AUCA students and alumni would not enjoy the success they do without the incredible work and support of their family and friends.  AUCA understands the sacrifices that families make to give their children and relatives access to the best education in the region.

What Parents Need To Know:

Applying to AUCA

  1. Students must take the AUCA entrance exam or substitute TOEFL/IELTS and SAT/ACT plus writing scores.
  2. Students should fill out the online application at, or download the paper application.

The deadline for the second admissions round is June 25, 2017

Affording AUCA

At AUCA you get what you pay for, which means the best education in Central Asia, no hidden fees for grades and exams, and the opportunity to change the world.  Furthermore, AUCA is committed to providing financial assistance to talented and hard-working students who demonstrate excellent academic performance and financial need.  90% of all students receive financial assistance, with the average aid package worth KGS 135,000.  

Financial Aid Presentation

The Financial Aid Committee awards all scholarships.  In order to be considered for a financial aid award, families must complete a financial aid application and submit it with all requested supporting documents to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid by the appropriate deadline.  Download the forms, or email us at

External funding is also available through a number of financial aid programs, including CAEF Scholarships, OSI, USAID, Aga Khan Foundation, MINA Group, and other private and public funding options.

AUCA Success Stories

Where our graduates work:

Kyrgyz Republic: Kumtor, Shoro, Kompanion, Soros Foundation,

Kazakhstan: Ernst and Young, British-American Tobacco, European Commission

World: Google (Ireland), Citigroup (London), The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.), Shanghai Investment Corporation (Shanghai), McKinsey Consulting (Moscow), World Bank (New York City).

Where our graduates study:

Yale, London School of Economics, Sorbonne, Central European University, Moscow State University, Seoul National University, Oxford University, Stanford University, University of Vienna.

Success Stories:

Tilek Mamutov '05 - Project Manager, Google Inc, Dublin 

Tilek graduated from the software engineering department, and has always loved math.  "I realized very young that math is an applied discipline.  I use it at Google everyday writing algorithms, and used my skills for my first job, managing the AUCA website."

Natalya Yassinskaya '04 - HR Consultant, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C. 

Natalya, a native of Kazkhstan, received her masters in Human Resource Management from George Washington University in 2010 before joining the Post.  "AUCA was comprehensive and all-encompassing.  I not only received professional skills, but also developed the ability to think for myself."

Aziz Soltobaev '03 - Founder, Bishkek 

Aziz worked as an investment analyst after graduating AUCA, but the entrepreneurial spirit he formed at AUCA through the Students in Free Enterprise and the Kyrgyz Business News Project soon took hold.  "AUCA changed my life.  I went from ordinary to proactive and goal-oriented."

Kadyr Toktogulov '03 - Dow Jones Correspondent, Almaty 

Kadyr, a journalism major,  has reported news from all over Central Asia, interviewing such people as Hillary Clinton.  "Critical thinking and academic freedom are what I loved most about AUCA.  It is the freest university in the region."

Tontong Tina Zhou '02 - Lawyer, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Beijing 

Tina studied multiple languages at AUCA, including Russian and Japanese.  She studied Islam and Christianity, and graduated cum laude.  "AUCA gave me the confidence to speak in English and Russian, and my 5 years there were some of the most wonderful in my life."

Zahidullah Jalali '08 - Assistant to Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister, Kabul 

Zahid came to AUCA on scholarship, completing a degree in International and Comparative Politics.  He returned to Afghanistan because of the responsibility he felt to his country.  "I was educated for this purpose, and it was my wish to return.  AUCA gave me critical thinking skills, tolerance, and respect for others."

Cholponbek Jumashukurov  '02 - Analyst at Farallon Capital, San Francisco 

After graduating from AUCA with a degree in Business Administration, Cholponbek went on to receive his MBA from Harvard Business School.  "AUCA's admission process grants opportunities to students from all over, regardless of social/economic status."

Elnura Osmonalieva '06 - Filmmaker, Producer, Bishkek 

The director of "Almaz," and the award-winning "Shaken Zhuldyzdary," Elnura is one of the premier young filmmakers in Central Asia.  "Going to AUCA was a benchmark in my life.  I joined the Amnesty International club, acted in KVN, wrote for the student paper, The Star, and debated at international tournaments.  Most of the best things I have in my life come from AUCA."

Chyngyz Jamankulov '02 - Head of PFS Credit, HSBC Kazakhstan 

Chyngyz is responsible for managing the credit risk for retail lending products.  "AUCA has an energetic atmosphere, and provided me with a solid academic foundation and a close circle of friends."

American University of Central Asia
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