Study In Kazakhstan - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Kazakhstan as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Kazakhstan as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Kazakhstan

Why study in Kazakhstan

Cost of studying in Kazakhstan

Universities in Kazakhstan for international students

Cost of living in Kazakhstan for international students

How to get a visa to study in Kazakhstan

How to apply and study in Kazakhstan

Tuition fees to study in Kazakhstan

Applying to study in Kazakhstan


When applying to universities in Kazakhstan, you will need to show proof of completed secondary education and in some cases you may be asked to take part in a telephone or face-to-face interview (depending on whether you can travel to Kazakhstan or not). You may also be asked to sit an entrance exam, and/or demonstrate proficiency in the language your course will be taught in. This is most likely to be Russian or Kazakh, though a growing number of universities in Kazakhstan offer all or some programs in English or another language.


Applying to universities in Kazakhstan


Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


Tuition fees and cost of studying in Kazakhstan for international students



The cost of studying in Kazakhstan actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Kazakhstan have different tuition fees.


The tuition fees for universities in Kazakhstan vary and also the tuition fees in each university depends on the course of study. Courses such as medicine and engineering are the most expensive. Public universities are cheaper than private universities in Kazakhstan. The tuition fees for public universities is about US$200 per year while the tuition fees for private universities is about  US$4,000 per year.


The cost of living in Kazakhstan is also cheap,with about $900 per month,all expenses which includes accommodation,feeding,transport can be covered. The cost of living in Kazakhstan also depends on the lifestyle and spending habit of the student.


There are financial aid options and scholarships for international students in Kazakhstan. To know more about the available scholarships,contact the university you want to enroll into directly for more information.


International students can work part time while studying to support themselves financial,to be eligible to work while studying,you need to apply for a work permit.


Accommodations in the city are more expensive than accommodations outside or far away from the city,so as an international student it is advised to get an accommodation based on your available budget. To make it cheaper and better, a good accommodation can be gotten in the city and shared among friends to cut down the costs.


Finally compared to other countries in Asia, Kazakhstan is a cheap and good study abroad destination for international students.


The cost of living in Kazakhstan according to expatistan



Food    [Edit]

            Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district

1,922 KZT

            Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar)

1,379 KZT

            500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast

759 KZT

            1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk

307 KZT

            12 eggs, large

405 KZT

            1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes

456 KZT

            500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese

1,495 KZT

            1 kg (2 lb.) of apples

413 KZT

            1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes

130 KZT

            0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket

214 KZT

            1 bottle of red table wine, good quality

2,270 KZT

            2 liters of Coca-Cola

300 KZT

            Bread for 2 people for 1 day

101 KZT


Housing            [Edit]

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area

269,661 KZT

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area

136,910 KZT

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat

21,978 KZT

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area

152,727 KZT

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area

82,188 KZT

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio

15,371 KZT

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)

4,832 KZT

            40” flat screen TV

142,802 KZT

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)

34,418 KZT

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)

2,250 KZT

            Hourly rate for cleaning help

3,042 KZT

Clothes [Edit]

            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)

18,190 KZT

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)

13,986 KZT

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)

22,194 KZT

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes

31,231 KZT

Transportation  [Edit]

            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new

4,911,890 KZT

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas

136 KZT

            Monthly ticket public transport

5,589 KZT

            Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles)

1,538 KZT

Personal Care   [Edit]

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)

2,067 KZT

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)

1,727 KZT

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)

4,666 KZT

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)

789 KZT

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)

706 KZT

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)

785 KZT

            4 rolls of toilet paper

456 KZT

            Tube of toothpaste

456 KZT

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city

3,058 KZT

Entertainment    [Edit]

            Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub

7,315 KZT

            2 tickets to the movies

2,687 KZT

            2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)

10,830 KZT

            Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert

14,824 KZT

            1 cocktail drink in downtown club

1,781 KZT

            Cappuccino in expat area of the city

833 KZT

            1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)

558 KZT


Visa to study in Kazakhstan


To study in Kazakhstan as an international student, you will need a visa. So below are the requirements and process of applying for a Kazakhstan visa


To enter Kazakhstan, a passport valid for six months beyond the visa expiry date is required by all nationals.


Visas are required by all nationals except: 1. Nationals of Australia, Canada, all EU-countries and the USA, who may travel to Kazakhstan without visas for stays up to 30 days.For longer stays, you must obtain a visa from the embassy.


All nationals are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Kazakhstan.


What to know before applying for Kazakhstan visa

1) When planning your trip, do not make the mistake of thinking your travel agent or the airline will be able to tell you if you need a visa. Make sure you find out for yourself. You can find out if you need a visa by going to the U.S. State Department website:, there is a lot of terrific information to be found here including notes for Americans on safety and security overseas.

2) Make sure your passport has at least 4-6 blank pages, your visa won't need that many but many of the consulates require at least two blank pages; this is an easy excuse for them to give you a hard time. If you need more pages they're easy to get through the National passport processing office. You can find information the process on the State Department's website.

