Robert College of Istanbul
Arnavutkoy P.K.1, 34345, Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: (+90) 212 359 2222
Fax: (+90) 212 257 5443/287 0117
National, IB, US curricula.
890 students, 14-20 yrs.
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 at Robert College of
Istanbul 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 at Robert College of Istanbul 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 programme is Turkish-related and taught in Turkish.
A few non-Turkish students may be admitted as special students.
All teachers (55% foreign, 45% Turkish) hold university degrees.
The Robert College of Istanbul 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 100+ boarders
are excellent at the Robert College of Istanbul. The library/information
center and the computer center have been expanded and networked
to accommodate new technology. The main playing field and running
track command a panoramic view of the Bosphorus. Faculty residences
are available on campus.