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Study in Kyrgyzstan

Study in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is located in Central Asia and although not an obvious first choice for a study destination, it will absolutely surprise you with its incredible mountainous scenarios, nomadic traditions and simple life. It borders Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and China. It became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991, and is one of the more progressive (aka westernized) countries in the region. Most of the universities were founded after the independence, which means you will have access to relatively new facilities, but this also means some of the programs may still be going through an evolution stage. However, a lot of international institutions work in cooperation with Kyrgyz institutions to ensure the latter offer internationally recognized education and skills. Studying in Kyrgyzstan gives the student a unique perspective of Asian culture and the rich traditions of ancient cultures, which have remained largely unchanged in this region. After graduation, students will be positioned to help businesses that cater to the needs of Asian countries develop their outreach and marketing programs, with a deeper understanding of Asian traditional culture.

 

Kyrgyzstan

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Kyrgyzstan has many institutes of higher education, most of which are universities, including both state and private options. Several of the universities within the country focus their studies on technology. In addition, many of the schools offer Asian studies programs, which are popular among international students looking to understand the cultural traditions of Central Asia. Instruction in the colleges and universities throughout the country may be in English or Russian, with Russian being the predominate choice.

 

Document Checklist for Study Abroad

  • Passport photo
  • Photocopy of valid passport
  • Photocopy of valid visa
  • Personal ID card
  • Health certificate
  • Certification of no criminal record
  • English language proficiency certificate
  • Letter of guarantee (parent or legal guardian of student signs a declaration by which he/she assumes responsibility for the student to abide rules and regulations of China and of the university)
  • Proof that you can support your studies in fINLAND
  • Certificate/diploma from last graduated school
  • Academic transcript from last graduated school

More documents may be required, depending on each school’s request.

Academic Year

The academic year in Kyrgyzstan typically begins with a fall semester in September and a spring semester that ends in May. The actual start and stop times of the semesters will vary depending on the university chosen. Undergraduate degree programs typically take four years to complete, while graduate degree programs take an additional one to two years, depending on what the student studies.

If you do not meet the English language entry level but have at let UKVI IELTS 4.5 (minimum 4.0 in all skills) you can do a course that includes extended English and skills (EES).

Intake: Students may be able to start in spring (January – April), summer (May – August) or autumn (September – November).

Entry Requirements: For the pre-Masters courses, typical entry requirements are at least 3 years of higher education and UKVI IELTS 5.5 (minimum of 5.0 in all skills).

Academic Year

The academic year in Kyrgyzstan typically begins with a fall semester in September and a spring semester that ends in May. The actual start and stop times of the semesters will vary depending on the university chosen. Undergraduate degree programs typically take four years to complete, while graduate degree programs take an additional one to two years, depending on what the student studies.

Obtaining a Visa

Nationals of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia travelling as tourists need a visa, but must apply before arriving in Kyrgyzstan. While nationals of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA can now obtain a tourist visa on arrival at Manas International Airport. But in all cases, you are advised to contact the embassy in order to check visa requirements.

Housing

Link for hotels, guesthouses: http://www.advantour.com/kyrgyzstan/places-to-stay.htm

Except for Osh and Bishkek, other cities hardly have hotels. When there are some, standards are pretty basic. For people who can, there is the Hilton in Bishkek. Otherwise, for other accommodation, throughout the country, many rooms in cities are attached to people's homes. Besides, there are also turbazas or 'tourist bases', an alternative to hotels. For a dollar or two in local currency, visitors have access to basic bungalow accommodation and three meals a day.

Health

The tap water is bacteria-free but contains a high level of metal, so it is unsafe. Medical services offered to foreigners, except emergency care, require immediate cash payment and are somewhat limited. There is a severe shortage of basic medical supplies and travelers are advised to bring any necessary medication or equipment. Elderly travelers and those with existing health problems may be at risk owing to inadequate medical facilities.

Money

Credit cards are accepted in some of the larger hotels in Bishkek and can also be used at banks to withdraw cash from the counter. ATMs exist but are rare.

Transportation

Public transport: http://kyrgyzstan.embassyhomepage.com/kyrgyzstani_railway_kyrgyzstan_bus_bishkek_airport_taxi_kyrgyzstan_domestic_airports_kyrgyzstan_ferries_kyrgyzstani_motorway.htm

Keeping in touch

There are Internet cafes available in Bishkek and Osh, with limited access elsewhere.

Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is limited.

International calls should be made from a telephone office which will usually be found attached to a post office; they can also be made from some hotels by asking at reception. All international calls from Kyrgyzstan have to go through the operator. Local calls (within the city) are free of charge if made from private telephones.

Useful Tips

For students traveling to Kyrgyzstan, it's important to remember that the quality of medical care is questionable, although Western-trained doctors are available in some of the bigger cities. Bribery is common throughout the country, and foreigners may be asked to show their documents by local police in an attempt to collect a small bribe of around $2. Learning to deal with this inconvenience can make life in Kyrgyzstan quite enjoyable for students.

 

Independence Day: 31 August 1991 (from the Soviet Union)

Currency: Som (KGS); 1 USD = 47.30 KGS

GDP: $11.85 billion (2010 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP): $2,200 (2010 est.)

Information for Foreign Students in Kyrgyzstan

The Cost of Living

The cost of living in Kyrgyzstan is average for the region. Students who shop smart will be able to live on a modest amount while studying in the country.

Tuition Costs

In order to enroll in a university in Kyrgyzstan, the student must pass all necessary examinations set by the university and the degree of study. Students will pay around $2,500-$5,000 USD per semester to study in Kyrgyzstan, with the fees changing based on the school chosen.

 
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