• Want to Teach English in Turkey?

    The LanguageCorps program in Turkey is located in Istanbul - a world metropolis which has developed into the 9th largest city on Earth. Istanbul is the commercial, historical and cultural pulse of Turkey, and its beauty lies in its ability to embrace its contradictions. Ancient and modern, religious and secular, Asia and Europe, mystical and earthly all co-exist here.

    Training & Certification

    LanguageCorps offers the following Programs in Turkey:

    • TESOL Certification

    The four-week training course (approximately 140 hours) includes academic input sessions, 12 hours of observed teaching and 10 hours of observed teaching practice with local EFL students. The program is intense, interactive, and practical, and will give you the skills and confidence necessary to embark on a teaching career and work in a professional manner anywhere in the world.

    The training center is located in the heart of the busy Kadiköy district, which has a wide variety of atmospheres and architectural styles. The streets are varied, some being narrow alleyways and others, such as Bahariye Caddesi, being pedestrian avenues. Kadiköy is a residential and commercial district, and with its numerous bars, cinemas and bookshops, is the cultural center of the Anatolian side of Istanbul.

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Istanbul, Turkey is US$1,625

    Accommodations are available in shared apartments near the Training Center for an additional cost of approximately $350 (approximately €300 for a single room in a shared apartment).

    * Approximately - the program fee includes a deposit of US$500, plus the tuition balance of €1,000, which has a fluctuating exchange rate.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

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  • Turkey Start Dates

    To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

    The application is available here.

  • Country Overview

    Istanbul, a world metropolis, has developed into the 9th largest city on Earth largely due to its geopolitical location. It is spread over nearly 600 square miles of land and is home to an estimated 12-15 million inhabitants. It is the only city in the world to straddle two continents, and the only one to have been a capital during two consecutive empires - Christian and Islamic. Istanbul consists of, on the European side, the Historical Peninsula to the south of the Golden Horn with the Galata District to the north and, on the Asian side, the New City. The European side of the city is the trade and business center, whereas the Asian side is more residential. Istanbul still remains the commercial, historical and cultural pulse of Turkey, and its beauty lies in its ability to embrace its contradictions. Ancient and modern, religious and secular, Asia and Europe, mystical and earthly all co-exist here.

    Istanbul has a long and interesting history. Byzantium was the city's original name, and it was changed to Constantinople during the height of the Holy Roman Empire. Today, the city is still a political and commercial center for the Balkan and Middle Eastern countries, as well as the Turkish Republics of Central Asia. As the city is the crossroads of East and West, the cultural, religious, and architectural synthesis is unlike any other city. Istanbul is often compared to Rome (both having been the capitals of Byzantine and Ottoman Empires) for its many similarities including numerous and imposing religious and civil structures. Istanbul is a mecca for tourism and visitors find it fascinating.

    Its variety is one of Istanbul's greatest attractions: the ancient mosques, palaces, museums and bazaars reflect its diverse history. The thriving shopping area of Taksim buzzes with life and entertainment. And the serene beauty of the Bosphorus, Princes Islands and parks bring a touch of peace to the otherwise chaotic metropolis.

    The natural beauty of the Golden Horn is reason enough to visit this part of the world. The moderate climate, active night life, diverse population, and excellent Turkish cuisine are other factors which make Istanbul attractive to foreigners.

    The training center is located in the heart of the busy Kadiköy district, which has a wide variety of atmospheres and architectural styles. The streets are varied, some being narrow alleyways and others, such as Bahariye Caddesi, being pedestrian avenues. Kadiköy is a residential and commercial district, and with its numerous bars, cinemas and bookshops, is the cultural center of the Anatolian side of Istanbul.

    The climate in spring and autumn is perfect. During July and August it is hot and steamy; and chill winter winds and snow are common in winter.

  • Job Prospects & Pay

    As Istanbul is an ever-growing city with its population increasing around 5 % per annum, the teaching opportunities here are plentiful. There are numerous language schools catering to every level from primary schools to businesses. Most participants have found a teaching position by the end of the four-week TESOL Certification Program, and any graduate should be able to find a niche in Istanbul.

