Founded in 1993, AUCA develops future leaders for the democratic transformation of Central Asia. American University of Central Asia is an international, multi-disciplinary learning community in the American liberal arts tradition. Its curriculum includes the Preparatory Program (New Generation Academy), fourteen undergraduate majors and four graduate programs. In addition to its top-flight academic programs AUCA is committed to freedom of expression, critical inquiry, and academic honesty. AUCA is the first university in Central Asia to offer US accredited degrees in liberal arts programs through a partnership with Bard College in the United States. In addition to Bard, AUCA maintains partnerships with a number of universities and organizations worldwide.
AUCA is governed by an international board of trustees, the university president, faculty, and staff.
American University of Central Asia is the best university in the region thanks to the students, faculty, alumni, and donors who make up the AUCA Community. This community and its support keep AUCA moving forward in providing the highest quality liberal arts education in Central Asia, and educating leaders for the democratic transformation of the region.
The AUCA-Bard partnership seeks to enhance the liberal arts components of AUCA’s teaching and curriculum, to develop joint research projects, and to offer educational exchanges for faculty, staff, and students from both institutions. In 2009, Bard and AUCA launched a collaborative partnership that grants Bard degrees of Bachelor of Arts to eligible students in the following nine academic programs offered at AUCA: American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, European Studies, International and Comparative Politics, Journalism and Mass Communications, Psychology, Sociology, and Software Engineering. These degrees are in addition to those issued by the Ministry of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic.