Tuition & Application


  • 6 classes                 $300
  • 12 classes              $550
  • 18 classes                     $800
  • Private Lesson                     $65

  • Applications for the language program can be made year round. Pay the tuition for Summer Term of Turkish Program by clicking the “Donate” button for the 12 classes / 2 sessions.

      1. Each lesson is 50 minutes.
      2. In groups under the age of 10, courses are organized in 2 sets of 25 minutes with a 10 minute break.
      3. Classes are for 4-6 students.
      4. Classes are held via Zoom program. A password will be used to connect to the class to provide extra security.


        1. Full refund is available when an email notification is sent 1 week prior to the session date.
        2. If a student/parent announces absence 24 hours prior to the class, then that class will be rescheduled depending on teachers’ availability.
        3. There will be no refund or rescheduling for unexcused absences.
        4. Please email us for further questions and concerns adresinden ulaşabilirsiniz.

        To apply for a session please follow the steps below:
        1. Click on the “Apply Now” button and fill out the form.
        2. Pay the tuition by clicking the “Donate” button for the session you selected.
        3. Wait for the confirmation email to get the details about how to join the classes.


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    Academic Staff

    Administration and Academic Staff:

    Our pilot program will be managed and organized by the staff of Research Institute on Turkey. Our academic staff includes two experienced teachers from Turkey:

    Birim Bademli

    Born and raised in Istanbul, Badem Birimli graduated from Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Teaching Department in 2003. She completed her MA in Applied Psychology at Istanbul Ticaret University. During her 14 years as a teacher, she worked 9 years at Terakki Vakfi Scools in Istanbul. She completed certificate programs in IB-PYP, learning by critical thinking, GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science) and differentiated education fields. She also worked towards bringing these concepts and adapting them to the existing curriculums. She joined SAE Beyoglu Film and Animation workshops between 2010-2012. She moved to New York in 2017. She continues her animation works.


    Seçil Koman

    Born and raised in Ankara, Seçil Koman graduated from Atatürk University Education Faculty, Teaching Department in 2003. After graduation, she completed a program in teaching for mentally disabled. She volunteered in rehabilitation centers in Ankara for two years. After moving to Istanbul, she worked as a classroom teacher at IB-PYP Schools. 12 years as a teacher, she worked 5 years at Terakki Vakfi Schools. During her time at Terakki, she joined several IB-PYP symposiums. In her teaching career, she joined certificate programs in differentiated teaching and teaching technologies. She made presentations during Spring Teaching Conference and Best Examples in Teaching events. She moved to New York in 2017 to continue her education in English and in arts.

    Turkish Language Program (Ages 9-16)

    Purpose of the program for Group 2 (Ages 9-16):

    We aim to create a program where children between 9-16 will become active participants of the program by bringing their previous knowledge and experiences to our classes. We pay special attention to developing their critical thinking, problem solving and research capabilities further while learning Turkish in an interactive and creative environment. We believe that language learning can be achieved best when the language is utilized in a systematic structure and true language environment.

    We aim to develop language awareness for each child by focus on reading, writing, speaking and listening capabilities in each theme. Some of our activities will include stories, songs, drama exercises, games, comprehension questions, fill-in-the-blanks exercises as well as puzzles. These activities will be diversified based on the individual differences and interests of the children. For visual learners, special focus will be on illustrated stories, for oral learners, there will be songs, listening activities and word repetitions. For kinesthetic learners, there will be hands-on and movement based activities. In line with the theory of multiple intelligences, we will offer different activities to fulfill the needs of each  type of intelligence.

    Turkish Language Program (Ages 6-8)

    Purpose of the program for Group 1 (Ages 6 – 8):

    Considering the developmental characteristics of the children, Turkish language program highlights awareness and critical thinking built upon games, arts, drama, and science activities.

    • Teaching Vocabulary: Teaching new vocabulary in accordance with each theme. Vocabulary is carefully selected for age appropriateness and practicality. Educators pay special attention on words that would be frequently used in children’s everyday life as well as them being taught in relevant and meaningful contexts.
    • Teaching Concepts: Relevant with the context of each theme, activities, and teaching will focus on concept learning including geometric concepts, color concepts, antonyms, dimensional concepts, directional and spatial concepts. Each theme follows an immersive structure by repeating the previous theme in terms of language structure so that each child can bring their language skills to a higher level.
    • Teaching Sound: Our reading and writing activities will focus on sound exercises. The purpose of these exercises is to familiarize the children with the sound and sound systems of the language by engaging them in simple sound activities.


