City University of International Partnership / State license АБ 0137478
International accreditation ACBSP (USA) / Institutional and specialized accreditation IQAA (Kazakhstan)

Information for International Students and Visitors

Visa Information

General Information 

If you are going to arrive in Kazakhstan you need to apply for relevant visa at Kazakhstan embassy or consulate in your country. The application procedure to the embassy or consulate varies, so it is advised to check it beforehand. Before applying for visa you should be admitted and get invitation with reference number from KAFU Visa Coordinator. You also can have advice by a representative of the university.

Visa-free regime for short visits Citizens of some countries are able to come to Kazakhstan without a visa, visit the historic, tourist and natural attractions, acquainted with the culture of Kazakhstan and establish business contacts. Citizens of the United States, the Netherlands, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, UAE, South Korea and Japan holding valid diplomatic, official and national passports in the period from 15 July 2014 to 15 July 2015 can repeatedly enter, leave and transit through RK without a visa for up to 15 calendar days from the moment of crossing the state border.

Information about invitation letter/visa support (ALL VISA TYPES) 

To apply for other visa types and a long term visas you should have an invitation letter and visa support. To receive your letter of invitation and visa support you should contact the Visa Coordinator at KAFU and send a Visa Application Form along with scanned copy of your passport and ticket.


  • Passport should be valid  at least more than 6 months after expiring date of visa Request for an invitation letter should be submitted in writing form  by e-mail not less than 2 months prior to the intended day to the RK.
  • The valid invitation with reference number does not constitute a guarantee that a visa will be issued as the matter is under the Kazakhstan Consulate discretion.
  • It is impossible to get a visa in the airport in Kazakhstan
  • VISA FOR WORK is given referring to work permit. Work permit should be done by employer/inviting organization.
  • Traveling without a visa: If a foreign citizen overstays period of his/her visa he/she will be fined about KZT45000, and needs to apply and pay for issuing an exit visa.

Business visa issued up to 120 days

Required documents:

  • copy of the national passport
  • complying presentation from the faculty
  • completed application form
  • e-tickets booking confirmation

For the registration of the business visa in the Migration Police needed:

  • copy of the passport with the visa and migration card
  • confirmation from the place of temporary residence

Working visa issued up to 1 year

Required documents:

  • copy of the employment contract
  • completed application form
  • copy of the national passport
  • e-tickets booking confirmation

For the registration of the working visa stay in the Migration police needed:

  • AIDS certificate (original)
  • copy of the employment contract
  • 2 4,5 x 3,5 photos
  • copy of the passport with the visa and migration card
  • confirmation from the place of temporary residence.

Study visa issued up to 1 year

Required documents:

  • copy /statement from the order of admission or transfer to next year
  • copy of the contract (for students of contract basis)
  • copy of the national passport
  • completed application form


For the record of the study visa stay in the migration police needed:

  • copy/statement from the order of admission or transfer to next year
  • 2 4,5 x3,5 photos
  • AIDS certificate (original)
  • copy of fluorography conclusion
  • confirmation from the place of temporary residence

Travelling around and outside of Kazakhstan: 

International Students are allowed to travel outside Kazakhstan during breaks, Summer and Winter vacations. You can easily go in and outside Kazakhstan if you have the multiple entry Kazakhstan visa. Please do not forget to bring your passport no later than 7 days before a trip to check your visa and local registration. If you want to travel to other cities in Kazakhstan, you should inform Visa Coordinator about  your trip and dates.
Other visitors may travel according to the type of obtained visa.

Please note:

since crossing the border of the Republic of Kazakhstan, within 5 days foreigners are required to register their stay in the office of the Migration police. Late registration entails administrative liability.

International students and visitors must have medical insurance of the country of abode and send a copy of the latter to get the Invitation letter from the university of the receiving country.


Ust-Kamenogorsk is the capital city of Eastern Kazakhstan Region. The city is located where the Ulba river and the Irtysh meet so it is quite beautiful. It has tram and bus system, hotels, restaurants, cinemas and a theatre.

International students and visitors have an opportunity to rent an apartment and KAFU can help to find one. The University also has a contract on dormitory rent.

The city has several hotels, which foreign students and visitors may want to rent a room in:
Shiny River
 Dedeman Oskemen Tavros
City Hotel
For more information about hotels in Ust-Kamenogorsk visit

Grading system in KZ

Kazakh American Free University uses credit technology aimed at international recognition of the national education curriculum, development of mobility of students and teachers of educational institutions, as well as improving the quality of education and ensuring the continuity of all levels of education. Rules for the organization of educational process according to credit technology in KAFU are developed in order to implement the Law on Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Credit education technology is based on learners’ choice and individual planning of the sequence of subjects studying using credit as a unified workload unit of students and teachers.

The main criterion of completion of the educational process for the bachelor program is the accumulation of at least 129 credits of theoretical learning and at least 6 credits of professional training, at least 2 credits of preparation, writing and defense of a thesis (project) and at least one credit for preparation and taking state examination.

To provide academic mobility and recognition of educational programs (all levels and forms of higher and postgraduate education) in the European educational space recalculation of Kazakhstan credits into ECTS credits is required.

In Kazakhstan 1 credit equals 45 hours for the bachelor program, 60 hours for Master’s professional program, 75 hours for Master’s research and education program, 105 hours for a PhD program.

ECTS credit is a measure of students’ academic workload both in the classroom and during independent study. One ECTS credit is equal to 25-30 academic hours.

Recalculation of Kazakh credits into ECTS credits is implemented by multiplying the KZ credit value by the conversion factor, depending on the workload of 1 ECTS credit for each discipline and level of educational programs:

  1. for undergraduate studies - ranging from 1.5 to 1.8;
  2. for Master’s professional program - in the range from 2 to 2.4, for Master’s research and education program - ranging from 2.5 to 3;
  3. for doctoral studies - in the range of 3.5 to 4.2.

The results are rounded to the whole numbers.

Recalculation of credits of other types of work is implemented the same way using the following conversion factors: training: in-house training – in the range from 0.5 to 0.6, teaching practicum - in the range of 1 to 1.2, on-the-job training - in the range from 2.5 to 3, research practicum  - in the range from 4 to 4.8;

Pre-graduation internship - research work of an undergraduate (doctoral candidate) - ranging from 4 to 4.8;

The final assessment - ranging from 3.2 to 4.5.

Grading system

ECTS grade system includes five positive ratings (from «A» to «E»), «FX» rating, which can be corrected, and «F» without giving credits.

Grading system of the Republic of Kazakhstan is based on the score-rating alphabetic system of grading of educational achievements; it includes ten positive ratings (from «A» to «D»), which provide giving credits and one unsatisfactory grade of «F» without giving credits.

Grading system in Kazakhstan and ECTS

Kazakh grading system

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