International Student Admission Process

NUN Schools Application and Admission Process:

  • NUN Student admission and evaluation process begins with an online application. You can fill out the candidate student application form on our website here.
  • The academic exam is held on the dates specified on our website. Depending on the preference of our international candidate students, the exam language may be English or Turkish. (Only our kindergarten and first year candidate students are not subjected to the academic exam. The guidance process is carried out for them.)
  • The candidate student is invited to a guidance interview after the academic exam. Our guidance unit experts evaluate the student's cognitive level, motor skills, attention, tendency to group work, social and communication skills, and ability to take instructions. The most important purpose of this meeting is to evaluate the student's adaptation to our school and their happiness.
  • All students coming from abroad are required to obtain the equivalence certificate. When you apply for the exam, applying for equivalence is also effective in determining the student's class.

Announcement of Results

  • The academic exam results are evaluated within a week and informed to the families via telephone and e-mail.
    (School enrollment cannot be completed without the equivalence certificate. You can find detailed information about the equivalence process here.)
  • If the process is positive, the student is entitled to enroll in our school. You can complete the enrollment process by coming to our school.

*Kindergarten students who will apply to the NUN Primary School admission process must have completed 54 months as of September.

*It is preferred that the candidate student has completed 69 months in order to be accepted to the 1st grade of primary school. In order for children aged 66-69 months to start the 1st grade, the relevant guidance teacher must make a pre-assessment and report that there is no harm in starting the 1st grade.

*During the time when the candidate student is in the exam, parents can also attend the school tour prepared for them. Within the scope of this program, NUN Schools administration staff shares the philosophy and operation of NUN Schools, and answers the questions of candidate parents about the school and curriculum.

School Promotion Days and Enrollment Schedule are announced on the NUN Schools website. You can call 0216 686 16 86 for more detailed information.

Students Should Bring the Following When Coming to the Exam:

Identity card or passport,
One passport photograph.
Pencils and erasers are given to students by the school.

Note: Parents who do not pay the exam entrance fee online are required to bring the exam entrance fee of 300 TL with them.

  • In the academic exam, candidate students' ability to analyze and synthesize, understand what they read and express their thoughts in their own words, read, interpret and make inferences from the information given by graphs, tables and maps are measured, as well as their mastery of the current curriculum.
  • The exam is conducted in two sessions of 45 minutes each.
  • The exam consists of open-ended and multiple-choice questions with four options.
  • The correct answer is marked on the optical reader and the exam booklet. If more than one answer is marked for a question, that question will be deemed to have been answered incorrectly.


How many students from different countries are studying at NÛN Schools in the 2023-2024 Academic Year?

At NÛN Schools, which also attaches importance to international student acceptance, 123 students from 26 different countries are studying in the 2023-2024 academic year.

Can students who are not Turkish citizens study in NÛN Schools?

Yes, NÛN Schools are open to students from all countries. The students who received education in and after 1st grade abroad or an international school in Turkey, must receive a certificate of equivalence from the Ministry of National Education.

Is NÛN Schools an international school?

No, NÛN Schools is accredited to the IB (International Baccalaureate) system and implements the curriculum of the Ministry of National Education of the Republic of Turkey.

What is the language of education in NÛN Schools?

The language of education in NUN Schools is Turkish. In addition, English education is given in a way that varies according to the levels. Arabic lessons are also added to the curriculum as of 7th grade.

How many years is the education in NÛN Schools?

The 4+4+4 education system implemented by the Ministry of National Education is also valid in NÛN Schools. In addition, depending on the language development status of the student in high school and the result of the readiness exam to be held, the student may be required to take an extra year of preparatory education. 

Can students who do not speak Turkish be educated in NÛN Schools?

Language requirements of NÛN Schools differ according to the levels.

When was NÛN Schools established?

As an establishment of the NÛN Education and Culture Foundation, NÛN Primary School was opened in 2014, NÛN Girls and Boys Schools, which provide middle and high school education, were opened in 2016.

Where is NÛN Schools?

NÛN Schools buildings and dormitories are located, is on the Elmalı Village road in Beykoz district.

What does NÛN mean?

The source of inspiration of our school's name is the letter or according to some scholars the word "Nûn" appears in the Surah "Al-Qalam" (Pen) in the meaning of knowledge in our great book, the Quran. "Nûn" has many important features both in terms of shape and the meaning. In addition to the interpretation that "Nûn" contains all beings, creatures and realms in the universe, in Sufism, it is stated that the point in "Nûn" letter represents the human and the rest of the letter describes the rest of the universe. When both of them come together, they complete the ring in the form of a circle symbolizing the world. The life cycle is completed, perfection has been achieved. In other words, life has a meaning as long as man creates integrity and provides balance with the universe around him. Our logo writes the word "Nûn" with rounded lines and includes an inkwell shape to contain the ink that the pen needs, as well as the arms on the right and left wings represent the balance in the world. From this point of view, maturity is referred with the elements completing each other such as world-afterworld, day-night, academy-personality. It is aimed to observe this balance in the views, lives and words of NÛN Students and to comprehend this idea within the framework of purpose-evidence.

