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Educational System in Uzbekistan

By Joshua Wood, LPC

William Russell
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Summary: The one tip that you hear expats living in Uzbekistan repeatedly sharing with newcomers is not to buy a home when you first move to Uzbekistan. Rent for a few months or longer so that you have time to find the right neighborhood. Give yourself time to ensure that Uzbekistan is right for you for the long term. If you've already taken time to do those things and are ready to take the plunge and become a property owner, here are tips about buying a home in Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan, a Central Asian country known for its rich history and culture, also boasts a comprehensive and well-structured educational system. The system is designed to provide quality education to all citizens, regardless of their social or economic status. The education system in Uzbekistan is divided into several stages, each with its unique focus and objectives. This guide aims to provide expats with a detailed overview of the educational system in Uzbekistan, including the main stages of education, enrollment procedures, language requirements, availability of bilingual and private schools, homeschooling and online schooling options, and costs associated with private education.

What are the main stages of education in Uzbekistan?

The education system in Uzbekistan is divided into four main stages: preschool education, general secondary education, secondary special and professional education, and higher education. Each stage is designed to cater to the specific educational needs of students at different ages and levels of academic proficiency.

Preschool Education

Preschool education in Uzbekistan is for children aged 3 to 6 years. It focuses on the overall development of the child, including physical, emotional, and social growth. The curriculum includes activities that promote cognitive development, creativity, and basic social skills. Preschool education is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended to prepare children for the next stage of education.

General Secondary Education

General secondary education in Uzbekistan is compulsory and covers a period of 9 years, from ages 7 to 15. This stage is divided into primary (grades 1-4) and secondary (grades 5-9) education. The curriculum includes subjects like Uzbek language, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and physical education. The aim is to provide a well-rounded education that fosters intellectual, social, and physical development.

Secondary Special and Professional Education

After completing general secondary education, students can opt for secondary special and professional education. This stage lasts for 3 years and provides specialized training in various fields, preparing students for higher education or the job market.

Higher Education

Higher education in Uzbekistan is offered by universities and institutes. It includes undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs in various fields of study. Admission is based on entrance exams and academic performance in secondary education.

How does a newcomer from a different country enroll their kids in school?

Expats can enroll their children in Uzbek schools by submitting an application to the desired school along with necessary documents such as passport, visa, proof of residence, and previous school records. It is advisable to contact the school directly for detailed information about the enrollment process.

My children are still learning Uzbek, can they enroll in a public school?

Yes, children who are still learning Uzbek can enroll in public schools. However, they may need additional language support as the medium of instruction in public schools is Uzbek. Some schools offer language support programs for non-native speakers.

Are there public bilingual schools?

Yes, there are public bilingual schools in Uzbekistan that offer instruction in both Uzbek and Russian. These schools are a good option for expat children who are proficient in Russian. Admission is based on availability of seats and the child's proficiency in the languages of instruction.

What types of private schools are common in Uzbekistan?

Private schools in Uzbekistan offer a variety of educational programs. International schools that follow American, British, or International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum are quite popular among expats. There are also private schools that offer bilingual education in Uzbek and English or Russian.

Do expats typically send their children to public or private school?

Expats in Uzbekistan typically prefer private schools, especially international schools, due to the language of instruction and curriculum that aligns with their home country's education system. However, some expats also choose public schools to immerse their children in the local culture and language.

How expensive are Private schools in Uzbekistan?

The cost of private education in Uzbekistan varies depending on the school and the curriculum it offers. International schools are generally more expensive, with annual tuition fees ranging from $5,000 to $15,000. Other private schools may charge lower fees.

Are you allowed to homeschool while living in Uzbekistan?

While homeschooling is not common in Uzbekistan, it is not explicitly prohibited. However, it is advisable to consult with the local education authorities to understand the legal implications and requirements for homeschooling.

May kids attend online school instead of a local school while living in Uzbekistan?

Yes, children can attend online schools while living in Uzbekistan. However, it is important to ensure that the online school is accredited and that the curriculum meets the educational standards of your home country.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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