3) Make sure your passport isn't going to expire for a while. The passport's expiration date must be greater than six months from the date of entry for the visa you are applying for. If your passport does not meet the requirements, you must renew your passport.

4) Your visa application. This is where you really need the assistance of a good travel visa service. You'll find that many of the visa applications are quite confusing. There are language usage differences that may have you scratching your head. If you are not sure, ask, do not guess, errors on forms can be costly.

5) Passport photographs. This is one I had a particularly difficult time getting my boss to do. Go to your post office or perhaps you have a drug store or photo processing store that takes passport photographs, get them, and if you are traveling a lot get a lot of extra photos. Most often you are required to submit two passport photographs with your visa application. You may get away with only providing one, you may get away with submitting a digital you took and printed on photo paper. It's not worth the risk. Get the extra photos.

6) Include your travel itinerary. Most applications require you include your travel plans as proof of entrance and exit dates. This would be the itinerary you get with your tickets or from the airline/travel agent.

7) Make sure you make copies of everything you send the consulate or visa travel service. This doesn't include your passport of course, but it's a good idea to make a copy of the first page in your passport just for your records. You will be sending your passport with your visa application and other paperwork.

8) Include a copy of your driver's license. This isn't a hard and fast rule, but just good policy. A lot of times a country may require this but neglect to mention or they may decide they want more identification information. This is a "Just in Case" preventative measure.

9) Do not forget the fee. If you are using a visa travel service, most likely you can simply provide your credit card number. If you are not, you will most likely have to provide a check for their fee as most of the consulates do not take credit cards.

10) A key challenge is the decision to appear at the embassy or consulate or simply overnight your application and materials to the appropriate place. In many cases, there won't be an option as the embassy or consulate is too far to travel to. If you are doing this on your own and are able, it may be prudent to go to the embassy or consulate yourself. Base your decision dependent on your time and patience level.

11) Finally, hire a travel visa service. These services are reasonable, quick and experienced. You do not save money doing it yourself and you certainly don't save hassle. Your travel visa service is there to help you with everything from completing forms to emergency turn-around times. Don't just go with any service. Investigate. I recommend Visa HQ, for their experience and customer service.



Cost of Kazakhstan visa

Transit visa: £15 (single-entry).

Tourist visa: £35 (single-entry); £50 (double-entry); £65 (tripleentry).

Business visa: £50 (single-entry); £65 (double-entry); £75 (tripleentry); £150 (multiple-entry up to one year); £250 (multiple-entry up to two years)


Validity of Kazakhstan visa

Transit visa: five days; tourist/business visas: 30 days per stay.


All applications should be made to the Consulate (or consular section at embassy).


Processing time for Kazakhstan visa

Visa processing usually takes five days.


You may only extend your visa if you have documents showing a need for you to remain longer in Kazakhstan. In this case, you can extend visas at local offices affiliated to the Ministry of Interior.


List and ranking of all the universities in Kazakhstan


This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Kazakhstan. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Kazakhstan and their ranking.



Rank    University         Location

1          Al-Farabi Kazakh National University


2          L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University


3          Kazakh National Medical University


4          Kazakh National Research Technical University


5          Turan University


6          Pavlodar State University


7          KIMEP University


8          Nazarbayev University


9          Karaganda State University


10        Kazakh-Russian International University


11        Semipalatinsk State University


12        East-Kazakhstan State University


13        Karaganda State Technical University


14        Kazakh National Pedagogical University


15        Kazakh-British Technical University


16        S. Seifullin Kazakh Agro Technical University

Astana ...

17        East-Kazakhstan State Technical University


18        Kazakh National Agricultural University


19        Kazakh Ablai Khan University of International Relations and World Languages


20        Narxoz University


21        Innovative University of Eurasia

Pavlodar ...

22        Karaganda State Medical University


23        International IT University


24        Almaty Management University


25        Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi

Kaskelen ...

26        Kazakh Leading Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering


27        Karaganda University of Economics

Karaganda ...

28        South Kazakhstan State University


29        Kazakh State Women's Teacher Training University


30        North Kazakhstan State University


31        West Kazakhstan Agro-Technical University


32        Kostanay State University


33        Academy of Public Administration under the President of Kazakhstan


34        Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunications


35        Astana Medical University


36        Taraz State University

Taraz ...

37        University of International Business


38        KAZGUU University


39        West Kazakhstan State Medical University


40        Kazakh Academy of Sport and Tourism


41        Almaty Technological University


42        Aktobe Regional State University


43        Kostanay State Pedagogical Institute


44        Pavlodar State Pedagogical Institute


45        West Kazakhstan State University


46        Semipalatinsk State Medical University


47        Kyzylorda State University


48        Ahmet Yesevi Üniversitesi


49        Kokshetau State University


50        Deutsch-Kasachische Universität


51        Kokshetau University named after A. Myrzakhmetov


52        Kostanay Social-Technical University


53        Taraz State Pedagogical Institute


54        International Humanitarian Technical University


55        Kazakh Academy of Transport and Communication


56        Kazakh-American Free University


57        Zhetysu State University


58        Kazakh National Academy of Arts


59        South-Kazakhstan State Pharmaceutical Academy


60        Rudny Industrial Institute

Rudny ...

