Eliza is a first-year student at the American University of Central Asia, in the department of European studies, and here is her story:
“I want to serve as a bridge between my country and the European countries. People are convinced that a person who goes to her work with pleasure and comes back home gladly every day is the happiest one. Most of us have been mulling over our future career since childhood. But we change our viewpoints and preferences according to our ages. At first, not all images that we dream about satisfy us. Then we become more realistic and start envisaging the profession we want to choose. This is the choice of our ways and life, the choice of destiny. I have made a choice, which is the European Studies department. I know I would like to work with a community and people in a society is also very interesting for me. I am sure I will get a highly qualified education here at AUCA, which gives lots of different opportunities to its students.
"I would like to mention one of the main opportunities that are open to each student of AUCA – Kiva loans. I would like to apply for Kiva loan, which will give me a chance to cover my tuition fees.”
About American University of Central Asia
The American University of Central Asia (AUCA) is a nonprofit, international, multidisciplinary university in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Founded in 1993 with the support of the United States Government and the Open Society Institute, it provides a unique American-style liberal arts curriculum for top students in the region.
About 90% of AUCA students receive financial aid of some sort. Kiva lenders’ funds are used to supplement financial aid packages with loans offered to students starting their freshman year at the university.