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.

Koç University

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 international 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. 

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.

We meet twice a week on fixed days and times: one session for beginners and one for intermediate/advanced level participants each week.

The sessions are very joyful, and we cover various topics with role-playing activities, games, conversations, and more.

Certificate of Participation

ICO will provide a certificate of participation at the end of the semester for those who attend at least 5 sessions. Therefore, the volunteers will take the attendees’ names each session. 

Those rewarded with a certificate will be registered on the Symplicity platform as “Completed the TCH Program.” Their volunteer participation will be indicated on their social transcripts, if applicable at the graduation. Contact us via Trackit if you have any questions about this matter.

How to Join?

  1. Subscribe to the TCH 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 Note that TCH is available ONLY for KU affiliates and their family members!
  2. Join the related WhatsApp group according to your level.
    1. Beginners’ WhatsApp Group:
    2. Intermediate/ Advanced WhatsApp Group:


Beginners: Every Wednesday, between 17:30 and 18:30. The venue will be announced by the session leader in the WhatsApp group.

Intermediate/ Advanced:  Every Thursday, between 17:30 and 18:30. The venue will be announced by the session leader in the WhatsApp group.

Spring ‘24 TPH Program

Tarih Seviye Zaman Buluşma # Buluşma Lideri Buluşma Yardımcıları Konu
Apr 3, Wednesday Başlangıç 17.30- 18.30 1 Hüseyin Deniz Açık Zeynep Sena Uzunboy, Hilal Tamser, Nejat Işık Tanışma, günlük interaksiyonlar, Türk kültürüne giriş
Apr 4, Thursday İleri 17.30- 18.30 2 Buse Küçük Nejat Işık Yemek Kültürü, Turizm, Sosyal Aktiviteler
Apr 10, Wednesday Başlangıç 17.30- 18.30
Ramazan Bayramı ve Bahar Tatili
Apr 11, Thursday İleri 17.30- 18.30
Apr 17, Wednesday Başlangıç 17.30- 18.30
Apr 18, Thursday İleri 17.30- 18.30
Apr 24, Wednesday Başlangıç 17.30- 18.30 3 Kader Kan Buse Küçük, Nurşah Şirin, Nejat Işık Tanışma, Akademik plan ve üniversiteye adaptasyon.
Apr 25, Thursday İleri 17.30- 18.30 4 Hilal Tamser Buse Küçük, Hüseyin Deniz Açık, Ekrem Bilgin Gastronomi, kültür, sanat
May 1, Wednesday Başlangıç 17.30- 18.30 Emek ve Dayanışma Günü
May 2, Thursday İleri 17.30- 18.30 5 Zeynep Sena Uzunboy Nurşah Şirin, Zeynep Karaca , Ekrem Bilgin İstanbul’da seyahat, kültür, tarih ve hayat
May 8, Wednesday Başlangıç 17.30- 18.30 6 Bilge Eylül Şahin Zührenur Nacir, Doğa Çakıl Yılmaz
May 9, Thursday İleri 17.30- 18.30 7 Göktuğ ÖNAL Bilge Eylül Şahin, Almira Kılıçaslan, Ayşe Yıldız Tanışma,akademik yaşam, tatil, gelecek planları
May 15, Wednesday Başlangıç 17.30- 18.30 8 Almira kılıçaslan Ece Timur, Zührenur Nacir Turkish culture
May 16, Thursday İleri 17.30- 18.30 9 Nurşah Şirin Zeynep Sena Uzunboy, Almira Kılıçaslan, Nezihe Nur Günyüzü Tanışma (bölüm tercihleri, hobiler…)

İlişkiler ve iletişim, psikoloji, kültürel çeşitlilik

May 22, Wednesday Başlangıç 17.30- 18.30 10 Zührenur Nacir Bilge Eylül Şahin, Ece Timur
May 23, Thursday İleri 17.30- 18.30 11 Ece Timur Hilal Tamser, Hüseyin Deniz Açık Türkçe konuşmada uzmanlık için ipuçları, güncel hayat sohbeti
May 29, Wednesday Başlangıç 17.30- 18.30 12 Ayşe Yıldız Göktuğ Önal, Nezihe Nur Günyüzü Istanbul’da yaşam, yemekler, hobiler.
May 30, Thursday İleri 17.30- 18.30 13 Nezihe Nur Günyüzü Ayşe Yıldız Sık kullanılan deyimler ve öbek fiiller
Jun 5, Wednesday Başlangıç 17.30- 18.30 14 Doğa Çakıl Yılmaz Nezihe Nur Günyüzü Günlük hayata dair sohbetler, sıkça kullanılan ifadeler
Jun 6, Thursday İleri 17.30- 18.30 15 Azra Gül Dölek Göktuğ Önal
Jun 12, Wednesday Başlangıç 17.30- 18.30 16 Azra Gül Dölek
Jun 13, Thursday İleri 17.30- 18.30 17 Azra Gül Dölek

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 about a specific topic or skill for 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 other opinions/levels of speaking skills.
  • For any questions, suggestions, or concerns, you can reach out to us by creating a Trackit request through Dean of Students Trackit / ICO Requests.

Application to be a Volunteer TCH Leader or Supporter for Fall ’24:

Application Link: TBA

Application Deadline: TBA

The program supervisor: Zikri Mert Demircan (

KOLT Conversation Circles
Koç University Office of Learning and Teaching (KOLT) offers Conversation Circles and different support programs. In certain semesters, they have Turkish Conversation Circles as well, you may have a look at their website to see the schedule for options.

KOLT Website
Elective Course for Students

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:

Off-Campus Courses

İSMEK (Free)

You can attend the Turkish courses by the İstanbul Municipality (İBB) 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 (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 (Paid)

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 (Online Resource)

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

Türkiye Travel Planner