Affordable Education

Why do foreigners find Kazakhstan attractive in terms of obtaining higher education?

You can find here an affordable and qualitative education.


Students in Kazakhstan receive a solid knowledge base and diplomas from accredited universities. The cost of education, as elsewhere, varies depending on the city, university, curriculum and the length of the period of study. However, compared to some countries, here you do not have to spend all your capital, while receiving a quality education. After all, a lot of universities in Kazakhstan obtained not only national institutional accreditation but international as well.

You have an opportunity to receive a quality education that is recognized all over the world (by joining the Bologna Declaration, Kazakhstan has become a member of the European Higher Education Area).

Many foreigners find Kazakhstan a cozy, safe home with open-minded people. Fixed costs are much lower than in other countries (read more in the section "Affordable residence" and "Security").

The cost of higher education in Kazakhstan costs from 378 284 KZT, up to 3 080 000 KZT a year (from $ 1100 USD to $ 9000 USD). To compare with some other countries, the average cost of higher education is as follows:

In Russia - from 530 000 KZT (in state university) to 2 154 000 KZT (from $1550 to $ 9000 USD);

In the USA (in state universities) - $10,000- $20,000 per year (from 3 438 945 KZT to 6 877 890 KZT), and in colleges - from $ 2,527 per year (869 021 KZT). But in colleges, students receive an associate degree, not a bachelor's degree. And in prestigious universities the annual cost of education reaches $ 60 000 USD.

Singapore. 1) The O-Level program - $ 9 000 USD - $ 10 500 USD (preparation for entering universities in Europe, for final school examinations), 2) Foundation program (Certificate / Knowledge of English) - $ 5 000 - $ 11 000 USD, 3) Bachelor's degree is approximately $ 5 400 - $ 12 000 USD. However, during all academic years students are not allowed to work in parallel.

In Korea, the average cost: from $ 4 000 USD to $ 8 000 USD.

In universities in Hong Kong, the average cost of education per year is $18 800 USD.

In Canada, for international students, the average annual cost of study at the university is from 3 920 400 KZT up to 10 454 400 KZT (from $ 11 400 to $30 400USD)

Foreigners can pass a united national test (UNT) and have the right to receive higher education for free.


In Kazakhstan, there are educational grants for foreigners, which in recent years have begun to attract talented young people from neighboring countries:

"More than a hundred foreigners received grants in Kazakhstan universities. There were citizens of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, China, Ukraine, Belarus, Egypt and Afghanistan.

For example, annually, according to the instruction of the Head of the Government, citizens of Tajikistan have one hundred places for studying at the preparatory department of Kazakhstan universities. In 2016, an agreement which was signed between the governments of Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, stipulates that, starting from 2017, Tajik citizens will not receive language preparation, but will immediately be allowed to study in universities from the freshmen year. (



Accreditation can be conducted by national and international accreditation bodies on the basis of the standards developed by them. The list of recognized accreditation agencies in Kazakhstan currently includes 6 agencies: (you can see the lists of higher education institutions in Kazakhstan on their websites)

1. НААР (in translation to English - Independent Accreditation and Rating Agency, Kazakhstan) (read more);

2. НКАОКО (in translation to English - Independent Kazakhstan Agency for Quality Assurance in Education, Kazakhstan) (read more);

3. ASIIN (in translation to English - Accreditation Agency for Educational Programs in Engineering, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Germany) (read more) ;

4. ACQUIN (in translation to English - Institute for Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance, Germany) (annual report for 2016 read more );

5. AQA (in translation to English - Austrian Quality Assurance Agency, Austria (read more);

6. ABET, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, USA (read more).

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All students have equal access to education, regardless of race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other views, national or social origin, economic status or birth.

The Convention against Discrimination in Education was adopted in Paris on 14 December 1960 by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The law project on “Ratification of the Convention against Discrimination in Education” was approved, - “Kazinform” reported.

The main objective of the Convention is the elimination of all kinds of discrimination in the field of education, as well as the proclamation of compulsory, accessible and free primary education.