The education of foreign citizens in higher educational institutions of the Republic of Azerbaijan is regulated by the "Rules of study of citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan in foreign countries and foreigners and stateless persons in the Republic of Azerbaijan" approved by Resolution No. 125 of the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan Republic dated May 1, 2015.
Regardless of the subordination and the form of ownership, foreign citizens have the right to get an education in educational institutions of the Republic of Azerbaijan at all stages and levels of education, as well as to study at scientific research institutions at doctoral level of higher education, and to study at Clinical Centers at residency level of medical education. Only some foreign residents are studying at public expense on the basis of the relevant intergovernmental agreement, but the majority are studying on a paid basis according to the contract concluded with higher education institutions.
The majority of foreign students studying in our country are citizens from countries such as Turkey, Iran, Georgia, Russia, and the People's Republic of China. In addition, the citizens of the United States, Norway, India and other countries of the world are studying at different stages and levels of education. Azerbaijan Medical University, Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction, Azerbaijan State University of Oil and Industry, Azerbaijan State University of Economics and Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University are among the higher education institutions dominated by foreign students. Foreign students studying in Azerbaijan mostly prefer specialties like medicine, architecture, engineering, humanities.
The admission of foreign students to higher educational institutions of the Republic of Azerbaijan is implemented by higher educational institutions. On the basis of the changes applied to the legislation, the preparedness of foreigners for the relevant level of education and the level of knowledge of teaching language are examined by the educational institution selected by them. If they meet the requirements set by the educational institution, their admission to the educational institution will be formalized.
Foreigners coming to Azerbaijan in order to get an education should also follow the rules of residence. In order to get registered in the territory of the country and to keep the existing rules on the temporary residence, foreigners should become familiar with the State Migration Service rules of stay of foreign citizens in Azerbaijan, before entering the country.
Each higher educational institution is carrying out various activities aimed at attracting foreign students. In this context, we must underline the importance of the 2-year joint master`s degree project on the specialty of "Business Management", successfully implemented between "ADA" University and Maastricht School of Management in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, as well as collaborations established between Azerbaijan State University of Economics and the London School of Economics and Political Science, "ADA" University and the University of Glasgow, Azerbaijan State University of Oil and Industry and Heriot-Watt University.