Enrolling a Child in School

Information on the school enrolment procedure in Turkey...

Schools for Foreigners

International schools specifically for foreigners in Turkey follow a different national curriculum and have their own enrolment policies. Websites are generally informative.

Some private schools catering to Turkish citizens and teaching in a foreign language have both primary and secondary sections. For the enrolment policy, refer to a school's website.

  • For a list of all the schools in Turkey from MEB. Click here (in Turkish)

Enrolment to Turkish Schools

On enrolment to 6th, 7th and 8th grades, the Level Determination Exam ( SBS) results are considered. For the enrolment to secondary schools, a Secondary Schools Exam (OKS) result is required; the overall points calculated are influenced by the results of the SBS.

Vaccination requirements in Turkish schools

  • Grade 1 of primary school: OPV (Oral Polio Vaccine), MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) and Td (Tetanus and Diphtheria)
  • Grade 8 of primary school: Hepatitis B (if not previously received), Td and Rubella

Vaccination procedures are organised and conducted by the schools.

  • Child vaccination schedule in Turkey: Click here
  • School enrolment: documents required

    The documents required for enrolment are usually as follows:

    Primary school

    • Identity Cards (original and copies) of parents and child
    • Certificate of Residence
    • Three recent identity-sized photos of child
    • All other documents prepared by the school

    Secondary school

    • Secondary Schools Exam (OKS) documents
    • Six recent identity-sized photos of child
    • Certificate of Residence
    • Identity Card (original and a photocopy)