Foundation

NUFYP (Nazarbayev University Foundation Year Program) – a one year intensive program at the Center for Preparatory Studies of Nazarbayev University. The program provides intensive  personal development, study skills, mathematics, and academic language proficiency preparation to the undergraduate programs of Nazarbayev University. Education under “Nazarbayev University” state grant, as well as education on a fee-paying basis are available for this program. Following the results of study at NUFYP, Nazarbayev University Schools accept students for further education at the undergraduate programs.

How to apply
Entry examinations and requirements
Important dates
Selection process
Enrollment
Enrollment on a fee-paying basis
Useful resources

Applicants must go through the online application to participate in the competition:

Step 1. Create your Personal account

Go to http://admissions.nu.edu.kz portal, press the “Sign up” button and fill out the required information in the English language. Please select  an undergraduate program you wish to apply  in the list of appeared programs and select the Undergraduate program. After completing the application, confirm it by clicking on a link sent to your mailbox. Read the instructions about the application procedure given in your Personal account.

Step 2. Pay the application fee

The application fee shall be paid online in your Personal account at “My application forms” section with a bank card authorized for online/internet transactions. 

The application fee is 3 000 tenge. 

If there is no card you may use the card of another person. In case of refusal from further participation in the selection process, the application fee will not be refunded.

Step 3. Fill out the application form

Open the Foundation Program link at the “My Application Forms” page and fill out the Foundation Application Form and Consent form for personal data processing according to the online form. Make sure you have entered all the required information in the correct manner and press the “Upload” button.

Step 4. Submit the required documents

After filling out the application form you are required to upload it to your Personal account:

  1. a scanned copy of proof of your studies at a final grade/course (according to the template with photo in one of the languages) or a notarized copy of a certificate/diploma with transcripts if you have already completed a relevant level of study. 

Important: to take the entry exam an applicant must have a passport or a national identity card;

  1. a scanned copy of national ID card and/or passport;

Upload a 3*4 photo for documents to the profile in your Personal account. 

The format of requested documents is available in a Personal account.

Step 5. Finish the application process

After completing all above-mentioned steps please press the “SUBMIT APPLICATION” button. 

After submission applicants cannot make any changes in their applications and submitted documents.

Admissions Department will check your application and contact you if there is an issue with the application or specify if some documents are missing and deadlines to submit them. Incomplete or incorrect applications will not be considered in the competition.

Step 6. Submit TOEFL/IELTS certificate

In order to provide IELTS/TOEFL certificates, applicants should fulfill the following requirements:

  1. To send an official electronic report of valid IELTS/TOEFL certificate via the Test administrator directly to Nazarbayev University;
  2. To upload its scanned copy and insert its data to its Personal account. Applicants can submit any number of certificates for the competition, but the last certificate uploaded to their Personal account will be considered. 

Please mind the important information on codes for test certificate submission: 

Code for IELTS: Nazarbayev University

Code for TOEFL iBT: 6762

Detailed Instruction on the provision of IELTS/TOEFL certificates is available in applicants’ Personal account. 

  • Minimum requirements for language test results are available in the “Entry examinations and requirements” section;
  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition and TOEFL PDT results are not considered in the competition; 
  • All provided certificates must be valid by August 1, 2022 - the beginning of the respective academic year. 
  • Deadline submission of IELTS/TOEFL certificates is available in the “Important dates” section.

Please note that submission of IELTS/TOEFL certificates in the electronic database of Nazarbayev University is not within the competence of the University. You should independently contact the Test center and make sure that your certificate has been sent. Please note that this action takes at least 7-10 working days. If the certificate is received after the deadline, specified by the Admissions Department, it will not be considered in the competition.

Further steps

Please check your email 1-2 weeks before each exam – the information about the upcoming exam date, time and venue along with Exam Rules will be sent there. 

Please keep in mind that sometimes letters from the University may go to the spam box.

If you experience any difficulties with the application send an email to info_admissions@nu.edu.kz. Do not forget to provide a detailed description of the problem, your IIN (for citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan)  and Applicant ID number.

Watch below the instructional video with an example of completing the application form for the Foundation program. Some details can differ from the last application version. Please note that personal details given in the application form are fictional.

