start the application well in advance before you arrive to Turkey. The fees for private international schools, varies depending upon the school. They can range from around 6.000 euros a year to 15.000 euros and up for the prestigious international schools.

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In Turkey he/she will start their primary school education by the time they reach 6 years old.

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Tuition Fees for Turkish Universities :-

The tuition fee for the programs of higher education is determined by the Government at the beginning of each academic year. In 2003-2004 academic year, the tuition fees for international students varied depending on the nature of the program: Annual tuition fees;

1. State Universities:

a) Universities where medium of instruction is TURKISH:

Turkish nationals: US $ 80 – 250
Foreign nationals: US $ 240 – 750

b) Universities where medium of instruction is ENGLISH:

Turkish nationals: US $ 150 – 500
Foreign nationals: US $ 450 – 1500

2. Foundation Universities:

US $ 5.000 – 12.000

1. State Universities:

a) Universities where medium of instruction is TURKISH:

Turkish nationals: US $ 100 – 200
Foreign nationals: US $ 300 – 600

b) Universities where medium of instruction is ENGLISH:

Turkish nationals: US $ 200 – 300
Foreign nationals: US $ 600 – 900

2. Foundation Universities:

US $ 5.000 – 12.000

* Students from Turkish Republics and Turkish-originated countries (Azerbaijan, Bashkortostan, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Dagestan, Karachay-Cherkessia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Mongolia, Moldova, Nahcevan, Uzbekistan,
Tadzhikistan, Tatarstan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine) pay their tuition fees as Turkish nationals.

NOTE: Turkey has been suffering a high inflation rate during the last decade. However, the fees specified in Dollars remain almost the same.

source: studyinturkey

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There are many very good international and private schools in Istanbul, ranging from nurseries and playgroups, to primary and secondary education.

here is a list of very good schools.

The British International School, Istanbul - This prestigious school offers playgroups, reception schooling, primary & secondary education.

BISI is fully accredited by the Council of British International Schools, the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. BISI is, to date, the only school in Istanbul to achieve accreditation by all three of these bodies and the second in the world.

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Istanbul International Community School, (IICS) is one of the oldest international schools in the world.IICS provides education for expat children from 3 years old through 18 years old

IICS is fully accredited internationally by the Council of International Schools (since 1997) and the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (since 2002). IICS fully authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization for all 3 IB programs (PYP, MYP, DP) since 1996/97. IICS is a registered non-profit organization; all revenue is reinvested into the school.

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Keystone International Schools - have adopted the American Common Core State Standards, which are a set of clear goals for each grade level. These standards define the knowledge and skills students should obtain within their K-12 education.
Schooling starts from pre-school up to secondary school.

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Below is a list of some of Istanbul's exclusive private International pre-schools;

Schools located on the European side of Istanbul

Mama Montessori preschool & daycare

Location:Maslak, Istanbul

As a member of the European Montessori Network, Mama Montessori offers world-class education that aims to prepare our children not only for their post-kindergarten education but for all aspects of life in general ~ quoted from Mama Montessori preschool & daycare

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The British International School

Location: Zekeriyaköy/Sarıyer, Etiler/Besiktas Istanbul

Founded on the principles of traditional British education, The British International School Istanbul has programs aimed at playschool aged children all the way through to high school. The School has two preschools in Istanbul; one in Etiler (2.5 years - 4 years old) and the other at the purpose built campus in Zekeriyaköy (2.5 years - 4/6 years).

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The English International School of Istanbul

Location: 4.Levent

The English International School of Istanbul (TEIS) is open to both Turkish and foreign students and offers a British style curriculum to children aged between 2.5 and 6 years.


Eden’s Garden International Preschool

Location:Yeniköy, Istanbul

Offering quality, small-class preschooling in the English language, Eden's Garden International Preschool Istanbul services children aged between 2 and 6 years. The school also offers a nursery program, summer discovery camp and playgroup.

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Bosphorus International Preschool

Location: Emirgan, Istanbul

Set inside a beautiful villa on a hill overlooking the Bosphorus, Bosphorus International Preschool offers a preschool program in English along with a Turkish bilingual program. This Istanbul preschool focuses on children aged between 2 and 5 years.

