In order to make the best use of your time here in Istanbul and experience the culture, having basic Turkish skills plays an important role. You can learn the culture deeper, communicate with locals and create your own network easier. On this page, you can find several platforms where you can learn and practice Turkish.
Online Turkish Practice Hours (TPH)
International Community Services Office of the Office of International Programs invites you to join Online Turkish Practice Hours (TPH) to practice your conversational Turkish with volunteer KU native speakers at NO COST!

The TPH is a platform where KU affiliates, their family members, and students from UNIC partner universities who are learning Turkish and have basic Turkish knowledge can practice their Turkish conversational skills with native Turkish-speaking volunteers.  It was originally planned to be on campus as Turkish Coffee Hour accompanied by snacks and hot beverages. However, with the outbreak of COVID-19, we’ve decided to move things online since Spring 2020. All international students, faculty, staff, researchers, their family members, and students from UNIC partner universities are welcome to join.

Please note: TPH sessions are available only for KU affiliates, their family members, and students from UNIC Partner Universities. To be able to practice your conversational Turkish, you are expected to have basic Turkish knowledge. TPH does not claim to teach Turkish but aims to help you practice it.
The meetings will be kept online this semester too and led by the volunteer KU members (Student, faculty, administrative staff). The sessions are very joyful, and we cover various topics with role-playing activities, games, conversations, and more.

We hope to resume the online TPH as Turkish Coffee Hour after the pandemic.

How to Join?

  1. Subscribe to the TPH mailing list to receive related meeting details. You can subscribe by filling out the subscription form. Please make sure you provide your university e-mail address with the education (edu) domain (like Note that TPH is available ONLY for KU affiliates and students from UNIC Partner Universities!
  2. Follow this WhatsApp group link, join the group, and type Merhaba!” (“Hello!” in Turkish) to your new friends in the group and introduce yourself. Our volunteers will welcome you. TPH is available ONLY for KU affiliates and students from UNIC Partner Universities!



Beginners: Every Friday, between 1-2 PM.

Intermediate/ Advanced: Every Wednesday, between 2-3 PM.


Spring ‘22 TPH Program

Date Level Time Session # Topic
Mon, March 7, 2022 Info Meeting Noon- 1 PM Info Meeting
Wed, March 9, 2022 Intermediate 2-3 PM 1 Meet & Greet
How much do you know KU?
Fri, March 11, 2022 Beginner 1-2 PM 2 Meet & Greet
Get to know KU
Wed, March 16, 2022 Intermediate 2-3 PM 3 Hobbies
Fri, March 18, 2022 Beginner 1-2 PM 4 Daily/ Social Life
Wed, March 23, 2022 Intermediate 2-3 PM 5 Developmental stages
Fri, March 25, 2022 Beginner 1-2 PM 6 Art
Wed, March 30, 2022 Intermediate 2-3 PM 7 Travel
Fri, April 1, 2022 Beginner 1-2 PM 8 Animals
Wed, April 6, 2022 Intermediate 2-3 PM 9 Culture- Tradition, Folklore
Fri, April 8, 2022 Beginner 1-2 PM 10 Cuisine
Wed, April 13, 2022 Intermediate SPRING BREAK
Fri, April 15, 2022 Beginner SPRING BREAK
Wed, April 20, 2022 Intermediate 2-3 PM 11 Technology
Fri, April 22, 2022 Beginner 1-2 PM 12 Relationships- Friendship, Family
Wed, April 27, 2022 Intermediate 2-3 PM 13 Psychology
Fri, April 29, 2022 Beginner 1-2 PM 14 Culture- Tradition, Folklore
Total 14 Hours

Certificate of Participation

One of the novelties in Spring ’22 TPH sessions is certification. ICO will provide a certificate of participation at the end of the semester for those who attend at least 5 sessions. The volunteers, therefore, will take the names of the attendees each session. 

More information…

  • TPH is online and we meet twice a week: one session for beginners and one for intermediate/ advanced level participants each week. 
  • Each session will have one volunteer leader and an assistant tutor. They will all be on the WhatsApp group and introduce themselves to you.
  • The online meetings will be through Zoom and the related link will be provided via emails.
  • Participants must have an “edu” domain e-mail address to be able to receive notifications.
  • Meetings will last about 1-hour max.
  • Your family members are welcome to join if they want to, with or without you provided that they prove their relation to you (only KU members).
  • You are expected to communicate via the WhatsApp group prior to meetings to let everyone know how many people will be so our volunteers do not have to wait if no one will show up.
  • Each meeting tutors will start conversations surrounding a specific topic or skill geared towards daily life/speech. There will be some sessions to play some language games and/or role-playing. During the meetings, please keep in mind that there will be participants with different levels of Turkish. Therefore, please show courtesy and stay open to different opinions/levels of speaking skills.
  • For any questions, suggestions, or concerns, you can email

The program supervisor: Zikri Mert Demircan (

You can attend the Conversation Circles, Local Friends Program and Private Tutoring at the Koç University Office of Learning and Teaching.


KOLT Website
Elective Course for Students: Turkish Communication Skills

CSSH provides ten different levels of Turkish classes for international students ranging from BASIC TURKISH (TURK 201, 202, 203, 204); INTERMEDIATE TURKISH (TURK 301, 302, 303); and  UPPER INTERMEDIATE TURKISH (TURK 401)  to  ADVANCED TURKISH (TURK 402). These courses aim to develop students’ productive language skills by providing a supportive and stimulating learning environment.

In these communicative- based Turkish language classes, assessment is based on testing learners’ linguistic knowledge and accuracy, and their skills in reading and listening comprehension as well as in spoken communication and oral presentation skills.

These courses help students not only to adapt to life in Türkiye and get to know the culture better but also enable them to communicate in Turkish efficiently. They can be offered every semester (fall, spring, and summer) depending on student demand and faculty availability.


Elective Course for Students: Turkish Communication Skills
Turkish Language Courses for Faculty Members

Human Resources Directorate offers paid Turkish classes every academic year for pay-rolled faculty members. The announcement of classes is made through KU Daily. Then the faculty members who signed up for the classes attend a test to check their level in the Turkish language.

The university pays a certain amount of the course fee. Therefore just a small amount must be paid by the faculty members. The spouses of faculty members can also benefit from the paid classes. The amount is deducted from the faculty members’ salaries.

More information is announced in KU Daily when it is that time of the year.

You can also contact the HR office for more information regarding sign-ups, regulations, and fees:

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality - Lifelong Learning Center (İSMEK)

You can attend the Turkish courses for foreigners for free. Several İSMEK centers have the program to give the knowledge and skills of listening, reading, writing, speaking and communicating the daily expressions for simple needs.


Yunus Emre Institute - Learn Turkish Online for Free

It is a portal that allows individuals to learn Turkish in an interactive way with the help of smartphones, tablets or computers without limitation of time and space.


Yunus Emre Institute

Ankara University TÖMER (Türkçe Öğretim Merkezi) was founded in 1984 with the aim of teaching Turkish to foreigners by patterning leading language and culture centers of the world. There are 2 TÖMER branches in Istanbul: one in Taksim and the other in Kadıköy.


Türkiye Travel Planner

The site offers a very useful list of and sources to essential Turkish phrases.

Türkiye Travel Planner
100 Travel Words - Turkish/ Anyone can learn 100 words
The online book costs 3 USD and helps you learn 100 essential Turkish words.


100 Turkish Words