Types of Higher Education Institutions 

1 : Universitet : University

Description:an institution of higher and (or) postgraduate education which carries out scientific and pedagogical activity, training, basic and (or) applied scientific research in different areas and which as a leading scientific and methodical center


2 : Akademija : Academy

Description:an institution of higher and (or) postgraduate education which is carries out scientific and pedagogical activity in a certain area and which is a scientific and methodical center


3 : Institut : Institute

Description:an institution of higher and (or) postgraduate education which carries out scientific and pedagogical activity and also training for professional activities


4 : Natsional'nyj issledovatel'skiy universitet : National Research University

Description:a research university having a special status


5 : Issledovatel'skiy universitet : Research University

Description:a university implementing the Program of Development approved by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan for five years and using results of its activity for integration of science and education, generation and transfer of new knowledge and technologies

top Pre-Higher Education System

Age of 

entry:6/7

exit:15

Structure of School System 

Primary :

Length of program:4

Age level from:6

Age level to:10


Lower Secondary :

Length of program:5

Age level from:10

Age level to:15

Certificate/Diploma awarded at end:Certificate of Incomplete Secondary Education


Senior Secondary :

Length of program:2

Age level from:15

Age level to:17

Certificate/Diploma awarded at end:Certificate of Completed General Secondary Education


Vocational Secondary : Colleges, Vocational Lyceums, Technical Schools and Vocational Training Schools

Length of program:2/4

Age level from:15

Certificate/Diploma awarded at end:Diploma of Secondary Vocational Education

Description of School System 

Primary school starts at age 6 or 7 and lasts 4 years. Secondary education is then split into two stages. Stage one (lower secondary) lasts 5 years and students receive the Certificate of Incomplete Secondary Education. Stage two is itself split in two sections: senior secondary lasts two years, at the end of which students receive the Certificate of Completed General Secondary Education. Students can also go onto general and vocational secondary education, which lasts two to four years, depending on prior educational attainment. Students receive the Diploma of Secondary Vocational Education. The Certificate of Completed General Secondary Education is required for entry to higher education, along with the Unified National Test (UNT).

top Higher Education System

Structure 

In Kazakhstan the three-level system of the higher and postgraduate education functions as per the Bologna Process: bachelor-master-doctoral degrees. There are also educational programmes offering the "specialist" qualification. The number of credits is comparable to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS): a Bachelor degree - 240 ECTS, a specialist programme - 300 ECTS, a Master degree - 60-120 ECTS (1 1/2 to 2 years of training), doctoral studies - 180 ECTS.

Laws/Decrees 

Law on Education (2018)


Law on Education (2017)


Law on Education (2011)


Law on Education (2007)


Law on Education (1999)


Law on Education (1992)

Languages of Instruction 

Kazakh, Russian, English

Stages of Higher Education 

University level first stage : Undergraduate level - Bachelor degree / Specialist

Description:the Bachelor degree is awarded after successfully passing a final assessment of the educational programme at higher education level, and accumulating a minimum of 240 ECTS. The Specialist degree is worth 300 ECTS and is carried out in 5 to 6 six years and awards a professional qualification in a number of areas.


University level second stage : Graduate level - Master degree

Description:The Master degree is awarded after successfully passing a final assessment of the educational programme at higher education level, and accumulating a minimum of 60-120 ECTS (1 1/2 to 2 years of training)..


University level third stage : Postgraduate level - PhD

Description:A PhD degree is conferred after completion of a peiod of research and lasts for at least three years

Training of HE Teachers 

The Master's degree and the Specialist qualification allows the holder to teach within a higher education institution. The training of teachers is carried out in the higher education institutions of Kazakhstan, which havie pedagogical educational licenses.

Distance Higher Education 

In Kazakhstan there is no special provision for distance higher education, according to the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On Education", but distance educational technology and tools are used to facilitate learning for correspondences course, accoridng to student needs.

top Bodies

Governing bodies and other organizations / associations 

Ministerstvo nauki i vysshego obrazovaniya Respubliki Kazakhstan

Role:The government body that guides the field of higher education and science, protection of children's rights and youth policy

Street:8 Mangilik Yel ave.

