The Undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences

UCA's School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) offers a five-year undergraduate programme that cultivates the knowledge and skills students need to integrate different approaches to solve problems and create innovations in professional life and public service.

Strategic and Operational Plan 2015-2020

School of Arts and Sciences

As a University focused on the development of mountain societies, University of Central Asia's (UCA) campuses are located in secondary towns and rural settings, with the hopes to be at the heart of an intellectual and economic transformation in the region. The 2015-2020 Strategic and Operational Plan for the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) focuses on Academic Excellence, Research and Community Outreach in line with UCA's fundamental priorities.
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SAS aims to recruit a diverse student body with a curiosity for learning both inside and outside the classroom and display leadership potential. SAS will employ experienced academic staff, who display a willingness to mentor students during their academic journey and will be provided training and professional development to allow implementation of innovative teaching methodologies for course delivery. Students will undergo a Preparatory Programme to prepare them for an international standard undergraduate education SAS provides. Developed with global institutional and academic partners who are experts in their fields, the curriculum has been contextualized for the socio-economic trends and market demands at Central Asia. With the incoming students and academic faculty, there is an expected increase in economic activities for local businesses. Socio-economic development of the town will be further supported by partnering with important stakeholders in Naryn and Khorog, engaging in cross-cultural exchange with non-profit organizations and supporting educational entities with knowledge exchange and professional development opportunities.

UCA's undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences began classes in 2016. It's undergraduate programmes are located at its residential campuses in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan, and Khorog, Tajikistan. The Tekeli campus in Kazakhstan is expected to start classes in 2022. The Tekeli campus in Kazakhstan is in the planning phase.

The curriculum combines a liberal arts and sciences education, where students study integrative majors and minors combining several disciplines. Undergraduate students also gain work experience through internships as part of UCA's Cooperative Education Programme.


Naryn, Kyrgyzstan


  • BSc, Computer Science
  • BA, Communications and Media

Khorog, Tajikistan


  • BSc, Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • BA, Economics

Tekeli, Kazakhstan (in planning phase)


  • BSc, Engineering Sciences
  • BA, Business and Management

Admission to the School is based purely on merit, and UCA guarantees financial assistance to all students offered admission. The average contribution of students, towards their tuition, room and board, a laptop computer, health insurance, and numerous facilities is only a fraction of the cost of education. This makes education and living at UCA particularly affordable for students from rural communities.

Students admitted to UCA have a demonstrated record of academic achievements. They are winners of academic competitions, presidents of student government, passionate advocates for the disadvantaged, talented artists and musicians, award-winning athletes, and enthusiastic volunteers who lend a hand in their communities. While many students joining UCA come from urban centres, more than half are from secondary cities and small villages.

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