24.KG: UCA Tops List of Preferred Universities in Kyrgyzstan
Summer is the time to enter a University: Top 10 Universities of the Country
Kyrgyz school-leavers are facing a serious challenge – they have to choose a university. The editors of 24.kg have analyzed the results of the National University Entry Test (ORT) that was organized in 2019. The results of the test determine, what university the school-leavers will be able to enter.
If a university have students with high average ORT score, it attracts smart applicants, who would like to study in that university, because they find it prestigious.
Last year, just like in the previous few years, the government allocated 5 thousand 705 grants for the students of state universities. Some of those grants can be received without ORT, as they are meant for ethnic Kyrgyz, who live outside the republic; for applicants who choose creative specialties; and for students who study under international treaties.
Conservatory, the Academy of Arts, the University of Culture and Arts, and the Academy of Physical Culture and Sports also do not require ORT tests, because students have to pass internal admision examination.
Every year, the Center for the Assessment of Education and Teaching Methods (COOMO) publishes average scores of students, who pursue higher education under grants (government-sponsored programs) or have to pay for their education (contract-based education). In recent years the school-leavers, who got high ORT score but still failed to qualify for government-sponsored programs, choose to pay for their education (contract-based education) instead of apply to another educational institution that is considered less prestigious. The Top 10 Universities Rating builds on this tendency.
1. University of Central Asia
In 2019, this University was the highest in the rating in terms of the average ORT score of students, who pursued contract-based education. The average ORT score was186.5. The university was established in 2000 and is located in Naryn. The language of instruction is English, the campuses are fully residential.
Average fee — KGS 98 thousand.
Academically strong students from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are awarded full scholarships on a competitive basis. When awarding the scholarships, the University takes into account the outstanding results in entrance tests, first places in national Olympiads in mathematics and English and the so-called “Gold Certificate” under ORT.
The University emphasizes that due to the safety issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year it will not organize admission tests. The details can be found on the UCA website.
2. American University of Central Asia
This University takes the second line in the rating. The average ORT score of the students is 178.3. AUCA is the only university in the KR that is listed in the QS International Rating.
Average fee – USD 6,700.
The language of instruction is English. The university offers discounts to talented and hard-working students, who demonstrate high academic performance and have financial difficulties.
The AUCA offers full scholarships to its undergraduate students, subject to the following conditions:
- ORT “Gold Certificate”;
- Winner of national-wide Olympiad in English;
- Highest possible score for the admission test (applicable only for “Anthropology” and “Sociology” programs);
- Grants, funded by AUCA’s donors;
- Winners of annual AUCA’s contests Brain Ring and Stream.
Admission procedure under the quarantine is available on AUCA website.
3. Kyrgyz-German Institute of Applied Informatics
KGIAI is the third top university. Average ORT score of its students is 169.6. The curricular are informed by the needs of Kyrgyz IT industry and leverage the expertise of the Institute’s partner – University of Applied Sciences Zwickau (Germany). The institute has three languages of instruction – Russian, German and English.
Average fee — KGS 80 thousand.
Undergraduate students can apply for DAAD scholarships. Admission details are available on KGIAI website.
4. Ala-Too International University
The University was established in 1996. It has 4 faculties, 3 institutes and 16 departments. Average ORT score – 166.9.
The main language of instruction is English. Additional languages are Russian, Kyrgyz and Turkish.
Average fee — USD 1,500.
The University offers discounts for applicants who take first, second and third place in international Olympiads in physics (IPHO), chemistry (ICHO), mathematics (IMO), biology (IBO), computer science (IOI); or first place in the Republican Olympiad (in physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, computer science, history, geography, English, Kyrgyz and Russian); or who scored 220-240 points in ORT test. Education is free for this category. Details on the website.
5. Kyrgyz State Medical Academy
KSMA is one of the most popular universities in the republic, and historically has high enrolment competition. It holds the second line in the rating in terms of government-sponsored education (180.3) and the fifth line in terms of contract-based education (160.9)
The academy’s leadership claims that for 80 years now, they have been the leading state institution of higher medical education in the Kyrgyz Republic. Average fee — KGS 47 thousand. Details on the website.
6. Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the KR
According to the University, its main mission is to provide initial training and professional development of specialists who can take efficiently formulate and implement the foreign policy of the country.
Average ORT score of students, who pursue contract-based education is 156,4. Average fee — KGS 45 thousand.
Initially, the Academy offered only one program in “International Relations”. Today it offers Law, Management, Business Administration, Journalism and Linguistics.
7. Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University
The university holds the seventh line in the rating in terms of the average score for both government-sponsored education (155.2) and contract-based education. (154.1). KRSU has 7 faculties and 92 departments.
Average fee — KGS 39 thousand.
The graduates receive diplomas of two states - Kyrgyzstan and Russia. Government-sponsored programs are funded by both by the Kyrgyz Republic and the Russian Federation. Enrolment to the Kyrgyz-sponsored programs is based on ORT test; enrolment to the Russia-sponsored programs is based on Russia’s Unified National Exam. Admission details are available on KRSU website.
8. International University in Central Asia
The University offers programs in seven areas: Linguistics (English and Chinese), Information Technology, International Relations, Pedagogy, Business Administration, Economics and Law. The average ORT score of IUCA students is 148.5
Average fee – KGS 63 thousand.
The educational institution offers free tuition to applicants who have scored more than 200 in ORT test or more than 450 in TOEFL PBT. 12 students pursue government-sponsored programs. In addition, students who demonstrate high academic performance can apply for financial support.
9. Public Administration Academy under the President
It is the only specialized educational institution in Kyrgyzstan that trains staff for state bodies and local self-governments. The Academy is listed ninth in the rating. The average ORT score of its students is 145.5.
Average fee – KGS 46 thousand.
Information about online registration available in the website.
10. Korean Institute in Central Asia
The Institute was established in 2017 to strengthen the cooperation between the Republic of Korea and Kyrgyzstan. The University offers three programs: Regional Studies (International Relations), Tourism and Linguistics
Average fee — KGS 32 thousand. Information about the Institute and its programs is available on the web.
All universities on one portal
The Ministry of Education and Science has launched a portal that provides information about all higher educational institutions that operate in the country. The data for the portal is provided by official representatives of those universities. Applicants can find general information about the institutions, some statistical information, list of faculties and departments, get contact details or contact any university directly through the portal’s interface.