İstanbul Medeniyet University School of Foreign Languages started active education in Maltepe Campus with 224 preparatory class students in 2012-2013 academic year. In the following academic years, the number of students receiving English preparatory class education in our School was 327, 281, and 394, respectively. According to the “Regulations on Foreign Language Education and the Principles of Foreign Language Teaching in Higher Education Institutions”, which was published in the Official Gazette in 2016, one year prep class is not compulsory for Turkish-medium departments. So, starting from 2016, along with the students of English-medium departments, Turkish-medium students also had the chance to join our classes optionally within student quotas for classes. With newly opened English-medium departments, our number of students increased as well. Together with voluntary prep classes, one-year English education was offered to a total of 244 students in 2016-2017 academic year and to 279 students in 2017-2018 academic year. Our School of Foreign Languages was located in Göztepe Campus in 2015-16 but moved to Kartal-Cevizli Campus in 2016-17 academic year. Since 2017, we have been operating in Orhanlı Campus. We opened our classes with 389 students in the 2018-19 academic year. Our current students who have to complete one-year prep program will continue their studies next year in the English-medium departments of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Political Sciences and Public Administration, History, Business Administration, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
Medeniyet University School of Foreign Languages started English prep education with 19 permanent, 1 native speaker staff in 2012-13 academic year. In 2013-14 academic year, one part-time and three native speaker instructors were added among our academic staff members. In 2014-15 academic year, the number of our permanent staff members decreased to 16 with a remaining total of 20 academic staff. Our academic staff was reinforced by the addition of five permanent member and one native speaker instructor in the 2015-2016 academic year. We have not hired part-time staff since 2016-2017 and no native speaker instructors since 2017-2018 academic year. Currently, we have a total of 30 well-trained instructors carrying out education in both prep classes and faculties. We have one staff member with master’s degree, while six continue master’s programs and 18 continue doctoral programs. We also have one Spanish and one Greek instructor among our academic staff members.