Are there any girls and boys school segregation in NÛN Schools?

Yes, NÛN Schools provide separate education in Girls and Boys Campus buildings. Separate education model for boys and girls, which is a trend that is spreading rapidly all over the world, especially in the USA, has become a serious alternative to the natural differences in education, which are supported by the researches made every day. This situation, which is the subject of many academic articles, also reveals the fact that the brains of girls and boys develop at different rates at different times and that perception differs accordingly. Therefore, the result of these studies is that both genders need to be educated in a different way. This is not to create an inequality of opportunity in education. On the contrary, it is to form an almost personalized education model by taking into account the tendencies, orientations and interests of both genders. Studies show that students studying at schools for boys or girls, where the risk of distraction are minimized during the developmental age, have higher success and performance rates than students receiving coeducation. Moreover, it is recorded that the number of girls or boys schools increased by more than 2000% from 1995 to 2008 only in the USA. In addition to these factors, it is determined that students of both genders overcome their fear of failure against the opposite gender, their self-confidence increase, and they behave more like themselves in boys and girls schools. It is also another fact that teachers feel more comfortable in their behaviors towards students in separate schools. Without the criticism of gender discrimination, it is a comfort that teachers prepare their lessons by taking into account the differences of students depending on their age and nature as girls and boys, and teach their lessons with more elaborate tools and techniques. The rapid increase in girls and boys schools in many developed countries of the world, the observation that students have a happier education with their own gender, and the resulting increase in their academic success compared to coeducation schools have caused girls and boys schools to enter the agenda of the world. Based on all these facts, NÛN Schools are aware that girls and boys schools are largely effective in developing a personalized education model and form educational models in this direction.

What is the founding philosophy of NÛN Schools?

In the 21st century, NÛN Schools have set out with the aim of raising generations who have personalities, aware of their moral and conscientious responsibilities and world citizens who are aware of their national and local values. It personalizes educational planning based on knowledge, faith and aesthetics, taking into account each student's unique interests and abilities.

What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) program?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, which is accepted as a worldwide quality standard and has validity and reliability, aims to raise young people between the ages of 3 and 19 as versatile world citizens who are up-to-date and have developed life skills. NÛN Schools chose this program as a tool to reach the goal of raising knowledgeable, conscious and sensitive young people more effectively.

Where does the Ministry of National Education curriculum stand within the IB program?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is a framework consisting of methods and techniques. The program does not target only academic knowledge as acquisition. The IB Program student has learner profiles such as inquirer and risk-taker that he/she should exhibit and life skills expected to develop. In NÛN Schools, the curriculum of the Ministry of National Education is implemented within this framework. For example, "the ability to perform four operations" is one of the achievements identified by this curriculum for a primary school student. However, it is not sufficient under the IB Program. In addition to this acquisition, the student is expected to gain the awareness of acting fairly when doing division operations in daily life, to have the communication skills so that the student can easily explain the four operation to friends when necessary, and to be able to turn information into action in daily life.

What does NÛN Schools pay attention to when selecting academic staff?

It is essential for NÛN teachers to follow the developments in the field as well as to have a good command of their field and to be interested in learning at the same time. It is also expected to have a foreign language at a level to communicate and to make academic progress in his/her field.

While those with at least five years of experience are prioritized; teachers with wise character who will serve as role models for students, acting not individually but as a part of a whole, believing in the beauty of achieving together are preferred. People who are curios, have a strong desire to deepen knowledge and are capable of sharing knowledge with the student are sought.

Does a high school student have to study preparatory class even if the student's English level is competent?

No, students who show the necessary success in exams for the purpose of determining the language level are exempt from the preparatory class.

Do you have level classes for students whose foreign language levels differ from each other?

NÛN Schools often resort to the “differentiation” method in language teaching to its students. There are different dynamics in language learning. Although some students can easily speak a foreign language, they may have difficulties in writing academic texts. Or, the fact that the student cannot express himself/herself comfortably in a foreign language does not mean that he/she does not have a good command of that language. One of the main issues that NUN Schools pay attention to in the system implemented is that education is planned and shaped according to the child. At this point, the differentiation method comes into play. First of all, the situation of the student is determined. Outside of class hours, competent persons come together with them and strive to complete the lacking parts and improve the current situation. Speaking practice is done with the student who has difficulty in speaking, and essay writing exercises are done with the student who has difficulty in writing. The content of the study is revised according to the needs of the student.