61        Kazakh National Conservatory


62        Kazakh-American University


63        Kazakhstan School of Public Health


64        Kazakh University of Economics, Finance and International Trade


65        Kazakhstan Engineering-Technological University


66        Caspian University


67        Caspian State University of Technologies and Engineering


68        Kostanay Engineering-Pedagogical University


69        Eurasian Institute for the Humanities


70        Atyrau Institute of Oil and Gas


71        Financial Academy


72        Karaganda University Bolashak


73        Kazakh National University of Arts


74        Atyrau State University


75        University "Miras"


76        Arkalyk State Pedagogical Institute


77        South Kazakhstan State Pedagogical Institute


78        Almaty Academy of Economics and Statistics


79        Kainar University


80        Eurasian Academy of Law after D.A. Kunaev


81        Karaganda State Industrial University


82        Turan-Astana University


83        Eurasian Technological University


84        Kazak Academy of Labour and Social Relations


85        University of Foreign Languages and Business Career


86        Kazakh University of Technology and Business


87        Kazakh University of Railway Transport


88        Kazakh Humanitarian Law Innovative University


89        Zhezkazgan University


90        Aktobe University S. Baisheva


91        Kazakhstan-Russian Medical University


92        L.B. Goncharov Kazakh Road Academy


93        Atyrau Institute of Engineering and Humanities


94        Syrdariya University


95        University of Innovation and Technology of Western Kazakhstan


96        South-Kazakhstan Pedagogical University


97        University Bolashak


98        Taraz Innovative-Humanitarian University


99        Shymkent University


100      Kazakhstan Innovative University


101      Central Kazakhstan Academy


102      Almaty University


103      Astana University


104      Kazakh Medical University of Continuing Education


105      Humanitarian-Technical Academy


106      The Regional Social and Innovation University


107      South-Kazakhstan Humanitarian Institute


108      Kazakhstan Engineering and Pedagogical University of Friendship of Peoples


Un        Kokshe Academy



Courses you can study in Kazakhstan universities


Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


Items to pack while going to study in Kazakhstan


In your carry-on bag

·         Cell phone and charger

·         Boarding pass(es)

·         Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

·         Copy of birth certificate

·         Copy of Social Security card

·         Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

·         Debit card

·         Deodorant

·         E-reader or book

·         Emergency contact list

·         Face wipes

·         Gum

·         Hand sanitizer 

·         Headphones 

·         Health insurance card

·         Passport 

·         Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

·         School ID

·         Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

·         State ID

·         Student visa

·         Travel itinerary

·         Travel pillow

·         Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)

·         Wallet


·         Acne medication/cream

·         Face lotion/moisturizer

·         Makeup

·         Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

·         Mouthwash (small)

·         Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)

·         Toothbrush

·         Toothpaste



·         Bobby pins

·         Comb

·         Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

·         Glasses and glasses case

·         Hair ties

·         Hairbrush

·         Headbands

·         Nail clipper

·         Razor(s)

·         Sunglasses

·         Sunscreen

·         Tampons and pads

·         Tweezers


You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

·         Downy Wrinkle Release spray

·         Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

·         Portable stain remover pen

·         Travel sheet (for hostels)


·         Athletic sneakers (1)

·         Bathing suits (1-2)

·         Boots (1-2)

·         Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

·         Casual dresses (2)

·         Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

·         Flats (1)

·         Flip-flops (1)

·         Formal outfit (1-2)

·         Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

·         Going-out outfit (3-5)

·         Hat (1)

·         Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

·         Heels (1-2)

·         Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

·         Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

·         Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

·         Leggings (1-3)

·         Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

·         Pajamas (2-3)

·         Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

·         Purse (1-2)

·         Raincoat (1)

·         Scarf (1)

·         Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

·         Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

·         Skirts (1-2)

·         Socks (14)

·         Sweaters (3-5)

·         Sweatshirt (2)

·         T-shirts (3-5)

·         Tank tops (3-5)

·         Underwear (14)

·         Watch (1)

·         Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

·         Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

·         Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

·         Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

·         Flash drive

·         iPod

·         Laptop

·         Laptop case

·         Outlet adapters (2-3)

·         USB cable


·         Adhesive bandages

·         Allergy medicine

·         Birth control

·         Cold and flu medicine

·         Eye drops

·         Motion sickness medicine

·         Over-the-counter pain medicine

·         Vitamins


·         Backpack (small)

·         Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)

·         Journal

·         Language dictionary

·         Map

·         Playing cards

·         Travel guide

·         Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in Kazakhstan or any other study abroad destination


1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.


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