Located between two continents, Azerbaijan is a country with a very rich history and extraordinary culture which has been of huge interest for researchers around the world. It also represented an education centre for the former Soviet Union countries. As a result, a high percentage of people hold an academic degree, most notably in science or technical subjects. In Azerbaijan there are 52 institutions of higher education, out of which 40 are public, divided into universities, academies, institutes and conservatories. Construction of other 10 institutions is in progress. These are monitored by the Ministry of Education and other competent authorities. In the academic year 2018/2019, there were 4,262 foreign students coming to study in Azerbaijan from over 100 countries. The current teacher-student ratio is 1:17. For more information the Ministry of Education’s website is available at https://edu.gov.az/.
The universities in Azerbaijan follow the general structure into three cycles: Bachelor’s (Bakalavr), Master’s (Magistr) and doctoral studies (Doktorluq). The first one has courses organized into three or four years. Students then can move on to pursue a Master’s for one-and-a-half or two years which allows them to gain in-depth insight into the subject in order to be able to complete a PhD, which lasts for two to three years. Medicine and related subjects will often offer the opportunity to complete the first two cycles together into an Integrated Master’s. In 2005, Azerbaijan adhered to the Bologna Process which organizes the higher education system with accordance to the European credit system where each semester accounts for 30 credits. The academic year usually has two semester which run from for 20 weeks and a summer semester that runs for 6 weeks. In general, it begins on the 15th of September and lasts for 12 calendar months.
The application process can be either personally sent to the university or through the StudyInAzerbaijan website which allows you to first choose your most desired courses. After completing a general application form, the website will redirect your request to the universities. International students should apply for a visa as soon as possible in order to be considered; cost for a short-term visa is $100 and for long-term $200 and should be renewed at the start of every academic year. Admission to undergraduate studies is subject to evidence of completion of a secondary school with a certificate while postgraduate studies require evidence of previous completion of academic courses: Bachelor’s for a Master’s and Master’s for a PhD. Applicants should start this process at least 3 months before the courses starts. The language of instruction is either Azerbaijani, Russian, Turkish or English.
Tuition fees differ depending on the subject and institutions. However, prices tend to range between $1000 to $2500 per annum for a Bachelor’s course, $1000 to $4000 per annum for a Master’s and $1500 to $4000 for a Doctorate. Preparation courses are also available for $600 to $2000 per annum.
Information for International Students
Living in Azerbaijan is considerably affordable. For comparison, it is generally 55% less expensive than in the UK and rent is 68% lower. Renting a 1-bedroom apartment in the city center is about $310 per month. Some universities will also offer accommodation for students, but rental apartments are more popular. Moreover, http://univerium.az/en offers high-quality private accommodation. Nevertheless, certain grants and scholarships are offered to cover tuition and living fees, more information on this here.
Former part of the Soviet Union, Azerbaijan has seen strong developments in education and economy since its declaration of independence. Students who choose to study here benefit from low tuition fees and professional teaching. Although, it is not a popular choice, the country is still thriving internationally thanks to its favourable geographic position and fervent implication in international relations.