Azerbaijan Education System
Basic secondary education begins at Grade 5 (age 10) and continues until Grade 9 (age 15). At the end of Grade 9 students sit an exam in order to receive the Certificate of Basic Education. If successful they may choose to study for two more years at an upper secondary school to receive a Certificate of Complete Secondary Education or they may opt to attend a specialized technical or vocational secondary school for three years, after which time they receive a Certificate of Complete Secondary Specialized Education.
There are a number of private schools following an international curriculum, which follows that of a foreign country (such as the UK or US), or the International Baccalaureate. There are a small number of international schools in Azerbaijan, which mostly follow the British or US curriculum. International schools accept applications throughout the year but have specific dates for entrance exams.
Higher Education in Azerbaijan
Higher education in Azerbaijan consists of three levels of degree: Bachelor’s (four years), Master’s (two years) and Doctorate (three years).
University level studies:
University level first stage: Bakalavr (Bachelor):
This stage lasts for four years and leads to the Bachelor’s Degree or Bakalavr. During this period, students may study the Humanities and Natural Sciences as well as the basis of the chosen speciality. The Diploma of Specialist which used to be awarded after five years is being phased out.
University level second stage: Magistr (Master):
During the second stage, which lasts between one-and-a-half and two years and leads to the Master’s Degree or Magistr, students acquire in-depth knowledge and professional training in the Humanities and in Natural Sciences. The Kandidat Nauk (aspirantura) which used to be awarded after three years’ postgraduate study is being phased out.
University level third stage: Doctor:
The best graduates of the Master stage are admitted to the doctoral stage. After successful completion of their studies (two or three years), they obtain the Doctoral degree (PhD). The Doktor Nauk, which used to be awarded by thesis after the Kandidat Nauk, is being phased out.