Details About Study In Kazakhsthan

There are approximately 150 universities in Kazakhstan, many located in former capital Almaty and current capital Astana. Eight universities in Kazakhstan are featured in the of which the four highest entries are: Al-Farabi Kazakh National .

Universities in Kazakhstan award three levels of degree: bachelor’s (four years), master’s (two years) and doctoral (five years). The country joined the European Higher Education Area in 2011, and is participating in the Bologna Process, which aims to standardize higher education provision and principles across the area.

For those who plan to study in Kazakhstan, here’s a closer look at some of the nation’s highest-ranked universities

Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) 

The country’s oldest and largest university is situated in the former capital city, Almaty. Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) was established in 1934 and currently teaches more than 20,000 students, both undergraduates and postgraduates. The university’s “Kazgugrad” campus is the largest in the country, covering a total area of 100 hectares, and holding all of the 14 faculties and 98 departments. International students number around 4,000, coming from more than 80 countries around the world. KazNU is ranked 236th in the QS World University Rankings® 2016/17, up from joint 275th last year.

L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (ENU)

One of the leading classical universities in Kazakhstan, L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (ENU) is Kazakhstan’s second entry in the QS World University Rankings, ranked joint 345th in 2016/17. Founded in 1996 in capital Astana, ENU has about 13,000 students. Courses are available in a range of languages, including Kazakh, Russian, English, French, Chinese, French, German and Turkish. Having set a mission of becoming a leading research and education center in the Eurasian region, ENU currently has 26 scientific institutions, including research institutes, laboratories and science centers.

Kazakh-British Technical University

Developed with close ties to the British Council and a number of well-known UK universities, the Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU) was established in Almaty in 2000, with the aim of producing graduates to work in Kazakhstan’s oil, gas and petrochemical industries. Ranked 651-700 in the QS World University Rankings 2016/17, KBTU specializes in the fields of petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, Earth sciences, information technology, economics, finance and management.

Choosing a Study Abroad Program in Kazakhstan

Picking the right study abroad program in Kazakhstan for your academic and personal needs will largely depend on your reasons for wanting to study in this country.

A major factor to consider is your language needs. A growing number of universities offer courses in English, such as Nazarbayev University in Astana, which teaches entirely in English. However, to complete most degree programs at universities in Kazakhstan, prospective students will need to demonstrate proficiency in Kazakh or Russian. This means that Kazakhstan could be a good choice for students of the Russian language, or students of Central Asian Studies.

Kazakhstan has put special effort into growing its science, technology, and innovation

Seeking scholarships from your home institution/country should be your first option.

The Boren Awards in the USA are intended to fund undergraduate students in their studies of less commonly taught languages. Eurasia/Central Asia is one of the regions they cover. Boren Awards cover up to US$20,000 for a year.

The American Council’s Russia Abroad program also offers diversity and need-based scholarships, and also lists resources regarding other sources of funding on their website.

sector over the past few years. So, if you’re studying in one of these fields (or want to), Kazakhstan may be a good choice for you, especially at the graduate level.

It’s not necessary to complete your entire degree in Kazakhstan, however. Kazakhstan hosts about 50,000 foreign exchange students throughout the country, although a very small number of these each year are from the USA. All the more reason to dive in and enjoy some real cultural immersion! US

Seeking scholarships from your home institution/country should be your first option.

The Boren Awards in the USA are intended to fund undergraduate students in their studies of less commonly taught languages. Eurasia/Central Asia is one of the regions they cover. Boren Awards cover up to US$20,000 for a year.

The American Council’s Russia Abroad program also offers diversity and need-based scholarships, and also lists resources regarding other sources of funding on their website.

colleges that have links with and programs operating in Kazakstan include Bryn Mawr College and UCLA. Further, the American Council’s Russia Abroad program expanded into Kazakhstan a few years ago.

Housing

As in many other countries, there are two main options for where to live when studying in Kazakhstan: in student housing provided by the university, or in private rentals. Home stays may also be available through select study abroad programs.

Visas

Most international students need a student visa to study in Kazakhstan. You will be issued with a letter of invitation by your university once your place has been confirmed, and this can be used to secure your visa from your nearest Kazakh embassy.

Social Life & Student Culture

Kazakhs are known for their warm personalities and great hospitality, so international students are likely to feel welcomed and provided with kindness and assistance when they need it.

Health & Safety

Kazakhstan is not generally a dangerous place, although like anywhere, incidents can occur. Foreigners have occasionally been targets of crime in the big cities, so it’s always a good idea to take sensible precautions regarding the safety of yourself and your property. This is especially important after dark.

Regarding health, traveling in Kazakhstan does not pose any particular risks, but it is a good idea to stay up-to-date with all the usual immunizations. Further, some parts of the country are at high altitude (above 10,000ft in elevation), so if you’re intending on hiking in the mountains, be aware of the risks of taying at high altitude.

COSTS & FUNDING

Kazakhstan is generally a very affordable destination, but will still require budgeting and an awareness of costs and funding options before you arrive.

Typical Program Cost

Costs of studying in Kazakhstan vary widely, but fall between $200-$4,000 per year, depending on whether the university is public or private. If studying in Kazakhstan through a program in your home country, costs are likely to be higher to cover administration fees.

The cost of living in Kazakhstan is generally low, so it’s easy to get by on a minimal budget, and certainly less than you would need at home.

Funding Options & Scholarships

Most universities in Kazakhstan offer scholarships for high academic achievement or financial hardship.However, not all of these may be available to international students coming to the country for a short time.

Seeking scholarships from your home institution/country should be your first option.

The Boren Awards in the USA are intended to fund undergraduate students in their studies of less commonly taught languages. Eurasia/Central Asia is one of the regions they cover. Boren Awards cover up to US$20,000 for a year.