Istanbul Universitesi Cerrahpasa in Istanbul (Turkey) is the oldest and the largest university in Turkey with its 70,000 regular and 40,000 distance and open university students in very diverse scientific fields and 10,000 staff. Istanbul University has 20 faculties, 16 Research institutions, 61 Research and Application Centers and 6 Vocational Colleges. The Hasan Ali Yucel Faculty of Education (HAYEF) was established in 1999 and has been training pre-service teachers in 12 programmes ranging from pre-school teachers to social and natural sciences and to computer and instructional technologies and foreign language teachers. The university has high entrance standards and attracts candidates from the first 10% percentile of the national university entrance exam.

Istanbul University holds the new Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 221793-EPP-1-2014-1-TR-EPPKA3-ECHE.  Academic staff included in this project have acquired masters degrees in, Drama and Arts Education as well as educational technologies and PhDs in Drama and Arts Education in Primary School Education, lifelong learning, plurilingualism and language strategies. This team has taken part in numerous projects funded by the Istanbul University Scientific Research Center and Erasmus Plus.