Applicants meeting the following eligibility criteria can take part in the competition:

  1. Students in the final year of secondary education institutions, technical, vocational, post-secondary and higher education institutions;
  2. Students studying in higher education institutions;
  3. Graduates from secondary, post-secondary or higher education institutions.

The selection process consists of the following stages:

  • Stage I. Submission of the online applications. SeptemberNovember;
  • Stage II. Entrance exam. FebruaryMarch; 
  • Stage III.Consideration of Applicants’ files. AprilMay;
  • Admission. May-July*;
  • Documents submission. Upon request of the University. JuneJuly*.

 

*Applicants from the waiting list may receive an admission offer if vacant places become available until the start of the classes, 

Applicants who failed to receive  minimum passing scores cannot progress to the next stages and will be excluded from the competition.

Minimum requirements of language test results:

  • Academic IELTS minimum requirements: overall score of 6.0, (5.0 in each of the sections)
  • TOEFL iBT minimum requirements: overall score - 60, writing - 16, reading - 6, speaking - 15, listening - 5. 
  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition and TOEFL PDT results are not considered in the competition.

    Minimum requirements of language test results:

    • Academic IELTS minimum requirements: overall score of 6.0, (5.0 in each of the sections)
    • TOEFL iBT minimum requirements: overall score - 60, writing - 16, reading - 6, speaking - 15, listening - 5. 
    • TOEFL iBT Home Edition and TOEFL PDT results are not considered in the competition.

 

NUET (Nazarbayev University Entrance Test) – test that evaluates academic training for studying at the University.

  • NUET is held in 2 subject sections - Mathematics and Critical Thinking & Problem Solving.
  • Number of questions – 60.
  • Test content – multiple-choice questions.
  • Test duration – 120 minutes. Minimum passing score – 120 in total for 2 subjects, while minimum passing score for each of the subjects shall not be less than 50. For example, 50 + 70 = 120 – is a minimum passing score in total.
  • Test results are available in 6 weeks in a Personal account.
  • The number of tasks and duration of the entry examination are subject for change by Test administrators.
  • Information about access to the entry examination is placed in the applicant’s Personal account.
  • Applicants are informed about examination date and venue, information on format , as well as required documents and Rules of conduct during the examination via email one week prior to the exams. 
  • Examination schedule is published in the “Important dates” section. 
  • If  a violation of rules or conditions of passing the test occurs, the applicant's results are cancelled. In this case, the applicant is excluded from the competition. Disqualified applicants will not be able to enroll to NU in the future. 
  • There is no appeal procedure.
  • NUET for NUFYP applicants is free of charge.

Online application period: September 26, 2021 – November 30, 2021

  • The deadline for the submission of IELTS/TOEFL certificates: December 27, 2021
  • Entry examination: to be announced. 
  • Submission of additional IELTS/TOEFL certificates: to be announced.
  • Admission: MayJuly
  • Submission of hard copies of documents: upon request, JuneJuly
  • Orientation week : to be announced
  • Start of classes : to be announced
  • Dates of admission to study on a fee-paying basis are published in the “Enrollment on a fee-paying basis” section.
  • Applicants, who did not pass the previous stage of the competition, will not be allowed to participate in the next stage;
  • At the third stage the Admission Committee composes the ranking of applicants based on the NUET and IELTS/TOEFL results. Priority is given to the applicants with the highest overall NUET score. If applicants have identical NUET results, the priority will be given to the applicants with the highest scores in “Mathematics”. If “Mathematics” results are equal, the priority will be given to applicants with the highest scores of the language test. If the overall score of the language test is equal, the priority will be given to applicants with the highest scores in sections in the following priority - writing, reading, speaking, listening. Based on the approved number of seats the Admission Committee recommends applicants for admission to the Center for Preparatory Studies of Nazarbayev University.
  • The applicants not included in the enrollment list under “Nazarbayev University '' state grant but meeting the admission requirements shall be put in a waiting list. In case of a vacant place in the list of applicants recommended for admission, applicants from the waiting list may be recommended by the Admission Committee for admission to study at the Center for Preparatory Studies. Applicants in the waiting list can also be offered an opportunity to participate in the competition for admission on a fee-paying basis.
  • Successful completion of the admission stages does not guarantee admission to the Center for Preparatory Studies of the University.

