International Office

Welcome to Kazakhstan!

We are happy to welcome international students and participants of the International Summer University! If you are planning to spend a semester, to get a higher education, to do an internship or to do a research work in Kazakhstan, Kazakh-German University (KGU) most welcomes you! A fascinating journey into education field of Kazakhstan and the Central Asian culture is waiting for you.

The International Department of our university provides you complete information about conditions of study at KGU, admission requirements (visa, registration, and insurance) and language courses. We are also happy to assist you in finding accommodation in Almaty.

If you are an international applicant and plan to do an undergraduate programme at KGU, you need a good command of the Russian language at a minimum level B2, as well as pre-intermediate / intermediate level of English. German is not a requirement to study at KGU. It is important that you've fully completed secondary school in order to study and obtain a bachelor's degree at KGU.

Information about undergraduate programme of KGU:

  • Faculty of Economic Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering Economics
  • Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

Admission procedure

Admission (entrance) Test of KGU
To be admitted to undergraduate programmes, foreign citizens must take an admission test of KGU. It lasts two days and consists of two stages: writing part and an interview.

  • Part I: Written exam (test)

Test consists of four subjects:
—  Mathematics (10 tasks);
—  History (5 questions on World History; 5questions on History of Kazakhstan);
—  Economy and society (10 questions);
—  Foreign language (English and/or German — 50 questions).
You can request a sample test of KGU by writing to our email address: admission@dku.kz.

  • Part II: Interview

The interview is held next day after testing. You need to answer the questions of the Committee. The purpose of this interview is not to demonstrate your knowledge, but your motivation and attitude to your future study.

If you decide to take the admission test of KGU before the end of school or college, then 4 days before the exam you must submit a copy of report cards for grade 11 (both sides) or copy of transcript (from college) to the Admissions Office. Copies of documents must be certified by the signature and seal of Director.
Opening hours of the Admissions Office:
— Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 18:00 (lunch break 13:00—14:00).

Entrance exam is held in Almaty. Examination dates in 2018:

  • 4 July 10:00−18:00
  • 25 July 10:00−18:00
  • 15August 10:00−18:00

You must register 7 days before your selected date.

Documents required for application to bachelor programme submitted to the Admissions Office

  1. Certificate of secondary education/college diploma;
  2. Apostilled transcript of secondary education certificate /college diploma
  3. Notarized and apostilled translation of secondary education certificate /college diploma
  4. Notarized copy of identity card with Russian translation;
  5. 6 photos 3×4;
  6. Medical card 086-У.You get a medical card upon arrival to Kazakhstan after being examined by a medical committee. Each doctor’s stamp and the medical institution stamp must be put in the bottom left-hand corner. You are also required to get a chest X-ray. (fluorography must be attached and submitted to the Admissions office);
  7. A copy of the vaccination card;
  8. Copy of Russian language certificate (B2)

Nostrification procedure

After admission, you need to go through a national procedure to get your academic degree or certificate recognised in Kazakhstan, i.e. go through the nostrification procedure. This is in accordance with the law of Kazakhstan. Students, who do not fulfil this requirement during the first semester, lose the right to continue their studies in Kazakhstan.
You need to go through the nostrification procedure yourself, visit any Population Service Centre (ЦОН) in Almaty. Addresses of service centres can be found here.

Documents required for the nostrification procedure:
1. Certificate of secondary education (original)*;
2. Transcript of secondary education certificate (original)*;
3. Notarized Russian or Kazakh translation of education certificate and transcript; Notarized translation of certificate is done at:
a) a notary on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
b) the diplomatic service bodies of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the country in which the document was issued;
4. Russian or Kazakh translation of a notarized copy of the applicant’s ID (in case of change of surname a copy of the notarized confirming document);
5. A copy of the license and /or accreditation certificate of educational institution that issued the certificate excluding the state documents about secondary, general secondary education, certified by the seal of the institution (if necessary with a notarized translation into Kazakh and /or Russian language);
6. A card stating the student status of KGU in Russian (it can be received in Study Office of KGU);
7. Receipt of payment (payment is made after verification of documents by the specialists of the Bologna process and academic mobility centre depending on the country and year of issue of the diploma). As soon as the amount is determined by the Centre (minimum amount is 10,256 tenge, maximum amount is 26,299 tenge, and bank transfer is 200 tenge), payment has to be made to the following account:
Bank details for the procedure payment:

RSE «CBPandAM» MES RK
RTN 620200256368
BIN 050640004360
KIC KZ17998ВТВ0000002884
Capital branch of JSC «Tsesnabank"
BIC TSESKZKA
KBE 16

8. Completed application form (filled in upon submission of complete package of documents);
9. Plastic folder with a transparent cover.
The documents specified in subparagraphs 1 and 2 of this paragraph issued by educational institutions should be apostilled or legalised.

Registration in the Republic of Kazakhstan

Upon arrival in Kazakhstan, you must register your stay in the Migration Police Department within five calendar days.