    Academy of Languages


    RIT -Turkish Language School (Ages 6- 16)

    RIT University of the Commons launches a language school to provide language classes for 6-16 year old children. Our goal with the program is to provide a socially engaging creative environment for children where they will develop their language skills in Turkish, confidently utilize the language, respect different cultures and languages, eager to learn Turkish and utilize it in everyday life by reading, watching, speaking and listening music in Turkish. In line with RIT’s vision as an institute, RIT- Turkish Language School will utilize egalitarian education concepts where children will be active participants and organizers of the learning environment, understanding and exercising age appropriate pluralistic, egalitarian and democratic practices as well as learning about their country from a critical historical perspective.

    The initial stage of the project will include 10 children of two age groups:

    Group 1: Ages 6-8

    Group 2: Ages 9-16

    Student Body: Turkish language classes are designed for children who are familiar with Turkish language in varying levels of speaking, reading, writing and comprehension.





    Fatih Pınar

    Fatih Pınar Fatih Pinar is an independent video-journalist and a photographer. He currently works for Deutsche Welle Turkish and Voice of America as a freelance video-journalist and for Anzenberger Agency in Vienna, Austria as a contract photographer. His photos have been published in several newspapers and magazines in Europe and in the United States. He has been making photo-interviews for the monthly geographic magazine ATLAS since 1998. More than 100 features of Mr. Pinar, mostly focusing on social, political and human rights topics from Turkey and some 20 countries have been published in ATLAS Magazine. He is a colleague who collaborated and supported us with his photography and video work in the past. A detailed portfolio and information about Mr. Pinar can be found on his website  Vimeo (

    RIT Fellowship Program

    Through its fellowship program, Research Institute on Turkey aims to annually support a researcher that prioritizes human rights and freedom of thought through their work from a pluralistic and egalitarian perspective. Each year a research, an art project, a documentary, an archival work, a form of activism or a scientific work will be selected for the program. A selection committee from diverse disciplines will select a project or a researcher whose main focus will be within the fields of social and political history of Turkey, financialization, collective memory, right to the city, commons and commonized practices and academic freedom. We expect the project to raise awareness around these issues, open a platform for critical thinking and offer a unique and novel perspective regarding human rights advocacy.

    RIT Fellowship program seeks to support at-risk projects that require extraordinary efforts to produce under the current political climate and shrinking civil space in Turkey. In addition, the Program engages in public outreach events to publicize the projects and support the researchers in their practices of critical knowledge production.

    Towards this goal, the Program will provide the following:
    -To offer platforms in New York City for open discussions, screenings, panels for the fellow and their work
    -To provide networking opportunities with international institutes or associations depending on the associated field
    -To financially support international travel and accommodation

    Fellowship is available to researchers, artists, academics or all those who are currently in Turkey and work on projects on Turkey in the fields of financialization, collective memory, right to the city, commons and commonized practices and academic freedom.

    RIT Fellowship 2021 application for nominations will be open in June 2020.

    RIT Fellows:

    2020 – Fatih PINAR


    2020 Selection Committee:

    Esra Akcan is currently the 2019-2020 Frieda Miller Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and the Director of Institute for European Studies at Cornell University. Akcan received awards and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University, Graham Foundation, American Academy in Berlin, UIC, Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin, Clark Institute, Getty Research Institute, Canadian Center for Architecture, CAA, Mellon Foundation, DAAD and KRESS/ARIT. She is the author of Landfill Istanbul: Twelve Scenarios for a Global City (2004); Çeviride Modern Olan (2009); Architecture in Translation: Germany, Turkey and the Modern House (2012); Turkey: Modern Architectures in History (with S. Bozdoğan, 2012), and Open Architecture: Migration, Citizenship and Urban Renewal of Berlin-Kreuzberg by IBA 1984/87 (2018).

    Akcan’s research on modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism foregrounds the intertwined histories of Europe and West Asia, and offers new ways to understand architecture’s global movement, as well as its complicit or constitutive role in global and social (in)justice. She completed her architecture degree at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey, and her Ph.D. and postdoctoral degrees at Columbia University in New York. Before coming to Cornell, she taught at UI-Chicago, Humboldt University in Berlin, Columbia University, New School, and Pratt Institute in New York, and METU in Ankara. As a scholar, she has published five books in two languages, guest edited three journal issues, and written around hundred-and-fifty articles and essays in multiple languages on critical and postcolonial theory, modern and contemporary architecture in West Asia and its diasporas in Europe, architectural photography, immigration, translation, globalization and global history.

