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Istanbul is Turkey’s biggest city, and arguably its most diverse too. A literal land bridge between Europe and the Middle East, this city is a true melting pot and no stranger to expat communities. Although it has its challenges, living in Istanbul offers a truly unique experience for everyone.

One of the biggest challenges of Istanbul life is the language barrier. Since public schools in Istanbul teach through Turkish, many expats end up sending their children to an international school. Luckily, there is an impressive range to choose from; here’s what you need to know about them.

Although there are plenty of international schools in Istanbul, there is still a high demand for school places. Most schools are large, with several hundred or even 1000+ students. Class sizes remain small however, and native English-speaking teachers are very common.

The standard of education to expect is the same as international schools all over the world, and the same is true of school facilities. Most school campuses are large and have fantastic sports grounds, as well as extensive extra curricular activities.

The International Baccalaureate is the most common curriculum offered in Istanbul’s international schools. Following closely behind are the British and American curricula, but there is a wide choice of others too.

By attending an international school in Istanbul, your child will mix with lots of other international students. While some do offer a program for local students, the typical international school’s student body is largely made up of expat children.

International schools in Istanbul do help international children integrate into their new city, however. Turkish language lessons are commonly offered, and many schools organise cultural outings and events to help children get to know their new country and city.

Additional languages are also offered depending on the school. International schools with many students from the Middle East will teach Arabic. Similarly, schools with a largely European student body may teach French, German or other European languages.

Traffic congestion is a major issue in Istanbul. Unfortunately, commute times and location will be an important factor in your international school search. It’s best to choose a school in the same general area as your home, unless you want your child to spend hours of their free time stuck in traffic jams. On the plus side, most international schools in the city do provide a school bus service.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Istanbul. However, there are another 21 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Istanbul based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Istanbul

Out of a total of 31 International Schools in Istanbul.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

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Istanbul International Community School

Istanbul International Community School is an independent, co-educational day school, offering a full IB program from pre-kindergarten (ages 3) to grade 12 (ages 18) for international students.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 282,613TL
to: 583,170TL
Reviews
(5 reviews)

Other Top Schools

Brights International School of Istanbul

Brights International School of Istanbul is an international school situated in the area of Büyükçekmece west of Istanbul. Brights hosts the American Curriculum in alignment with the common core state standards. Brights offers Arabic and Turkish classes to all students. At Brights, students from all nationalities are welcome to enroll.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 52,347TL
to: 97,940TL

Ihsan International School

Multi-cultural environment, digital learning, active learning, well equipped campus, reasonable fees and flexible payment structure, "good value for money" education system
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

Istanbul International School

Multi-cultural close-knit learning community. We care about our students' social, emotional and academic well being.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 155,691TL
to: 259,625TL

MEF International School Istanbul

MEF International School Istanbul offers a stimulating education program that strives to meet the individual learning needs of its students. The school provides equality in opportunities, so that each child is guided to discover and develop intellectual, creative, social and physical potentials. In doing so, the school endeavours to empower its students with a life-long passion for learning. Students are encouraged to become confident, balanced and socially responsible individuals who will contribute positively to local and global communities.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 254,163TL
to: 491,504TL

The British International School Istanbul

The British International School Istanbul has a worldwide reputation for the education it provides. It is a leading private international School in Turkey, offering a modified English National Curriculum, IGCSE and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. BISI is an academic school and it sends its graduates to universities throughout the world, predominantly to the UK and USA.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 271,024TL
to: 661,095TL
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

LWIS Istanbul International School

-Individualized care / International programs / World languages / Integration of technology + Robotics & AI (Coding) / IB PYP Qualified + Native English language teachers
Curriculum
International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: 53,666TL
to: 103,038TL

Milestone International School

International School, American Curriculum, Equal Opportunity, Supportive learning environment, Creativity, Languages, Effective school leadership, High levels of collaboration and communication, High level of family and community involvement
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
Reviews
(6 reviews)

NÛN Schools

NUN Schools are committed to providing an outstanding education to each student. The primary focus of NUN Schools is raising “good human beings”. We believe academic success is an asset only if the individual holds up the humanly values. NUN Schools aim to uphold these values in every aspect of education.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 46,400TL
to: 72,100TL

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