International Schools in Istanbul


Istanbul has a number of international schools to choose from. Below are the names and details of some of the more recognised ones.

  • Istanbul International Community School: This school has a long tradition of academic excellence. It is a non-profit, co-educational, private school serving the needs of the expatriate community. It has two campuses, one along the Bosphorus near Bebek, and another in Hadimkoy, near the airport. Classes are taught in English and are 100% International Baccalaureate (not American). It is globally accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Established in 1911, it is one of the world's oldest international schools.
  • British International School: This is a private, co-educational, non-sectarian school offering high quality English education for children from the age of 2 and a half to 18 years.
  • MEF International School: This school provides international education to the foreign community and is housed on a 40-acre campus in the Ortakoy district.
  • Bosphorus International Preschool: An international preschool catering to children between the ages of 2 and 5 years. It serves the needs of international, bi-cultural Turkish families. 

For a complete listing of international and well-acclaimed schools across Istanbul, please click here:

Update 12/06/2014


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