Study in Azerbaijan: A guide for international students

Are you an international student from the Arab world, or African countries and want to study in Azerbaijan? Here is the following summary of each of the basic points you need to start your international trip to Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan is known as the Land of Fire – and it's easy to see why. From oil refineries in the Caspian Sea to the famous mud volcanoes in the central countryside.

Azerbaijan – quick facts and figures

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  • Capital: Baku
  • اللغة: Russian
  • population: 10.1 million dollars
  • Size of the country: 86,000 km²
  • International students: 26000 male and female students.
  • academic year: From September to May.
  • the currency: Azerbaijani manat (AZN).
  • call icon: + 994.
  • The almanac: GMT +4.

Education system in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan inherited its higher education system when it gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

There is a strong emphasis on accelerated learning at all levels of study, especially higher education aimed exclusively at international students.

The most important majors that can be studied in Azerbaijan are medicine and science, technology, engineering and mathematics, with less emphasis on arts and languages.

All majors of study in Azerbaijan universities are offered in English.

Duration of study in Azerbaijan

University degrees take between three and five years, depending on the specialty you want to study, while medicine takes approximately six years.

Postgraduate degrees take between one and two years, while doctoral degrees usually take about four years, with most doctoral students teaching while researching.

Azerbaijani language and culture

Officially, Azerbaijan has only one language

However, Russian is a de facto second official language.

Azerbaijan was part of the Russian Empire and then the Soviet Union until it gained independence in 1991.

During this long period of Azerbaijani history, Russian was the lingua franca of the entire empire and then, later, of the Soviet Union.

As such, most Azerbaijanis, regardless of their age, speak Russian fluently, even if they do not use it in their daily lives.

Azerbaijan is a Muslim country, but it is also one of the most secular countries in the world. Only about 4% of Azerbaijanis practice any religion at all.

Religion and state are completely separate and religion has no influence on the establishment of Azerbaijani laws.

Study visa in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan has opened itself to the world over the past decade. The visa can be obtained by submitting an application through Azerbaijani embassies or consulates abroad. For some countries, there is the possibility of submitting an application online only.

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An application for an Azerbaijani student visa is submitted at an Azerbaijani embassy or consulate in the student’s country, and the following documents are needed to support the student visa application:

  • Invitation letter from the university (acceptance letter)
  • Proof of income to support the student during his stay and pay tuition fees
  • passport
  • Two photographs
  • Visa application form
  • Visa fees.

Immigration card to Azerbaijan

Students are issued a migration card. The student must prepare the following documents and submit them to their university.

After that, the university will help to obtain the student’s temporary residence permit:

The documents required to obtain student residency in Azerbaijan are:

  • Two passport size photographs
  • medical certificate
  • a copy of the passport
  • Completed application form
  • The lease or rental contract, which must be approved
  • Written request from the landlord (who is renting a property to an international student) to the government immigration department
  • A certified copy of the identity card or passport of the owner who rents accommodation to the student

Universities in Azerbaijan can help students with the following:

  • Finding accommodation
  • Advice on immigration procedures
  • Visa registration
  • Access arrangements

Azerbaijani student card

It is possible to obtain a free Azerbaijani student card and a card valid for the duration of study at the university. The cardholder can get discounts in the following places:

  • cafes
  • Some shops
  • Hotels
  • Internet clubs
  • Car
  • Restaurants

Student housing in Azerbaijan

Students traveling without their parents for the purpose of studying in Azerbaijan can either stay with family or rent a room in one of the student hostels in Baku. It is also possible to rent a studio apartment.

Housing and living costs in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan has a high cost of living compared to many Russian cities as well as many cities in its Middle Eastern neighbors. But the cost of living is still lower than in many other countries with a similar level of education, such as Italy. Since the oil and technology industries are so huge in Azerbaijan, poverty is relatively rare.

The currency of Azerbaijan is the Azerbaijani manat (AZN). Manat can be difficult to find outside of Azerbaijan, so take US dollars or euros with you and exchange them once there.

Since most students live and study in Baku, these costs will reflect the capital. Some average costs of living are (in AZN and USD):

  • Monthly rent is $350.
  • Utilities $45.
  • Monthly public transportation card: $11.
  • One meal is $4.
  • Coffee: $2.

The average cost of living in Azerbaijan is $440 excluding rent.

Rent is usually calculated as a separate cost.

Azerbaijan is certainly more affordable than many other study abroad destinations, but it is not as cheap as its neighbor Georgia.

Costs of studying in Azerbaijan

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Tuition fees, for both Azerbaijani and international students, are not set by the government, but are capped at a maximum of $3800 per academic year for undergraduate degrees.

This is much lower than in many other countries in the region.

Although graduate degrees are not covered by the cap, their cost is generally no more than $4000 per year. The cost of a PhD is about the same as an academic year.

If a student is teaching during their PhD, they can choose to have their fees deducted directly from their remuneration.

The Azerbaijani government covers fees for Azerbaijani students from disadvantaged backgrounds as well as some of those studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Everyone must pay the fee. Many universities advertise their fees for international students in US dollars, but according to Azerbaijani law, all goods and services must be paid in local currency and dollars are not usually accepted.

The most popular scholarship is the Azerbaijan government scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to a selected group of international students, and covers all tuition fees, international flights and visa costs of $470 each month to assist with housing and living costs.

The scholarship even covers the cost of health insurance. You can learn more about these Great scholarship here.

Study in Azerbaijan: A guide for international students

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