Uzbekistan Study Abroad Market

In this Market Report on Uzbekistan we will cover socio-economics, educational and mobility trends. With an estimated population of 33.5 million, Uzbekistan is one of the largest markets in Central Asia. Uzbekistan is also a young country with more than two-thirds of the population being of working-age (15-64).

Uzbekistan has maintained a high GDP growth, averaging 7.0 percent over the last 10 years. Growth forecasts for 2019 and 2020 are 5.5% and 6.0% respectively.

Since 2016, the Uzbekistan’s government has been undertaking large-scale reforms of its economic and political systems. The most important changes include: currency exchange liberalization, simplified business registration procedures, tax incentives, improved private property protection and privatization.

The higher education system is characterized by low access and concerns about the quality and relevance of the skills of its graduates. Tertiary enrolment, at around 10 percent, is low by regional and international standards, and contrasts with nearly universal enrolment in primary and secondary levels in Uzbekistan. Central planning influences both the number of students in higher education Institutions (HEIs) as well as their course of studies. (Source: WorldBank).

All this and more in the Market Report on Uzbekistan

Quick facts

  • Population: 33,5 million (2020)

  • Education: 11 years compulsory

  • Academic year: September – August

Secondary education

  • Starting age: 10

  • Duration: 5 – 7 years (5 years general secondary education, 2 years upper secondary school)

  • Enrollment numbers: 4.1 million

Higher education

  • 4 (Bachelor) – 2 years (Master), 3 years (PhD)

  • Enrollment numbers: 300.000 (2019)

  • Tertiary enrollment rate: 10%

  • Universities / Institutions: 62. 16 universities, 44 institutes, 2 academies

Uzbekistan Education System

Secondary education

In Uzbekistan 11 years of education are compulsory and free, beginning with 4 years at primary school, and followed by 2 phases of secondary education taking 5 and 2 years respectively. Primary school begins at age 6 and there is no specific leaving examination after the 4 years are complete.

The next 5 years are spent at general secondary school from ages 10 to 15. Following that, there is a choice of between 2 to 3 years of upper education at either general or technical vocational schools. The former provides a certificate of completed secondary education and the opportunity to enter university, the latter a diploma of specialized secondary education, through a network of secondary vocational institutions. (Source:

Specialized secondary education is provided through a network of schools:

  • Professionalno-Tehnicheskoye Uchilishe (PTU or Professional Technical School). Graduates receive a Junior Specialist Diploma equal to a Certificate of Complete Secondary Education.
  • Tehnikum (Technical College). Graduates receive a Junior Specialist Diploma equal to a Certificate of Complete Secondary Education.
  • Lytsei (Lyceum) or various training courses offered by higher education institutions or industry. Graduates receive a Junior Specialist Diploma or Diploma of Academic Lyceum equal to a Certificate of Complete Secondary Education.

Higher Education in Uzbekistan

Non university-level tertiary education is provided by national enterprise training centers and a number of business schools, as well as lycea that train professionals in new economic and service fields. Higher education is available from several universities and at the countries 62 higher education institutes.

The following qualifications are delivered by higher education institutions in Uzbekistan:

  • Bachelor (bakalavr): The Bachelor program provides a fundamental knowledge in one of the branches of higher education for a minimum period of study of four years. Upon completion of the Bachelor program graduates are awarded a Bachelor degree and a state diploma (Bakalavr), which entitles them to start a professional activity or to continue studies at the Master level.
  • Master (magistr): The Master degree program provides knowledge in specific areas and lasts for a period of minimum two years after the Bachelor program. Upon completion of the Master program students are awarded a state diploma (in Uzbek – Magistr), which entitles them to work in relevant professional areas. Admission to Master degree studies is on a competitive basis. Only students who have obtained a Bachelor degree in a specific field may submit documents to apply for the Master specialty, which corresponds to the previous Bachelor degree program.
  • Doctor of Science (‘Fanlar doktori’): Once the state requirements for postgraduate education were introduced in January 2013, the two-stage postgraduate education (two scientific degrees ‘Candidate of Sciences’ and ‘Doctor of Sciences’) was replaced by a single level of ‘Doctor of Sciences’ (in Uzbek – ‘Fanlar doktori’).
    • Postgraduate education continues for up to 3 years in the following forms:
      • senior research fellows staff members and;
      • independent research fellows


Latest Uzbekistan Higher Education study abroad stats

At this point a total of 34,990 students from Uzbekistan are studying abroad in tertiary education. Source: UNESCO. These are the most popular study abroad destinations for Uzbek students:

Uzbek students studying abroad
UNESCO study abroad data

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