There are over 60 higher education institutions in Uzbekistan. Most universities in the country are public, with a small number of exceptions. Uzbekistan remains an unusual destination for international students. According to official statistics, there were just over 270 international students studying in Uzbekistan in the 2017-2018 academic year. The majority of international students in the country come from CIS countries such as Russia, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. Most international students in the country live in student dormitories provided by their respective institutions.
Bachelor’s degrees take four years to complete, Master’s degrees usually take two years to complete, and a full doctorate degree takes about six years of study. A number of universities offer distance learning in the form of correspondence courses. Admission for Uzbek students is usually determined by school examination results and the institution’s entrance examination. The admission process for international students varies by institution and programme, but international students will likely be asked to provide the following documents: completed application form, proof of language proficiency, copy of passport, copies of relevant educational diplomas and photographs.
The languages of instruction are Uzbek and Russian, with few exceptions. The Westminster International University in Tashkent, for example, offers a number of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English. The Yeoju Technical Institute in Tashkent was established in 2017 and offers courses in English. However, international students should note that most institutions will require proficiency in either Russian or Uzbek as part of the admissions process.
Tuition fees vary by institution and programme. Bachelor’s degrees for international students tend to average at about $2,200 per year, whereas Master’s degrees reach about $3,500 per year. International students at the Westminster International University can expect to pay at least $3,000 per academic year, but scholarships for international students are available. Fees at the Yeoju Technical Institute for international students are between $2,500 and $3,500 per year, depending on the programme. Scholarships and grants are offered by most of the bigger institutions in the country and some are available to international students. State scholarships are also available.
Information for International Students
International students may need a visa to study in Uzbekistan. Students can apply at the Uzbek embassy or consulate in their home country. It is important to note that students must enter the country with a student visa, it is not possible to register as a student while in possession of another type of visa. It is also important to note that immigration law requires students to register with the authorities within 72 hours of arrival, so international students should contact their institution immediately after arrival in the country. Students should note that weekend days count towards the 72-hour rule. Students can find more information on visas and immigration requirements on website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://mfa.uz/en/consular/visa/.