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

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What our students said about Istanbul

Rating: 5/5


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


Most recent student reviews of language schools in Istanbul

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 25 reviews

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 | 25 reviews

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 | 25 reviews

The staff and teachers were exceptionally friendly

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

England UK

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 25 reviews

Good learning atmosphere, nice teachers

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


Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 25 reviews

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 | 25 reviews

The teachers were wonderful, helpful and kind.

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

United States

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 25 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


Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 25 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

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 25 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


Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 25 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


Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 25 reviews

Nice atmosphere, small classes, qualified and friendly teachers

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


Interesting information about Istanbul

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: +6h. (GMT +2)

Region: Istanbul,

Currency: TRY (1 TRY = 4.3082 DOP)

Name of city in Turkish: İstanbul

Istanbul quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.9

4.9 (91 reviews by our former students)

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

universities: 29 (rankings of universities in Istanbul)

High season: August

Low season: January

Average course price per week (High season): 118 €

Average course price per week (Low season): 171 €

Cost of Living:

* 100 = prices in Santo Domingo

  • Student price index excluding rent:133* (33% more expensive than Santo Domingo)
  • Student price index including rent:169* (69% more expensive than Santo Domingo)
  • Price index food only:164* (64% more expensive than Santo Domingo)
  • Big Mac price (Turkey average):32.70 TRY (40% cheaper than in United Kingdom)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Residential voltage: 220 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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Public transportation in Istanbul

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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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FAQ about schools in Istanbul

  • Royal Turkish Education 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.

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