UCA's School of Arts and Sciences offers an undergraduate programme that cultivates the knowledge and skills you need to integrate different approaches to solve problems and create innovations in your professional life and public service.
Our unique approach to learning combines:
- A broad-based liberal arts and sciences education that builds critical thinking, analytic and technical skills across disciplines;
- A discipline-based education designed by top tier global universities in critical and relevant fields; and
- An experiential education that will give you the opportunity to apply what you learn to real-world problems.
Your UCA Academic Pathway
At UCA, you will have the opportunity to graduate with a major and minor. After five years, you will graduate with either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc). UCA is the first university in Central Asia to offer integrative majors and minors.
You can attend any of the University's three residential campuses in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan (open in 2016); Khorog, Tajikistan (2017); and Tekeli, Kazakhstan (2021/22), based on the major and minor you select. Depending on your selected area of study, you have the opportunity to spend at least one semester at another campus.
Through our Co-operative Education Programme, you will also have the opportunity to gain work experience through paid summer internships with leading companies.
In the case of exceptional academic and non-academic achievements, students may be eligible and recommended by the Selection Committee for direct enrolment to the second year.
"I was accepted as a direct entry student to UCA. After studying in the US with the FLEX programme, this University was more than a perfect fit for me. UCA has ethnically diverse students and faculty, provides new opportunities, and its high-level curriculum is specifically developed for the development of Central Asian countries. We also play sports, participate in different clubs and have fun."Fariza Khosabekova
Communications and Media, Naryn Campus
Class of 2022
Students majoring in Computer Science and Communications and Media will enroll in the campus in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan.
Students majoring in Economics and Earth and Environmental Science will enroll in the campus in Khorog, Tajikistan.
As part of UCA's five-year undergraduate programme, students complete an intensive preparatory programme year, developed in partnership with Seneca College in Toronto, Canada. UCA's curriculum is developed in partnership with the University of Toronto, Canada (Computer Science), University of British Columbia, Canada (Earth and Environmental Sciences), the National Research University's Higher School of Economics, Moscow and Stockholm School of Economics/Riga, Latvia (Economics) and the University of Technology Sydney, Australia (Communications and Media). UCA has also partnered with the University of Victoria, Canada to develop an innovative co-operative education programme.
UCA offers a structured five-year undergraduate programme, including:
- Preparatory, cross-disciplinary, liberal arts and prerequisite courses
- Six specialisations or majors (which can also be chosen as a minor)
- Co-operative Education Programme
"Pursuing a major at UCA is unforgettable. I had a remarkable opportunity to study in both campuses and learnt about the diverse cultures of Kyrgyzstan and Badakhshan. Over the summer I had a wonderful internship working at USAID in Monitoring and Evaluation. I was exposed to the real world, and learnt a lot about business ethics, data science and data collection."Ozar Aini
Computer Science, Naryn Campus
Class of 2021
In your first year of study in UCA's five-year undergraduate programme, all students enrol in the University's Preparatory Programme. The programme includes English, mathematics and science courses and is designed to ensure you have the necessary foundational skills and knowledge to succeed in a rigorous, English-language academic environment with international standards.
UCA'S UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS
Computer Science, BSc
Are you interested in technology and being part of an emerging regional industry? Do you see solutions through technology? Are you interested in building technical and leadership skills? Do you want access to state-of-the art technology? If so, UCA's Computer Science programme is for you.
Communications & Media, BA
Are you a natural story teller? Do you like to make things happen through social and other media? Do you see the potential to strengthen the media in Central Asia? Do you want to change the way Central Asia is covered in the media? If so, UCA's Communications and Media programme is for you.
Earth & Environmental Sciences, BSc
Are you passionate about the environment? Do you see opportunities to improve environmental practices? Are you committed to protecting the unique resources of Central Asia? Do you enjoy applying scientific concepts to real world problems? If so, UCA's Earth and Environmental Sciences programme is for you.
Are you interested in becoming an economically impactful entrepreneur? Are you interested in contributing to Central Asia's economic development? Are you keen to build strong institutions and promote sound economic policies? Are you concerned with how Central Asia's economies fit into the global economy? If so, UCA's Economics programme is for you.
Engineering Sciences, BSc (anticipated in 2021/22)
Do you enjoy problem-solving and making things work? Or work better? Do you see possibilities in applying scientific concepts to real world problems? Are you open to exploring various solutions to big problems? Do you enjoy creating things? If so, UCA's Engineering Sciences programme is for you.
Business & Management, BA (anticipated in 2021/22)
Do you want to become a leader in the world of business? Do you already have ideas for your own business? Do you want to learn skills to enhance economic development in Central Asia? If so, UCA's Business and Management programme is for you.
UCA'S UNDERGRADUATE MINORS
In addition to your major, you will select one minor or secondary academic focus. The minor will provide you with complementary knowledge and skills to your major, further ensuring your education is comprehensive, adaptable and relevant to the complexity of work-place and community situations. In today's global economy, singularly focused degree programmes are falling out of favour and employers around the world want to hire young people that have degrees with both a primary and secondary focus.
Students are able to pursue minors in one of the six major areas of study. For example, a student studying in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan can pursue minors in Khorog, Tajikistan or Tekeli, Kazakhstan or vice versa.
CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMME
UCA's Co-operative Education Programme is a work integrated learning programme where students apply in-class learning to real life professional experiences within the field of study across private, public, and community-based sectors. This programme prepares students for both academic and career success beyond university. UCA's Co-op Programme has been developed in partnership with the University of Victoria, Canada.
The programme is mandatory for UCA undergraduate students. It is an innovative immersion initiative that creates opportunities for students to experience the working world, domestically and internationally, via structured job placements in three consecutive summers during your five-year university education. Learning takes place throughout the process, from seeking employment, to learning valuable interpersonal skills and on the job training, as well as participating in field studies and jointly conducting student development evaluations.
You will benefit from unprecedented access to the research experts, facilities and data of UCA's established research institutes and learning centres. These will complement your academic programmes and provide you with unique learning opportunities, including: research opportunities; opportunities for joint publications with leading scholars; preparation for graduate work; exposure to leading scholars from around the world; the use of scientific methods across disciplines; and knowledge creation.