In order to be admitted to master's degree programmes at KGU you must have a bachelor's degree and be fluent in the Russian language (B2).
Information about master’s programmes of KGU:

  • Faculty of Economic Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering Economics
  • Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

Admission procedure

To be admitted to the graduate programme, foreign students need to go through several stages:
Application form and essay (link)
The application form and essay in accordance with the chosen specialty must be submitted to the Admissions Office from 1 July, 2018 to 30 July, 2018.
Essay topics you can find on our website.

Documents required
A full package of documents must be submitted to the Admissions Office from 1st of July, 2018 to 30th July 2018.

  1. Apostilled original diploma with transcript;
  2. Notarized and apostilled Russian or Kazakh translation of certificate and transcript;
  3. Notarized copy of identity card with Russian translation;
  4. 6 photos 3×4;
  5. Medical card 086-У.You can get a medical card upon arrival to Kazakhstan after being examined by a medical committee. Each doctor’s stamp and the medical institution stamp must be put in the bottom left-hand corner. You are also required to get a chest X-ray. (fluorography must be attached and submitted to the Admissions Office);
  6. Resume (short biography)
  7. List of research papers (if any)
  8. Employment record or a notary certified copy of employment record card (if any);
  9. Payment receipt for Russian language exam of the MES of RK.

State Russian language examination of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan.
Exam dates will be published on the website and sent to your email addresses. The exam fee is 4200 tenge. Payment details:

RSE «National Testing Centre» MES RK
010011, Astana, Pobeda avenue, 60
BIN 000140001853
KIC KZ624500339860000388
BIC ASFBKZKA
KBE 16
JSC «Bank Astana»

Exam on chosen field of study at KGU
Exam dates will be published on the website and sent to your email addresses.

English language test
Test dates at KGU are published on the website and sent to your email addresses.
Applicants holding a TOEFL iBT certificate (560) or IELTS (minimum score 6.0) are exempt from testing.

Nostrification procedure

After admission, you need to go through a national procedure to get your academic degree or certificate recognised in Kazakhstan, i.e. go through the nostrification procedure. This is in accordance with the law of Kazakhstan. Students, who do not fulfil this requirement during the first semester, lose the right to continue their studies in Kazakhstan.
You need to go through the nostrification procedure yourself, visit any Population Service Centre (ЦОН) in Almaty. Addresses of service centres can be found here.

Documents required for the nostrification procedure:
1. Certificate of secondary education (original)*;
2. Transcript of the secondary education certificate (original)*;
3. Notarized Russian or Kazakh translation of diploma and transcript; Notarized translation of certificate is done at:

  • a notary on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • the diplomatic service bodies of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the country in which the document was issued;

4. Russian or Kazakh translation of a notarized copy of the applicant’s ID (in case of change of surname a copy of the notarized supporting document);
5. A copy of the license and /or accreditation certificate of educational institution that issued the certificate excluding the state documents about secondary, general secondary education, certified by the seal of the institution (if necessary with a notarized translation into Kazakh and /or Russian language);
6. Card stating the student status of KGU in Russian (it can be received in Study Office of KGU);
7. Receipt of payment (payment is made after verification of documents by the specialists of the Bologna process and academic mobility centre depending on the country and year of issue of the diploma). As soon as the amount is determined by the Centre (minimum amount is 10,256 tenge, maximum amount is 26,299 tenge, Bank transfer is 200 tenge), payment has to be made to the following account:
Bank details for the procedure payment:

RSE «CBPandAM» MES RK
RTN 620200256368
BIN 050640004360
KIC KZ17998ВТВ0000002884
Capital branch of JSC «Tsesnabank"
BIC TSESKZKA
KBE 16

8. Completed application form (filled in upon submission of complete package of documents);
9. Plastic folder with a transparent cover.
The documents specified in subparagraphs 1 and 2 of this paragraph issued by educational institutions should be apostilled or legalised.

Registration in the Republic of Kazakhstan

Upon arrival in Kazakhstan, you must register your stay in the Migration Police Department within five calendar days.

If you are a student of a foreign university and want to study one semester on exchange, internship or do a research work at our university, this information is for you.

Your stay at our university will allow you to plunge into student life of Kazakhstan, to get acquainted with the culture and traditions of our country, to gain valuable experience in international education and certainly, to make new friends!

To participate in the exchange programme you must submit the following documents:

  1. University application form;
  2. Resume (CV);
  3. Motivation letter;
  4. Copy of transcript;
  5. Current certificate from the university;
  6. Copy of certificate from DAAD, confirming your Russian language level (B2)*;
  7. Copy of health insurance;
  8. Copy of your passport.

After confirmation of your application, you will need to get a student visa of category L1.

Duration of the semester in academic year 2018:
Winter semester:
Lecture period: from the beginning of September until mid-December
Exams: from mid-December until the end of January
Summer semester:
Lecture period: from the beginning of February until mid-May
Exams: from mid-May until the end of June
Holidays: July, August

Application deadline for participation in the exchange programme:
Winter semester: 30 April;
Summer semester: 30 October.