Description of the status assigned to the applicant at every competition stage

All registered applicants can check the status of their application in the Personal account. Description of the status below is presented in the order of assignment to the applicant in the Personal account.

Needs to take NUET. This status is given to the applicant before the exam to notify the applicant about  the test. Test invitations and its passing requirements are sent to the applicant’s email address.

Not allowed to take NUET. The applicant was excluded from the admission competition due to non-compliance or violations of the competition conditions before the exam. He/she terminates the participation in the enrollment competition.

Passed NUET. Successfully passed the Nazarbayev University Entrance Test  and received passing scores.

Failed NUET. The applicant failed to score a required  NUET passing mark. He/she terminates the participation in the enrollment competition.

Missed NUET. Didn't show up at NUET. He/she terminates the participation in the enrollment competition.

Meeting entry examinations minimum requirements. Applicant’s documents and his/her scores meet the minimum entry requirements of the competition. Applicants with this status will be included into the final ranking and are advised to wait for a notification from the University. If he/she has high scores in the exams, then there is a high probability that he/she will soon receive an admission offer. If the scores are low, it is advised to wait for the next  notification. If seats are vacated, admission offers can be sent.

Withdrawn. The applicant refused to participate in the admission competition at his/her own request. It can be put down at any time from the beginning of the competition.

Recommended for admission. Recommended for enrollment by the decision of the Admissions Committee and will  receive an admission offer with the conditions for enrollment.

Waiting list. Applicant is not included in the number of recipients of the invitation due to a low ranking. Nonetheless, there is a chance that offers may be sent if one of the previously recommended applicants refuses to enroll. In case there are no more vacant seats, the applicant will be rejected.

Accepted admission offer. Applicant accepted the admission offer within the specified period and submitted enrollment confirmation form and paid the guarantee fee. Further conditions for enrollment:

  1. Payment of the guarantee fee.
  2. Submission of the required documents.
  3. Signing the contract on educational services.
  4. Participation in the orientation week held by the Center for Preparatory Studies for newly arrived students.

Refused admission offer. Applicant filled out the form and indicated refusal from enrollment after receiving the admission offer or did not fulfill the conditions of enrollment

Refused in favor of UG. This status is available to the applicants applied both to NUFYP and undergraduate programs. This status is given to the applicant who rejected to study in the NUFYP in favor of the undergraduate program. It is given after the written refusal of the applicant to study at the NUFYP or if the applicant was on the waiting list and before receiving the letter of invitation to the NUFYP, confirmed his admission to the undergraduate program. In this latter case, the offer letter is not sent.

Rejected by Admissions Committee. Rejected by the Admissions Committee due to the absence of vacant places for enrollment and based on the completion of the selection.

Guarantee fee paid. The applicant paid the guarantee fee after receiving the admission offer.

Did not submit the documents/Refused. The applicant did not provide the documents within the specified period. This means that the applicant refuses to study at the University.

Did not come to Orientation week/Refused. Failed to show up for Orientation Week, which means the applicant refuses to study at the University.

Enrolled. Applicant officially enrolled to the University by the Provost's decision. This status is given after registration of the Provost’s decision.  This is a final status as an applicant before transition to a student status.

Disqualified. Disqualified due to violations of regulations and conditions in the exam or in the competition. For example, he/she cheated on an exam or provided deliberately false information.

Enrollment of the applicants to Nazarbayev University is implemented in the following sequence:

 

1) Recommendation for admission. Status of recommended applicants will be changed to “Recommended for admission”. In the “Admission results” section of Personal account applicants will see the Admission offer and other necessary documents. Instructions for documents submission to University will be sent to recommended applicants’ email addresses with deadlines and requirements;

2) Admission confirmation. Applicants recommended for admission by the Admission Committee shall pay the Guarantee Fee in the amount of 30 000 tenge and sign Enrollment Confirmation Form and Form of Consent on Guarantee Fee Payment in Personal account. The Guarantee Fee will be returned to the Applicant after he or she signs an agreement and starts the classes at NU;

3) Submission of documents and signing an agreement. The applicants shall submit required documents to NU departments within the dates indicated in the Notification letter. Therefore, please, make sure to read the Notification letter very carefully in order to meet the requirements and deadlines. All the hard and soft copies of documents should be submitted to the University within the deadlines. The applicants also sign an agreement with the Center for Preparatory studies;

4) Participation in an orientation week. Before the start of the classes, all applicants take part in an orientation week;

5) Enrollment. After fulfilling the above mentioned requirements, applicants are enrolled in the University. Enrollment of Applicants is legalized by the decision of the University Provost.

