International Relations Office
The International Relations Office strives to expand KIMEP’s international activities and to enhance the awareness and reputation of KIMEP as a competitive institution in the global academic community.
Goals and Objectives
- To create conditions for international students, faculty, and staff to study and work successfully at KIMEP University during their stay in Almaty and to advise them in collaboration with other KIMEP University departments on academic, cultural, and social issues. This includes organizing social and cultural events, meetings, and outdoor activities.
- To enhance the awareness and reputation of KIMEP University in the global academic community by creating and developing partnerships with leading universities worldwide and by organizing concrete joint activities such as student and faculty exchange programs, International Summer School programs, dual degree programs, joint research programs, international conferences, seminars, and events.
- To create opportunities for KIMEP University students and faculty to study or to do internships or research abroad as part of their academic program/work at KIMEP University through exchange programs, Overseas Summer Programs, or international scholarship programs; to provide KIMEP students and faculty with information on these programs and to assist them before and after their stay abroad.
- To collaborate with international organizations on all these international activities and to search and apply for international funding.
International Faculty, Researchers, and International Students
KIMEP University prides itself on having the largest contingent of international professors in the CIS with Western terminal degrees from such countries as the USA, Canada, Asia, and the EU-member states. KIMEP University welcomes international university fellows who seek affiliation with one of its College departments. Fulbright fellows, independent researchers, and faculty members from partner universities all conduct research in collaboration with current KIMEP faculty members. KIMEP University is also home to over 300 international students from 25 countries that study and contribute to the social and academic life on campus.
KIMEP University has established partnerships with over 90 higher educational institutions in Europe, North America, and East Asia. These collaborations entail student exchange programs, dual programs, joint international summer programs, faculty mobility programs, and joint research opportunities.
Study Abroad Opportunities
KIMEP University aims to offer its students “a window to the rest of the world.” The International Relations Office administers a number of overseas programs, some with scholarships, to study for a semester or more abroad or to participate in Summer Programs, as well as internships offered by different universities worldwide. Apart from the exchange programs, the IRO acts as a liaison between universities and students in different scholarship programs and activities. In these cases, the application procedure and requirements and the selection criteria are set up and administrated by hosting universities.
KIMEP University organizes customized Summer Programs for groups of international students from different universities to get academic as well as cultural exchange experience in Kazakhstan. KIMEP professors share their knowledge and the latest information, either through their individual research or through our research centers, including the Central Asian Studies Center, the European Studies center, the Central Asian Tax Research Center, the Central Asian Center for Media and Society, etc. Students attend guest lectures by professors from KIMEP University and by professionals from the business community in Kazakhstan.
Exchange programs offer KIMEP University students the opportunity to spend either a semester or a full academic year at a partner university abroad. These exchange programs are not only an excellent learning opportunity, but enable students to gain valuable international experience, make new friends all over the world, improve their English, and study other languages.
The whole list of international partner universities, as well as the list of those offering student exchange places, the description of each university’s application procedure, costs, and the Course Transfer Procedure for Exchange Students, can be found on our web page http://www.kimep.kz/international/
Students from partner universities who would like to study at KIMEP University as exchange students are invited to apply through the International Offices at their home university.
Study abroad through paretnership in a consortium
KIMEP University is a member of consortia that won Erasmus Mundus grants from the European Commission to implement its mobility flows starting from the 2012-13 academic year.
1. Erasmus Mundus Action 1 – Joint Master Program: International Masters in Russian, Central and East European Studies double degree program (IMRCEES)
Description: Consortium of 5 European universities and 6 non-European universities and additional non-educational partners. Students of this program study at the University of Glasgow in Year 1. The Year 2 mobility period is spent at another double degree partner university. Students in Semester 1 follow specialized study tracks in one or more of the following areas: Central Asian Studies; Caucasus/Caspian Sea Basin Studies; Baltic Sea Region Studies; Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies; and Central European Studies. They complete the writing of their dissertation in Semester 2.
Graduates will receive the degree of International Masters in Russian, Central and East European Studies from the University of Glasgow and the second part of the double degree depending upon the choice of mobility partner in Year 2. At KIMEP University this is the Master in International Relations with a major in Central Asian Studies.
2. Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Partnership: eASTANA
To provide students and academic staff from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan with a broad academic curriculum and a range of unique learning, teaching, and research experience in a European environment, within the eASTANA Project, through mobility flows to EU partner universities from 1 to 34 months. The eASTANA program is focused on the Engineering, Technology, Business, and Management fields of study.
3. Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Partnership: MARCO XXI
To provide students and academic staff from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan with a broad academic curriculum and a range of unique learning, teaching, and research experience in a European environment, within the MARCO XXI Project, through mobility flows to EU partner universities from 1 to 34 months. The MARCO XXI program is focused on the Agricultural Sciences, Architecture, Education and Teacher Training, Business, Engineering and Technology, Medical Sciences, Law, Geography and Geology, and Social Sciences fields of study.
Dual Degree Programs
One advantage of being a KIMEP University student is to have the opportunity to study on Dual Degree Programs that KIMEP University has developed with leading world universities. KIMEP has signed dual degree agreements with:
Humboldt University Berlin, Germany (MA Economics/MA Economics and Management Science)
University of Glasgow, UK (Master in International Relations/Master in Russian, Central and Eastern European Studies)
IESEG School of Management / Catholic University of Lille, France (MBA/Master International Business)
EM Strasbourg Business School / University of Strasbourg, France (BSc Business & Accounting / Bachelor in European Management)
Yonsei University, Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), South Korea (Master in International Relations (KIMEP)/ Master in Global Affairs & Policy or Master of Arts in Korean Studies (Yonsei); or MA Economics (KIMEP)/ Master in Global Economy & Strategy (Yonsei)
International Summer School
KIMEP University established an International Summer School (ISS) in the summer of 2010. The aim of this new program is to increase the diversity of the student and faculty community. Visiting international faculty members are invited to teach students from KIMEP University and other universities in Kazakhstan and abroad. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. At ISS, the courses are often innovative in content and format. At ISS, students take classes in business, law, or social sciences taught by international faculty coming from different universities in such countries as, for example, the United States, the UK, France, China, or Australia. Students will have classes in English, as well as the opportunity to learn Russian or Kazakh.