Why Should You Apply to the University of Central Asia?

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 15 April 2016.
Choosing the right university is one of the most significant decision you will make in your life.   Every course and every university is different and each student wants different things. The chances of finding a perfect match can be a challenge. You will need to decide what is most important to you. Researching what schools offer and asking those schools good questions will certainly pay off. 
The University of Central Asia is dedicated to creating opportunities that advance your personal, professional and educational goals. We offer an international standard of education while advancing a depth of knowledge and applied learning to the region’s greatest challenges, encouraging innovation and problem solving in Central Asia. 
But there are many universities to choose from. So what sets UCA apart?  
UCA offers:
Student-centred learning. UCA is focused on the student and offers a learning environment and curriculum that has been developed with the student in mind.  Faculty and learning at UCA are dedicated to exposing students to global knowledge that focuses on developing practical skills.
The only fully residential, mountain-based university in Central Asia. Graduate employment research has shown that students who stay on campus develop self-sufficiency sooner and have potentially better job prospects.  UCA is located in the mountains, Central Asia’s most sustainable long term assets, and unlocking their economic potential is a key pillar of learning at UCA. 
Degrees that offer a range of concrete career paths. UCA’s degree programmes are tailored to suit the economic realities in the region. The state of the art curriculum was developed in partnership with experts from institutions around the world, including Seneca College in Canada, as well as contributions from faculty at Western University in Canada, Cornell University in the United States, University of Bern in Switzerland, Freie University Berlin in Germany, and the Russian Academy of Sciences, among other top global institutions.

The smallest student to faculty ratio in the region. Small class sizes and a student to faculty ratio of 9:1 ensures that students will receive individualised attention. UCA’s faculty have global qualifications, are committed to teaching, live on campus and are able to provide unique mentoring and research opportunities to deepen learning. This will enable students to benefit from an academic and professional network long after you graduate.
A unique way to learn. Internships, case studies, collaborative research and hands-on projects will enable you to apply your ideas to real-world situations. Students graduate from UCA with the equivalent of one full year of work experience, a feature that will make you stand out in the competitive job market. 
The only programme with integrative majors and minors in Central Asia. Students will have the opportunity for an education uniquely tailored to their own interests that gives them unique insight and experience into in-demand jobs in the public and private sectors. 
An unparalleled commitment to student success. UCA strongly believes our graduates will be the leaders of tomorrow in Central Asia and abroad, and we are willing to invest in our students to help them get there. We offer collaborative research with faculty and peers, mentorship programmes, career counselling, paid internships and more. 
Merit-based, needs-sensitive admission. UCA believes that talent and diversity will strengthen the UCA community. We are committed to enrolling a student body that represents the best and brightest of Central Asia, regardless of economic status. As a matter of fact, students from significantly disadvantaged backgrounds may receive up to 90% subsidy of the cost of their education through scholarships and loans.

Brand new, world-class facilities and resources. UCA’s campuses offer a fully residential university experience and community of learning free from the distractions of urban living and commuter education. Each secure campus offers beautifully designed academic, residential, dining and indoor and outdoor sports facilities, libraries, science and computer laboratories, common lounges and recreation areas, health and wellness services, 100% Internet connectivity and other amenities. 
Apply now to join the UCA community. For more information and to apply to the University of Central Asia, visit: visit: www.ucentralasia.org/admissions, email us at admissions@ucentralasia.org, or call: +996 770 822 901 (Kyrgyz Republic) +992 93 999 99 64 (Tajikistan)  +7 777 822 3948 (Kazakhstan)
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