City University of International Partnership / State license АБ 0137478
International accreditation ACBSP (USA) / Institutional and specialized accreditation IQAA (Kazakhstan)

General information

Mission of KAFU: Train future leaders of the 21 century for the good of the sovereign Republic of Kazakhstan


Strategic Aims of KAFU:


  • Providing of competitive personnel training;
  • Organization of effective management and human resource development;
  • Modernization of the science and innovation process;
  • Systematic development of International Activity;
  • Development of student’s professional, creative, and leadership skills;
  • Development of the resource potential of the university and providing of stable financial and economic condition;
  • Development of pre-tertiary education sector

Kazakh American Free University is a private university of international partnership. President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev participated in the inauguration ceremony and awarded first graduates their diplomas. President Nazarbayev is the first honorary professor of the university.  US citizens are in university’s administration: Marshall Christensen -  Head of KAFU`s  Board of Guardians,  Daniel Ballast – Vice-President for International Programs and Partnership. In 2014university celebrated its 20th anniversary. The university was certified by the Ministry of Education and Science three times.  Six majors of the university have international accreditation by the ACBSP organization, USA.   University`s main priority is training students not only knowing their majors, but also speaking English and working with computer technologies. Students body includes 3500 students.


University model includes two programs: American and Kazakh. Within the American Program the University trains undergraduate and graduate students on management, law, information systems, and foreign languages, with the support of KAFU`s  Board of Guardians and «Co-Serve International», USA.  They invest $ 300 000 in educational programs and physical and social infrastructure of the university annually.  Students are educated in English. Professors from America, Canada, Europe and Australia take active part in educational process. About 40 foreign teachers come to teach to KAFU.  Over 200 undergraduate and graduate students underwent professional internship in the American leading companies, banks and exchange («INTEL», «NIKE», «LEXUS» etc.).  Internship is organized in companies with foreign capital. High level of teaching is confirmed by educational grants of American, British and German universities, received by students within the “Bolashak” presidential program, «МUSKIE», «IREX», «DAAD» and others.

Eight most talented students of the university got educational grants to continue their education at the magistrates and doctorate of the Northwest Nazarene University, USA.  University holds cultural and lingual program with American students annually. Graduates got Kazakhstan and American diplomas and additional certificates, confirming the level of English and computer skills.

There are full-time education on Kazakhstan program. Students are trained on liberal majors, including pedagogical ones. Graduates have advantages over graduates of other universities, as a part of the diploma they got certificates, confirming the level of English and computer skills. That increases their competitiveness, and helps in solving problems of lack of teachers of new generation, especially in rural schools. High demand for KAFU graduates on the labour-market confirms their competitiveness.  Today, our graduates work for government, including Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, large domestic and foreign companies, such as:  KazZink Ltd, Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC, Ust-Kamenogorsk Titan Magnum Plant JSC,  Azia Auto JSC, AES, Kazakh Oil, ChevronTexaco, Procter and Gamble, Deloitte and Touch auditing firm, and others. University provides students with an opportunity of free distant education in American universities, and access to the Internet.

Kazakh-American Free University is an exclusive representative of “American Cultural Exchange” Association for the intensive learning of English language in the universities of USA, organization of internship and practical trainings (workshops) in the leading companies.

The university consists of multidisciplinary college, Business Education and Professional Training Center, and Personality and Career Development Center. The university has close relations with Embassy of USA in Kazakhstan and Embassy of Kazakhstan in USA, the  leading American and Russian universities: Northwest Nazarene University, Concordia University, Warner Pacific University, Northwest University, Arizona State University, Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Gorno-Altaisk State University, Siberian University of Consumer Cooperation, and others.

The university has 6 academic buildings, 2 offices in the USA (Oregon and Florida), computer classrooms, universities laboratories, sports halls, printing office, modern library, comfortable hotel, dormitory, “Sibiny” recreation center, etc.

Achievements of KAFU over the 25 years of functioning:

  1. With the support of the International Board of Guardians, 500 international partners from American universities took part in educational process in KAFU;
  2. 700 undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students were participants of international programs and practical training programs in USA;
  3. More than 11000 specialists graduated from the university, about 4000 of them had good command of English, 600 of them were trained on American program, got two diplomas (Kazakh, American), and certificates, confirming level of English and computer skills;
  4. 15 post-graduate students of the “Management” and “Jurisprudence” were trained;
  5. 10 undergraduate and graduate students received  “Bolashak” program scholarship;
  6. More than 60 teachers and employees of KAFU have completed training and internships at leading US universities;
  7. 95 undergraduate and graduate students completed distance classes in the American universities.





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