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Robert College of Istanbul

Kurucesme Caddesi No: 87 34345 Arnavutkoy - Istanbul TURKEY

Tel: (+90) 212 359 2211

Fax: (+90) 212 287 0117


Web site:


Headmaster- Anthony Jones

Academic Director- Maria Orhon

Assistant Head- Guler Erdur

Dean of Student Affairs- Margaret Halicioglu

Development Officer- Leyla Aktay


Full time:   43 men, 48 women

Part time:   1 men, 2 women

Nationalities:  10   CURRICULUM AND EXAMS:

Curriculum:   National, US,


Age Range: 14-20

Total Enrolment: 1032

Nationalities: 1


416 boys, 431 girls


100 boys, 85 girls

Prep: 198

L9: 198

L10: 218

L11: 198

L12: 220


Day only: TL 32800-TL 35750

Boarding: TL 13200-TL 19250

Robert College of Istanbul, founded in 1863 and the oldest American school outside the United States, offers a co-educational college preparatory program for Turkish students aged 14-20. Admission is through a highly competitive national entrance examination, and the enrollment comes from the top 2% of the examinees. Scholarship aid is provided according to financial need.

A 'prep year' of English language immersion is followed by a four-year high school ('lise') program. A rigorous academic program prepares students for university entrance either in Turkey or abroad, many going to the most competitive universities in the US. The strong emphasis on mastery of communication skills, both in English and Turkish, provides the students with an effective bi-lingual education which fosters cross-cultural contacts with the Western world.

The curriculum is regulated by the Turkish Ministry of Education, but approximately 70% of the course work, including science and mathematics, is taught in English. The balance of the program is Turkish-related and taught in Turkish. A few non-Turkish students may be admitted as special students. All teachers (50% foreign, 50% Turkish) hold university degrees.

The school calendar, established by the Ministry of Education, runs from September to June with two mid-semester breaks and a semester vacation. Extra-curricular offerings include a wide variety of club activities, along with a varied sports program, largely intramural.

Classrooms, offices, and dormitories for the school's 185 boarders are excellent. The library/information center and the computer center have been expanded and networked to accommodate new technology and all school buildings are wireless. All teachers are provided with laptop computers. The main playing field and running track command a panoramic view of the Bosphorus. Faculty residences are available on campus.