Burul is a student of the American University of Central Asia, department of Sociology; her story is below.
“I think that education is the most important thing in life, if a person wants to be successful. The last year was a very important period in my life, because I finished a preparatory program, and I had to decide which profession I would choose for my future.
The idea to enroll in the American University of Central Asia has been in my mind for a long time. I wanted to study at AUCA since I was twelve, because I heard that it is a unique institution and that I can get a high quality education there.
AUCA is the only university in Central Asia with such a great method of education. Now I am happy to study at AUCA, in the department of Sociology. From an early age I have been interested in humanities, as well as different societies and cultures. Therefore, I chose Sociology as my future and want to obtain a Master's Degree in Europe or the United States, similar to many AUCA graduates. I would like to do an internship or find a job. However, after spending 3-4 years abroad, I would like to come back to Kyrgyzstan and work here.
I had a big desire to study at AUCA, but my family cannot afford to fully pay the tuition fees. So I would like to take an opportunity of applying for a Kiva loan, which is given to each student 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.