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Entry requirements for Kazakhstan

Our entry requirements will vary depending on your level of study, the course you are interested in and your English language proficiency.

Foundation courses

If you have graduated from the national high school system, you will be required to successfully complete a one year International Foundation Programme before entering our undergraduate courses.

You will be required to successfully complete the Kazakh Certificate of Secondary Education with an overall average of 4.0/5.0 and at least 4 in key subject areas to be considered for admission on to our International Foundation Programme.

Some subjects, such as healthcare allied professions, will require higher grades. Please contact the Foundation Office for more information.

Undergraduate courses

You will be required to successfully complete your high school certificate with grades of at least 4.0/5.0 in addition to a recognised one-year foundation programme.

Some Schools will consider successful completion of at least one year of a relevant four-year (honour's) degree programme, with good grades in key subject areas, at a recognised institution in Kazakhstan.

We will also accept a wide range of UK and international qualifications such as A-levels and International Baccalaureate.

Postgraduate taught courses

You will be required to have successful completion of a relevant four year bachelor's degree from a recognised institution, with grades of approximately 80% or above:

  • If your bachelor's degree is marked out of a GPA of 5.0 we would require an average of at least 4.0.
  • If your bachelor's degree is marked out of a GPA of 4.33 we would require an average of at least 3.46.
  • If your bachelor's degree is marked out of a GPA of 4.0 we would require an average of at least 3.2.

Postgraduate research courses

If you are applying for research courses from Kazakhstan, you will be required to provide evidence that you have already carried out research, usually via the successful completion of a relevant master's degree.

You will need successful completion of a relevant four year bachelor's degree from a recognised institution, with grades of approximately 80% or above and possibly also successful completion of a relevant master's programme from a recognised institution.

English language

You will need to have a relevant English language qualification to satisfy the English language requirements for your course. The minimum admissions requirement is usually IELTS 6.5 but for some courses we may ask for higher grades.

You can improve your level of English language to meet the entry requirements for your course through our in-house English for University Study programme, a full-time course for international students planning to study at a UK university. The minimum entry requirement is IELTS 4.0 for September entry, 4.5 for January and 5.0 for April. The Exit Test results from this course are accepted as IELTS equivalents for entry to all degree courses at Cardiff University.

We also offer summer pre-sessional courses for applicants with academic offers that are conditional on improving their level of English language proficiency.

If you are unsure of your qualifications or entry requirements, please contact us.