About Us

The British International School is a division of The British School Istanbul and has a worldwide reputation for the education it provides.  It is a leading private international School in Türkiye, offering a Cambridge International Curriculum, IGCSE and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. We are an academic school and we send our graduates to universities throughout the world, predominantly to the UK and USA.

Our ethos is welcoming and embracing. We inspire student enthusiasm, confidence, and independence and we welcome new students throughout the year. We seek to instil in all of our students an awareness and esteem of different cultures, beliefs, skills, values and personalities. As world citizens we celebrate both our shared humanity and cultural diversity. We are a co-educational community that includes students from over 55 nationalities, between the ages of 2 ½ to 18 years. The BIS is a happy, caring community with parents, students, staff and leadership teams all working together to make our school great. Our purpose built campus at Zekeriyaköy for Pre School, Primary and Secondary is just four miles from the Black Sea and close to the beautiful Belgrade Forest.

We place a high emphasis upon the acquisition of languages and offer German, Spanish, French and Turkish. In addition to our foreign languages we also offer excellent support for English as a Second Language; students who join us with very limited English quickly reach the stage where they are fully able to access our curriculum. We have an excellent creative arts programme and offer Music, Theatre and Visual Arts in the IB Diploma Programme. We also have a very strong PE Department boasting school teams in several sports. In addition we offer an extensive range of extra-curricular activities both after school and timetabled. We are a partially-selective school and are fortunate to be able to offer Learning Support throughout both the Primary and Secondary departments. Our PTA is an active body which plays a major role in the development of our school.

The British International School is an International Baccalaureate World School authorised to deliver the IB Full Diploma Programme. We are also an authorised centre for Cambridge International Examinations, offering the CIE International General Certificate of Secondary Education. Additionally, the International section of BIS is fully accredited by the Council of British International Schools, the Council of International Schools and the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. These august bodies have looked at every aspect of our operations in minute detail and found us to be operating at the standards required of the top international schools throughout the world. The BIS is, to date, the only school in Istanbul to achieve accreditation by all three of these bodies.

Our accreditations are your guarantee of the quality of education we provide at the British International School Istanbul.

Learning is encouraged through play both inside and outside the classroom. The teachers use a wide variety of teaching styles: whole class, small groups, pairs and individual teaching. They use a wide variety of resources to encourage children to participate and to be interested in their learning. 

This includes techniques of storytelling, puppets, art and craft activities, songs and rhymes, puzzles, sand and water play, construction play and playing on outdoor equipment. The afternoons follow a play based programme were children are able to play and explore, create and think critically to become active learners.


At the British International School we follow the Cambridge International Curriculum in our Primary School and Secondary School up to and including IGCSE. The concept of a ‘Cambridge learner’ helps us communicate attributes we believe are important for learners in the modern world. We recognise that a meaningful curriculum is more than a collection of subjects. Learners need to develop a set of academic skills, life skills and attitudes to be successful. Cambridge learners are:

  • Confident in working with information and ideas – their own and those of others
  • Responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others
  • Reflective as learners, developing their ability to learn
  • Innovative and equipped for new and future challenges Engaged intellectually and socially, ready to make a difference


The IB Diploma programme is a two year pre-university course leading to examinations. It is designed for highly motivated students who are aged 16 to 19. It has an excellent reputation all over the world and as a consequence gives IB Diploma holders access to the world's leading universities. The IB Diploma is accepted by universities in more than 110 countries.


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With near 100% pass rate and an above-world average The International Baccalaureate (IB) points, our students have graduated from The BIS to continue their education at some of the most distinguished universities around the world.

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Council of British International Schools
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