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Royal Turkish Education Center

Among the Top 20% most popular Turkish schools in Turkey in the last 12 months Average student rating for this school was the best or in the top 20% among all schools in Turkey
Beyoglu, Taksim

Rating: 4.6

4.622 reviews

Rating: 4.6

Quality of teaching

Rating: 3.2

Leisure program
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Located in the heart of downtown Istanbul. The famous Istiklal Street and Taksim Square are just a 5-minute walk away. More

Course Categories (3)Accommodation (2)Facilities (15)
Intensive Course - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 5
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
300€ 287€
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Rating: 5.0

Quality of teaching

Rating: 5.0

Leisure program

Over 2000 qualified teachers in 30 countries all over the world are associated with the school organisation. 'Study & L... More

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Standard Programme 15 - 15 lessons per week | Max. group size: 1
FREE cancellation
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2790US$ 2651US$
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Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 22 reviews

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

Key Facts about Istanbul

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.

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 = 0.1337 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): 204 €

Average course price per week (Low season): 178 €

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):18.24 TRY (57% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Residential voltage: 220 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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

Weather in Istanbul

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Events in IstanbulBest time to take a language course in Istanbul


October 2020A film festival dedicated to film d'auteurs shining the spotlight on lesser known directors and artists through projections in the Emek Cinema.

Istanbul Marathon
Istanbul Marathon

08 November 2020A unique marathon where the participants cross continents. From the Asian side to the European side, the runners visit some of the most beautiful spots and monuments of the city.

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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