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Education

Overview

107,543 students graduated from Kazakhstani high schools and completed United National Testing (ENT) in 2010. Students who successfully passed (50 points out of 100) are then allowed to apply to local universities and other higher educational institutions. ENT is not obligatory for those students applying for foreign universities on a self-funded basis. Those students that apply for state-funded scholarships for studying abroad are required to pass the ENT. Students from Kazakhstan studying abroad can be classified into two groups:

  • Students whose parents can afford to finance their education abroad. The majority of these students live in the largest cities of Almaty and Astana.
  • Students that study abroad through different grant and scholarship programs. The majority of these are students who have obtained scholarships provided by Bolashak, a state funded educational grant program.

Local Higher Education Institutions

Higher education institutions in Kazakhstan include universities, academies and technical institutions. In 2009, there were approximately 150 higher educational facilities in Kazakhstan including 53 public facilities. There were approximately 620,442 students studying in higher educational institutions in Kazakhstan – 21.1% studying through state grants, 1.6% through State Educational Order, and 77.3% are self-funded students.

Higher secondary education in Kazakhstan is represented by general secondary schools, training schools and lyceums that provide general secondary and initial vocational education, and by colleges providing secondary vocational education. There are 494 private and state-funded colleges in Kazakhstan that offer technical/intermediate vocational programs. The number of students studying in private and state colleges is 490,997.

Opportunities

Bolashak Scholarship

Bolashak is a national government scholarship established in 1993. It aims to assist talented young people in obtaining quality education abroad. The scholarship covers all costs related to education including tuition and fees, costs of travel, and a living stipend. The program requires all Bolashak recipients to return to Kazakhstan upon completing their education and work for five years in Kazakhstan. Currently, there are more than about 3,000 scholarship recipients studying abroad.

The most popular countries for study are the UK, U.S., and Russia. The total number of Bolashak scholarships awarded for the period of 1994-2010 is 7,356. Of this total, the number of students studying in the Top 3 countries is as follows:

  • 2,666 students in the UK,
  • 2,135 students in the U.S., and
  • 676 students in Russia.

Bolashak Statistics

Bolashak scholarships awarded in 2005 – 2010 by educational programs

Programs

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

Total

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

Undergra-duate

1243

69

441

57

97

36

636

49

419

41

483

34

3319

50

Graduate

478

27

299

38

138

52

607

46

561

56

754

53

2837

43

Doctorate

55

3

19

2

11

4

15

1

11

1

10

1

121

2

Research Fellowship

           

28

2

12

1

138

10

178

3

Bolashak scholarships awarded in 2005 – 2010 by education

Type of education

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

Total

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

Social Sciences*

856

48

265

34

181

68

632

48

277

28

610

43

2821

43

Medical Sciences

128

7

47

6

25

9

55

4

21

2

45

3

321

5

Technical Sciences**

812

45

466

60

61

23

624

48

715

71

751

54

3429

52

* Social Sciences include business administration, economics, arts, history, law, etc

** Technical Sciences include engineering, natural sciences, computing, etc.