Discover Kazakhstan: The Country in the Heart of Eurasia

Deadline: 3 April, 2014

Open to: This summer university is targeted at advanced undergraduate and graduate students including doctoral students

Venue: 28 July – 14 August, 2014, Suleyman Demirel University, Almaty, Kazakhstan



There are 30 places for which we would like to have approximately 20 international participants and 10 from Suleyman Demirel University and other Kazakhstani Universities.

During the Summer School a variety of teaching formats will be used. The sessions will be conducted in the form of classical lectures, workshops, roundtables, field trips and excursions in order to impart and enhance active interaction. The young researchers should actively contribute to the programme by organizing informal fellow meetings, by presenting their own papers in a “Research Forum”, and by presenting their projects on final “Impressions of Kazakhstan” mini-conference.

Self-organized meetings: The program will include explicitly marked spaces allocated for self-organized meetings for participants. The participants with similar research interests may discuss methodological or theoretical questions, and build more sustainable networks. The Summer School organizers will encourage such meetings throughout the event.

Research Forum: Younger researchers are invited to present a paper on desired, current or completed work (20 minutes), to be discussed by the Summer School audience.

“Impressions of Kazakhstan”: All participants should prepare a 20-minute presentations, where their share their personal opinion and impressions about Kazakhstan and reflect on the topics studied during the Summer School.

Summer School is aiming especially at those young scholars who are interested in the content of proposed summer school or already carrying out their own research related to the topics. The participants will have a chance to meet fellow students with the same interests, lecturers and leading researchers from Kazakhstan and abroad. The main aim is to establish contacts and networks that would be helpful for their current and future projects.

This summer university is targeted at advanced undergraduate and graduate students including doctoral students from the fields of:

  • Philology
  • Humanities
  • Social sciences (anthropology, sociology, ethnology, Turkic studies….)
  • Journalism
  • Translation
  • And other relevant fields of cultural studies


The course fee is 400 €/person

The course fee includes:

  • 60 hours of classes/lectures (10 days with 6 x 50 minutes of classes)
  • Workshops, roundtables, thematic field trips
  • Course materials
  • Use of the PC-Pools and Wireless LAN at the university and dormitory
  • Cultural and leisure programme
  • All excursions

Information about grants will be available at a later period.


Accommodation for participants will be provided in single/double rooms in student dormitory. The price for the whole period of the Summer School is 200 €.


Deadline for all applicants is 3 April 2014. Decisions of acceptance will be announced by 15 April 2014 via e-mail.

The participants will be selected based on academic excellence, quality of letter of motivation and a reference letter written by a university professor or a supervisor. Language skills required to participate in the Summer School is Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Please send us:

  1. Application form
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Letter of Motivation (one page)
  4. Reference Letter
  5. Transcript

All applications have to be done in English. Late or incomplete applications will not be taken into a consideration.

The selected participants will receive a letter via e-mail with necessary information about registration and payment details.

You can Download “Tentative Programme

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