Kut Bilim Newspaper: University of Central Asia: Affordable Education for All
Quality education is essential to a successful future, and in demand the world over. However, high-quality education requires significant financial resources, and is often the main reason why many students do not have access to a good university. The University of Central Asia (UCA) was designed to make quality education affordable.
March 15th 2020 is the last day to apply to one of the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) four undergraduate programmes: Computer Science; Communication and Media (Naryn Campus); Economics; Earth the Environmental Sciences (Khorog Campus). Kut-Bilim Newspaper decided to learn about the conditions and the cost of study at the University of Central Asia (UCA), as well as how to apply. In order to get this information, the newspaper has talked to the administration of the University.
What does UCA offer and what is included in the cost of education at UCA?
The University of Central Asia’s residential campuses are located in Naryn (Kyrgyzstan), and Khorog (Tajikistan). UCA strongly believes in affordable, high-quality, and competitive education. The University’s modern campuses, attractive accommodations, meals, a laptop, health insurance, fitness, sports and recreation, textbooks, and libraries with online access to global libraries, among other benefits, are all included in the cost of study.
What types of financial assistance are offered at UCA for students who cannot afford the fees?
Once admitted to the University of Central Asia, financial assistance is guaranteed, and a student’s financial constraints are not a barrier to quality education. UCA’s generous financial aid programme ensures that admission is based solely on merit. The ability to pay fees is not a consideration during the selection process. If the student’s family cannot afford the full cost of education, the student can apply for financial assistance. Scholarships from private donors are also available for freshmen students who have an average GPA of 3+.
UCA offers full and partial financial support. Full scholarships cover all UCA fees, while partial support consists of grants and interest-free student loans. In order to receive partial financial support, students who have successfully passed the admission test, should submit the necessary application form. All provided information is confidential and only used by the Financial Support Committee.
Tuition fees at UCA are the equivalent of US$5000 per year, and the fees for room and board is US$3,000 per year. These fees are less than most universities in Central Asia, as well as China, Turkey, and Russia, and for most students, even if they were to live at home, this cost is likely to be higher. The fee for all expenses, including tuition, accommodations, and meals, is heavily subsidised through available financial assistance, and donor funded scholarships.
Does the UCA provide full grants? What are the criteria?
Full grants are provided to applicants from Kyrgyzstan, who demonstrate high academic performance in accordance with the following criteria:
- Full grants are provided to students from Central Asia who demonstrate high scores at UCA’s admission test. The admission test covers English, math, and logic, and is conducted in English. It will be held on April 5th 2020 in test centres located in Bishkek, Naryn, Karakol and Osh, among other cities in the region.
- Students who receive “Golden Certificates” from the national ORT test can obtain a full scholarship to UCA, subject to successfully passing UCA’s admission test.
- Full scholarships are also provided to winners of national-level Olympiads in math or English, subject to successfully passing UCA’s admission test. In order to be prove eligibility under this criterion, students are required to submit valid certificates.
Are there any additional funding opportunities for students after enrolling at UCA?
UCA provides financial support to promote academic achievements of students. In addition to the financial support that is provided upon admission to UCA, the University encourages further academic success among its students. At the end of each academic year, students with high grades will have their loan waived for the subsequent year, thereby further decreasing their financial obligations.
Education at the University of Central Asia is heavily subsidised – all students need to do, is to fill out application form and successfully pass the admission test. Financial constraints are not a barrier to quality education!