Education System Overview
In the 2015-2016 academic year, 2 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in Afghanistan.
Academic year: Kandahar and Nangarhar provinces are warm climate. All other provinces are cold climate.
- Cold Climate: School begins in March, ends in December
- Warm Climate: School begins in September, ends in June
Major school holidays/break:
- Cold Climate: December – March and July
- Warm Climate: June – September and 1 week in January
Eight years of English languages classes are required for all Afghan high school students, as well as an additional 2-4 years for university students.
Structure of the University System
Years of study required to earn a bachelor's degree: 4 years
Degrees offered: Bachelors, Masters
The language of instruction in universities: Dari/Farsi in the areas where majority speak the language, Pashto in the Pashto speaking areas, and English in a number of private institutions of higher education. Engineering and Medicine schools have some courses and handouts in English. An English-medium BBA program started at Kabul University in 2015.