Learning Turkish isn't an easy task, but it remains a popular activity for those choosing to live, work and study in Turkey. Presently, the number of Turkish language schools in Istanbul is small, but the market is gradually growing in line with demand.
There are a range of intensive and long-term Turkish courses avaliable from beginner to advanced levels, covering everything from grammar to speaking, reading and writing. Private tuition by experienced Turkish teachers is another option for those wanting one-on-one instruction. Whatever option you choose, we wish you all the best in your endeavours to learn this beautiful language! We have put together a list of the most reputable Turkish language schools in Istanbul.
For more information about the Turkish language, check out our section on Turkish Language Basics.
Address: İnönü Cad. Prof. Tarık Zafer Tunaya Sok. No:16 Tel: +90-212-2929696 Fax: +90-212-2929663
One of Istanbul's leading language centres, Dilmer offers an extensive range of Turkish courses for foreigners from elementary to advanced. There are 4 week intensive courses along with 8 week and weekend options, and in most cases students can choose between morning and afternoon classes. All of Dilmer's teachers have a Masters degree in Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language.
Address (Taksim Branch): Katip Çelebi Mah. Tel Sok. No: 47 (Kadıköy Branch): Rasim Paşa Mah., Misak-ı Milli Sok. Tel (Taksim): +90-212-249164849 (Kadıköy): +90-216-3308972
Tömer takes a scientific approach to teaching Turkish. Part of Ankara University, this language research and application centre has branches across the country, including two in Istanbul. With small class sizes and 1 and 2 month options available, Tömer's courses cover 12 different levels. They also offer a selection of specially tailored courses such as Speed Reading.
Address: Koca Aga Sok. No:1, 2nd Floor, Taksim Tel: +90-212-2442486 / +90-537-6552486
Kedi Cat's focus is on speaking and understanding the Turkish language and offers regular, intensive, remedial and private lessons for foreigners in Istanbul. This small but well regarded school is situated in Taksim and they can help arrange accommodation in Istanbul if needed.
EFINST Turkish Centre
Address: Aydın Sok., F.Blok. No:12, 1.Levent Tel: +90-212-2829064 - 65
With over 12 years experience in Turkish language teaching, EFINST Turkish Centre's approach is 'student-centred and communicative'. This Istanbul Turkish language school offers 8 different levels from beginner to advanced, with morning, evening and weekend study options. Intensive and 1-on-1 courses are also available.
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