Admission as a non Degree students

There are several opportunities to study at KIMEP as a non-degree student. Students may begin studies in a non-degree capacity from the time of application with or without the intent to enter an undergraduate/graduate/postgraduate program in the future, Adult Learners, Visitors of International Summer School, or exchange students, Russian or Kazakh language learners. All these groups receive a special document reflecting the results of studies in individual courses taken at KIMEP University, but no academic degree or diploma.

Non-degree (at the undergraduate and graduate course levels) is an educational option to be used by any person wishing to take courses for personal purposes without any intention of obtaining a degree. Upon completion of the selected courses, a document is issued which indicates course title(s), the number of academic credits, and the student’s final grade. The successfully completed courses may be transferred to undergraduate or graduate degree programs.
With the exception of students auditing courses through “Adult Learner” option and students in the Russian cohort of the ExMBA program, it is mandatory for all non-degree students to demonstrate their level of English proficiency.

Download the program for admission to the program of study without awarding a degree (at the bachelor’s level)

Download the program for admission to KIMEP University for the postgraduate study program without awarding a degree (at the master’s level)

Adult Learner is an option of non-degree study, offered to all people (21 years old and older) who are interested in auditing courses currently offered by KIMEP University. A person with Adult Learner status can only audit courses; however, no current or final course assessment or academic credits will apply to these individuals.

Download the Adult Learner program (Graduate level)

Students interested in the International Summer school program will be admitted to courses for the purpose of general education, but will not be able to continue studying at KIMEP University after completion of ISS without undergoing a procedure of admission to an appropriate program (undergraduate, graduate, non-degree).

According to cooperation agreements between KIMEP University and foreign academic institutions, exchange students undergo a selection process to study at KIMEP University for one or two semesters depending on the specific conditions of the cooperation agreements.
Conditions of selection and enrollment are monitored by the Department of International Academic Mobility.

For more information about our exchange program, please contact:

KIMEP Exchange Program
Tel.: +7 (727) 237-48-00 (ext. 1038)
E-mail: incoming@kimep.kz

KIMEP University has an open and transparent process of application to academic programs. We accept new students on a year-round basis.
Applicants must apply on-line and upload all required documents attached by the deadline established for each semester.

Required Documents for Non-degree Students:

  • Non-degree application form (online). How to apply online?
  • Digital photo with resolution of 300 ppi (pixels per inch) that is at least 8 MP (Megapixels) in size saved in a low compression (high quality) JPEG format;
  • Copy of passport or State ID
  • Copy of a document indicating previous education with a supplemental form on courses taken (except for Adult Learners))
  • Medical documents
  • Additional documents for foreign citizens:
    — Bank Statement (except for ethnic Kazakhs);
    — Non-conviction record

All application packages are considered in the same manner, regardless of the mode of submission.
Incomplete applications may result in delays in the admission review/decision process or rejection of admission.

Because KIMEP University is an English Medium of Instruction institution, students’ English proficiency level must be assessed prior to being admitted. Therefore, defining level of English proficiency is mandatory, except for:
1. Holders of completed undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees or their equivalents from English medium universities (authentic diploma, transcript and confirmation of English teaching form the university concerned), including KIMEP University Graduates.
2. Students of dual degree programs between KIMEP and partner universities
3. Students in the Russian cohorts of the EXMBA program

Students that did not undergo evaluation of their English-language proficiency begin their studies at the beginner level (FEC C).
To evaluate English-language proficiency, KIMEP University accepts international English proficiency test certificates
• TOEFL (Code of KIMEP University for the examination is 2104)
• Cambridge English Examinations
• KIMEP English Placement Test (KEPT)

For undergraduate level:

Placement English course / Определение на курсы английского языка / Ағылшын тілін меңгеру деңгейін анықтау Direct to the



English Foundation 

level A


English Foundation 

level B


English Foundation

level C

KEPT Score 80-100 % 51-79 % 30-50 % < 30 %
CEFR* B2 mid B1 mid A1+ Beginner or False Beginner
IELTS/IELTS indicator 5.5
(no score below 5.0 in the writing section)
4.5 3.5 < 3.0
TOEFL IBT 70 57-69 27-56 < 26
Institutional TOEFL
523 475-522 380-474 < 379
193 163-192 83-162 < 82
Duolingo English Test 85-90 65-84 45-64 <44

CEFR* – Common European Framework of Reference (Common European competencies of foreign language proficiency: studying, learning, assessment)

For graduate level:

Placement in English course/ Определение на курсы английского языка / Ағылшын тілін меңгеру деңгейін анықтау Direct to the Program Graduate English Foundation level A Graduate English Foundation level B Graduate English Foundation level C
KEPT Score 60-100 % 50-59 % 21-49 % < 20 %
CEFR* B1 A2 A1+ Beginner or False Beginner
IELTS/IELTS indicator 4.5 4 3.5 <3
TOEFL IBT 70 41-69 27-40 < 26
TOEFL PBT/Institutional TOEFL 523 437-522 380-436 < 379
TOEFL(computer) 193 123 83-123 < 82
Duolingo English Test 65-70 55-64 45-54 <44

CEFR* – Common European Framework of Reference (Common European competencies of foreign language proficiency: studying, learning, assessment)