Maksim is a first-year student at the American University of Central Asia, department of Psychology. Here is his story:
“Considering myself as a quite serious and ambitious person, knowing how education is important in the modern society, I made a certain research of all universities in Kyrgyzstan. On balance with all pros and cons, I decided for myself that I want to study at the American University of Central Asia. There are a couple of reasons which hit me upon the idea to study there, such as: quality of education, strong teaching staff, uncommon system to study compared with other local universities, an opportunity to get two diplomas, a possibility to create your own studying schedule and choose subjects in accordance with your interest and preferences.
To achieve my dream, I created an action plan. As a first step, I entered AUCA preparatory courses. Just in a half-year, I improved my TOEFL results from 430 to 519. My maths score/knowledge also became much better. This experience gave me an opportunity to see how the process of studies flows in AUCA.
Another reason which attracts more students is financial aid. I would like to apply for Kiva loan, too, as it will help me to cover my tuition fees at AUCA.”
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.