  • Day-to-Day Living

    Food & Clothing

    The cuisine of Turkey has a reputation among food lovers as being among the world's most compelling. Along with the traditional Turkish restaurants, many European and Far Eastern restaurants, as well as numerous other international cuisines are thriving in the city. Istanbul is also famous for its historic seafood restaurants, many of which were originally established by the local Greeks. There are many night clubs, pubs, restaurants and taverns with live music in the city. The night clubs, restaurants and bars increase in number and move to open air spaces in the summer.

    Evidence of Istanbul's blend of East and West can be seen in the clothing worn by both men and women. Women can be seen in fashionable skirts, dresses with bare arms, and slacks, as well as black abayas that cover them from head to toe. Sometimes their faces are uncovered, and sometimes the black veiling is clipped tightly over their noses, leaving only their eyes visible. Incongruously, some of these modest ladies can be accompanied by men in sleeveless undershirts and fashionably torn jeans. Headscarves can be seen everywhere, on women young and old, and are clearly a fashion statement with their vibrant splashes of color.

    When teaching, be sure to adhere to the local working culture and basic ideas of professionalism. Business Casual is a safe bet.

    Housing & Communication

    During training, accommodations in a fully furnished shared apartment are available. While it should be stated that the standards of accommodation are considerably more basic than those found in Western Europe and Northern America, apartments are always clean and spacious and conveniently located within walking distance to the training center. After training, you will most likely rent a room in an apartment or house with other teachers or locals. Some employers will provide accommodations as part of your contract, usually in an apartment with other teachers.

    Internet access is available to all trainees, and internet cafes are available throughout the city.

  • Excursions

    There is an abundance of things to see and do in Istanbul, but a few are not to be missed. Home of the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years, Topkapi Sarayi (\"Palace of the Cannon Gate\") was the heart of the vast Ottoman Empire, ruled by the monarch who lived in Topkapi's hundreds of rooms with hundreds of concubines, children, and servants.

    Near the Topkapi Palace, Ayasofya, or the Church of the Divine Wisdom (Hagia Sophia in Greek), is one of the most impressive and important buildings ever constructed. Its wide, flat dome was a daring engineering feat in the 6th century, and architects still marvel at the building's many innovations.

    Istanbul's imperial Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I (Sultan Ahmet Camii) is Islam's elegant answer to Ayasofya. It is called the Blue Mosque because of its interior tiles, mostly on the upper level and difficult to see unless you're right up there with them. The mosque was built from 1603-1617 and has six minarets and a great cascade of domes. It is built on the site of the Great Palace of Byzantium, on the southeastern side of the Hippodrome.

    Istanbul's Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi, or Covered Market) is Turkey's largest covered market offering excellent shopping: beautiful Turkish carpets, glazed tiles and pottery, copper and brassware, apparel made of leather, cotton and wool, meerschaum pipes, alabaster bookends and ashtrays, and all sorts of other things. While tourists enjoy browsing and buying, locals also shop at the Grand Bazaar.

  • Travel Resources

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    LanguageCorps Programs

    What are the fees for LanguageCorps Programs? What do those fees cover?

    LanguageCorps offers a TESOL Certification Program with program fees that range from approximately US$[TESOL Certification min]-[TESOL Certification max]. We offer our TESOL Certification Programs in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. The program is an intensive and thorough 4-week course of classroom training and practice teaching, leading to a TESOL Certificate which is internationally recognized. As part of all TESOL Certification Programs, you will receive job search assistance, and in all locations, most people who are persistent and flexible are successful in finding teaching positions.

    In Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Ecuador and Mexico, we also offer the TESOL Plus Program. This combines the 4-week TESOL certification course and job placement assistance, with a more comprehensive set of support services including accommodations and travel insurance. The TESOL Plus program fee is US$[TESOL Plus min]-[TESOL Plus max] depending on location.

