Officially the Republic of Kazakhstan and located in Central Asia, Kazakhstan is home to over 17.9 million people. Bordered by 5 countries, Kazakhstan is the largest landlocked country in the world. The country generates 60% of the region’s GDP, mainly through its oil and gas industry. As well as bordering with other countries, it also shares a large border with the Caspian Sea.
The terrain of Kazakhstan is varied, from deserts and flatlands to rock canyons and snow-capped mountains. It has a large land area, which means that its population density is one of the lowest in the world. Kazakhstan has around 131 ethnicities, including Kazakhs, Russians, Uzbeks, Ukrainians and Germans. About 70% of the country’s population practice Islam as their religion, with 26% of people practicing Christianity. However, Kazakhstan officially allows freedom of religion. The culture in Kazakhstan is very different to that of Western countries, but studying there would be a great way to have a truly different experience.
Why Study in Kazakhstan?
More than 50,000 international students enrol in Kazakhstan’s world ranked universities each year. The country is welcoming to international citizens, both students and civilians. Only around 66% of residents are native Kazakhs, making the country ethnically diverse.
There are 5 of Kazakhstan’s universities in the 2019 QS World University Rankings top 500. The highest ranked of these is Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, which is placed at 220th. Higher education in Kazakhstan is divided into three levels. You can study at a Basic College, which provides fundamental education and allows you to gain a bachelor’s degree. You can also gain specialist diplomas in specific areas of education. To gain a masters degree, you will need to join a scientific programme, which takes 3 to 6 years to complete. This developing system produces graduates who are prepared for their next step in life, which a suitable and quality award.