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.
UNIC Online Language Modules for Beginners

UNIC recently introduced their UNIC Online Language Modules for Beginners has been developed to support international students and staff. You will be the very first students who benefit from the modules.

There is no grading or examination at the end of the module, the whole project is designed to teach basic Turkish together with Koç University-İstanbul-Turkey related content. You can start and finish the modules anytime at your own pace.

The registration manual for the modules can be seen here.

Since it is the first semester of this module, we also wanted to give voice to the international students and include feedback on some cultural and linguistic aspects of their experience as well as technical experience with the system.

We do appreciate it if you send your feedback via a straightforward survey here.

Turkish Coffee Hours (TCH)
International Community Services Office of the Office of International Programs invites you to join the Turkish Coffee Hour (TCH) meetings to practice your conversational Turkish with volunteer KU native speakers at NO COST!

The TCH is a platform where KU affiliates and their family members who have at least basic Turkish knowledge practice their Turkish conversational skills with native or advanced Turkish-speaking KU volunteers. 

Although the original design was to be on campus accompanied by snacks and hot beverages, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we had to move it online as Online Turkish Practice Hours in Spring 2020. We are happy to return to the original design: Turkish Coffee Hour.

All international students, faculty, staff, researchers, and their family members are welcome to join.

DISCLAIMER: TCH does not claim to teach Turkish but aims to help you practice it. Participants are expected to have at least basic Turkish knowledge to actively take part in conversations. If you want to start learning Turkish, check out the resources we gathered and published on our website.

TCH sessions are on campus and available only for KU affiliates and their family members.

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.
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 KU e-mail address with the education (edu) domain (like XXX@ku.edu.tr). Note that TPH is available ONLY for KU affiliates and their family members!

Meetings:                                                                                                 Info Meeting –All levels are welcome-

Beginners: Tuesdays between 6-7 PM                                                   Date: Monday, November 7

Intermediate/ Advanced: Mondays between 6-7 PM                     Time: 6:00- 6:30 PM

Location: Student Center, lower 3rd floor, room B335                      Location: Student Center, lower 3rd floor, room B335


Fall ‘22 TPH Program

Date Level Time Session # Session Leader Session Assistant Topic
November 7, 2022 Info Meeting + Intermediate 6-7 PM 1 Sümeyye Arda
Şevval
Yamaç
Can
Kerem
TBD
November 8, 2022 Beginner 6-7 PM 2 Cem Berk Yağmur
Ümmü Nazelin
Taylan Barış
Dilara
Istanbul
November 14, 2022 Intermediate WINTER BREAK
November 15, 2022 Beginner WINTER BREAK
November 21, 2022 Intermediate 6-7 PM 3 Taylan Barış Yağmur
Habibe Hazal
Burcu
Culture: Tradition, Folklore
November 22, 2022 Beginner 6-7 PM 4 Ümmü Nazelin Sümeyya
Dilara
Zeynep
Relationships: Friendship, Family
November 28, 2022 Intermediate 6-7 PM 5 Can Aslı
Sultan Sude
Aylin
Yusuf
Burcu
Movies- Series
November 29, 2022 Beginner 6-7 PM 6 Ecem Derin
Cem Berk,
Sultan Sude
Yamaç
Popular Culture
December 5, 2022 Intermediate 6-7 PM 7 Beril Alperen Göktuğ
Can
Ümmü Nazelin
Yamaç
Kerem
Yusuf
Yaren Sinem
Languages
December 6, 2022 Beginner 6-7 PM 8 Derin Ecem
Miray Aylin
Beril
Kerem
Istanbul
December 12, 2022 Intermediate 6-7 PM 9 Arda Alperen Göktuğ
Beril
Habibe Hazal
Yaren Sinem
Career
December 13, 2022 Beginner 6-7 PM 10 Şevval Arda
Cem Berk
Aylin
TBD
December 19, 2022 Intermediate 6-7 PM 11 Alperen Göktuğ Yaren Sinem
Burcu Gülenç
TBD
December 20, 2022 Beginner 6-7 PM 12 Miray Aylin Ecem
Derin
Aslı
Daily/ Social Life
December 26, 2022 Intermediate 6-7 PM 13 Aslı Ecem
Miray Aylin
Hobbies
December 27, 2022 Beginner 6-7 PM 14 Yağmur Taylan Barış
Habibe Hazal
Daily/ Social Life
January 2, 2023 Intermediate 6-7 PM 15 Naz Yaprak
Emine Zeynep
Sultan Sude
Istanbul
January 3, 2023 Beginner 6-7 PM 16 Yamaç Aylin Aydoğan Travel
January 9, 2023 Intermediate 6-7 PM 17 Yaprak Naz
Emine Zeynep
Istanbul
January 10, 2023 Beginner 6-7 PM 18 Emine Zeynep TBD Hobbies
Total 18 Hours

 

Certificate of Participation

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…

  • TCH is on campus 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.
  • 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).
  • At each meeting, tutors will start conversations surrounding a specific topic or skill geared toward 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 ico@ku.edu.tr.

Application to be a Volunteer TCH Leader or Supporter for Spring ’23 will be Announced Here.

The program supervisor: Zikri Mert Demircan (zdemircan@ku.edu.tr.)

KOLT
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: gsalik@ku.edu.tr.

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.

 

İSMEK
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
TÖMER

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.

 

TÖMER
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