What Students Say

“I want to start by saying that BIS has literally changed my life. If not for the two-year IB Diploma programme at BIS, I would have been burning the candle at both ends studying in a Chinese high school, without having a clue about what to do with my life. Before entering BIS, I never thought I would be interested in Psychology or anything related to it. And here I am, a happy first year Bachelor student at Leiden University in the Netherlands. The IB Diploma opened up new opportunities and chances for me to explore different fields of studies in countries around the world, which brought me to study Psychology here. Only after commencing my university life, I realized how well the two difficult IB years prepared me for the overwhelming amount of work one should finish within strict deadlines at university. We say that IB is tough, but BIS teachers made these two years much easier than they could have been, and more interesting for us. Our teachers not only valued students’ opinion, but encouraged us to express our thoughts freely and were always there when we had difficulties, doubts or questions of any sort. Their support, kindness and professionalism were motivating me not to give up half way through. Besides, the school encourages you to be involved in extracurricular activities and challenging projects, which in turn provided us with more chances to explore and find out where we belong. Thanks to a supportive and encouraging studying atmosphere, students in BIS set high goals and do their best to reach them. I am also grateful for the amazing people I met and the precious memories I have from these years. BIS is not just a school, it is a big family!” – Viktoriia Tian, Graduation Class of 2018

Daniil Kim

“Had anybody asked me five years ago where I see myself in five years, my predictions would have most likely appeared to be inaccurate. I am now an IB DP alumnus and a first-year student at IE University in Madrid, Spain, studying Business Administration, but at the beginning of 2014, when I was about to start my first day at ESCA-Bishkek International School, it did not even cross my mind what awaited me in the coming years. The IGCSE and then the IB programs allowed me to dive into the yet unfamiliar world of international education. The new skills and the knowledge acquired throughout these years eventually helped me to get a scholarship into the university I dreamed of and, as I now realize after the first semester of my undergraduate studies, prepared me well for the workload of the university. I have to admit, however, that my four-and-a-half-year journey at ESCA-BIS was thorny, especially because our class was the ‘pioneer’ in the educational systems introduced for the first time in our school. Nevertheless, our teachers were always there to help and support us until the very last exam. I do not think that I would have been where I am now if I had not become a part of ESCA-BIS. I will never regret the decision made five years ago to come to this school and I will always be grateful for the benefits and opportunities it gave me. I sincerely hope that our school will continue to grow and provide a top-notch education for years to come” – Daniil Kim, Graduation Class of 2018

Regina Zhyldyzbekova

“I studied the IB Diploma at BIS from 2016-18. It was the most interesting experience full of new insights, highlights, and support from teachers. I felt the deep difference between BIS and other schools, as here every single student takes responsibility to work hard for their exams, to be part of the community and discuss any topic together collaboratively. The educational system is not lecture-based, there is a full interaction between students and teachers in class. The best part about it is parent’s involvement in their child’s education, which is, unfortunately, not usual in public schools. The one quality I gained and want to mention is acceptance. People in this environment taught me to accept any problem I face in my difficult moments. Here acceptance does not mean resignation or being inactive, but it does mean questioning “This is happening. What I will do now?” There was a time when I faced numerous failures and would feel so depressed about that, but being able to accept it helped me to stay motivated and move on for the next step. Before joining BIS, my Mondays would usually start with “Omg! Today is Monday! I have a History”, but BIS turned Monday oppression upside down to “Yay! Monday! I’ve Computer Science”. This is the transformative school in Kyrgyzstan that focuses on a shared vision with others for a better future. After BIS I won a scholarship to study social entrepreneurship at Watson Institute in the US” – Regina Zhyldyzbekova, Graduation Class of 2018

“My name is Leo Brezina and I was an IB Diploma student at BIS for my senior year, 2017/18, as my family moved from Tashkent to Bishkek. After graduating from BIS, I enrolled at Mannheim University, a research university in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, for my Bachelor in Economics. Despite only spending a year of my studies at BIS, I was still able to completely immerse myself into the community of the school, and this one year will always be a bright memory of my high school time. Apart from the first-class education that BIS has to offer, it is also worth mentioning the incredible offer in extracurricular activities, ranging from football to chess club, and the great opportunities to compete in sports tournaments with other international schools in Central Asia. BIS is very welcoming towards new students of any nationality and from the very first day I was involved in all class discussions and activities. The community is very open to new members, and what made it such a pleasure to be part of is the fact that support came from all sides, no matter if teachers, students, staff or even parents. It felt like everyone was eager to contribute to the academic and personal growth of each student. This kept me on track with my studies and provided an environment that supported me in any situation. In Bishkek, there is no other community like this in terms of diversity, open-mindedness, and acceptance. I am certain that the future for BIS is bright and its development will exceed any expectations. Always remember one thing: you will never feel alone at BIS.” – Leo Brezina, Graduation Class of 2018

“Studying in Bishkek International School was a great chance for me as it gave me a wonderful opportunity to explore a new international world. BIS is a unique school where I developed both communicative and academic skills. I met interesting people of various nationalities and backgrounds and learned much more about different cultures. Despite the IB Diploma Programme being so challenging, our teachers always supported and helped us. Two years of studies enabled me to prepare for university life, to be more active and brave. Writing essays on many different topics in all subjects helped me to choose my major program. Now, I study Psychology at AUCA and feel very thankful for the knowledge and valuable experience that BIS helped me to acquire.” – Kamila Kulenbekova, Graduation Class of 2018

Aikanysh Toktonazarova, BIS alumnus

“I have attended ESCA for a short time, but I already know that this is the school I want to attend. The school’s small community is not overwhelming and is easy to adjust to. The students are friendly and the staff is incredible, probably the best staff team I will ever encounter. The atmosphere in the school encourages creativity and academic excellence. Several words cannot describe ESCA. One has to be at ESCA to really feel the dynamic sensation that the school radiates.” – Aikanysh Toktonazarova, BIS alumnus

“I have been in ESCA for more than 4 years and have enjoyed it since I started. The environment in ESCA is family like and welcoming. In ESCA there is a huge variety of nations, there is no racism, nobody is bullied and you can get a lot of nice friends. I am very lucky because not everyone has the chance to get a great education like this one. I have moved up because of the support the teachers give to every individual student. If I get stuck on anything it is very easy for me to just ask the teacher and they will answer with pleasure. Because the school is small we can know almost every student and teacher personally. It is nice when you know everyone and they know you.” – Malina MacDonald, BIS alumnus

Bek Belekov

“ESCA is a place where students meet new friends, where they meet new teachers and where they are taught. My first impressions of ESCA were my classmates and teachers. When I started, I could hardly understand English and I was usually helped by classmates as they explained things to me. And the teachers are always friendly and cheerful. I like the method of teaching as teachers always explain topics with examples, especially in science where we have a lot of experiments. Prior to joining ESCA I did not like math but Mr Comar opened my eyes and now I love math and it’s interesting how I can easily solve math problems. In ESCA “I learned a lot and many subjects became my favorites, like Physics, Mathematics, History and Biology. Teachers here are the best teachers for all the years of schooling. They always help and explain new topics with examples. I think that new students must choose ESCA because it is a very good school with the best teachers. I very much like the methods of teaching and I think others will enjoy it too.” – Bek Belekov, BIS alumnus

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