City:Nur-Sultan

PostCode:Z05K5K8

Tel:+7(7172) 74-23-61

www:https://www.gov.kz/memleket/entities/sci?lang=en

Contacts:Sayasat Nurbek (Head), Job title : Minister


Assotsiatsija vuzov Respubliki Kazakhstan

Role:Non-profit organization of over 80 accredited universities of various types and profiles

Street:16-18a Satpaeva Street

City:Almaty

PostCode:050013

Tel:+8(727) 262-1428/36/42

Fax:+8(727) 262-1428

www:http://edurk.kz

Contacts:Rahman Alshanov (Head), Job title : President

Bodies Responsible for Recognition 

Qazaqstan Respwblīkası Ğılım jäne joğarı bilim mīnīstrliginiņ Joğarı bilimdi damıtw ulttıq ortalığı

Role:The center promotes proper and full implementation of the agreed principles of the Bologna Process in the Republic of Kazakhstan at national and university levels. The center is also a member of ENIC-NARIC network. All procedures for recognition and nostrification of documents are dealt with by the center.

Recognition for institution:no

Recognition for profession:yes

Street:28, Kabanbay Batyr Avenue

City:Nur-Sultan

PostCode:Z05H0E8

Tel:+7(7172) 28-75-21

www:https://enic-kazakhstan.edu.kz

Contacts:Aidos Mukhatayev (Head), Job title : Director of the National Center for Higher Education Development MSHE RK

Student Associations 

Al'jans studentov Kazakhstana

Role:The student organization that brings together students across the country in order to improve the quality of education, protect students' rights, involve them in active student life, to instill positive qualities among young people.

Contacts:Ilyas Tustikbayev (Head), Job title : President

Bodies Responsible for Financial Aid 

Ministerstvo nauki i vysshego obrazovaniya Respubliki Kazakhstan

Role:The government body that guides the field of education and science, protection of children's rights and youth policy.

Grants:yes

Loans:yes

Street:8 Mangilik Yel ave.

City:Nur-Sultan

PostCode:Z05K5K8

Tel:+7(7172) 74-23-61

www:https://www.gov.kz/memleket/entities/sci?lang=en


АО "Finansovyj tsentr"

Role:Provides state aid to students: delivery of guarantees on educational financial credits; control over training of young specialists and PhD students; helping students find places in dormitories; delivery of awards on educational deposits; maintenance of per capita financing.

Category of students:all categories

Grants:no

Loans:yes

Street:18 Mangilik Yel Avenue

City:Nur-Sultan

PostCode:010000

Tel:+8(7172) 69-50-60

www:http://www.fincenter.kz

Contacts:Askar Izimbayevich Ibraimov (Head), Job title : President

Bodies Responsible for International Cooperation 

Ministerstvo nauki i vysshego obrazovaniya Respubliki Kazakhstan

Street:8 Mangilik Yel ave.

City:Nur-Sultan

PostCode:Z05K5K8

Tel:+7(7172) 74-23-61

www:https://www.gov.kz/memleket/entities/sci?lang=en

top Admission to Higher Education

Secondary School Credentials Required for Non-University Level Admission 

Certificate of Completed General Secondary Education

Requirement for:Vocational education is carried out in colleges and higher colleges on a base of a complete secondary education and (or) senior secondary education.

Alternatives 

After secondary education the applicant has the right to choose a technical and professional education institution (college, higher college) after 9th or 11th grade; or postsecondary education (an applied bachelor degree). Also in Kazakhstan students can apply to short cycle programmes, which are provided by higher colleges.

Admission Test 

Regulated by the organization of education

Numerus Clausus 

Regulated by the organization of education

Secondary School Credentials Required for University Level Admission 

Certificate of Completed General Secondary Education

Requirement for:University level admission requires the certificate of senior secondary education.

Admission Test 

Students must sit the Unified National Test (UNT) and testing is carried out 4 times a year for entering a higher education institution on a paying basis (January; March; June-July; August) and to obtain a grant - in June-July. In the January session three categories can sit the UNT: 1) students having completed 11 or 12 years of educatio; 2) applicants who started university in September with a conditional place; 3) transferring students specialized (art) specialties to other specialties.

