International Schools in Istanbul

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You're planning to move to Turkey and looking for international schools for your children?

On this page, we hope to give you  information about the International schools available in Istanbul.

Moving to a new country is, without a doubt, a difficult decision to make and a hard step for anyone. Many things needed to be taken into consideration alongside well-planned steps to be kept in mind. A good education for children is certainly a priority for the parents.
It may be easier for families with adults or a single person to move and change the place of residence, but it is way harder for families with small children and kids.
So many foreigners are thinking to move to Turkey and buy a new apartment in Istanbul. Yet, they cannot make up their mind as to where to settle. What will be better for their kids, and which areas have the best schools. As a foreigner, of course, you will prefer an international school that teaches English, and your kids’ native language.
Still, Istanbul is the number one and the best option in international schools because there are many varieties. There are international schools for English, Arabic, German, French, and Italian speaking students.

Here, we will provide a few of the international schools available in Istanbul with brief information about it to help you make up your mind and narrow the choices of which district suits you well and is the best place to settle down and buy a property.

1. AL Fayez International School

This private school was opened in 2015, and it is marked as the first Arabic school to be approved and accredited by the Turkish ministry in Istanbul. Al Fayez or Kazanim International school has branches in Bagcilar, Kartal, Beylikduzu, and Behcesehir.
School grades: Kindergarten, primary, elementary, and High school.
Age range: 3-18 years.
Curriculum/Language: Cambridge program, British English & Arabic.

2. AL Kev private schools

AL Kev is a German private school and is located in Alkent, Buyukcekmce.
School grade: Kindergarten, primary, elementary, and high school.
Age:3-18 years
Curriculum/language: IB program, German, Turkish, and English.

3. Jasmin International school

Jasmin International school is a Palestinian private school accredited by Edexcel and the ministry of national education in Turkey. It is located in Bagcilar.
School grades: Kindergarten, primary, preparatory, high school, and J+.
The J+ grade is an advanced level and is designed to be a preparation for university life.
Age: 03-18.
Curriculum/Language: Edexcel program for English/ Palestinian program for Arabic and Turkish language.

4. Lycée Francais Pierre Loti

Lycee Francais Pierre Loti is a private French school that is part of AEFE, the agency for French education abroad. It is accredited by the Ministry of national education in Turkey.
The school is located in Beyoglu and Tarabya.
School grades: kindergarten, primary, preparatory, and high school.
Age: 03-18 years.
Curriculum/Language: French curriculum/ French, English, Turkish, and there are Spanish and German available on some levels.

5. Liceo Italiano

Liceo Italiano is a private Italian school in Beyoglu that aims to promote the Italian and European cultures to their students as part of their educational process. It is one of the oldest private schools in Istanbul dated back to 1888.
School grade: Preparatory and High school.
Age range: 14-18 years
Curriculum/Language: Italian curriculum/ Italian and Turkish.

6. Ihsan International school.

Ihsan International school is a private school that received accreditation from the ministry of education in the United States of America, California. The school is located in Esenyurt.
School grade: Kindergarten, primary, preparatory, and highschool.
Age:03-18 years
Curriculum: American Curriculum/English, Arabic, and Turkish.

7. Deutsche Schule Istanbul-DSI

This school is a German school in Istanbul and is also one of the oldest foreign schools in the city. It is accredited by national education in Turkey. It is located in Beyoglu.
School grade: High school.
Age: 15-18 years.
Curriculum/Language: German curriculum/ German, English, and Turkish. French is an elective.

8. AL Jazari international schools

Al Jazari school is a private school in Istanbul with accreditation from both ministry of national education in Turkey and the departments of education in the state of California, USA. It has two branches, one in Atakent, Kucukcekmce, and the other one is Eyup, Fatih.
School grade: Kindergarten, primary, elementary, and high school.
Age: 03-18 years.
Curriculum/Languages: American curriculum/ English, Arabic, and Turkish.

Besides these private international schools, many schools in Istanbul teach English and have American or British curriculum, such as Istanbul International school in Uskudar, Elit  Academy in Esenyurt, Uskudar American Academy in Uskudar, MEF international school in Besiktas, and Bright International school, Beylikduzu.
Istanbul is becoming a multinational society, and it is not hard to find an educational institute with an international curriculum that teaches a foreign language.

Published on 2020-12-09
Updated on 2020-12-16