Students of foreign educational institutions having the corresponding cooperation agreement with KGU can do an internship at our university. In addition, applicants must have B2 level of German or Russian.

List of documents required for internship application at KGU:

  1. Application form;
  2. Resume (CV);
  3. Motivation letter;
  4. Copy of transcript;
  5. Valid certificate of student status;
  6. Copy of passport;
  7. Copy of health insurance.

Student visa is required for internship at Kazakhstani universities (Category L2).

After admission, you need to go through a national procedure to get your academic degree or certificate recognised in Kazakhstan, i.e. go through the nostrification procedure. This is in accordance with the law of Kazakhstan. Students, who do not fulfil this requirement during the first semester, lose the right to continue their studies in Kazakhstan.

You need to go through the nostrification procedure yourself, visit any Population Service Centre (ЦОН) in Almaty. Addresses of service centres can be found here.

Documents required for the nostrification procedure:
1. Certificate of secondary education (original)*;
2. Transcript of the secondary education certificate (original)*;
3. Notarized Russian or Kazakh translation of diploma and transcript; Notarized translation of certificate is done at:

  • a notary on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • the diplomatic service bodies of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the country in which the document was issued;

4. Russian or Kazakh translation of a notarized copy of the applicant’s ID (in case of change of surname a copy of the notarized supporting document);
5. A copy of the license and /or accreditation certificate of educational institution that issued the certificate excluding the state documents about secondary, general secondary education, certified by the seal of the institution (if necessary with a notarized translation into Kazakh and /or Russian language);
6. Card stating the student status of KGU in Russian (it can be received in Study Office of KGU);
7. Receipt of payment (payment is made after verification of documents by the specialists of the Bologna process and academic mobility centre depending on the country and year of issue of the diploma). As soon as the amount is determined by the Centre (minimum amount is 10,256 tenge, maximum amount is 26,299 tenge, Bank transfer is 200 tenge), payment has to be made to the following account:
Bank details for the procedure payment:

RSE «CBPandAM» MES RK
RTN 620200256368
BIN 050640004360
KIC KZ17998ВТВ0000002884
Capital branch of JSC «Tsesnabank"
BIC TSESKZKA
KBE 16

8. Complete application for document submission (filled in upon submission of complete package of documents);
9. Plastic folder with a transparent cover.
The documents specified in subparagraphs 1 and 2 of this paragraph issued by educational institutions should be apostilled or legalised.

If you are a citizen of a country which Kazakhstan has a visa regime with, you need a student visa of category L1 in order to study at KGU. The list of countries with visa-free regime you can find here (PDF document list).

To get a visa you need:
1. To find the visa procedure on the website of the consular mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan in your country;
2. Fill in the invitation letter form (Visaform DE and Visaform ENG) to obtain the initial student visa;
3. Send the following documents to the International Department of KGU, email address int_office@dku.kz.

  • Complete form of invitation letter;
  • Copy of passport;
  • Copy of the contract between KGU and the foreign educational institution, where you do an internship;
  • Confirmation of hotel reservation in Almaty;
  • Booked ticket.

We will send you an invitation letter within 15 working days. It must be submitted to the Embassy or Consulate of the Republic of Kazakhstan in your country along with other documents for visa. A complete list of documents for a visa is as follows:

1. Invitation letter from KGU;
2. Contract between KGU and foreign higher education institution;
3. Receipt of consular fee payment;
4. Additional documents can be requested.

Upon arrival in Kazakhstan, you must register your stay in the Migration Police Department within five calendar days. On the day of arrival or the next day you need to submit the following documents to the International Department of KGU:

  • original passport;
  • three photographs 3×4;
  • C) HIV certification (valid for 1 month). You can get the certification by taking HIV test on a paid basis at one of the Centres for control and prevention of AIDS:
    - The Republican Centre for control and prevention of AIDS: Auezov street, 84, tel. 243−22−33, 277−95−12;
    - The City Centre for control and prevention of AIDS: Bassenov street 2, tel 246−52−80, 246−53−35.
  • Fluorography (chest X-rays) — original and copy certified by the clinic stamp. You can get a chest X-ray at any hospital in Almaty for a fee.

Russian language as a language of instruction
The language of instruction is Russian during the first two years of undergraduate programme. Starting from the third year, lectures and seminars are conducted partly in English and German. Masters programmes are taught in Russian and English.
You need to have a B2 level of Russian to be able to study at KGU. Please note that KGU does not offer Russian language courses for international students.

Insurance
You must apply for health insurance to stay in Kazakhstan.

Residence
KGU does not have its own dormitory. However, we can assist in finding accommodation after your arrival. Keep in mind that the cost of rental housing in Almaty is quite high. Information about rental apartments can be found on the website.

Scholarship
You can get a scholarship to study at KGU, for example, you can apply for the programme Go East or DAAD scholarship, scholarships granted by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Fund

Summer University
International students can take part in the educational Summer University at KGU, combining study of current environment issues, economy, natural resources of Central Asia and immersion in the Kazakh culture and tradition. Information about the annual Summer University at KGU, you can find here.