Are you considering studying medicine after you have finished your schooling? Do you have budgetary constraints? Or would you like to broaden your outlook on life by studying at an international school in a foreign country? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then why don’t you contemplate reading for your medical degree at a Kyrgyzstan university?
Kyrgyzstan: A Short History
Before we look at reasons why you should consider studying in Kyrgyzstan, let’s look at a short history as well as a few pertinent economic markers:
Kyrgyzstan is a Central Asian country along the Silk Road which is the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean Sea. Additionally, Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous, landlocked region, and it is bordered by Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and China. The country was annexed by the Russian Empire in 1876 and became a Soviet Union Republic in 1936. Finally, Kyrgyzstan became independent in 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed.
The economy is based on mineral extraction and export, the sale of hydroelectricity to other nations, agriculture, and wages earned by its migrant workers. Students can conduct international research and keep in touch with their families at home via the country’s internet. The biggest bulk of the web access is mainly via satellite links to Russian, Ukraine, and Germany.
Reasons to pursue your medical studies in Kyrgyzstan
Now that we have a better understanding of Kyrgyzstan as a country, let’s look at the benefits of reading for an MBBS in Kyrgyzstan:
As with all of the Central Asian countries that were part of the Soviet Union, the medical schools and colleges benefited from the Soviet Union’s emphasis on academic excellence with highly-skilled and experienced lecturers and tutors ensuring that the teaching and learning were of a high standard. Even though the Soviet Union has been disbanded, this proud academic tradition continues to be upheld and maintained.
Internationally recognised medical colleges
Kyrgyzstan’s medical degrees are recognised by international organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Institute for International Medical Education (IIME. Furthermore, the individual schools have signed the Bologna agreement with the European Union; thus, ensuring that the standard of education at Kyrgyzstan tertiary institutions is in line with Western European requirements.
The medium of instruction at the international medical colleges in Kyrgyzstan is English. Therefore, students do not need to be able to study in Russian or the local lingo, Kyrgyz.
Reasonably-priced tuition and living costs
The cost of living and tuition in Kyrgyzstan is fairly low. Therefore, international students who cannot afford to study in their home country can study in Kyrgyzstan.
Support and integration programmes for international students
Even though universities in Kyrgyzstan are geared towards international student, it is still necessary to offer integration programmes. It does not matter how well-integrated an academic community is, international students will always need help in understanding the differences between the local culture and their culture.