Sanira-Begim is a first-year student of AUCA, in the department of Business Administration. Here is her story:
“I had several reasons to apply to AUCA, department of BA. I am very interested in this field of study because of my experience as an exchange student in the United States. Comparing two different countries like the USA and Kyrgyzstan, one that is developed and another developing, has really opened my eyes. I would like to run my own business, which is a swimming pool with hot tubs that is open throughout the year, and that is affordable to everyone. This is how people can care about their health. So, studying at AUCA is a great opportunity for me to realize all of my plans for the future, to put Kyrgyzstan is a global dimension so that more and more international companies are interested in investing in my country. AUCA is going to open the doors to the whole world for me and I am very excited to study here. AUCA gives lots of opportunities to all its students, and even gives financial assistant to all of them. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity and apply for Kiva loan. I hope I will be awarded a loan, so that I could be able 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.