School of Arts and Sciences
Winter Upgrading Programme

Зимняя академическая программа по английскому языку и математике

What is the UCA Winter Upgrading Programme?

The University of Central Asia's (UCA) Winter Upgrading Programme offers intensive upgrading courses in English and mathematics for Grade 11 students in Central Asia who plan to apply to universities with English-language instruction and require English and mathematics entrance exam(s). The programme also helps students prepare for UCA's admission test and for success in the University's first-year Preparatory Programme.

When and where does it take place?

The four-day intensive programme is offered during winter break at the UCA Naryn Campus, UCA Khorog Campus and in Kulyab town (Tajikistan). Students receive 16 hours of English and Mathematics instruction. This is a unique opportunity to learn from UCA’s highly qualified faculty experience a world class campus and education from highly qualified faculty. Students will be accommodated at the University’s state of the art residences and provided with three meals a day and tea breaks.

Programme Locations and Dates

UCA Naryn Campus (Kyrgyzstan): 3-6 January 2018

Grade 11 students across Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are encouraged to apply for Winter Upgrading Programme in UCA Naryn Campus.

UCA pick-up locations in Kazakhstan are as follows:

  • Tekeli
  • Taldykorgan
  • Kapchagay
  • Almaty
  • Taraz

UCA pick-up locations in Kyrgyzstan are as follows:

  • Bishkek
  • Naryn
  • Balykchy
  • Talas
  • Karakol

All students will depart to Naryn on 2 January and return to their designated pick-up location on 7 January via UCA-arranged transport.

UCA Khorog Campus (Tajikistan): 9-12 January 2018

Grade 11 students across Tajikistan are encouraged to apply for Winter Upgrading Programme in UCA Khorog Campus.

Pick-up locations are as follows:

  • Dushanbe
  • Kulyab
  • Khujand

Students will depart to Khorog on 8 January and return to their designated pick-up location on 13 January via UCA-arranged transport.

Kulyab (Tajikistan): 9-12 January 2018

Grade 11 students from Kulyab, Tajikistan are encouraged to apply. The address is to be confirmed. Selected students will be expected to attend intensive English and Maths courses. In the end of the Programme, the students are invited to visit UCA Khorog campus, travel dates are 13-14-15 January 2018.

Who is eligible?

Grade 11 students from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan will undergo the Programme in UCA Naryn Campus (Kyrgyzstan), 3-6 January 2018.

Grade 11 students from Tajikistan will undergo the Programme in UCA Khorog Campus (Tajikistan), 9-12 January 2018.

Grade 11 students from Kulyab, Tajikistan will be offered to undergo the Programme in Kulyab on 9-12 January 2018. In the end of the Programme, the students are invited to visit UCA Khorog campus, travel dates are 13-14-15 January.

What do you learn?

The curriculum focuses on building skills in English and mathematics that are not adequately covered in regional curricula and are typically required by international English-medium universities. Students will be exposed to UCA's student-centred style of teaching, which has an applied learning approach. Pre-assessment and post-assessment tests will be conducted to measure the effectiveness of the programme.

English-language Skills
Through a balance of instruction and activities in reading, listening, speaking, and writing in English, students will develop their comprehension, critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills in the English language. The upgrading will focus on developing specific skills such as writing structured paragraphs, analysing and responding to texts critically, problem solving and constructing and presenting arguments in a clear and logical way.

Mathematics Skills
Each session will focus on a fundamental mathematical concept, including review, guided-practice, independent practice and group activities. Topics include coordinate geometry, the interpretation of graphs, solving word problems and sequences and series. Students will participate in group activities and apply concepts to real world problems, further developing their critical thinking and problem solving skills. When necessary, support to enhance mathematical understanding in English will be provided.

How much does the programme cost?

The Winter Upgrading Programme fee is following and it can be paid in any of the national currencies:

  • UCA Naryn Campus (Kyrgyzstan), 3-6 January 2018 – 30 USD
  • UCA Khorog Campus (Tajikistan), 9-12 January 2018 – 30 USD
  • Kulyab (Tajikistan), 9-12 January 2018 – TBC

Successful applicants will be asked to transfer the programme fee to the University bank account before the start of the programme.

How do you apply?

To apply, please complete the online application with your statement of purpose.

Applicants will be selected based on the information provided in their application. UCA requires students adhere to a policy of academic honesty when applying.

When is the application deadline?

15 December 2017

What are the selection criteria?

Selection is strictly merit-based and determined through an overall assessment of high school performance in English and mathematics through a review of student grades, as well as on a statement of purpose describing personal motivations and aptitude.

When and how are selected students notified?

Final acceptance decisions are communicated to all applicants via email by 19 December 2017. Successful candidates must notify the selection committee of their desire to attend by 22 December 2017.

Who can I contact for more details?

Please contact:

Applicants from Kyrgyzstan
+996 312 663 822
+996 770 822 901

Applicants from Kazakhstan
+7 777 822 3948

Applicants from Tajikistan
+992 93 999 9964

Or send an email to winterupgrading@ucentralasia.org