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Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University

13 Dostyk avenue Almaty,
Kazakhstan View map


Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University – located in the historical district of Almaty – was the first university in  Kazakhstan, celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2018.

The main languages of instruction at Abai University are Kazakh, Russian, English and French.

To find out more about Abai University, please visit its social media accounts: Facebook; Instagram; Vkontakte; Twitter; Telegram.

Or the Rector’s social media: Facebook; Instagram; Twitter; Vkontakte.


Abai University has six campuses. Find out more about the institutes here. 

The university campuses feature academic buildings, scientific laboratories, sports and socio-cultural facilities, and student halls. A large number of shops, cafes, repair shops, and bank branches are located nearby too.

All university campuses have canteens, printing and photocopying services, and ATMs.


The university provides teaching and learning for 406 international students, 3.9 percent of the total number of students. 33 nationalities are represented at Abai University.

The university has a system of student self-government: The Youth Affairs Committee, the student administration, the student self-government Council, and other university youth organizations have been established.

Abai University launched the music studio “Zhastar” and O. Dosbosynov’s Centre for young singing improvisers which both help students develop singing and public speaking skills.

The Smart Students (Instagram page) coworking center hosted more than 31 events in 2019. The center has dombyra, chess, book clubs. Traditionally, the center organizes intellectual games, meetings with famous personalities Star Friday, Charity fairs.

The following events are particularly popular among students:

•The Rector Cup (football)

•Nauryz Holiday

•New Year's masquerade ball

•Start Project contest

•Young singing improvisers competition “My angel - Suyinbay”

•The Rector’s Cup debate tournament

•Student Week

•Kazakh Wrestling Championship among universities of Almaty “Tuye paluan”;

Students live on campus and off. 

Students who live in halls actively participate in the social life of the university and city:

•In charity and social events

•On the welfare and landscaping of the city

Various competitions, the Miss KazNPU contest, the annual student spring festival, and the Autumn ball are held each year as well as team building, trekking, hiking in the mountains. As part of the historical and educational excursion "by the great Silk Road", students visited historical sites, Issyk Kurgan, lake Kolsay, Butakovsky gorge. The “Medeo” high-altitude sports complex is also organized annually for mass skating.

4,900 students received tickets to 56 cultural events during the 2019/20 academic year.

Admission is carried out according to:

•Abai KazNPU accepts international students with general secondary, technical and professional education

•There is a special discount “Otandastar” of 30 percent for ethnic Kazakhs for their first year of study

•50 percent discount "for special achievements" for the first year of training (winners of international competitions, Olympiads, masters of sports etc.)

•“Excellent student” (50 percent) and “Altyn Belgi” (100 percent) discounts are provided to applicants who have a certificate of education with honors and awarded the “Altyn Belgi” badge for the first year of study.

Find out more about applications at Abai University here.


Graduate employability from 2020 shows out of 1,954 graduates, 1,857 were employed. Visit the graduate section of the website here.

Since 2010 during the summer holidays, the student construction team and the republican labor team “Green Country” has enabled more than 100 socially vulnerable students to get temporary employment each year.

Active members of the student self-government Council are temporarily employed in the Admissions Committee and are provided with free accommodation in halls.

Meetings, conferences, forums, and online meetings are held for graduates where they share ideas and strengthen future ties.

Abai KazNPU has a mobile app "Mansap" which is tailored to Abai University graduate employability. Find it on the App Store and Play Store.


Programs available

Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Institute of mathematics. physics and computer science

Institute of natural science and geography

University Highlights

Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University is one of the top universities in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It is ranked #601-650 in QS Global World University Rankings 2021.

Total students - 10,434


International students - 466


Total faculty staff - 1,070


Total students - 10,434


International students - 466


Total faculty staff - 1,070

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