Foundation

NUFYP (Nazarbayev University Foundation Year Program) – a one year intensive program at the Centre for Preparatory Studies of Nazarbayev University. The program provides intensive academic, scientific and 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
Statistics
Contacts

Applicants must go through the online application to sign up for the entry examinations to the Nazarbayev University Foundation Year Program.

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. Applicants need to select an undergraduate program in the list of appeared programs and then select the Foundation program. 

At the time of the registration Consent to personal data processing should be given according to the online form.

After completing the application, confirm the application and Consent to personal data processing 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 “My Application Forms” page and fill out the Foundation Application Form. Make sure you entered all the required information in the correct manner and after that press the “Upload” button.

Step 4. Submit the required documents

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

1. a scanned copy of proof of your studies at a final grade/course (according to the template with photo) or a certificate/diploma with transcripts if you have already completed a relevant level of study. Important: to take Aptis Remote an applicant must have a passport or a national identity card;

2. a scanned copy of national identity card or passport;

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

Step 5. Finish the application process

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

After submission applicants cannot change their applications and submitted documents.

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.

Provision of IELTS/TOEFL certificates

Applicants can provide IELTS/TOEFL certificate with an overall score of 6.0 (or equivalent in TOEFL), 5.0 in sections:

  1. To be exempted from taking the APTIS Remote test. Deadline – December 25, 2020;
  2. To improve English language results after passing the APTIS Remote test successfully – TBC.  

To provide IELTS/TOEFL certificates, applicants should fulfill the following requirements:

  • To send an official electronic report of valid IELTS/TOEFL certificate via the Test administrator directly to Nazarbayev University;
  • 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. 
  • Code for IELTS: Nazarbayev University
  • Code for TOEFL: 6762

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

All provided certificates must be valid by August 1, 2021 - the beginning of the respective academic year. 

Important. Issue and receipt of IELTS/TOEFL certificates in the electronic database of Nazarbayev University are not within the competence of the University. You should independently contact the Test center and make sure that your certificate has been sent. Please, take into account 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. 

If you have 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.

This instructional video is an example of completing the application form for the Foundation program. All 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;
  2. Students in the final year of technical, vocational, post-secondary and 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 applications;
  • Stage II (Entrance exam) – APTIS Remote;
  • Stage III (Entrance exam) – NUFYP Entrance Test;
  • Stage IV – consideration of Applicants’ files;
  • Stage V – Admission (April-July)*;
  • Stage VI – Documents submission (upon request, June-July)*.

* Applicants from the waiting list may receive an admission offer as vacant places become available until the start of the lessons. 

Applicants who failed to receive  minimum passing scores are not progressed to the next stages.

  1. APTIS Remote – online conducted test, which determines the English language level.
  • Assesses Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking skills. It also includes the grammar and vocabulary component with no minimum passing score.
  • Test content – written and speaking components. 
  • Duration of the test – about 3 hours. 
  • Minimum passing score 165 out of 200, and by sections:

Writing - 35 out of 50

Reading - 34 out of 50

Speaking - 36 out of 50

Listening - 30 out of 50

  • to take Aptis Remote an applicant must have a passport or a national identity card
  • Test result is available in a Personal account
  • Test format – Remote delivery via an online platform
  1. NUFYP Entrance Test – test that evaluates academic training for studying at the University.
  • NUFYP Entrance Test 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.
  • Test results are available in 4 weeks in a Personal account.

Additional information about entry examinations.

  • The number of tasks and duration of entry examinations are subject for change by Test administrators.
  • Information about access to entry examinations is placed in applicant’s Personal account.
  • Applicants are informed about examination date and venue or information on an online platform, 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. 
  • Test results are placed in a Personal account and sent to personal email. 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. 
  • There is no appeal procedure available.
  • Entry examinations for NUFYP applicants are free of charge.

Online application period: September 27, 2020 – November 30, 2020

EXAMINATIONS SCHEDULE

  • The new schedule for the 2021-2022 academic year will be uploaded soon.
  • Admission: April - July 2021
  • Submission of hard copies of documents: upon request, June - July 2021
  • The final deadline for the submission of IELTS/TOEFL certificates to skip the Aptis Remote test: December 25, 2020.
  • The final deadline for the submission of additional IELTS/TOEFL certificates to improve English language results: to be announced later
  • Dates of admission to study on a fee-paying basis are published in the “Enrollment on a fee-paying basis” section.
  • Based on the competition results and evaluation of applicants’ documents, the Admission Committee recommends successful applicants for admission to the Centre for Preparatory Studies of Nazarbayev University.
  • Successful completion of the stages does not guarantee admission to the Centre for Preparatory Studies of the 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 Centre 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.

