Study in Kazakhstan

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Kazakhstan is gaining its popularity for higher education among international students. The country has a unique atmosphere and has a diverse culture. Kazakhstan’s universities offer courses in Russian, Kazakh and English languages. If you want to know more about the educational information, this guide on Study in Kazakhstan will help you.

Why Study in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is one of the wealthiest and the largest countries. Many students from across the world migrate to continue their higher education. The main reasons for choosing Kazakhstan as their study abroad destination are:

  • The education system of Kazakhstan is well established. The country has many academic institutions which provide higher education through a wide range of study programmes. Also, academic institutions have global exchange programmes and collaboration. This proves the eagerness to attract international students from all over the world.
  • Kazakhstan is a diverse nation. It is a mixing pot of different religions, traditions, cultures and languages. The country has more than 130 ethnicities. By studying here, you will get a unique experience of different traditions of the world. 
  • Most of the universities in Kazakhstan offer scholarships to overseas students. The government also offers various scholarships to encourage international students to study in Kazakhstan. You can take advantage of this and make your studies much affordable.
  • There are 2 official languages in Kazakhstan, Russian and Kazakh. Students studying here get a chance to learn and understand these new foreign languages.
  • The cost of living is affordable in Kazakhstan for international students. 
  • The English taught courses are increasing in the higher education institutes in Kazakhstan. So you can study in Kazakhstan in English without being fluent in new international students.

How to study in Kazakhstan

The process of studying in Kazakhstan is pretty straightforward and easy to understand. You just need to follow a stepwise procedure. The steps are as follow:

  1. Choose your university and course from the wide range of options in Kazakhstan.
  2. Check your eligibility and requirements for that particular course from the university’s website.
  3. Collect all the documents as asked for the application. Such as transcripts, statement of purpose, letter of recommendation etc.
  4. Fill the university application form accurately. Submit the documents along with the form and wait for the response from the university.
  5. If the higher education institute accepts your application, you will receive an offer letter.
  6. After receiving the acceptance letter, apply for the study visa for Kazakhstan.
  7. Once you obtain your study visa, fly to Kazakhstan and attend your classes.

Top universities in Kazakhstan

There is a wide range of university options for international students in Kazakhstan. You will not be much surprised to know that some of the universities are counted in the top universities in the world. In the list of QS World University rankings 2021, 10 universities in Kazakhstan are listed. They are:

Universities

QS World University ranking 2021

Al Farabi Kazakh National University

165

L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (ENU)

=357

Auezov South Kazakhstan University (SKU)

=490

Satbayev University

541-550

Kazakh National Agrarian University KazNAU

591-600

Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University

601-650

Kazakh British Technical University

751-800

NJSC KIMEP University

751-800

Karaganda State Technical University 

801-1000

Kazakh Ablai Khan University of International Relations and World Languages

801-1000

 

Other universities are:

  • Nazarbayev university
  • Shokan Ualikhanov Kokshetau state university
  • University of Almaty
  • Central Asian university
  • South Kazakhstan state university
  • Turan University

Top courses to study in Kazakhstan

The number of courses for international students is increasing every year. You can find your suitable course of study. Each study field has various study programs offered at different levels of higher education, Bachelors, Masters and PhD. Some of the popular courses in Kazakhstan are:

  • Study Economics in Kazakhstan
  • Study MBBS in Kazakhstan
  • Study Management in Kazakhstan
  • Study Social Sciences in Kazakhstan
  • Study Information Technology in Kazakhstan
  • Study medicine in Kazakhstan
  • Study Natural Sciences in Kazakhstan
  • Study Tourism and Hospitality in Kazakhstan

Eligibility to Study in Kazakhstan

In Kazakhstan, it is relatively easier to pass through the eligibility criteria for the university admission. The basic eligibility criteria for every Kazakh university is:

  • Applicants must have at least passed their +12 exams from a recognized academic institution.
  • Applicants must have secured a minimum of 50% marks.
  • Applicants must be of 17 years of age.
  • Applicants must be a holder of a valid passport.

You should know that the eligibility for admission also depends on and varies from university to university and even from course to course. So, you must cross-check with the respective university you are applying to make sure that you are perfectly eligible for the application.

Requirements to Study abroad in Kazakhstan

To get admission in the university in Kazakhstan you will require to submit some of the documents. The requirements depend on the institution and the course you choose. However, the basic requirements are:

  1. To get admission in Bachelor Programs, you will require a Senior Secondary/High School Certificate.
  2. To get admission in Masters Programs, you will require a Bachelor’s certificate.
  3. To get admission in PhD, you will require a Master's degree certificate

Other common Documents for all the levels of higher education are:

  1. University admission application form
  2. Copy of passport 
  3. A copy of the IELTS or TOEFL certificate
  4. All the Academic transcripts
  5. Curriculum Vitae (C.V)
  6. Work experience certificate (if any)
  7. Letter of recommendation (if required)
  8. Statement of purpose(If required)
  9. Portfolio

Cost of studying in Kazakhstan

Your tuition fees will depend on the number of factors such as

  • where you choose to study
  • at which level of higher education, 
  • whether the institution is public or private. 

On average, the tuition fee can be between KZT 83691 to 1673822 ($200- $4,000). There are various scholarships offered in Kazakhstan based on academic excellence or financial needs.

The cost of living will depend on the location you choose to stay for the duration of your course and the lifestyles you want. If you choose to stay in a big city then you will need to budget more. On average, you can expect around KZT 418455 to 627683 ($1,000- $1,500) per month for living expenses. This includes your accommodation expenses, groceries and transport expenses.

Scholarships to study in Kazakhstan

Even though the cost of tuition in Kazakhstan is comparatively low, universities do offer scholarships to students on merit. The government of Kazakhstan also offers scholarships. These scholarships are offered to international students with excellent academic achievements or facing financial difficulty. Here are some of the scholarships open for international students:

  • Government of Kazakhstan Bachelors scholarships (also known as Government of Kazakhstan undergraduate scholarships)
  • Government of Kazakhstan Masters scholarships
  • Government of Kazakhstan PhD scholarships
  • The Robert Bell Travelling Scholarship In Journalism 
  • Helen Lansdowne Resor Scholarship
  • Tantalum Student Aid Grant, 
  • Women's Cybersecurity Scholarships

Student visa for Kazakhstan

To enter Kazakhstan for attending your classes you will require a student visa. The validity of the student visa will depend on your course duration in Kazakhstan. Generally, the visa is initially valid for about 6 months to 1 year, which can later be renewed by obtaining approval from the respective institution. You can obtain the required visa by filling the application form and submitting it along with the supporting documents. The list of documents required to obtain a student visa are as follows:

  • A valid passport.
  • Visa application form.
  • National ID copy.
  • Fee payment receipt.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Proof of purpose of visit - admission application, etc.
  • Proof of confirmation of admission - admission fee receipt, letter of confirmation etc.
  • Proof of sufficient funds - bank statement for the last six months, etc.

The visa processing time is 20 to 30 working days. So keep the time gap accordingly before the classes begin.

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