X
NEWNEW
Istanbul
00:0000:00
 

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

Filter
Map
How we create the points regarding what we like/dislike about a school

Map with location of Turkish schools in Istanbul

Loading map content

How our students rated their experience in Istanbul

4.8

Rating: 0.0/5.0

Overall attractiveness of Istanbul
101 authentic ratings from students who reserved a course with us in Istanbul
Nightlife

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3
Friendliness of locals

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6
Interesing things to do

Rating: 4.9/5.0

4.9
Geographic setting

Rating: 4.8/5.0

4.8
Public transport

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5
Climate

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5
Cleanliness

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1
Affordability

Rating: 4.8/5.0

4.8
Shopping

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7
Safety

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6

What our students said about Istanbul

Rating: 5/5

5.0

This city is very impressive! It is buzzing day and night. The cleanliness is as good as I have ever experienced in any big city. You can experience whatever your heart desires. The various services are almost without exception impressively good and of great creativity. The cuisine is also very appealing.

Heike
Germany

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Great, exhausting, exciting, colourful - Istanbul is something you have to walk around or use public transport. Taksim is the area to go for shopping, eating out, amusement, contemporary witnesses can be found everywhere in the city. Multicultural and open-minded.

Kirstin
Germany

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Istanbul is a huge city with an enormous history. There are a lot of sights, beaches and night life is not neglected either.

Ünal
Germany

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Istanbul is the most interesting city I have ever seen. Istanbul is unique.

Beatrice
Switzerland

Rating: 5/5

5.0

I love the city of Istanbul it's amazing

Nadia
France

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Istanbul

Royal Turkish Education Center

Great school! Great teachers! Excellent location. Good attitude towards students and learning process. I especially noticed that the classes are held according to their own textbooks. Significant progress, especially if you do your homework.

16 January 2023
Course: Intensive Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 47 years

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 31 reviews
Royal Turkish Education Center

The welcome, the location, the course, the teacher

8 November 2022
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 48 years

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 31 reviews
Royal Turkish Education Center

Staff attitudes towards students
The staff is wonderful

11 July 2022
Course: Intensive Course - 8 weeks
Student age: 54 years

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 31 reviews
Turkish Language Center

Our teacher Nurcan is very friendly, accommodating and competent.

20 April 2022
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 62 years

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 4 reviews
Turkish Language Center

The teacher, Mrs. Nurcan, is very competent and experienced, she is also involved beyond the classroom and enjoys showing the students around her city. She is always available for the students and easy to talk to. For my individual lessons, I was even able to choose locations to study, depending on the weather, even in the great outdoors (e.g. Emirgan Park during the tulip blossom season) or in a patisserie over a coffee. I looked forward to the varied lessons every day and learned a lot in the well-structured and prepared lessons. A really worthwhile learning stay that I will definitely repeat next year. Many thanks also for the perfect pre-organization by the agency.

19 April 2022
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 0 years

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 4 reviews
Royal Turkish Education Center

I am very happy with my lessons. In 2 weeks I have improved a lot. At the excursions from school I did not participate, but I personally didn't need that. You can go or drive anywhere yourself.
I will repeat my course in the summer

24 January 2022
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 44 years

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 31 reviews
Royal Turkish Education Center

It was an amazing experience. I kindly recommended to anyone who wishes to come and learn in Istanbul.
This is the right place to be in if you want to learn Turkish.

29 June 2021
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 41 years

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 31 reviews
Royal Turkish Education Center

The staff and teachers were exceptionally friendly

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

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 31 reviews
Royal Turkish Education Center

Good learning atmosphere, nice teachers

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

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 31 reviews
Royal Turkish Education Center

There were very few students, so the teachers were able to respond optimally to the students and their needs. The teachers are very friendly.

