The Benefits of Attending a Fully-residential, Mountain-based University

This article is part of the series “Choosing a University” which explores the questions and opportunities students encounter when applying to university. This series is produced by the University of Central Asia, now accepting applications for its inaugural cohort of students in September 2016. The application deadline is 18 March 2016.
For most Central Asian students, the higher education experience means attending classes at a university in a city or town, living at home or in a shared apartment, and commuting to campus. Interaction with faculty and fellow students is often confined to class time, which can be limited in a large lecture hall. And the struggle to reach class on time – not to mention finding a quiet place to study – can become the main focus of a student’s university experience, not to mention a major source of stress. 
Research shows that living and interacting with fellow students on campus can positively affect critical thinking, cultural awareness, leadership skills and academic development. Conversely, studies confirm that the further you live from campus, the less likely you are to take advantage of all the educational resources at your university. This puts rural students at a serious disadvantage. 
UCA believes that a university education is about more than attending class and completing assignments. UCA is offering students in the region something different: A fully residential, immersive experience in an environment that fosters learning and the free exchange of ideas. At UCA, learning begins when a student wakes and pauses only when a student goes to sleep. 
UCA offers students the chance to live amongst fellow students and faculty, utilise brand new facilities and resources, and receive an international standard of education in a community of learning unlike any other in the region. Each secure UCA campus offers beautifully designed world-class academic, residential, dining and sports facilities, libraries, laboratories, common lounge and recreation areas, health and wellness services, 100 per cent Internet connectivity and other amenities. The majestic mountain settings of UCA’s three campuses provide ideal environments for students to undergo a life-changing educational experience.
Everything you need to learn and grow is on campus. Come see for yourself! 
To apply to the University of Central Asia, visit:, email us at, or call/SMS: +996 770 822 901 (Kyrgyz Republic), +992 93 999 99 64 (Tajikistan), +7 777 822 3948 (Kazakhstan).
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