Enrollment is implemented in the following sequence:

1) Recommendation for admission. The recommended applicants will receive an emailed Notification letter with the Admission offer, the Instructions on Documents Submission, and the attachments with indication of deadlines and terms;

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. 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 copies of documents should be submitted to the University in person within the deadlines. The applicants also sign an agreement with the Center for Preparatory studies; 

4) Participation in an orientation week. One 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:

  1. Filled out and signed Application form with a photograph;
  2. Notarized copy of identity document or passport. For applicants under the age of 16 - notarized copy of a birth certificate and a certificate with your photograph from educational institution (school);
  3. An original and notarized copy of a nationally recognized certificate stating completion of a secondary school, technical, vocational or post-secondary school or university or bachelor’s degree certificate or diploma of a specialist with transcript;
  4. Original signed Consent for personal data processing, printed form a Personal account;
  5. Original signed Enrollment Confirmation Form, printed form a Personal account. This form will be available in a Personal account after receiving Notification letter with the Admission offer;
  6. Original signed Form of Consent on Guarantee Fee Payment, printed form a Personal account. This form will be available in a Personal account after receiving Notification letter with the Admission offer.
  • Any documents submitted in foreign languages shall be translated into Kazakh or Russian and notarized. 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 original of a nationally recognized certificate stating completion of a secondary school, technical, vocational or post-secondary school or university or bachelor’s degree certificate or diploma of a specialist with transcript, which is returned after completion of studies or withdrawal from the University.

Online application for a fee-paying basis: March 1 - June 14, 2021 

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 Reasoning Test with essay   

1140 

essay is required with no minimum passing score. 

May 8, 2021

or

1.2 ACT with writing part

24

writing part is required with no minimum passing score

June 12, 2021 

AND

2.1 Academic IELTS

6.0 

5.0 in each section 

June 12, 2021 

or

2.2 TOEFL iBT  

60

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

June 12, 2021 

or

2.3 TOEFL PDT*  

550

reading - 50
listening - 50
writing - 2
speaking -  evaluated by the Admission Committee.

June 12, 2021 

* is accepted only from the applicants of the countries where neither IELTS nor TOEFL iBT is available

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, 2021 - the beginning of the academic year.  Tests taken later will not be accepted.

Deadline for submission of IELTS/TOEFL and SAT/ACT results: July 12, 2021

Admission: July, 2021
Submission of hard copies of documents: upon request, July, 2021

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:

  1. Filled out and signed Application form with a photograph;
  2. Notarized copy of identity document or passport. For applicants under the age of 16 - notarized copy of a birth certificate and a certificate with your photograph from educational institution (school);
  3. An original and notarized copy of a nationally recognized certificate stating completion of a secondary school, technical, vocational or post-secondary school or university or bachelor’s degree certificate or diploma of a specialist with transcript;
  4. Original signed Consent for personal data processing, printed form a Personal account;
  5. Original signed Enrollment Confirmation Form, printed form a Personal account. This form will be available in a Personal account after receiving Notification letter with the Admission offer;
  6. Original signed Form of Consent on Guarantee Fee Payment, printed form a Personal account. This form will be available in a Personal account after receiving Notification letter with the Admission offer.

Any documents submitted in foreign languages shall be translated into Kazakh or Russian and notarized. 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 original of a nationally recognized certificate stating completion of a secondary school, technical, vocational or post-secondary school or university or bachelor’s degree certificate or diploma of a specialist with transcript, which is returned after completion of studies or withdrawal from the University.

 

 

Main points

Detailed information

Aptis Remote

To learn more about the structure of the APTIS Remote test, click here

Aptis Remote Guide can be found here

NUFYP Entrance Test 

Helpful videos

The first virtual day of Nazarbayev University took place in September this year. On the website open.nu.edu.kz , you can find helpful videos from NU professors and staff. Videos are available until March 2021. 

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 Department of lifelong Learning offers language and preparatory courses at Nazarbayev University. For more information go the Department’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.

 

 

Admissions Department:

Phone number: +7 (7172) 642584
Email: info_admissions@nu.edu.kz
Address: 53 Kabanbai Batyr Ave., 010000, Nur-Sultan, Republic of Kazakhstan