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  • Communications and Media programme students hone their media production skills at UCA’s state-of-the-art media lab at the Naryn campus., Kyrgyz Republic.
  • UCA is committed to providing access to university education to the most qualified candidates, regardless of a student’s economic status.
    AKDN / Gary Otte
  • Dr. Diana Pauna, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, briefing new faculty during on-boarding sessions at the Khorog Campus, Tajikistan.
The School of Arts and Sciences

Central to the vision of the University of Central Asia (UCA) is to create an outstanding teaching institution that excels in the generation and application of knowledge. UCA is committed to providing access to university education to the most qualified candidates, regardless of a student’s economic status. UCA’s curriculum emphasises critical thinking across disciplines, research methods, quantitative reasoning, and writing, with a focus on ethics and community engagement

UCA is building residential undergraduate campuses of the same stature, facility and standards at high altitude sites in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic and Khorog, Tajikistan and preparing for construction in Tekeli, Kazakhstan. The Naryn campus launched in 2016 offering undergraduate specialisations in Computer Science, and Communications and Media. The second campus opening in Khorog, Tajikistan in 2017 will offer Economics as well as Earth and Environmental Sciences. The third campus, at Tekeli, Kazakhstan is anticipated in 2021 and will offer Engineering Sciences and Business and Management.

As part of UCA's five-year undergraduate programme, students complete an intensive preparatory programme year. Developed in partnership with Seneca College in Toronto, this programme is designed to help students attain the necessary English and critical thinking skills to succeed at the university level. The undergraduate programme includes the choice of six specialisations or majors, and the choice of three minors: Globalisation Studies, Development Studies, Central Asian Studies. At UCA, students will have the opportunity to graduate with a major and minor. UCA features the lowest student to faculty ratio in the region (9 to 1) and is the first university in Central Asia to offer integrative majors and minors, which are also responsive to labour market opportunities. Through UCA’s Co-operative Education Programme, students will also have the opportunity to gain work experience through paid summer internships with leading companies.

UCA’s curriculum is developed in partnership with the University of Toronto (Computer Science), University of British Columbia (Earth and Environmental Sciences), the National Research University’s Higher School of Economics, Moscow and Stockholm School of Economics/Riga, Latvia (Economics) and the University of Technology Sydney (Communications and Media). UCA has also partnered with the University of Victoria to develop an innovative co-operative education programme.

Undergraduate Programmes

 Naryn (2016)Khorog (2017)Tekeli (2019)
BScComputer ScienceEarth and Environmental StudiesEngineering Sciences
BACommunications and MediaEconomicsBusiness and Management
MinorCentral Asian StudiesDevelopment StudiesGlobalisation Studies