31 October 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 27 years

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 31 reviews
Royal Turkish Education Center

The teachers were wonderful, helpful and kind.
None

21 August 2017
Course: Intensive Course - 11 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 31 reviews
Royal Turkish Education Center

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

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

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 31 reviews
Royal Turkish Education Center

nothing
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

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 31 reviews
Royal Turkish Education Center

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

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 31 reviews
Royal Turkish Education Center

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

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 31 reviews
Royal Turkish Education Center

Nice atmosphere, small classes, qualified and friendly teachers

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

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 31 reviews
Interested in online courses?
Have a look at our top picks of Live Online Turkish courses at the best prices.

Interesting information about Istanbul

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.
Show more

Key Facts about Istanbul

Population:   14,805,000
Time zone: +12h. (GMT +2)
Region: Istanbul,
Currency: TRY (1 TRY = 0.0532 USD)
Name of city in Turkish: İstanbul
Visa: Nationals from USA require a visa to enter and study in Turkey. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Visa requirements data last updated on 01-12-2022 (Source)
For the most up-to-date visa information please consult with the embassy or consulate of Turkey in your country. List of embassies and consulates of Turkey on the official website - .
High season: August
Low season: January
Average course price per week (High season): 136 €
Average course price per week (Low season): 191 €
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): 50.42 TRY
    (48% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Residential voltage: 220 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

Weather in Istanbul

Climate Table
Legend:
Midday Temperature
Night-time Temperature
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 °F10 °F20 °F30 °F40 °F50 °F60 °F70 °F80 °F90 °FTemperature in °F
Hours of Sunshine
345691112118643
Water Temperature
46.4 °F46.4 °F46.4 °F51.8 °F59 °F68 °F71.6 °F73.4 °F69.8 °F66.2 °F59 °F51.8 °F
Rainfall
90mm70mm50mm40mm30mm20mm10mm10mm20mm50mm80mm100mm

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
Istanbul
Istanbul video thumbnail

Arrival airports

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

Public transportation to city center:

Every 5 minutes, 30 minutes.

Main stops: Ataturk Airport Havalimani, Zeytinburnu, Aksaray

Every 240 minutes, 75 minutes.

Main stops: Havaalani dis hatlar, Yenikapi transit

Taxi: 15 minutes drive to city center of Istanbul

Sabiha Gökçen International (SAW) - 32 km. from Istanbul city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 30 minutes, 75 minutes.

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

Taxi: 35 minutes drive to city center of Istanbul

Public transportation in Istanbul

Other destinations that were popular to combine with courses in Istanbul

Antalya (city thumbnail)Antalya
2 schools
Izmir (city thumbnail)Izmir
3 schools

FAQ about schools in Istanbul

  • Turkish Language Center has received the best overall rating in Istanbul.
  • Royal Turkish Education Center, located in Gümüşsuyu Mahallesi, Mete Caddesi No: 20 Mete Palas, Floor: 2, Flat: 7, Beyoglu, Taksim has been voted as the school with the best location in Istanbul.
  • Royal Turkish Education Center was rated highest for quality of teaching.
  • 'Homestay' at Royal Turkish Education Center is the best rated accommodation in Istanbul.
  • The student price index in Istanbul is 64.8. For details check the city's cost of living section.
  • On average, for A1/A2 level you need about 100-120 hours, for B1/B2 450-490 hours and for C1/C2 1000-1100 hours of study. Of course, it all depends on how quickly you pick it up, what your prior knowledge is (possibly also of a similar language) and whether you learn the language in the country of origin. So, for this reason, we specialise in offering languages in the country of origin, as there you improve your language skills the fastest!
    Robin Pietersma, Dutch Consultant from LanguageCourse.Net - Oct 21, 2022
Didn't find what you are looking for?
Interested in a specific type of course? See other 7 different Turkish course types in Istanbul.
Interested in language travel to other cities? Have a look at Turkish language schools in other cities in Turkey such as Antalya, Izmir or see our list of all schools in Turkey. You may also want to consult options outside Turkey for learning Turkish.

Questions about Turkish schools in Istanbul?

Get free advice from our language travel experts to help you find the best school for you.

Terms & ConditionsRefund policyPrivacy & CookiesAbout usContact UsImprintReview and User Content PoliciesTrust and safety