Other Requirements 

Article 26 of the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On Education" states that admission to educational programmes demanding special and (or) creative preparation including for training in the fields of education and health care is carried out by taking into account the results of special and (or) creative examinations. The list of educational programmes and an requiring special and (or) creative examinations are established by standard Regulations of Admission.

Foreign Students Admission 

Definition:Any foreign citizen or person of Kazakh nationality who is not a citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan, meeting the requirements and conditions, provided by the Rules of Selection of applicants for participation in scholarship programmes and participating in a competition.

Admission Requirements:For training at full bachelor degree programme applicants submit the following documents:
1) application form identifying the educational programme;
2) copies of their identification document;
3) a copy of previous educational attainment with a transcript/translation;
4) a motivational essay in Kazakh, Russian or English;
5) a letter of recommendation in Kazakh, Russian or English;
6) a completed questionnaire;
7) a certificate of criminal record
Testing will also be carried to judge the applicant's potential for adaptation and an online interview is obligatory.

Quotas:Scholarship programmes can be provided to foreign citizens, including persons of Kazakh nationality who are not citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan, for training in Kazakh higher education institutions for either the full period of training, for one academic year, or for one academic period, depending on the length of educational programme. Scholarship programmes are also available for higher and postgraduate, doctoral education, depending on available budgetary funds

Health:Medical certificate

Language Proficiency:Regulated by HEI

Entry Regulations:Visa issues are presented on the website of the MFA of the Republic of Kazakhstan
http://mfa.gov.kz/ru/visa/index

Application to Individual Institution:Yes

Application to Central Body:No

top Recognition of Studies

System of Recognition 

Recognition is carried out for documents attesting to completed secondary education, senior secondary education, vocational education, postsecondary, higher and postgraduate education for persons who obtained an education in other states' institutions and their branches.
The recognition procedure consists of four stages:
1. Identification (authentication of education documents);
2. Documentation;
3. Examination (assessment of education level and (or) qualification);
4. Validation (certificate of recognition of the foreign education document).
The process is carried out by the Bologna Process and Academic Mobility Center of the Ministry of Education and Science.

Multilateral Agreements 

The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of People's Republic of China on mutual recognition of documents on education and academic degrees (2006)

The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Cabinet of the Ukraine on mutual recognition and equivalence of documents on education and academic (scientific) degrees and academic ranks (2001)

The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Government of Turkmenistan on mutual recognition of documents on education, academic degrees and ranks (2001)

The Conventions on recognition of the qualifications relating to the higher education in European the region – the Lisbon convention (1997)

The Agreement of the Commonwealths of Independent States on mutual recognition and equivalence of documents on secondary (general) education, primary professional and secondary professional (special) education (2004)

The Agreements between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Government of the Russian Federation on cooperation in culture, science and education (1994)

The agreement of the Commonwealths of Independent States on cooperation in the field of education (1992)

The Agreement on the Eurasian Economic Union (2014)

top Student Life

Social Security/Health Insurance for Home Students 

Is there social security:No

Social Security/Health Insurance for Foreign Students 

Is there social security:No

Special Travel Concessions 

By Road:Yes

By Rail:Yes

By Air:No

Available to Foreign Students:No

top Credentials

 

Certificate of Completed General Secondary Education

Description:The Certificate of Completed General Secondary Education is awarded after 11 years of schooling (in 2014 this was extended to 12 years as a pilot scheme).


Bakalavriat

Description:First terminal qualification offered after at least four years of study.

Credential required for entry:Certificate of Completed General Secondary Education


Spetsialist

Description:Degree awarded in a number of professional areas such as Medicine, Engineering etc, after at least 5 or 6 years and is worth 300 ECTS.


Magistratura

Description:Postgraduate qualification conferred after a further one or two years' study beyond the Bachelor's degree.

Credential required for entry:Bakalavriat


Doctorantura

Description:A PhD is conferred by several universities after a minimum of three years' study.

Credential required for entry:Magistratura

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AcademicYear 

From:2019

To:2020

Source 

IAU from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, March 2019; ENIC-NARIC country information, May 2020.

Updated on 06-05-2020