British Side English Language School was set up with the aim of providing quality teaching to customers in Istanbul. The partners and many of the teachers worked at the British Council Teaching Centre until its closure in July 2006. Our main premises is located on the European side of Istanbul, (after having started our business in the former British Council building, we moved to our new building in 2009); opposite to the Conrad Hotel on Barbaros Bulvari in Besiktas, which is a commercial centre and at the same time one of the biggest student hubs of the city having Yildiz Technical University’s main campus. We have a Professional Development Centre that provides tailor made trainings for companies. There are 17 classrooms, a Self Access Resource Centre, two meeting rooms with en suite multimedia and conference facilities. Media has shown great interest to British Side since its beginning, many articles/interviews with our teachers/partners appear on local papers.
We have another office in Istanbul, situated at Bagdat Street on Anatolian side, which is again the main commercial area of this part of city. Language courses are run in this office as well. There 8 classrooms and a Self Access Resource Centre. We have approximately a number of 100 staff working at our Istanbul offices. In addition to our Istanbul operation, Education Counselling unit has an office in Ankara, which is the main point of the government scholars in Turkey. We have classroom/ meeting room facilities in our Ankara office as well.
On average each term we have around 800 students at our Language School, attending a large scale of courses, including General/ Intensive/ Spoken English or Corporate programmes, we are also the most recognized centre in Turkey offering IELTS preparation courses. At our ELT department we run a variety of trainings and seminars for teachers of English at local institutions and the neighbour cities. We are also an accredited centre for University of Cambridge’s CELTA programme and BULATS, ILEC, ICFE and TKT exams besides PTE- Academic exam. British Side is also the first educational institution in Turkey that is accepted to Quality English; the best of independent English Language Schools Worldwide.
British Side UK Education Counselling Services was set up in February 2007, based at British Side premises we offer counselling services both for internal and external customers. We work with primarily with Higher Education Institutions in the UK and a selected group of language schools. Our customer profile ranges from young learners starting from age 9 to adult learners, executive managers and high school/ university students. We help our students in choosing the best course meeting their needs, process their applications, assist with their visas and organise pre-departure briefings. We also offer support services to all our students throughout their stay in the UK.
We have 9 team members in our UK Education Counselling department, 6 of us are based in our Istanbul Office (3 education counsellors, 3 assistant education counsellors); whereas 2 other team members operate in Ankara.
As official representatives of UK institutions that we work with; we aim to provide a full marketing assistance to our partners. We share news on market updates, press and web scans from various education sites in Turkey, we offer our facilities for visiting UK institutions and we are assisting the arrangement of their inward visits.
We circulate news on our partners programmes to our database consisting students, teachers and company contacts as well as press. We coordinate the translation of our partners’ promotional materials and provide advice on the current efficient advertising tools.
Our partners use British Side Premises for student meetings/ presentations and interviews or even social gatherings. We assist with the arrangement of cost effective and efficient adverts in Turkish media/press and the local institutions’ publications. We also help with arranging appointments with local academic and commercial contacts and organising alumni events/cocktails of UK institutions at British Side premises.