University of Wisconsin–Madison



Kazakh is a Turkic language, closely related to Turkish, Uzbek, Tatar, and others. It is spoken by about 11 million people in Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Russia, Iran. Kazakh is on the U.S. State Department list of critical languages. Knowledge of Kazakh may lead to special educational and professional opportunities. The economy of Kazakhstan is larger than that of all other Central Asian countries combined, largely due to plentiful natural resources. Kazakhstan‘s wilderness is one of the most beautiful and unique in the world. Knowledge of Kazakh allows you to discover a world of the rich traditions and customs. UW-Madison is a strategic partner to Nazarbayev University (NU) in Astana, Kazakhstan, and opportunities exist for UW students to work on the NU project and to study at NU.*

*Information taken from the Language Institute website. Please visit their Kazakh page for the original text and additional information on Kazakh studies at UW-Madison.


Kazakh courses are offered irregularly at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. All four language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) are addressed and incorporated into the teaching process. See below for Kazakh/Kazakh-related classes:

LCA LANG 331: First Semester Kazakh

LCA LANG 332: Second Semester Kazakh

LCA LANG 431: Third Semester Kazakh

LCA LANG 432: Fourth Semester Kazakh

LCA LANG 531: Fifth Semester Kazakh

LCA LANG 532: Sixth Semester Kazakh

GNS 624: Proseminar in Central Asian History