Straddling comfortably on two continents since the dawn of time, Turkey has seen a wide mix of civilizations, peoples and cultures pass through it. The Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and the Ottomans have all left indelible imprints on the Anatolian Peninsula and modern day Turkey. Naturally, its no surprise that a country with such a diverse history and exchange of knowledge is now a premier learning holiday destination.

But this alone is not what makes  Turkey such a special place to live and learn. The country is remarkably affordable, especially when compared to the European prices to the West of it. Yet in Istanbul and in many cities on the West Coast, it still “feels” like Europe. The Turkish people are incredibly friendly and welcoming to foreigners. The food is delicious, getting around is easy and hassle-free and the country is packed with interesting cities, sights and history. Best of all, there is a wide range of fun and productive courses.

When to Go

Turkey has a climate not unlike that of Southern Europe with hot, dry summers and cold winters. Spring and fall are the most pleasant times to visit, although the water temperature is at its best during the summer, meaning all those planning on taking a dip in the Aegean or Mediterranean Seas (definitely a highlight) should consider visiting during the hot season.

Cost of Living

Turkey’s economic star is rising and the Turkish Lira is appreciating but the country still represents fairly good value for money. Housing tends to be pricey though. Expect to pay anywhere from $500-1000 US per month for a 1BR apartment, with flats in Istanbul and along the coast being at the upper end of that range. Sometimes hostels, small hotels and guesthouses can be cheaper so be sure to check around. Food is affordable and will set you back about $10-15US a day. Many hotels provide free breakfast.


Citizens of most countries can purchase a 90 day visa on arrival. These visas allow multiple entries within the 90-day period and can easily be extended once in Turkey. Costs vary according to your nationality but most can expect to pay $20US.

What to Learn

Arts and HandicraftsGiven its diverse history, its no surprise that Turkey has such a rich tradition of arts and handicrafts. From carpet weaving to pottery making to photography and painting, the options for those wanting to get their creative juices flowing during their holiday are limitless. More>>

Turkish Language The Turkish economy is booming and the country is gradually taking on a more and more prominent role on the global stage. Spoken by over 200 million people throughout Central Asia, Turkish is primed to become a more important global language in the 21st century. Its a challenging language but immensely fascinating and there is no better place to learn it than in Turkey. More>>

Turkish CookingLearn one of the globe’s premier classical cuisines. Many of today’s Turkish dishes come directly from the recipe book of the Ottoman Palace. Learning to prepare Turkish cuisine is learning that Turkish food is so much more than just doner kebab. More>>

Paragliding at Oludeniz - Photo courtesy of Dan Taylor

ParaglidingTurkey remains one of the best places on the globe to try out paragliding. Affordable courses abound, the scenery is spectacular and you can get certified in as little as one week. Those with less time can try tandem paragliding. The beautiful coastal enclaves of Oludeniz and Kaş are where all the action happens and offer some of the most awe-inspiring scenery on the planet (see photo) More>>

Philosophy – In an attempt to bring back the vibrant philosophical tradition rooted in ancient Greece and Asia Minor, philosophy classes, lectures and discussions are held every summer in the seaside city of Assos. These courses often take place in ancient Greek forums and agoras giving participants the chance to experience Socratic discussion and philosophical questioning in the same environment in which it was born. More>>

 Scuba Diving – With diverse marine life, spectacular ancient ruins and stunning wrecks from World War Two, it is easy to see why Turkey is one of Europe’s top diving destination. On top of its world famous dive sites, the country offers plenty of affordable diving courses leading to PADI, SSI and CMAS open water qualifications. More>>

English Teaching – Turkey is one of the few countries in Europe where ESL teachers can expect to earn a half-decent wage. Since it is not part of the EU (yet), there is also considerable less red tape to overcome in obtaining a work visa (especially for North Americans). Add this to a rapidly increasing demand for English education  and it becomes easy to see why Turkey is a fine option for ESL teaching abroad. If you want to teach in Turkey why not get certified there too? More>>


Know of anything else that can be studied in Turkey? Let us know and we will gladly consider adding it to this page.