photo of Almaty Kazakhstan

KIMEP University

Dates | Costs | Location | Activities | Courses | Language | Eligibility
Availability | Housing and Meals | Application | Visa

The Kazakhstan Institute of Management and Strategic Research (KIMEP) is located in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It is Kazakhstan’s premier institution and the top ranked institution in Central Asia. It offers a U.S. style education with all coursework taught in English. It is becoming increasingly international school with students representing over 25 countries.

KIMEP UNIVERSITY offers an exceptional education in a unique region of the world.  Located in Almaty, the financial capital of Central Asia, students have the opportunity to experience Central Asian culture in a dynamic and modern environment.

Click here for the Exchange Student website.


Fall Application Deadline: March 12
Fall Semester: view website

Spring Application Deadline: October 1
Spring Semester: view website


Students participating in exchange will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in the host country. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change dependent on exchange rates. Tuition and fees estimates below are based on in-state residency rates with COF. Students will be billed at their current tuition rate.

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All costs are estimated based on a five-month semester.

Program Fees (billed through UNC account)

Tuition and Fees


International Health Insurance


Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee


TOTAL Program Fee


Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student account)

Housing and Meals




Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations
(HIV test required)


In-country Health Insurance


Texts/Course Materials


Essential Daily Living Expenses


TOTAL Estimated Additional Expenses (without spending money)


Additional Spending Money & Personal Travel
 (not included in financial aid calculation)

$800 - $1,500

The above estimated total expenses are used to help plan and prepare for the program, as well as calculate eligibility for financial aid.  Not all students will incur all the expenses above.  Note that the last line is not considered a necessary expense and is not included in the total for financial aid purposes.  All amounts listed are estimates and are subject to change depending on international economic factors, past participant reports, and on-site staff reports.  Student expenditures in-country depends greatly on personal spending habits, post- or during-program travel, and available funds.


Almaty is located in southeastern Kazakhstan, near the base of the 20,000 foot Tien Shan Mountains and the vast Siberian Steppe. Almaty, one of the largest cities in Kazakhstan is home to several museums, restaurants, and theatres. Opportunities for outdoor activities are numerous with several ski resorts and the world’s largest outdoor ice skating rink located in close proximity.

Kazakhstan is the world’s 9th largest country. Since it gained independence from the Soviet Union it has experienced rapid change spurred by its developing oil market. It is currently one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Its historical location along the ancient Silk Road and the modern soviet occupation has created a society with a wide variety of cultures, religions, and languages.

Click here for more information about Almaty
Click here for more information about Kazakhstan


KIMEP is home to several clubs and organizations including Students in Free Enterprise, which also has a club on the UNC campus. KIMEP offers exercise facilities and several sporting opportunities, including American Football. The KIMEP International Student Association helps international students adjust to life in Kazakhstan while organizing several events and activities for international students. More information available on the KIMEP website.


Students majoring in Business*, Economics, Journalism, Communication Studies, Political Science, and International Studies will find coursework transferable to their majors.

Click here to access KIMEP courses.

*The Monfort College of Business has developed a list of transferable courses for business majors.

Language of Instruction



To be eligible to apply students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and have completed at least one semester of courses at UNC.


This program is open to all majors with no limit on the number of UNC students who can participate each semester. Students may apply for one semester or one academic year.


Students will live in an on-campus dorm. The dorm includes laundry and maid service. Students have a variety of on-campus meal options including a cafeteria located inside the dorm.

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Click here for more information about dining.


Students must first complete the UNC study abroad application and KIMEP application, which can be obtained from their study abroad advisor.


Students will need to apply for a student visa. The International Office at KIMEP will send an invitation letter. Applications can be downloaded online and sent to the Kazakh Embassy in
Washington D.C. along with supporting documents.

Visa application process available here.

Click here
for complete information about visas from the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

students will be required to provide a chest X-ray and HIV/AIDS certificate not older than one year, which can be obtained in Almaty for $18.
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