How Rurality Affects Students’ Higher Education Access in Kazakhstan


  • Zhuldyz Amankulova University of Minnesota



rural education, rural students, rural disadvantage, higher education access, social capital


In this paper, I address the issues of rural disadvantage in accessing higher education. Taking an autoethnographic approach and building on research on rural education, which has shown that geography is an important stratifier of educational outcomes, I reflect on the factors that helped me to access higher education despite my rural background in Kazakhstan. I argue that the role of students’ social capital in accessing higher education is critical.  


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Author Biography

Zhuldyz Amankulova, University of Minnesota

Zhuldyz Amankulova is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development with a specialization in Comparative and International Development Education at the University of Minnesota. She is particularly interested in exploring the factors and issues that contribute to higher education student access, development, and success across diverse student populations. Email:




How to Cite

Amankulova, Z. (2018). How Rurality Affects Students’ Higher Education Access in Kazakhstan. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Higher Education, 3(1), 4–18.