Undergraduate

What is the admission process for the program?

To participate in the selection process for undergraduate admission an applicant has to register at the University website (admissions.nu.edu.kz), complete the application form, submit all the required documents and pay the application fee before an official deadline. Results of standardized tests shall be sent to the University directly by test administrators.

What are the entrance exams for undergraduate admission?

To participate in the selection process for undergraduate admission applicants according to their category shall provide the following certificates: IELTS/TOEFL, SAT Reasoning Test with Essay, SAT Subject Test (mathematics /physics or chemistry /biology). The detailed information on categories of applicants and minimum passing scores is available in section “Admissions” - “Undergraduate” of the University website nu.edu.kz. All exams/tests are taken by applicants at their own expense.

Is it required to take the Unified National Test (UNT) to apply to Nazarbayev University? What is the average score of a high school diploma?

UNT and the average score of a high school diploma is not considered during the admission process to Nazarbayev University.

What is the registration fee during the application process?

Registration fee to the undergraduate program is 5000 tenge for Kazakhstan citizens and free of charge for international applicants. Registration fee is paid online through internet transaction from the personal NU account of each applicant.

What is the difference between Early Admission and Regular Admission?

The main difference between the Early admission and Regular admission is that the applicant might receive an enrollment offer from Nazarbayev University earlier than during Regular admission. Please note that the chances of enrollment to Nazarbayev University in both periods are equal.

Is it mandatory to send electronic results of IELTS and SAT? How is this possible to do?

Yes, submission of electronic results is required for participation in the competition for undergraduate programs. To send electronic results of standardized tests 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 Nazarbayev University.

Is it possible to change the applicants’ category after the registration deadline?

Unfortunately, no. If applicant wishes to change applicants’ category, he needs to change it before the registration deadline.

If an applicant does not qualify for Early admission, can he participate in Regular Admission? Does he need to fill out the application form again?

Yes, applicant can participate in Regular admission and there is no need to fill out the application form again, as the applicant's application form automatically will be transferred to Regular Admission. Please note, that the application form will be reopened to make additional changes, so applicant will need to press the “SUBMIT APPLICATION” button again.

If applicant is not accepted by his first choice of the NU School, will he be considered for the second choice?

Yes, it is possible, but only according to the decision of Admission Committee. The priority is given to the applicant’s first choice of the NU School.

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

No, an applicant can pass any level, but you must score a minimum score for each subject.

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

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

What is Superscoring process?

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

Which test results apply to Superscoring process?

Superscoring applies to SAT Reasoning / SAT Subject results, but does not apply to IELTS / TOEFL results.

When an applicant chooses the NIS Grade 12 Certificate category, will be he considered only by subjects indicated in the Predicted grades?

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

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.

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

No, an applicant can choose only one category.

If an applicant is a final year student of NIS and applies through NIS Grade 12 Certificate category, then he will receive his final exam results only in June. Can he participate in Early Admission with his Predicated grades?

No, an applicant will not be able to participate in the competition for Early admission, since only applicants who have their final results that meet the minimum requirements can participate in the Early admission. In Regular admission, Admissions Committee awaits the results of the applicant and makes a decision only according to his final results of NIS Grade 12 Certificate.

If an applicant has applied for the Foundation program, can he also apply for the Undergraduate programs?

The applicant has the opportunity to apply for both programs and if he is recommended for admission for both programs, he will have a right to choose between them. However, please note that the Admissions Committee’s decision deadline for the two programs may vary.

How IELTS/TOEFL results imortant comparing to other exam results?

Priority will be given to SAT/ACT/NIS Certificate/IB Diploma scores

How are students who have identical (SAT/ACT and IELTS/TOEFL) scores assessed for admissions?

Academic and non academic credentials can be considered

What role does personal statement play?

The personal statement is crucial

Who checks personal statements, and what are the key points to write a successful motivation letter?

Admissions Committee members will screen the application packages, usually, the essay includes your motivation and reasons why are you applying

What is the ALEKS PPL Test?

ALEKS PPL Test is a test that determines knowledge in the field of mathematics. In connection with the cancellation of international standardized tests due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Admissions Committee of Nazarbayev University decided to accept the ALEKS PPL Test results as an alternative to the SAT Reasoning / SAT Subject / ACT tests within the competition for the 2020-2021 academic year. You can find detailed information about the test here: https://www.mheducation.com/highered/aleksppl.knowledge-assessment.html

Who should take the ALEKS PPL Test?

ALEKS PPL Test should be taken by applicants who do not have SAT Reasoning/SAT Subject/ ACT certificates or whose certificates do not meet the minimum entry requirements of the program.

Do applicants who apply through the NIS Grade 12 Certificate / IB Diploma Programme category have to take the ALEKS PPL Test?

No, there is no need to take the ALEKS PPL Test for applicants who applied through above mentioned categories.

If an applicant already has the SAT Reasoning /Subject results that meet minimum entry requirements, can he take the ALEKS PPL Test?

Yes, if an applicant has SAT Reasoning / Subject results that meet minimum entry requirements, he can optionally take the ALEKS PPL Test.

If an applicant applies for humanities specialties, is it compulsory to take the ALEKS PPL Test?

Yes, since for humanities specialties applicants have to take the SAT Reasoning / ACT Test.

If an applicant already has SAT Reasoning, but without part of the essay, does he need to pass the ALEKS PPL Test?

Yes, since an essay is compulsory and without an essay the SAT Reasoning certificate does not meet the minimum requirements of an undergraduate program.

What is the Duolingo English Test?

Duolingo English Test  is a test that determines the level of English proficiency. In connection with the cancellation of international standardized tests due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Admissions Committee of Nazarbayev University decided to accept the Duolingo English Test results as an alternative to the IELTS / TOEFL tests within the competition for the 2020-2021 academic year. You can find detailed information about the test here: https://testcenter.zendesk.com/hc/en-us

Who should take the Duolingo English Test?

Duolingo English Test should be taken by  applicants who do not have IELTS/TOEFL certificates or whose certificates do not meet the minimum entry requirements of the program.

If an applicant already has the IELTS /TOEFL results that meet minimum entry requirements, can he take the Duolingo English Test?

Yes, if an applicant has IELTS/TOEFL results that meet minimum entry requirements, he can optionally take the Duolingo English Test.

Do I need to pay for the ALEKS PPL Test and Duolingo English Test?

Yes, these tests are chargeable: the cost of the ALEKS PPL Test is $25 and the cost of the Duolingo English Test - $49.