Nursultan is a freshman in the International and Comparative Politics program; this is his story:
My dream is to be a politician. I am interested in law and policy in Kyrgyzstan and other countries. Kyrgyzstan is a small and slowly developing country. It has a population of more than five million, but over one million of them work outside of the country.
I live in Osh, which is situated in the south part of Kyrgyzstan. In recent times, there have been conflicts on borders with neighboring countries, and as a result the majority of the well-educated youth are emigrating to developed countries. As a patriot of my country, I will not stand by and watch as the best people in the country leave. I want to do whatever I can to help bring jobs to Kyrgyzstan, and make it possible for my friends to return.
To do this I need to get the best education that I can, and AUCA is the best university in my country. It is the only university trying to meet worldwide standards for education, and providing students with the things they need to be successful in life.
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.