 

A package of documents for enrollment to the University to be submitted by the applicant to the Admissions Department will be indicated in the Instructions for documents submission.

If the original of the secondary school education diploma with transcript is not in Kazakh, Russian or English, it is required to provide a scanned version of a notarized translation of this document into English in addition.  Failure to provide the required documents in time will result in applicant’s disqualification from further participation in the competition.

University has the right to request additional documents from foreign citizens or stateless individuals.

IMPORTANT NOTE. All documents submitted to NU are not subject to return. An exception is an official original of the secondary school (аттестат с приложением), technical, vocational, or post-secondary diploma (диплом с приложением) with transcript , which is returned after completion of studies or withdrawal from the University.

 

Online application for a fee-paying basis: to be announced

Following applicants can participate in the selection process for the enrollment on a fee-paying basis:

  • those who took part in the selection process of the current year for state educational grants and were included in the waiting list without receiving a grant;
  • those who register on the admissions.nu.edu.kz portal and independently passed IELTS or TOEFL, SAT or ACT with results meeting the minimum admission requirements indicated below:

 

Test name

Score

Comments

Deadlines for passing test

1.1 SAT 

1140 

 

May 7, 2022

or

1.2 ACT 

24

 

June 11, 2022

AND

2.1 Academic IELTS

6.0 

5.0 in each section 

to be announced

or

2.2 TOEFL iBT  

60

writing - 16
reading - 6
speaking - 15
listening - 5

to be announced

* TOEFL iBT Home Edition and TOEFL PDT results are not considered in the competition

The tests should be sent to the University address via test administrator using the Nazarbayev University code (Institutional Code):

  • Nazarbayev University – for IELTS
  • 6762 – for TOEFL
  • 7915 – for SAT
  • 5521 – for ACT

 

Detailed Instruction on provision of IELTS/TOEFL certificates is available in applicants’ Personal account. 

All provided certificates must be valid by August 1, 2022 - the beginning of the respective academic year. The terms of expiration of test results are provided by the respective official websites of each test, except SAT certificates. Within this admission competition, the SAT certificate expiration period is 3 years.

Deadline for submission of IELTS/TOEFL and SAT/ACT results: to be announced 

Admission: July, 2022

Submission of hard copies of documents: upon request, July, 2022

Information about enrollment is available in the “Enrollment” section. 

 

A package of documents for enrollment on a fee-paying basis to the University to be submitted by the applicant to the Admissions Department will be indicated in the Instructions for documents submission.

If the original of the secondary school education diploma with transcript is not in Kazakh, Russian or English, additionally it is necessary to provide a scanned version of a notarized translation of this document into English. Failure to provide the required documents in time will result in applicant’s disqualification from further participation in the competition.

University has the right to request additional documents from foreign citizens or stateless individuals.

All documents submitted to NU are not subject to return. An exception is an official original of the secondary school (аттестат с приложением), technical, vocational, or post-secondary diploma (диплом с приложением) with transcript, which is returned after completion of studies or withdrawal from the University.

 

 

Main points

Detailed information

Nazarbayev University Entrance Test 

Helpful videos

Nazarbayev University holds an Open House Day every year for potential applicants in order to inform them about its programs, entry requirements, specifics of studying at NU and about the opportunities after studying. This year the event was held in a virtual format. The following link open.nu.edu.kz  provided to access the helpful videos from NU professors and staff prepared for the Open House Day.

Regulations

Link to the Admission Regulations to the Nazarbayev University Foundation Year Program.

Differences between Foundation and Undergraduate program 

For more information on the difference between Foundation and Undergraduate programs, follow the link.  

Services at NU

The Testing Center of the Center for Preparatory Studies offers language and preparatory courses at Nazarbayev University. For more information go the Center’s website

Conditions

To learn more about the conditions of provision of education services in Nazarbayev University, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find answers to frequently asked questions here.