This is a guide to the normal entry requirements, assuming you’ve followed the Kazakhstani education system. An admissions tutor will study your application, so make sure you include your academic background and personal information when you apply.

Entry requirements vary depending on what sort of course you’re coming to BU to study.

  • BU International College Foundation Certificates
    You can undertake a Foundation Certificate before going on to an undergraduate course if you have successfully completed 12 years of schooling in Kazakhstan and achieved a minimum of IELTS (Academic) 5.0.
  • Undergraduate courses
    You can apply to study a Bachelor's degree from year one if you hold a Diploma of Specialised Secondary Education or the NIS (Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools) Grade 12 Certificate.  These can be considered directly equivalent to GCE A level on a subject by subject basis. In some cases, we may require you to complete a Foundation Certificate to apply for undergraduate study.
  • Top-up courses
    You can apply for a Top-up course at BU if you hold a Bakalavr.
  • Postgraduate courses
    You need to have a Specialist Diploma (completed after 1991) or be a Magister (since 1991) to apply for postgraduate taught courses at BU. If you have a Bakalavr you may be considered for postgraduate study if you have a very good profile, but in the majority of cases you will need to complete a Top-up course before you can apply.
  • Research programmes
    You need any postgraduate degree to be considered for a BU research programme.

You can find more information about English language requirements for entry to BU on our English language requirements page. Full information about preparatory courses is available on the Bournemouth University International College website. 

If you need help with your visa or want more information about the immigration process, you can find it on our immigration information page.