International students

KIMEP University is a home to a growing number of international students, including degree, non-degree, and exchange students. Students come from 25 different countries, including Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Korea, Uzbekistan, Russia, the USA, the UK, Germany, China, and Turkey.

KIMEP University offers an exceptional education in a unique region of the world. Located in Almaty, the financial capital of Central Asia, students have the opportunity to experience Central Asian culture in a dynamic and modern environment.

Choosing to study at a foreign university for your Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctor’s is a major decision – and one that will inevitably shape the direction of your future career and network.

KIMEP University offers 22 English-language degree programs, including 10 undergraduate programs in Accounting and Audit, Finance, Management, Marketing, Law, Economics, International Relations, Public and Municipal Administration, Journalism; and 10 graduate programs in Business Administration, International Relations, Public and Municipal Administration, International Journalism, Economics, International Law, and Foreign Languages. It also offers a DBA program and an Executive MBA program, as well as a wide range of certificate programs and short professional courses.

Students may take classes here in various capacities: as a Degree or Dual Degree student; through an exchange program; or for short-term Non-Degree, language, or other courses at KIMEP.

KIMEP University accepts applications throughout the year. All applications should be sent directly to the Department of Student Recruitment and Admissions. The sooner international students apply, the sooner International Office can assist in finding suitable accommodation, and preparing admitted students for life in Almaty and study at KIMEP.

If you are ready to take that next step in your career, we encourage you to apply to KIMEP University now!


International Office assists international newly admitted and current students with the following services:

  • Advises in matters pertaining to daily student life and addresses their needs with relevant departments within KIMEP to seek solutions for administrative issues (this includes liaising with Student Recruitment and Admission Office, Student Learning Support Center, Medical Center, Office of the Registrar, Internal Security, Support Services Department, Accounting Department, etc.).
  • Advises on non-academic issues, in cooperation with relevant KIMEP units, after arrival on campus.
  • Assigns “Buddies” to international students, in cooperation with the KIMEP Student Association to ease transition to KIMEP and Almaty.
  • Organizes Orientation sessions, Welcome and Farewell parties, International Students Day, and Country Days.

International Officer (international ​degree/non-degree​ students ​coordination, ​incoming staff coordination, ​​cultural ​events​, buddy system​)

Email: international@kimep.kz

Tel: +7 (727) 2374800 (ext. 1015)

Dormitory building, ground floor

Dual Degree

These programs allow students to receive two separate degrees: one from KIMEP University and one from a partner institution. The principle of dual degree programs is that students complete some of their courses at Home University and the rest at KIMEP University, with credits being recognized by both. All classes are taught in English. Students pay tuition where they study at that time. Dual degree students should be advised at their Home University, as well as by an academic adviser at the relevant college at KIMEP University and apply online. Colleges administrate the dual degree programs and International Office provides advising on logistic issues.

Through the dual degree program “the International Master in Central, East European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies” students spend the first year in the University of Glasgow, UK or in the University of Tartu, Estonia and the second year in KIMEP University, Kazakhstan. From KIMEP University they receive degree “Master in International Relations”.

Contact at the College of Social Sciences:
Dinara Nurmanova, Administrative Manager
Email: zdinara@kimep.kz
Tel: +7 727 270 43 40

Buddy of International Students

Instagram: @bis.kimep
Email: bis.kimep@gmail.com

Buddy of International Students (BIS) is mainly organized for helping international students with different issues while staying in Kazakhstan. Since its creation BIS has created good reputation among international students and staff. Each international student is assigned a Buddy who contacts newcomers before arrival to Kazakhstan.

BIS Helps for foreigners with following:

  • Medical checkup (X-ray, 086)
  • Bank visit (payment for housing, tuition fee, library and etc.)
  • Grocery staff
  • Buying SIM card and fix issues with local number
  • Translation in different places
  • Showing around Almaty

Feedbacks of students:

 “Buddy system is really helpful for freshmen and exchange students, because buddy help them to make campus life well!”

Shin Yohan, South Korean, regular student

 My buddy is the best buddy anyone could wish for. She will go above and beyond to help you out, party with you and make you lunch sometimes. She’s also one of the coolest chicks I’ve ever met and I’m happy to call her my friend”

Sara Rudman, Slovenia, exchange student

 My buddy took care of me from second number one. She was not only a professional Buddy, she also became a close friend and ally. She knows everything that is worth to know about KIMEP, Almaty, Kazakhstan and life. She is caring, funny, smart and helpful. I hope we will keep up the contact

Mattias Göthberg. Sweden, exchange student

Social LIFE 

On the portfolio of the events BIS helped in organization of the following:

  • Orientation session
  • Welcome party
  • International Students day
  • Country days
  • Farewell party
  • Open house Day
  • Interview with International Students

Recommendation from BIS Team

10 Things you should do in Kazakhstan: 

  1. Visit Kok-Tobe
  2. Try Baursak
  3. Go to Medeu
  4. Explore Big Almaty Lake
  5. Try Kazakh national drink- Kymus, which is horse milk
  6. Take a photo in Charyn Canyon
  7. Ski in Shymbulak
  8. Visit Astana
  9. Travel with VIS to Kaindy Lake
  10. Visit Green Bazar and try Kurt

Going Global center

On December 9, 2016 the “Going Global”, an information center, opened its doors to provide international students with a special home atmosphere, where we gather together like a family to spend time during the day or after the classes; share our news, concerns, and advice; discuss various topics and initiates; prepare for events; and just drink tea. Students will also find there materials about Kazakhstan, Almaty, KIMEP University, and other useful information on opportunities to travel around Kazakhstan and Central Asian countries. Photo exhibition depicts joyful mood of our international students for whom the “Going Global” became a second home, as well as numerous events & trips organised by the department and student organization BIS (Buddies for International Students).

The “Going Global” center is located in the International Office and welcomes you from 9.00 till 6.00 pm on Mon-Fri.