Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q's)

June 4, 2020

What can be the minimum number of students at AIU to launch a new program?

Minimum 10, maximum 50.


Which exams should I take if necessary?

Master Programs: Speciality examination (for example Pedagogy) and English Language (Kyrgyz language, if the student applies for the programs that are taught in local languages).


May 11, 2020

Do I need to take any exam for the application? 

If you are going to apply for Undergraduate Programs and you are a Kyrgyz Republic citizen, the answer is NO. In all other cases, you need to take an entrance exam. For Undergraduate Programs, the Kyrgyz Republic citizen should take the State Examination (ORT/JRT). The minimum score to be enrolled is 120.


Which exams should I take if necessary?

Master Programs: Speciality examination (for example Pedagogy) and English Language (Kyrgyz language, if the student applies for the programs that are taught in local languages).


What are the application dates?​

Please go through this webpage to learn more about it.


Do I need to be in Kyrgyzstan for the application or can I send the documents online?

No, you do not need to be in Kyrgyzstan. You can send your document online. Only a notarized copy of your high school or university diploma should be sent via the postal services.


What documents does the university require for the application?

Bachelor: notarized copy of the high school diploma; passport copy; application letter; e-photo 3x4 size; and State Examination Result (entrance exam result for foreigners)

Master: notarized copy of university diploma and transcript; copy of passport; application letter; and e-photo 3x4 size.


Do I have to come to the university for the term exams if I start an education or do the exams go online?

No, you do not have to. Exams are taken online.


Is there an age limit for undergraduate education?

No. Anyone of any age can enroll in our university as an undergraduate with his/her high school diploma.


What are the tuition fees?

Please, go through this link to learn more about the tuition fees.


April 9, 2020

I have completed all my courses. Now, I have to write my thesis. I have not started it yet. I think I cannot finish it this year. If I write it next year, should I pay for the entire semester?

The student needs to pay for his/her thesis work 100 USD and 100 USD for his/her state examination and defense. If he/she has already completed all the courses.


Before April 9, 2020

What is the admission deadline?

What documents should be submitted with my application?

• Application form

• Copy of High School diploma

• Copy of passport

• ID photos of size 3x4 (6 pieces).

How can I pay the application fee?

You can make a payment to the AIU account. 

Optima Bank OJSC, Bishkek,

Kyrgyz Republic


In favor of 'Ala-Too International University',

Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek,

Tunguch microdistrict, Ankara str. 1/8

to account No. 1090805135480135,

purpose of payment (for what, invoice #,

contract #, date, etc.)

How can I check on my admission status?

Please send an email to It will inform you about your admission status.

Where is Kyrgyzstan?

Kyrgyzstan is located in Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan borders with Kazakhstan in the north, Uzbekistan in the west, Tajikistan in the southwest, and China in the east.

Are people in Kyrgyzstan friendly?

People in Kyrgyzstan are friendly and hospitable.

What language is spoken in Kyrgyzstan?

Kyrgyz and Russian languages are spoken in Kyrgyzstan. Since the language of instruction at AIU is English, most people at the university can speak English.

What is the weather like in Kyrgyzstan?

Kyrgyzstan has a continental climate. You can enjoy all of the four seasons in Kyrgyzstan: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

How to reach Bishkek?

There are many airlines with flights to Bishkek. Please check the Manas International Airport website to find the flights to Bishkek.

How do I get from the airport to my accommodation?

The team members from the International Office will arrange transportation from the airport to the accommodations.

What is the cost of living in Bishkek?

Usually, it is around $300 a month.

Is accommodation provided for nonresident students?

AIU assists to find accommodation for nonresidents and international students.

Can I live in a flat or should I live in the dormitory?

First-year students should live in a dormitory. After the first year, a student chooses between a dormitory and an apartment.

How much is the tuition fee at AIU?

The tuition fee for the academic year for 2020-2021 is between $1000 - $3850 per year.

Please contact the admissions office for more information (

What does the campus look like?

Please check the photos of our campus below.

What is the language of instruction at the university?

The language of instruction is English. There are also some classes in Russian.

When does the semester start?

The Fall semester begins on September 1st.

Can I study just for one or two semesters?

Yes, you can.

How can I transfer credits from another university to AIU?

You can transfer credits from another university by submitting official transcripts.

Do I have to buy books for classes? How much do they cost?

No, you don’t have to buy books. You can take the books from the library.

How many years do I have to study to get a Bachelor’s degree?

It takes four academic years to get a Bachelor’s degree.

What are your most popular majors?

All of our majors and specialties are popular. Please check the link below for Departments and Programs at AIU.

Can I change my major?

Yes, you can change your major, but you might have to take more classes for your new major.

Are there any academic exchange programs for students?

Yes, there are. There are academic exchange programs every year. Our university cooperates with more than 70 partner universities from 21 different countries.

A student exchange program is an opportunity to study for a semester or one-year non-degree training at one of the partner universities.

Does IAU participate in the ERASMUS program?

Yes, our University is involved in the pan-European program for cooperation in the educational area. Within the ERASMUS program, there is an exchange of students and teachers between institutions of higher education in Europe, where our university is a competent partner. Our students have a great opportunity to be trained under this program, all the costs of which are covered by the European Union and the host country. 

What is the average class size?

Usually, there are about 15-20 students in a class.

What kind of facilities are there for students?

With a wide range of social facilities such as dance and concert halls, football fields, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, dining hall and canteens, also a beautiful garden, AIU is not only the institution for learning but also the vibrant center of social life.

Which extracurricular activities are there?

There are many sport and cultural activities at the university. Students can enjoy playing such sports as football, basketball, volleyball, tennis and other sports. Also, there are many cultural activities for students such as concerts and theatrical performances.

What transportation can I use to reach the university?

There are many buses that go to AIU. The following buses can be used to reach the university: 7,   102, 105, 128, 137, 147, 154, 166, 258, and 262.