Undergraduate

On applying to an undergraduate program

What undergraduate majors are offered by Nazarbayev University?

The list of majors is available through this link in the section “Programs”. Before starting the online application process to undergraduate programs, please familiarize yourself with the list of majors, offered by Nazarbayev University Schools since the entry requirements depend on the selected major.

What is the sequence of actions for applicants who wish to enter undergraduate programs directly?

To participate in the competition an applicant should complete the following:

  1. Register at admissions.nu.edu.kz and create a Personal account;
  2.  Pay the application fee (non-refundable). The application fee shall be paid only online in your Personal account at the “My application forms” section with a bank card authorized for online/internet transactions. The payment of the application fee by transferring money through the bank is not acceptable;
  3. Complete the application form and upload all required documents before the deadline. The list of documents is available here in the section “List of documents to be submitted by applicants”;
  4. It is very important to select the major and the School of Nazarbayev University as well as an applicant’s category since entry exams you will be taking depend on these factors;
  5. Registration and taking necessary exams (for instance, at testing centers of your city). Sending the electronic results of the exams is required for the participation in the competition for undergraduate programs. To send electronic results of standardized tests an applicant must contact the test administrators (IELTS - British Council/Interpress, TOEFL - ETS, SAT Reasoning / Subject - College Board) and request the sending of electronic results to the address of Nazarbayev University.
If an applicant is not accepted by his/her first choice of the Nazarbayev University School, will he/she be considered for the second choice?

The decision on considering the second choice of an applicant is taken by the Admissions Committee of the School. The priority is given to an applicant’s first choice of the School of Nazarbayev University.

Is it possible to change the School and major after enrollment?

Yes, it is possible, but only with the official permission of the Dean of the School, into which the applicant would like to transfer.

Who considers the application packages of undergraduate applicants?

Applicants entering the Nazarbayev University Schools are considered by the Admissions Committee of the respective School. The Admissions Committee consists of international faculty of the Nazarbayev University.

What is the application fee during the application process to undergraduate programs of Nazarbayev University?

The application fee to undergraduate programs is 5000 tenge. This amount is non-refundable. The application fee shall be paid only online in your Personal account. The payment of the application fee by transferring money through the bank is not acceptable.

What should I do if I face difficulties while paying the application fee?

Before proceeding to the payment of the application fee, please check the settings of your bank card, particularly its access to internet transactions and limits to online operations. If the problem is not solved, please contact info_admissions@nu.edu.kz with a full description of the problem you faced, referring to your IIN (for the citizens of the RK) and Applicant ID.

Applicant categories

What do categories mean and why are they important?

The category of an applicant is determined by the educational institution where he/she studies or graduated, or by his/her achievements which will be considered by the Admissions Committee. 

 

While applying to the undergraduate programs, Nazarbayev University considers the following categories:

  • Graduates or students of secondary schools, colleges, UK Foundation program and graduates of the A-level program;
  • Graduates and students of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (NIS Grade 12 Certificate);
  • Graduates and students of IB Diploma program;
  • Winners of international and/or republican olympiads;
  • Transfer students (students of other higher educational institutions).

Entry requirements for each category are different; therefore, it is important to select the category that suits you most. 

Is it possible to apply through two categories at the same time?

No, it is not. An applicant can choose only one category.

Is it possible to change an applicant’s category after the application deadline?

Unfortunately, no. If an applicant wishes to change the category, he/she needs to do so before the application deadline.

While choosing the NIS Grade 12 Certificate category, will the Admissions Committee consider only the subjects indicated by an applicant in the Predicted grades?

No, the Admissions Committee considers all final grades of the NIS Grade 12 Certificate subjects. However, an applicant should meet minimum entry requirements by having at least ABB scores in any three subjects.

Entry requirements

Is it required to take the Unified National Test (UNT) to apply to undergraduate programs of Nazarbayev University? Is the average score of a high school diploma taken into account?