    Akcan’s book Architecture in Translation: Germany, Turkey and the Modern House advocates a commitment to a new culture of translatability from below and in multiple directions for truly cosmopolitan ethics and global justice. Her book Turkey: Modern Architectures in History (with Sibel Bozdoğan) is part of a series that aims at an inclusive survey of modern world architecture and is the first volume in any language to cover the entire 20th century in Turkey. Akcan’s new book Open Architecture: Migration, Citizenship and the Urban Renewal of Berlin-Kreuzberg defines open architecture as the translation of a new ethics of hospitality into design process. It exemplifies different inclinations towards open architecture (or the lack thereof) during the urban renewal of Berlin’s immigrant neighborhood, by giving voice not only to the established and cutting edge architects who were invited to build public housing here, but also to noncitizen residents. She has participated in exhibitions as an artist by carrying her research beyond writing to visual media.

    Işın Önol (1977, Turkey) is a curator based in Vienna and New York. Since September 2018, she has been working as a visiting lecturer at Montclair State University department of Arts & Design. In 2017-18 Önol worked as a guest critic at the Arts & Design MFA program at Montclair University, New Jersey. In 2016-17, she worked as a visiting curator and critic at the Social Design – Art as Urban Innovation MA Program at University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria. In 2014-15 Önol worked as a guest lecturer at the Department of Digital Art at University of Applied Arts. Besides regular teaching appointments, she gave number of lectures at School of Visual Arts, NY; New York University, NY; Parson School of Arts and Columbia University as well as various programs at Vienna University of Applied Arts, Austria. She is a member of Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University, NewYork.

    Önol is an enthusiast producer of exhibition projects, talks, other art-related events as well as being an academic working in the field of contemporary art and cultural studies. Besides teaching, she has been working as an independent curator in Vienna, New York and Istanbul since 2009. Before that, she led the Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art as its director and curator in Istanbul for three years. (2006-2009) She is the founder and program coordinator of Nesin Art Village, Sirince, Turkey. Isin Önol has been elected to the Board of Directors of Roberto Cimetta Fund for the period 2018-2021.

    Önol is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Cultural Studies, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria. She has completed her Master of Advance Studies on Curating at ZHdK, Zürcher Hochschule der Kunst, Zürich, Switzerland (2009-2011). She participated to Ecole du Magasin, International Curatorial Training Programme, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France and Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course, Gwangju, South Korea (2009). She received her MFA in Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design from Sabanci University (2003), and her BA in Art Education from Marmara University (2000), Istanbul, Turkey.

    Aylin Tekiner
    Aylin Tekiner is a New York / Istanbul based visual artist, writer, and activist. She received her PhD in Cultural studies at Ankara University in Turkey in 2008. Her book “Ataturk Statues: Cult, Aesthetics, and Politics” is published by Iletisim Yayinlari in Turkey in 2010. In her book, she describes the political landscape of the Ataturk statues during modern Turkey. Her artwork is focused on forgotten and unspeakable tragedies, trauma, and tolerance, and her work empowers the voiceless and confronts the ruling power. Aylin had solo shows and participated in group exhibitions throughout Turkey and abroad. During her post-doc at Yale University School of Drama in 2015, she wrote and performed an autobiographical play that uses shadow theatre technique that incorporates new multi-media technology. Aylin has been working on a graphic novel of the play as well. She is a member of Collective Memory Platform, which was formed by the families of 28 victims of the political murders in modern Turkey, an active member of the Research Institute on Turkey (RIT), and Center for The Study of Social Difference at Columbia University.

    Simten Coşar received her Ph.D in political science from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey (1997). She has been specialized in political thought. Dr. Coşar has published in English and Turkish on Turkish politics, feminist politics, and political thought. She was a Fulbright scholar at the Northern Michigan University, in a collaborative academic research with the late Professor Louise Bourgault. In the English-speaking and reading world, she is the co-editor of Universities in the Neoliberal Era: Academic Cultures and Critical Perspectives (UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017) (with Hakan Ergül), and Silent Violence: Neoliberalism, Islamist Politics and the AKP Years in Turkey (Canada: Red Quill Books, 2012) (with Gamze Yücesan-Özdemir). Dr. Coşar has also involved in translation works of prominent academic texts in social sciences from Turkish to English, and from English to Turkish. Most recently, she edited and translated Handan Çağlayan’s seminal work in Turkish on Kurdish women’s political activism (Women in Kurdish Movement: Mothers, Comrades, Goddesses, Palgrave MacMillan, 2019). Her articles in English were published in Contemporary Politics, Monthly Review, Feminist Review, Journal of Third World Studies, Journal of Mediterranean Studies, South European Society and Politics, Alternate Routes and Journal of Political Ideologies. Dr. Coşar conducted field research on feminist interventions in and through neoliberal academia in Turkey, and as a visiting scholar at UMass, Amherst and Carleton University, Ottawa (ON, Canada). Through the early 2000s, Dr. Coşar has been briefly involved in feminist organizations as an academic, participating in training courses, acting as executive committee member, and/or member in board of advisors. She defines herself as a feminist political scientist.

