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2 Best language schools in Istanbul (ranked based on student reviews)

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Why Istanbul? Istanbul is one of the truly great romantic cities, with it´s skyline studded with domes and minarets. Its history tracks back from Byzantium to Constantinople to its place at the head of the Ottoman Empire. Fragments of this varied architectural inheritance are visible, with stunning Ottoman mosques, classical columns, Byzantine structures, ancient city walls and fine churches. Today Istanbul hums as Turkey's cultural heart and good-time capital. With the buzzing atmosphere of the pedestrian Istiklal Caddesi and its hundreds of bars, cinemas, art galleries, restaurants and bistros, the city seems more funky and cosmopolitan than ever.
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Most recent student reviews of language schools in Istanbul

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 22 reviews

The staff and teachers were exceptionally friendly

21 January 2019
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 59 years

Jeannie
England UK

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 22 reviews

Good learning atmosphere, nice teachers

27 November 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 56 years

Torsten
Germany

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 22 reviews

The teachers were wonderful, helpful and kind.
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21 August 2017
Course: Intensive Course - 11 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Faizi
United States

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 22 reviews

What I liked most of the school were the classrooms and lecturers.

15 August 2017
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 46 years

Sigita
Lithuania

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 22 reviews

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Unfortunately RTEC presents its school as something different on the website. The Istanbul school is located in easy reach when you use public transportation but it's in an old, run down building where everybody smokes in the hallways and rooms. Washrooms might be a shock. The Istanbul school is very small. 2 rooms and not very intriguing either. Some maintenance would help. Quality of class - it all depends on the teacher. My first week was good as I had a motivated, inspiring teacher (Banu). My second week was a pain in the neck although I was lucky to get private classes due to low student enrollment but the second teacher was not announced and it hit me surprise. As well her quality of teaching didn't bring me any further. I recommend a level test for all students so they will be in classified in the right level/class. For upcoming language studies I won't choose Royal Turkish Education Center anymore and also would not recommend it.

18 January 2017
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 47 years

Melanie Maria
Germany

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 22 reviews

Central location, very good relationship with the teacher who checked my learning aims before starting classes

10 May 2016
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 31 years

Elisabeth
Germany

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 22 reviews

The welcoming was very good, the teacher was very knowledgeable and very nice. I'm hoping to go back to your school to follow some more courses.

11 April 2016
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 58 years

Francoise
France

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 22 reviews

Nice atmosphere, small classes, qualified and friendly teachers

24 June 2015
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 34 years

Constanze
Germany

Key Facts about Istanbul

In terms of quality of life Istanbul reached place number 130 in the 2019 Mercer.

Population: 11,175,000

Time zone: +12h. (GMT +2)

Region: Istanbul,

Currency: TRY (1 TRY = 0.1192 USD)

Name of city in Turkish: İstanbul

Istanbul quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.9

4.9 (88 reviews by our former students)

Visa: Nationals from USA require a visa to enter and study in Turkey. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.

universities: 27 (rankings of universities in Istanbul)

High season: August

Low season: January

Average course price per week (High season): 149 €

Average course price per week (Low season): 179 €

Cost of Living:

* 100 = prices in New York

  • Student price index excluding rent:65* (35% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:53* (47% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:65* (35% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (Turkey average):20.46 TRY (57% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Residential voltage: 220 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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What to do in Istanbul

Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace
Süleymaniye Mosque
Süleymaniye Mosque
The Blue Mosque
The Blue Mosque
Istiklal Caddesi
Istiklal Caddesi
Grand Bazaar
Grand Bazaar
Turkish Bath
Turkish Bath
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Arrival Airports

Istanbul Atatürk (IST) - 12 km. from Istanbul city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 5 minutes, 5,00 TL, 30 minutes.

Main stops: Ataturk Airport Havalimani, Zeytinburnu, Aksaray

Every 240 minutes, 5,00 TL, 75 minutes.

Main stops: Havaalani dis hatlar, Yenikapi transit

Taxi: 48 TRY, 15 minutes drive to city center of Istanbul

Direct international flights from:
  • USA: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson, Boston Logan International, Chicago O'Hare International, Houston George Bush Intercntl., Los Angeles International, Miami International, New York John F. Kennedy, San Francisco International, Washington Dulles
  • United Kingdom: Birmingham, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, Manchester
  • South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo
  • Ireland: Dublin
  • Canada: Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Toronto Pearson International
  • Singapore: Singapore Changi
Sabiha Gökçen International (SAW) - 32 km. from Istanbul city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 30 minutes, 18,00 TL, 75 minutes.

Main stops: Sabiha Gokcen Airport, Faith Sultan Mehmet Bridge, 1.Levent

Taxi: 122 TRY, 35 minutes drive to city center of Istanbul

Direct international flights from:
  • United Kingdom: London Gatwick, London Stansted
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