UNT and the average score of a high school diploma are not considered during the admission process to Nazarbayev University. During the selection process, in addition to the application form, essay and other documents provided by an applicant, the Admissions Committee will consider the results of tests/certificates/interview, indicated here in the section “Entry requirements”.

What entrance exams should be taken to enter undergraduate programs?

Detailed information on applicants’ categories, required exams and minimum passing scores can be found here in the section “Entry requirements”. All exams/tests are taken by applicants independently at their own expense.

Is there a requirement to the level of MATHEMATICS / PHYSICS (Level 1/2 ) for SAT Subject?

No, there is no requirement to the level of these subjects. An applicant can pass any level, but must receive the minimum score in each subject.

Is it mandatory to take an essay part in SAT Reasoning and what is its minimum score?

Yes, an essay part in SAT Reasoning is mandatory, but there is no minimum score.

What is the Superscoring process?

Superscoring – consideration of the highest section scores from two or more test certificates in order to obtain the best overall score.

In which tests is the Superscoring process applied?

Superscoring is applied in relation to SAT Reasoning / SAT Subject results, but is not applied to IELTS / TOEFL, ACT results.

How important are IELTS/TOEFL results compared to other exam results?

Priority will be given to SAT/ACT/NIS Certificate/IB Diploma results in the selection process.

How are the applicants with identical (SAT/ACT and IELTS/TOEFL) scores considered in the selection process?

In that case, the Admissions Committee will consider other academic and non-academic credentials of the applicants.

What role does the personal statement play?

The personal statement is a mandatory part of the application package of an applicant and it plays a very important role. It should not be more than 500 words. More detailed information about the personal statement can be found in the section “List of documents to be submitted by applicants”.

Who reads of the personal statement and what key points should it include?

Personal statements are read by the Admissions Committee. It should include the justification of the choice of Nazarbayev University as well as the motivation of an applicant. More detailed information about the personal statement can be found in the section “List of documents to be submitted by applicants”. 

If an applicant has applied to the Foundation program, can he/she also apply to an undergraduate program?

An applicant has the opportunity to apply to both programs and if recommended for admission for both programs, he/she will have a right to choose one of them. However, please note that the dates when the results of the selection process in the two programs are released may vary.

How many grants are allocated for undergraduate programs?

617 state grants were allocated for undergraduate programs in 2020. The number of state grants is determined by the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which is published annually around May. Grants are distributed according to applicants’ ranking.     

If a student enrolled in an undergraduate program on the state grant later withdraws, does he/she need to reimburse any expenses?

In case of withdrawal, a student does not need to reimburse tuition expenses.

For NIS

Which category is a priority for the Admissions Committee? How are the grants allocated between categories?

The grants are not allocated by categories. The Admissions Committee considers all applicants equally, regardless of the chosen category. Priority is not given to any of the categories. For instance, high results on the NIS Grade 12 Certificate is evaluated the same as a high score on SAT according to the evaluation methodology of each School. 

Which subjects are given a priority while evaluating NIS Grade 12 Certificate and is it important for the subjects to be related to the chosen major?

The Admissions Committee considers and evaluates all subjects. The priority and relevance of the subjects are considered by the Admissions Committee depending on the chosen School. You can familiarize yourself with the statistics on the average score of enrolled applicants under the NIS Grade 12 Certificate here.

If an applicant has applied under the NIS Grade 12 Certificate category, but has also attached the results of SAT Reasoning/Subject, will these tests be considered?

In that case, SAT Reasoning/Subject results will be considered by the Admissions Committee as additional academic achievement. However, the priority will be given to an applicant’s NIS Grade 12 Certificate results. 

 

If an applicant under the NIS Grade 12 Certificate category has A B B in three subjects and C or below in other subjects, will he/she be considered as an eligible applicant who meets the minimum requirements?

Yes, he/she will be considered as an eligible applicant since the minimum requirement to take part in the competition is to have at least A B B in any three subjects.