    Eylem Delikanlı is a founding coop member and a feminist oral historian at the Research Institute on Turkey (RIT). She runs the Collective Memory Working Group and human rights advocacy program at RIT. She holds an MA in Sociology (City University NY) and an MA in Oral History (Columbia University). She is the co-author of two oral history books on the 1980 Coup D’État: Keşke Bir Öpüp Koklasaydım (with Ozlem Delikanli in Turkish, Istanbul: Ayrıntı Yayınları, September 2013) and Hiçbir Şey Aynı Olmayacak (with Ozlem Delikanli in Turkish, Istanbul: Ayrıntı Yayınları, November 2019). As an oral historian, Eylem’s work focuses on theories of post memory, collective memory, silence, mass violence and trauma. She continued her research as an ISHR fellow at the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Fellowship Program at Columbia University and at Truth, Justice and Remembrance program at Bosch Stiftung. She is a member of feminist organizations and Çocuklarız Bir Aradayız initiative – a group working towards building a collective memory of 1980 Coup D’État in Turkey.

    Erdem Helvacıoğlu is a renowned Turkish electroacoustic, film music composer, sound designer and music producer, currently residing in New York.
    He has scored over 20 feature documentaries, narrative and short films. His film music has been heard at international film festivals such as Toronto, Karlovy Vary, Cannes, Berlin, Palm Springs, Rotterdam, Locarno, Istanbul. For his electroacoustic music works, Helvacıoğlu has received awards from the Luigi Russolo, MUSICA NOVA and Insulae Electronicae Electroacoustic Music competitions. His solo and duo albums have been released by prestigious record labels such as New Albion, Sub Rosa, Innova.

    Çağhan Kızıl is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience in Helmholtz Association, Germany. He obtained his B.Sc. from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey; M.Sc. from University of Göttingen, and Ph.D from Max Planck Institute Tübingen, Germany. His research is aiming at understanding the regenerative and developmental programs of neural stem cells in zebrafish to induce a successful proliferation-differentiation-development cascade for neurons in human brains, and harnessing this knowledge for designing stem cell-based therapies to cure Alzheimer’s disease in humans. Besides his scientific publications, Çağhan also writes about academic freedom both in Turkey and abroad. He is an active member of the Research Institute on Turkey (RIT)

    Methodology Matters

    Turkey’s academia has been going through a challenging transformation since the 1980s. The most recent steps towards a radical change at the level of university structures, followed by the total purges in and from the universities attest to the final stage of this transformation. The transformation has been managed in accordance with the requisites of the wider neoliberal socio-economic structuration. The authoritarian element that is endemic in neoliberal policies has assumed an increasingly pivotal place in this transformation-cum-structuration process.

    The severe violations of academic freedom in Turkey have consistently increased in the past decade and reached unprecedented levels by the dislocation of increasing number of academics from knowledge production sites since 2016. Coupled with the rising tide of fascistic line in politics this dislocation directly affected the means that academics resort to in analyzing socio-political phenomena.

    This group aims at offering a platform to search for the ways, styles, and sites for traversing the academic dislocation in Turkey with resort to the language in, and space of, and the reflections on the possibilities for alternative methodology. In so doing, we opt for carving out a space that accommodates the words, experiences and readings, silenced down in social science researchscapes in the course of the development of fascistic lines in politics.



    Commoners’ Academy

    The Commoners’ Academy working group within Research Institute on Turkey is an initiative to critically re-generate and collectively re-interpret the current academic mindsets related to science, art and all walks of life.

    Currently supported projects:

    Methodology Matters



    A seven-act play inspired by the life and writings of Hrant Dink, an Armenian journalist, writer and human rights activist who was assassinated on January 19, 2007 in Turkey. The play tells the story of Nedim, a friend of Hrant’s, following the funeral of the latter in Istanbul. The play presents a phantasmagoric sailing of the two friends in Bosphorus and the conversation of the two old friends—with Nedim being of Turkish background—about their common past. What can be described as Nedim’s daydreaming encompasses a requiem for Hrant while the Armenian genocide and ultra-nationalism in Turkey set the background for the entire text with the introduction of a third character, Yener, whose anti-Armenian stances are politically inscribed into the common sense of the majority.

    Written by Gorune Aprikian and Eric de Roquefeuil
    Directed by Ozgur Cinar
    Dramaturg Kumru Bilici
    Original music John Sarkissian

    Premier: January 2018 in Ottawa, ON, Canada