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Manas University

Bishkek

To be accepted to the University, students from Kyrgyz Republic are supposed to pass through the examination hold by the University itself, while students from Turkey are accepted according to their score at the Student Selection and Placement Center examination (TCS), so do other students from Turkic peoples and related communities.

By the end of the first semester of the 2011-2012 academic year there was 3809 undergraduate students studying at 9 faculties, 4 high schools, 1 vocational school. Also there are 196 graduate students at 2 institutions.

According to the Council of Higher Education (Turkey), the University has the same status as other universities in Turkey.

The education in the University is free, students are provided with “Academic Achievement Scholarship”. Textbooks are supplied. Educational scholarship is given by the Republic of Turkey Government. Students are provided with cheap lunch and can apply for accommodation in the dorms.

Teaching Languages are Turkish Language and Kyrgyz Language as well as English Language and Russian Language.

Manas University is represented by a Multicultural Environment (a variety of students from 14 different countries and regions) Out of class, students enjoy a lively campus life a range of sports teams, students clubs, and campus events including contests, festivals, career days, tournaments and more. To supplement students' learning, KTMU provides internship opportunities for students in The Central Bank of Turkey, The Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE), Turkey Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), Turkey Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB), Turkish Ziraat Bank and other institutions in various fields (Tourism, Industry, Trade, Communication, etc.). Students may also participate in exchange programs through Mevlana, ERASMUS PLUS, Open World, US Central Asian Education Foundation.
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American University of Central Asia

Bishkek

The American University of Central Asia (AUCA), formerly the Kyrgyz-American University and the American University in Kyrgyzstan, is a liberal arts university located in Bishkek, the capital of the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan.

AUCA was established in 1997 with funding from the United States government and the Open Society Institute, a non-government donor organization set up by Hungarian philanthropist George Soros. One of its founders was human rights attorney and journalist Scott Horton. While the university focuses on offering higher education opportunities to Central Asian students, its student body and faculty comes from all over Asia and other parts of the world.

In March 2010, AUCA has established an official partnership with Bard College located in the state of New York, United States. The partnership allows students of American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, European Studies, International and Comparative Politics, Journalism and Mass Communications, Psychology, Sociology, and Software Engineering programs to receive liberal arts degrees fully accredited in the US.

According to the USAID accreditation report, "AUCA is the first higher education institution in Central Asia that functions according to the American model, with a credit-hour system, an American-style liberal arts curriculum, and a commitment to democratic values, freedom of expression and inquiry, and academic integrity and honesty."

The university is chartered in Kyrgyzstan and is authorized by the Kyrgyz Ministry of Education to offer the Kyrgyz National Diploma in eleven undergraduate programs and one graduate program (an MBA). AUCA also offers American-style diplomas, and students are required to take courses in both Russian and English. Currently AUCA and Bard College are entering into a collaboration to develop a joint-degree program, in which students at AUCA will receive both Kyrgyz diplomas and US accredited diplomas from Bard College.

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