Bolashak Scholarship

The University of Exeter is very proud to welcome recipients of the prestigious Bolashak scholarship programme in Kazakhstan. The scholarship is offered by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and administered by the Center for International Programs. The generous financial package covers tuition fees and living costs for the duration of a postgraduate qualification, either Masters or PhD.

We currently host 13 students funded by the Bolashak scholarship. Popular fields of study include Finance & Investment, Financial Analysis & Fund Management (including the option to study for level 1 & 2 CFA exams alongside the Masters), International Tourism Management, and Masters of Public Administration.

The University of Exeter is approved to accept Bolashak-funded students for courses in the following fields of study:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Business and Management Studies
  • Foreign Languages
  • Geography and Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • History, Philosophy and Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies
  • Materials Technology
  • Mineral and Mining Engineering
  • Politics (including Masters of Public Administration)
  • Psychology
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology
  • Sport Science and Sports-Related Subjects

Some students who are awarded the scholarship first study for a preparatory English language course on the University of Exeter before beginning their postgraduate course. To learn more about our pre-sessional English courses, visit the INTO Exeter website.

For more information about the application process, please visit the Bolashak Scholarship website.

Previous scholarship holders at Exeter share their experiences

Dinara Kozhabekova, Master of Public Administration, 2016

The Masters of Public Administration (MPA) course is very strong and intensive, the modules are crucial to this area of study, and I consider them very essential, especially the module in Risk, Responsibility, Regulation; Policy Analysis and Evaluation; and Regulation and Reform, which are essential for the implementation of reforms in government. At first, for me, the format of relations between lecturers and students was unaccustomed - equal and partner, informal and friendly. Held lectures and seminars were in a relaxed atmosphere, where students and lectors exchanged experience and knowledge.

I have already returned to Kazakhstan and continue to work in public service. I had a contract before going to study in the UK - to back and work on my specialty. What did the studies give me? Promotion of the career and most importantly it is the experience, knowledge gained in the UK. It's priceless!

Dinara Kozhabekova, Master of Public Administration, 2016

Talgat Jampeissov, MSc International Tourism Management, 2017

After finishing my master programme, I want to contribute my knowledge to Kazakhstan tourism development. The received experience in the University of Exeter allowed me to understand deeply the important issues of the tourism industry, such as tourism businesses, sustainable development, tourist behaviour, a socio-cultural impact of tourism and other issues.

I was surprised that the University cares about your future career already at the beginning of the course. In the first term, we had some lectures about how to use the LinkedIn website more efficiently for employment purposes. During the year, the university invited potential employers to meet student on campus and recommended different booklets about employment in the international environment. I have no doubt that someone already had found his/her job before graduation.

Talgat Jampeissov, MSc International Tourism Management, 2017

Almas Issakov, Master of Public Administration, 2018

There are three main reasons why I have chosen the Master of Public Administration at Exeter University:

Firstly, Exeter University gives the opportunity to write research works instead of taking traditional exams. Thanks to this, I can choose the topic of research works that is relevant to my country or the field that I work in. In the future, these research works could serve as a good theoretical basis for the implementation of practical actions.

Secondly, Exeter University provides an extensive list of additional modules to study, while the differentiation of credits allows to select more than three additional modules, which provides an excellent opportunity for a comprehensive study of the theoretical basis.
Thirdly, according to National Student Survey, 93% of MPA students in 2016 were satisfied with teaching quality. This demonstrates the high qualification of Exeter University teaching team, which is very important to obtain qualitative knowledge.

Upon returning to Kazakhstan, I am planning to continue my work at the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and based on my knowledge gained at the University of Exeter, I will try to make a greater contribution to the development of my country.

Almas Issakov, Master of Public Administration, 2018