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Study in Azerbaijan: Education in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan inherited its higher education system when it gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. As such, there’s a strong emphasis on fast learning in the classroom and self-directed independent study. STEM and IT subjects are also overrepresented in Azeri universities, with less of an emphasis on the arts and languages. 

Feb 6, 2024

Azerbaijan inherited its higher education system when it gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. As such, there’s a strong emphasis on fast learning in the classroom and self-directed independent study. STEM and IT subjects are also overrepresented in Azeri universities, with less of an emphasis on the arts and languages. 

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For a small country, Azerbaijan is home to nine universities. All offer programs taught in English. However, three of them, the Western Caspian University, the Baku State University and the Baku Engineering University, are the most prestigious in the country. These three universities award degrees that are recognized in most countries and are seen as being prestigious across the wider Caucasus, parts of the Middle East and in Russia. 

As Azerbaijan seeks to extend its reach and influence in the world of education, its universities are developing and maintaining ever-stronger links with excellent universities across the world. Azeri universities enjoy links with Horizon 2020, the EU’s science program, MIT, Oxford Labs and have even sent PhD and postdoctoral students to work on the Hadron Collider project in Switzerland. 

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Azeri programs that are taught in English are normally identical in scope, depth and reach to their Azerbaijani-language counterparts. Therefore, Azerbaijan is a great place to study if you want to engage in a comprehensive scientific program in an exotic location.

Undergraduate degrees take between three and five years to complete, depending on the subject and the amount of time spent abroad. Postgraduate degrees take between one and two years to complete, while PhDs generally take around four years, as most PhD students teach whilst researching.

Study in Azerbaijan

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Student Visas

Do you need a visa to enter Azerbaijan to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizenship. 

Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Azerbaijan.

Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in Azerbaijan can vary. Both international and domestic students are expected to pay tuition fees in Azerbaijan, but these fees can vary a lot. We've put together information on how this works, and on scholarships, in this section.

Language & Culture

Azerbaijan is a country rich in history and culture. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, and more! We also talk about how to stay safe in Azerbaijan in this section.

Application Process

Learn more about how to apply to Azeri schools and the documentation you need to do it in this section.

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