Information for graduating seniors

FINAL STATE ATTESTATION OF IUCA  GRADUATES

1.   Regulations on State Examinations, Diploma Works, and Grading Systems:

  • A student who has successfully completed all the requirements of a study program is permitted to take the final state attestation. After successfully passing the state attestation, he/she is issued a diploma of higher education and has conferred upon him/her the academic qualification of a bachelor's degree.
  • Final State Attestation of  IUCA  graduates can be conducted in the form of two or more exams in certain academic disciplines or in the form of a final complex (interdisciplinary) exam as well as preparation and defense of a senior thesis. The student is given the right to choose the theme of his/her graduation qualification work or to suggest his/her own theme provided that the there is defensible. The right to write a senior thesis is given to those students who have achieved considerable success, on the basis of the decision of the chair of the graduate's department. Preparation and defense of a senior thesis at IUCA  is done in the English language, with the exception of students who are completing the Chinese Studies program. They may present their theses in Chinese.
  • Final state attestation at IUCA consists of several attestation tests, including a state exam on the History of Kyrgyzstan and an English Language state exam, which are required for IUCA  graduates of all majors. A grade for the state exam on History of Kyrgyzstan will be included in a transcript of the American style Diploma and a transcript of the Kyrgyz State Diploma. According to the IUCA  regulation on American Style Diplomas, the grades for the state exams (including History of Kyrgyzstan and a special English exam - SEE) affect the level of honors on the American style diploma.

2.  The evaluation criteria for any type of attestation included in the final state attestation (state exams, graduation qualification papers) are prepared by the corresponding Chair, approved by the IUCA  Curriculum Committee, and made available to the students who plan on graduation.

3.  Final   State Attestation in IUCA Forms and conditions of conducting attestation tests are made available to the students not less than 4 months prior to the attestation and the conditions for taking a  state exam in the English language (SEE) are made known at the beginning of the academic year. Final state attestation of graduates is conducted in accordance with the Academic Calendar, which is published in this catalogue. In considering the issue of granting permission to a student of the fourth year to undergo state attestation, the Program Head should bear in mind that a student must earn not fewer than 192 credits, including of all kinds of internships, and that his/her GPA should be not less than 2,0.

4.  IUCA  Diplomas  Upon the completion of studies in any of  IUCA's  professional educational programs and the passing of the final state attestation, students are issued documents the education received. Two types of diplomas are conferred upon IUCA  students: an American-style diploma “Bachelor of Arts” and a Kyrgyz State Diploma.

 

AMERICAN STYLE DIPLOMAS


 

1.   American style diplomas may be of four types: SUMMA CUM LAUDE, MAGNA CUM LAUDE, CUM LAUDE and -'without honors.

2.   The general criteria for getting an American-style Bachelor's diploma:

  • a student should earn not fewer than 192 credits for the period of studies in the University , including internships;
  • the student's cumulative GPA for the whole period of studies should be not less than 2.0;
  • for honors, the student should successfully pass a the final state exam or defend his/her senior thesis with grades: A, A- or B+;
  • the student should pass his final state exam in English (SEE) with a minimum score of 550;
  • the student must not have committed any violations of the IUCA  Disciplinary Code for which he/she has not served the appropriate compensatory action.

 

The criteria of American-style diplomas with distinction approved by the IUCA  Academic Senate are as follows:

3.   A diploma of Bachelor of Arts of the first degree - SUMMA CUM LAUDE

  • the cumulative GPA – minimum 3.8;
  • the diploma work should be defended in the English language or in the Major language (Chinese) and the student should receive a grade of "A";
  • all state exams should be passed with a grade of A.

A diploma of Bachelor of Arts of the second degree - MAGNA CUM LAUDE

  • the cumulative GPA - minimum 3.6;
  • the diploma work should be defended in the English language or in the Major language (Chinese) and the student should receive a grade of not less than "B+" ("B+", "A-" or "A");
  • all state exams should be passed with a grade not less than "B+" ("B+", "A-" or "A").

A diploma of Bachelor of Arts of the third degree - CUM LAUDE

  • the cumulative GPA - minimum 3.5;
  • the diploma work should be defended in the English language or in the Major language (Chinese) and the student should receive a grade of not less than "В" ("В", "В+", "A-" or "A");
  • all state exams should be passed with grade not less than "В" ("В", "В+", "A-" or "A").

 

Students who performed well during the course of study and whose cumulative GPA is 3.5 and higher, but who did not write a graduation qualification paper receive a diploma of Bachelor of Arts without distinction. Their departments may recommend that they be awarded a special certificate. While defining a degree of distinction, it should be noted that that there must be no "F" and "D" grades in Major and General Education required courses in the student's transcript for the whole period of study. The degree of Bachelor of Arts shall be defined in accordance with the Program's proposal and the approved criteria, at a meeting of the special commission consisting of the University administrators, the Registrar's Office, advisors and Program Heads.

 

KYRGYZ STATE DIPLOMAS


 

1.   The criteria for getting a Kyrgyz State Bachelor's diploma are very much the same as for getting an American-style diploma, i.e.:

  • a student should earn no fewer than 192 credits for the period of studies in the Institute including all internships;
  • his/her cumulative GPA for the whole period of studies should be not less than 2.0;
  • a successful passing of the final state attestation stipulated by the curriculum;
  • the student should pass his final state exam in English (SEE) with a minimum score of 550;

 

2.   Graduates who performed extremely well in mastering the requirements of the professional educational program, who passed all state examinations with a grade of "A" (excellent), and who have not more than 25% of their grades as "Bs" ( with the other 75% "As" )  are issued Kyrgyz state diplomas with honors.  According to Kyrgyz State regulations, a student may not receive a diploma with honors if he or she has any grades lower than B.