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International schools in Kazakhstan

Search for the best international schools in Kazhakstan; you can find a list of selected schools at the bottom of this page. Use the search filters to select only girls' or boys' schools, prep schools, senior schools or sixth forms; or you can search for schools that offer a particular curriculum, such as the International Baccalaureate, the UK national curriculum, a US-style model or the International Primary Curriculum.

Kazakhstan’s international school sector began to develop after it declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. The Central Asian republic is now home to at least 15 international schools, of which the vast majority are based in the city of Almaty and the capital Nur-Sultan.

The growing sector provides an array of English-medium schools offering the curriculums of Britain, the United States or the International Baccalaureate Organisation, as well as bi-lingual, dual-stream schools that also offer instruction in Kazakh or Russian and the Kazakh national curriculum. Coeducational day schooling is the norm. 

Among the oldest are Almaty International School, which was opened in 1993 by the Quality Schools International (QSI) group, and Miras International School Almaty, which was founded in 1995. Haileybury Almaty, which opened in 2008, was the first the sister campus of a British public school to be established in Central Asia. 

QSI now runs three schools across Kazakhstan, while Miras and Haileybury have both set up sister schools in Nur-Sultan. There are 13 IB World Schools, of which three, the International School of Nur-Sultan, and the two Miras international schools, are authorised to offer all three IB programmes. 

Accrediting bodies active in Kazakhstan include the Council of International Schools, the Association of Christian Schools International, The Council of British International Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Education is compulsory from age seven to 15 and state schools, which teach in Kazakh or Russian, are free to citizens and residents. Four years of primary education are followed by five years of lower secondary school. Higher secondary education, which is offered in general and vocational tracks, leads on to university and vocational colleges. 

Participation rates are high, with gross primary enrolment of 106 per cent and net secondary enrolment of 100 per cent in 2018. Some 54 per cent of young people progressed to some form of tertiary education the same year, with girls outnumbering boys. 





Dostyk American International School

TCO, Dostyk Village,
37 Vladimirskaya Street,
Atyrau 060011,
Kazakhstan

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Galaxy International School

4th Microdistrict 9,
Almaty A10A5M5,
Kazakhstan

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Haileybury Almaty

112 Al-Farabi Avenue,
Almaty 050040,
Kazakhstan

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Haileybury Astana

Ivan Panfilov bldg. 4,
Nur-Sultan 010000,
Kazakhstan

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

International College of Continuous Education, Almaty

69A Zheltoksan Street,
Almaty 480004,
Kazakhstan

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

International College of Continuous Education, Astana

8/4 Tashenov Street,
Nur-Sultan 010000,
Kazakhstan

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

International School of Almaty

40b Satpayev Street,
Almaty 050057,
Kazakhstan

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

Kazakhstan International School

Al-Farabi Avenue 118/15,
Almaty 050062,
Kazakhstan

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Lyceum School Nurorda

Kassym Amanzholov Street 34,
Nur-Sultan 020000,
Kazakhstan

Co-educational, Day.

Miras International School, Almaty

190 Al-Farabi Avenue,
Almaty 050043,
Kazakhstan

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Miras International School, Astana

Kuishi Dina Street 34,
Nur-Sultan 010009,
Kazakhstan

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

QSI Almaty International School

185 Baiken Ashimov Street,
Kalkaman 2 Micro-District, Nauryzbay District,
Almaty 050006,
Kazakhstan

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

QSI International School of Astana

17 Bayan-Sulu Street,
Komsomolskiy Village,
Nur-Sultan 010000,
Kazakhstan

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

QSI International School of Atyrau

473 Sultan Beibarys Prospect,
Atyrau 060011,
Kazakhstan

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Spectrum International School

Kasym Amanzholov Street 34,
South-East (right side) m-n,
Nur-Sultan,
Kazakhstan

Co-educational, Day.

Tien Shan International School

Karasai District Raimbek Rural District,
South of the village Dolan,
Almaty 040922,
Kazakhstan

Co-educational, Day.