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Primary and secondary education in Istanbul is compulsory for all children from the age of six. Although expat children are allowed to attend public schools in Istanbul for free, most expat parents choose to send their children to international schools as the quality of public schooling varies and Turkish is the language of instruction.

International Schools in Istanbul

International schools in Istanbul cater to various foreign nationalities and offer a variety of international curricula and foreign-language instruction. Most international schools in Istanbul also offer students the opportunity to learn Turkish, while also organising field trips and cultural activities to assist children in assimilating into Turkish culture and society.

Enrollment at international schools in Istanbul can be limited, so parents are advised to apply as early as possible. Exorbitant tuition fees are another factor to consider, especially as fees can be accompanied by numerous additional expenses such as school uniforms, textbooks, extra-curricular activities and transport. Parents, therefore, need to budget carefully. If moving to Istanbul as part of a corporate relocation, expats should factor schooling costs into their contract negotiations before moving to Turkey.

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