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 staff and students at NO COST!

The TPH is a platform where the KU affiliates and their family members who learn Turkish can practice their Turkish conversational skills with native Turkish-speaking volunteers.  It was formerly planned to be on campus as Turkish Coffee Hour, but with the outbreak of COVID-19, we’ve decided to move things online since Spring 2020. All international students, faculty, staff, researchers, and their family members are welcome to join.

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.

Once we are back on campus, the online TPH will continue as a Turkish Coffee Hour.

You will be instructed on how to join soon.

The meetings will be through the Zoom platform.

More information…

  • TPH is online and we meet twice a week: one session for beginners and one for intermediate/ above level participants each week. 
  • There is more than one volunteer tutor. They will all be on the WhatsApp group and introduce themselves to you and inform you via emails who are going to attend each meeting.
  • The online meetings will be through Zoom and the related link will be provided via emails by our volunteers who lead the meeting.
  • 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.
Elective Course for Students: Turkish Communication Skills

CSSH provides ten different levels of Turkish classes for foreign 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 Turkey and get to know the culture better, but also enable them to communicate in Turkish efficiently.

Turkish Language Courses Only for Faculty Members

Human Resources office 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 (ISMEK)

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. The program is 136 hours and you can find the course program ( in Turkish) here. You can apply here.

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.


Ankara University TÖMER –acronym for 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.

Meet Up

There are many language exchanges and practicing groups on the site. One of them is Türkçe Konuşma Kulübü. The club is open to anyone who wants to practice. They do language activities for social and business life in Turkey.

Turkey Travel Planner

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

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