Is boarding mandatory for middle and high school students?

No, it is not mandatory. For students who wish, there is a dormitory facility for high school students at NÛN Girls and Boys School, whose campus is located in Beykoz. The dormitories where every student residing in Istanbul or coming from outside the province has the opportunity to stay are offered to the parents as a choice, not a necessity. There are no dormitories for middle school students.

For how many people are dormitory rooms?

Our students stay in single rooms with their own beds, wardrobes, bookshelves and work desks. These rooms come together in three or four rooms and forms student apartments with a shared bathroom and toilet. Male students stay in apartments with three rooms and female students stay in apartments for four rooms. The toilet and bathroom are separate in each flat and are common areas. There is a common cloakroom and lockers at the entrance of the apartment.

What is the capacity of the dormitories?

Dormitory service is provided with a capacity of 362 for girls and 505 for boys.

Can students living in Istanbul stay in dormitories?

Our students living in Istanbul can also stay in our dormitories.

What are the facilities of your school within the scope of sports and art activities?

With an aim to raise its students as world citizens who are aware of their local and national values, NÛN Schools believe in the importance of culture, arts and sports. In addition to the visual arts and music education provided in NÛN Schools, it is ensured that students gain awareness of art, learn both the history and philosophy of art, and gain an aesthetic and intellectual perspective thanks to the cultural activities.  You can view the Science, Sports, Art, Technology at NÛN tab to access detailed information about the school's arts and sports activities.

Which level of students are accepted to NUN Schools?

Children who have completed 54 months are accepted to our nursery classes which are under the NÛN Primary School. In order to be admitted to primary school, it is preferred that the candidate student has completed 69 months. In order for children between 66-69 months to start the 1st grade, the relevant counselor should make a pre-evaluation and report that there is no harm in starting the 1st grade. We have a limited quota for 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades. There is no scholarship opportunity. For NÛN Middle and High School, new admissions are accepted only for 5th, 6th, 7th, high school preparatory and 9th grades. Quotas are limited for student admissions except 5th grade and preparatory class. There is no scholarship opportunity.

Is it compulsory to take your school's admission exam?

NÛN Girls and Boys School has admission exams held on certain dates. Prospective students who wish to enroll in the school are required to take these exams. In the special exam of NÛN Schools, the ability of prospective students to make analysis-synthesis, to understand what they read and to express their thoughts in their own words, as well as their command of the current curriculum; reading, interpreting and inferring the information given by graphics, tables and maps are measured. In NÛN Primary School, instead of the academic exam, there are workshops where the school maturity measurements of the students are made. Registration is also required to participate in these studies.

What are the determining factors in the admission of primary school students?

At NÛN Primary School, with the workshops conducted under the supervision of classroom teachers and counseling unit experts, the student's cognitive level, motor skills, attention, tendency to group work, social and communication skills, and the ability to take instructions are measured.

Does an orientation program is applied to newly admitted students?

The students who are newly admitted to NÛN Schools are shown the physical environment of our school in the presence of our counseling teachers so that they can get to know our campuses and educational environment better. Besides, thanks to the orientation programs, which also include our Psychological Counseling and Guidance group, it is ensured that our students are adapted to the school culture.

Are there shuttle services for your students?

There are shuttle services for our students. NÛN Schools are also sensitive about keeping the shuttle routes short and revising them with every new student. Istanbul conditions are always considered and a special effort is made to prevent the student from starting the day tired. NÛN Girls and Boys School also have dormitory facilities.

Do you have a canteen at your school?

In our primary school, our canteen with healthy snacks serves once a week. With the pre-determined shopping amount, our students learn to spend according to their own preferences by using their budget correctly and share delicious snacks with their friends. In our middle and high school canteens, which are open in the afternoon, a pleasant environment has been designed where our students can get healthy snacks with calculated nutritional values accompanied by tea and coffee.

Is meals cooked in the school's own kitchen?

Believing that students' cognitive development is not separate from their physical development, NÛN Schools has a special sensitivity to healthy eating. In addition to the main course, every product, from yoghurt to cream, is made from fresh and natural products and offered to students in the school's own kitchen. 

Is there any health service offered to students?

NÛN Primary School and NÛN Girls and Boys School have separate health officers. Nurses, who share any health changes regarding students by communicating directly with their parents, also provide full-time service to be ready in cases such as first aid and intervention in accidents.