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EuroSun International Early Learning Centre

Location: Bahçeşehir,Beylikdüzü Istanbul

INTERNATIONAL EUROSUN PRESCHOOLS were founded in 1995 under the Ministry of National Education, in Bahçeşehir, one of the best quarters in Istanbul for the purpose of meeting the requirements of families with high-level of expectations and extending the scope of Preschool Education.
INTERNATIONAL EUROSUN PRESCHOOLS is a member of Private Schools Association of Turkey. It has been one of the leading preschool institutions in the city since its inauguration. It is extended in other regions as Preschools and Study Schools over years. It is one of the best child care centers.

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Schools located on the Asian side of Istanbul

Keystone International School

location:Dragos, in the Kartal district

Keystone International School was established to provide children with a holistic educational environment from the age of 1 all the way up to Grade 8. We also offer preschool programs in the Erenkoy neighborhood in the Kadıköy district.
Keystone aims to provide children with the skills necessary to become independent, responsible, environmentally and socially conscientious citizens of the world. We provide dedicated Mommy & Me Early-learning classes, Playgroup, Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary School and Middle School Education programs.

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Istanbul International School


offers affordable, parent-friendly, child centred, professional, sensible, multicultural, secular education by dedicated, talented staff. Experienced, native English speaking teachers.

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Private & International schools have their own enrolment policies. For their enrolment policy, refer to the school's website.

Enrolment to Turkish Schools: documents required

Primary school

• Identity Cards (original and copies) of parents and child
• Certificate of Residence
• Three recent identity-sized photos of child
• All other documents prepared by the school

Secondary school

• Secondary Schools Exam (OKS) documents
• Six recent identity-sized photos of child
• Certificate of Residence
Identity Card (original and a photocopy)

For enrolment to the 6th, 7th and 8th grades, the Level Determination Exam ( SBS) results are considered. For the enrolment to secondary schools, a Secondary Schools Exam (OKS) result is required; the overall points calculated are influenced by the results of the SBS.

Vaccination requirements in Turkish schools

• Grade 1 of primary school: OPV (Oral Polio Vaccine), MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) and Td (Tetanus and Diphtheria)
• Grade 8 of primary school: Hepatitis B (if not previously received), Td and Rubella

The children's vaccinations are organised and conducted by the schools themselves.

School uniform is compulsory at Turkish schools, this is to avoid highlighting social class differences between rich and poor students.

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The Turkish schooling system starts from the age of 3yrs and ends at age 18-19yrs:

• Pre-Primary (Okul Öncesi): This is an optional pre-school education, for children from age three to six years

• Primary (İlköğretim) education: Is compulsory education for all children in Turkey from age 6/7 to 14/15; it is free at state public schools and obviously paid for at private schools. This education lasts 8 years (Grade 1 to Grade 8) with foreign language lessons starting from the 4th grade

• Secondary (Lise): Schooling for students from age 14/15 to 18/19; it lasts 4 years (Grade 9 to Grade 12). Secondary education includes general, vocational and technical high schools

It is important to remember that the Turkish state schools do not provide special help to children whose first language is not Turkish. The language of teaching in all education and training at state schools is Turkish.

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Turkish schools use a points system, which rates a students work results with grades from one to five.

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Failing/Not included

A student must get a minimum of 2 (passing) or 3 (satisfactory) in order to pass classes.
The students overall yearly average is considered if any subject grade does not meet the minimum requirement.
A student who does not meet the average grade requirements may pass if they have no more than two subjects with failing grades in their school career. If not, the year is repeated.

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National exams

Students attending Turkish schools who are in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade (year) enter the Level Determination Exam (Seviye Tespit Sınavı - SBS) conducted nationally by the Ministry of National Education.

After completing primary school (after 8th grade), a student must take the Secondary Schools Exam (Orta Öğretim Kurumları Sınavı - OKS) in order to enter secondary school.

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The school year runs from September to June, pupils have a three month summer vacation. The school year is split into two semesters, with a two week holiday in February. The first semester begins in September and finishes in January. The second semester starts in February and ends in June.

During the following national holidays all schools are closed throughout Turkey:

Eid Holiday (Kurban Bayramı)

National Sovereignty and Children Day (Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı)

Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sport Day (Atatürk’ü Anma Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı)

Ramadan Holiday (Ramazan Bayramı)

All schools are closed on public holidays.

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