    The fee for our Short-term Volunteer/Volunteer Plus Program (available in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam) is US$[Volunteer min]-[Volunteer max] for eight weeks. These programs include abbreviated TESOL training or full TESOL certification, accommodations, placement in a volunteer (unpaid) teaching position, cell phone, medical insurance, visas, excursions, and local support while in country.

    Our Online TEFL (TESOL) Certification Program includes a full 150 hour certification course (including 20 hours of teaching practicum). This program is designed to be flexible enough for full time students or working professionals, while still ensuring a rigorous training. The program fee for our Online TEFL Certification Program is US$[Online fee].

    For all Programs we require a deposit of US$500 ($300 for the Online TEFL Certification Program) to reserve your scheduled start date. This deposit is deducted from the total program fee. Due to enrollment constraints, deposits received within 60 days of a program start date are non-refundable. Deposits received within 61-90 days of a program start date are refundable for 3 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee), after which they are non-refundable. Deposits received 91 or more days before a program start date are refundable for 10 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee) after which they are non-refundable. The balance of the program fee is payable four weeks prior to your scheduled start date.

    Are there other costs in addition to the Program fee?

    You must provide for your own travel from your home to your arrival point and for your own travel back home at the end of your teaching assignment. (NOTE: Some hiring schools may offer partial or full reimbursement of airfare costs as part of your overall compensation.)

    In some teaching assignments, you may have accommodations, and/or free access to dining facilities, as part of your compensation. But more commonly, you will have to pay for your own food and rent. In addition, an apartment you select may require additional "up-front" payments such as security deposits and fist-month's rent. As in all walks of life, be sure to have enough funds to get through to your first monthly paycheck!

    You will need to pay for your food during the program, although in some countries a home stay is an option, which typically includes two meals per day. Of course, you will have to pay for any personal items and services (cleaning, laundry, etc.) you may want, and for your own entertainment, vacation or leisure travel, gifts or other personal shopping.

    How does LanguageCorps help me find a teaching assignment?

    During your in-country training program, the local staff will begin working with you to develop a CV and contact schools. For TESOL Certification and TESOL Plus Program participants, you will be given job search assistance and the names of schools to contact. In all locations, job placements for those who are serious and flexible have been very successful.

    For Online course participants, centralized placement support can assist you in determining the overseas location that best meets your goals and qualifications and you will have access to our world-wide directory of more than 8,000 ESL schools.

    Given the high caliber reputation of our LanguageCorps teachers, our staff's knowledge of and experience with local EFL teaching opportunities and our focus on job placement, we are confident that by the time you complete your certification / orientation or soon thereafter you will have received at least one, and usually more than one, offer(s) for a paid EFL teaching assignment. Our staff can also assist with the oftentimes complicated contract negotiations, to ensure our teachers receive the maximum benefits and pay they are qualified for.

    Sometimes a teacher will work in two or more part-time positions instead of one full-time position, or may elect to supplement their primary job with side work such as tutoring.

    LanguageCorps does not offer guaranteed job placement, however, our participants have been very successful with job placement in all locations.

  • TESOL Certification Program, Turkey

    The four-week training course (approximately 140 hours) includes academic input sessions, 12 hours of observed teaching and 10 hours of observed teaching practice with local EFL students. The program is intense, interactive, and practical, and will give you the skills and confidence necessary to embark on a teaching career and work in a professional manner anywhere in the world.

    The training center is located in the heart of the busy Kadiköy district, which has a wide variety of atmospheres and architectural styles. The streets are varied, some being narrow alleyways and others, such as Bahariye Caddesi, being pedestrian avenues. Kadiköy is a residential and commercial district, and with its numerous bars, cinemas and bookshops, is the cultural center of the Anatolian side of Istanbul.

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Turkey is US$1,625

    Accommodations are available in shared apartments near the Training Center for an additional cost of approximately $350 (approximately €300 for a single room in a shared apartment).

    * Approximately - the program fee includes a deposit of US$500, plus the tuition balance of €1,000, which has a fluctuating exchange rate.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.