Admission Requirements for Higher Education in Kazakhstan

Admission requirements in higher education institutions in Kazakhstan vary depending on the study level, course of study and status of the application-local or international student. Read on to know about the admission requirements and procedure for tertiary education in Kazakhstan-

General Admission Requirements

Students must have completed higher secondary education in order to gain admittance into the higher education institutions in Kazakhstan. 

Candidates are also required to submit a proof of proficiency in the language in which the course is taught. Mostly in Kazakh or Russian, as many programmes are offered in these languages. Also, there are programmes in English or other languages. 

Entrance Examination

Students in order to take admission into the university in Kazakhstan must appear for an entrance exam- “Unified National Test (Edinoe Nacional'noe Testirovanie)” or “Comprehensive Test (CT)”.  This exam can be undertaken in Kazakh or Russian and is based on the general secondary curriculum. Four subjects are covered in the exam, out of which three are mandatory: Kazakh or Russian language, mathematics and history.  The fourth subject is selected by the student as per his/her interest. 

Students who pass the exam get a diploma- the Certificat o Rezul'tatah EH. This diploma enables students to apply into the universities in Kazakhstan. 

Admission Procedure

Candidates must apply directly to the higher education institution of their choice. Fill in an application form and submit it along with the necessary documents to the concerned institution of higher education in Kazakhstan. The application procedure varies from institution to institution. Some of the higher education institutions have online application system, and require hard copy of the application of the application along with the documents. The application package must be sent on time.  


  • Application form and passport-size photos
  • Secondary school leaving certificate
  • Copy of bachelor degree (for master’s programme) and master’s degree (for doctoral studies)
  • Copy of passport or identity card
  • Letter of motivation
  • Medical records
  • Proof of sufficient financial resources to cover study and living expenses while studying in Kazakhstan
  • Language proficiency certificate: 
    • For English: TOEFL/IELTS
    • For Kazakh language/: KAZTEST
*All documents must be translated in Kazakh or Russian language. 

The admission requirements vary from institution to institution. Contact the concerned higher education institution to know about the specific admission requirements and procedure. 
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