Istanbul International School has given me a lot of precious things – good education, friends and memories that I will keep for the rest of my life. In our school we have people from all over the world, from very different backgrounds. I have learned a lot about different cultures and languages. And most importantly, I have learned to understand and value difference. This is one of the greatest gifts that I have got from Istanbul International School. Istanbul International School has taught me that we are all special in our own ways and that we should be proud of who we are.

Tampere University – Faculty of Education / Teacher Training – Programme

Aino Vitikainen, Finland

As all our sons have got used to working in an international setting it was easy for them to take part in the international UN peacekeeping operations in Lebanon for example! At the moment Jaakko, age 24, is studying in the Technical University of Tampere to become an engineer. Joel, age 22 is studying in the National Defence University in the Naval Division and Antti age 20 is preparing to leave for a peacekeeping operation in Lebanon. After the operation, God willing, he is planning to apply to study Medicine.”

The Mustonen family, Finland

“Istanbul International School is a unique school and it holds lots of memories for me – its perception of education, its students from many different countries and cultures, and its teachers who always stood with me in a very sincere way. It is rare to find a school where students can feel comfortable and be happy. I found it a real pleasure to go daily to school and found myself enjoying the whole range of activities offered to me. I consider myself very fortunate in having found the school.”

Minanur Kartal, Turkey

“Nobody cares if you are black or white, tall or short, thin or fat, Muslim or Christian.”

Rooa Hisham, Sudan

“After many years of living abroad in Sweden our parents decided to return to their homeland Turkey. After a lot of looking they found Istanbul International School which was able to offer us what we needed, recognising our bi-cultural background.”

Ada and Altay Hakyemez, Sweden

“Istanbul International School proved to be an experience of a lifetime where we met people from all over the world, acquired useful knowledge and skills and spent time in a friendly environment. We thank Istanbul International School for being such a positive part of our lives.”

The Petkovic family, Serbia

“Istanbul International School means a lot to me and its first of all it means pleasure in going to school. It means having a colourful learning environment with local and foreign teachers and students from different countries. We ‘lived’ in a multicultural family atmosphere where we were supported in or learning and not forced. We were always allowed to express ourselves, questioned, participated in activities, gained new skills, improved a lot in foreign languages.”

Karlsruhe Technical Institute / Industrial


Özgür Öncel, Turkey

Early Years

Our programme is designed to encourage a balance of child initiated and teacher facilitated activities. The programme offers children a variety of choices. The environment includes art, dramatic play, maths, language work, enjoying books, art, music, water and sand play, science activities, and so on. Our goals include the encouragement of each child’s natural curiosity and interest in learning.

Primary School

Our School’s primary curriculum is built around the need to provide knowledge skills and understanding arranged by subject under three areas of study, environmental studies, life skills and the expressive arts. Our primary grades 1 – 4 are equivalent to Years 2 – 5 in the Cambridge Curriculum.

Lower Secondary

The Lower Secondary is an important bridging period between Primary School and High School. Our Lower Secondary Grades 5 – 8 are equivalent to Years 6 – 9 in the Cambridge Curriculum.


Cambridge IGCSE™ is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds, although it can be taken by students of other ages. It is tried, tested and trusted. It is taught by over 4800 schools in 146 countries. The programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.

AS/ Level

The A Level syllabuses prepare learners for university study, which is why universities worldwide value and recognise Cambridge International AS & A Level qualifications.