Education through Business Immersion Program

EBI – Education through Business Immersion is a unique educational program developed and operated by Co-Serve International. It provides students with an immersion experience in the American business environment. It is available to KAFU students through the grants of the university, Co-Serve International and other partners. The participants spend three weeks in American companies, observing business practices and participating in real projects, provided a personal mentor and supervisor. The geography of the program is diverse and over time has included: Portland (Oregon), Seattle (Washington), Chicago (Illinois), Evansville (Indiana), Austin (Texas), Hartford and Avon (Connecticut).

Additionally, participants have a chance to visit such well-known international companies like Intel, Medical Teams Internationals, AKT accounting firm, US Bank Corporation and others. On weekends students have time for sightseeing and a variety of cross-cultural experiences. During the program all students are hosted by carefully selected American host families.

This program has proved to be a reliable way of helping the new generation of Kazakhstan professionals learn the best business practices of the civilized world.

Applications for participation are accepted in February of every year.


  • fluent English (at least В2 level);
  • good grades;
  • recommendations from faculty;

Starting in 2013 a new requirement for participation in EBI is a completion of the International Servant Leadership Program. Students can participate in both programs in one summer.

Hosting companies in U.S.:

Companycity, state
Lanza & Lanza CPAAvon, Connecticut
Canine Club HouseAvon, Connecticut
Carmon Funeral HomesAvon, Connecticut
Elim Park Continuing Care Retirement CommunityAvon, Connecticut
Lighthouse recruiting companyAvon, Connecticut
Marriot hotels groupAvon, Connecticut
Bontrager Law practiceHesperus, Colorado
Anchor manufacturing groupEvansville, Indiana
Façade making groupEvansville, Indiana
Evansville Surgical AssociatesEvansville, Indiana
Smith&ButterfuildEvansville, Indiana
Retirement homes associationEvansville, Indiana
A G Edwards & Sons Inc.Evansville, Indiana
Merrill LynchEvansville, Indiana
WBGN RadioEvansville, Indiana
Northwestern Mutual LifeEvansville, Indiana
Retirement fundEvansville, Indiana
Winter & ScogginsDalton, Georgia
J&J Carpet MillDalton, Georgia
BB&T BankDalton, Georgia
Brigham Exploration CompanyAustin, Texas
McDonald’sAustin, Texas
NXPAustin, Texas
ТТАRАAustin, Texas
Despair&AmplifierAustin, Texas
Seattle catering companySeattle, Washington
Fairmont Olympic hotelSeattle, Washington
Foster & Associates, CPAPortland, Oregon
Royco servicesPortland, Oregon
Portland electric providerPortland, Oregon
Tillamook 911Tillamook, Oregon
Beauty Salon au RougePortland, Oregon
Marshall’s foundationHillsboro, Oregon
НВ mortgage solutionsBeaverton, Oregon
Metro inspectionsPortland, Oregon
Fidelity National Title Portland SunsetPortland, Oregon
WFG National Title – BeavertonBeaverton, Oregon
Beaverton processing centerBeaverton, Oregon
McCormick&Schmick’sPortland, Oregon
US DigitalPortland, Oregon
AramarkDowners Grove, Illinois
International Christianity TodayCarol Stream, Illinois
American ExpressRolling Meadows, Illinois
McDonald’s CorporationOak Brook, Illinois
Motorola CompanySchaumburg, Illinois
Bright Oak FinancialPortland, Oregon
GISI MarketingPortland, Oregon
Warner Pacific College, MarketingPortland, Oregon