Search for the best international schools in Turkey; you can find a list of selected schools at the bottom of this page. Use the search filters to select only girls' or boys' schools, prep schools, senior schools or sixth forms; or you can search for schools that offer a particular curriculum, such as the International Baccalaureate, the UK national curriculum, a US-style model or the International Primary Curriculum.
A bustling country that straddles Europe and Asia, Turkey has more than 70 international schools that cater to both expatriate and Turkish families. Most are clustered around Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir.
As well as prestigious private foreign schools that were set up during the Ottoman Empire by French, German, Italian and American communities, the country is home to a large number of English-medium schools that typically follow the curriculums of Britain, the US or the International Baccalaureate Office.
Turkey has 76 IB World Schools,of which 46 are English-medium, while 23 offer bilingual instruction in Turkish and English and/or other languages.
The British International School – Istanbul offers the IB Diploma alongside a modified English national curriculum and Cambridge IGCSE exams.
GAU The American College offers a British-based curriculum in English alongside the Turkish national curriculum, while Gokkusagi Koleji teaches the IB Diploma in English and Turkish. Accrediting bodies active in Turkey include the Council of International Schools.
Education is compulsory for 12 years from age six to 18 and free of charge in state schools. Primary schools educate children for eight years, divided into two four-year stages that lead to a primary education diploma.
Secondary education comprises three-year academic high schools and vocational schools and four-year technical schools. As well as gaining the high school diploma, students must pass a competitive, two-part exam to enter one of Turkey’s many universities.
In 2013, net enrolment was 93 per cent in primary schools and 87 per cent at secondary schools, while gross secondary enrolment was 86 per cent in 2014. Turkey dismissed 28,000 teachers over alleged links to terrorism and closed about 1,000 secondary schools following an attempted coup in July 2016, leaving thousands of students in academic limbo.
If you are looking specifically for International Baccalaureate World Schools in Turkey, you can find selected schools on our sister website: www.ibyb.org.