A Few Words About "MegaChance"

It is a competition for foreign applicants of AlmaU, which has been held annually since 2014. The competition is focused on graduates of colleges, schools and universities and provides an opportunity to win a 50% discount or a 100% grant for studies in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Specialties for which grants and discounts will be given

Total amount – 50

Bachelor program

English department

  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Business Analytics and Big Data
  • Restaurant and hotel business
  • Regional studies
  • Tourism and Events Management

Master’s program

English department

  • Management
  • Project management
  • Business Analytics and Big Data
  • Finance
  • Computer science (in pedagogy)

100 % grants

Bachelor and Master’s programs

Russian (Kazakh) department

  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Restaurant and hotel business
  • Regional studies
  • Logistics
  • Jurisprudence
  • Public Relations
  • Information Systems
  • Urban Studies
  • Accounting and Auditing
  • Business analytics and Economy

50% discounts

Get more information about AlmaU https://www.almau.edu.kz/

Stages of the competition

Upload portfolio

May 1, 2020 - May 15, 2020

  • Passport
  • Certificate (average score) (if you haven’t received a certificate yet, send your grade sheet or academic transcript)
  • International language certificates IELTS, TOEFL (if available)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Certificates for the last 3 years (major achievements in various fields: studies, sports, creativity, social life, etc.)
  • Video card (video presentation of yourself)

    Make a video (no longer than 60 sec, horizontal shooting), describing yourself briefly and telling about your strong personal sides, or about educational achievements, or about your future aims etc. Add a video to your Portfolio and also post it to your Instagram page, tag @almau_edu with a hashtag #megachance2020.

* Note: The language of the recommendation letter and video card must match the language department you have chosen.

** Your Instagram page must be open till the end of the Competition.

Upload an Essay

May 20, 2020 – May 31, 2020

Essay is written by those participants, who will pass the 1st Stage.

You can choose one of the topics below, according to your chosen language and language of the 1st Stage “Portfolio”.

Bachelor program

For Russian department For English department For Kazakh department
  1. Волонтёрство как стиль жизни.
  2. Самые лучшие инвестиции – инвестиции в себя.
  3. Что, по вашему мнению, отличает вас от других кандидатов, поступающих в Almaty Management University?
  4. Какой навык вы считаете наиболее важным для успеха в вашей будущей карьере? Как бы вы хотели развить его у себя? С какими сложностями вы могли бы столкнуться и как бы вы их преодолели?
  1. What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates applying to the Almaty Management University?
  2. Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.
  3. Describe your favorite academic subject and explain how it has influenced you.
  4. What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
  5. How is social media changing parent and child relationships?
  1. Ең жақсы инвестиция - өзіңе салынған инвестиция.
  2. Сіздің болашақ мансабыңыздағы жетістікке жету үшін қай шеберлікті маңызды деп санайсыз? Оны өзіңіз үшін қалай дамытқыңыз келеді?
  3. Еріктілер ісі (волонтёрлік) өмір салты ретінде.

Master's program

For Russian department
  1. Опишите наиболее серьезную проблему, с которой вы столкнулись, и шаги, которые вы предприняли для ее преодоления. Как этот вызов повлиял на вас?
  2. Предпринимательство – больше, чем профессия.
  3. Искусственный интеллект – помощник или соперник?
  4. Что вам необходимо сделать, чтобы ваше влияние на ваше окружение было больше, чем влияние окружения на вас?
  5. С каким из мировых брендов вы себя ассоциируете больше всего? Почему вам импонирует этот бренд и почему вы пользуетесь его продуктами/услугами?

Essay writing Requirements:

  1. An essay can only be written on one of the proposed topics.
  2. It is necessary to write in the language in which study is planned in the future (English-English, Russian-Russian, Kazakh-Kazakh).
  3. Recommended size - at least 250 words, maximum - 1000 words.
  4. Rules for the essay:
    Font: Times New Roman, size 14, spacing 1.
    Margins: top - 2 cm, bottom - 2 cm, right - 1.5 cm, left - 3 cm.
    In the upper right corner of the first page you must indicate the name of the participant.


  1. The text should be logical and coherent.
  2. Avoid overly complex phrases and an abundance of professional terminology.
  3. Do not get carried away with descriptions, but do not neglect the details.
  4. The text should reflect the specifics of your opinion on the chosen specialty.
  5. Do not be afraid to demonstrate non-standard thinking, but try to confirm your point of view with arguments.

Essay Evaluation Criteria:

  1. Essay Structure
  2. Argumentation of own opinion on the topic
  3. Originality of thought
  4. Speech design, semantic integrity, speech connectivity and sequence of presentation
  5. Literacy, spelling and speech standards

Works are accepted until 23:00 of May 31, 2020 (Nur-Sultan city time).

June 5, 2020 - June 20, 2020

The interview will be conducted in the language you have chosen for the course of study (selected language department)

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