Kazakh is a Turkic language from the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan, closely related to Turkish, Uzbek, and Tartar. It is spoken by about 12 million people in Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Russia, and Iran. Learning the Kazakh language can help unlock the other Central Asian Turkic languages, as they are very similar. Kazakh is on the U.S. State Department list of critical languages and knowing Kazakh may lead to special professional opportunities in business or government careers. UW-Madison students have the opportunity to interact with Nazarbayev University (NU) undergraduate students and graduates during the academic year and with those who study in Madison as part of the summer Visiting International Student Program. The Russian Overseas Flagship Capstone Program takes place in Almaty, Kazakhstan. A one-credit seminar on Kazakh culture is taught in Russian as preparation for overseas study in Kazakhstan.

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Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic​


Joanna Schuth, jschuth@wisc.edu 

Intro Course:

GNS 331: First Semester Kazakh

Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI), an intensive summer language institute at UW-Madison, for beginning and intermediate Kazakh.

Funding is available for both undergraduate and graduate students.