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Nazarbayev University

Address: Ave. Kabanbay Batyr 53, Nur-Sultan 010000, Kazakhstan

Description Nazarbayev University

  • Founded: 2009
  • Location: Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Number of students: more than 1500
  • Rating in Kazakhstan: 14.

The university was created with the participation of the former president of Kazakhstan. Today it is an independent university, known worldwide for its high level of education: the teaching staff is rich in candidates and doctors of science, professors, and the choice of faculties and specialties is relevant for an applicant who keeps up with the times. Four main faculties (Schools) prepare students for undergraduate programs:

  1. School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  2. School of Science and Technology
  3. School of Engineering
  4. School of Mining and Earth Sciences.

Students learn the modern knowledge necessary to create a successful career in large companies: employers value Nazarbayev University diploma holders and often invite them to work immediately after graduation. Among them are many international corporations: Apple, Facebook, BMW, International Civil Aviation Association and so on.

The level of knowledge and skills meets high international standards, since all the curricula at the university were developed jointly with European and American universities, which are included in the TOP-30 universities in the world. Enrolling in this university, you will get the same knowledge that is available at the best universities in the USA, Great Britain and other countries, and you can save a lot: at Nazarbayev University the cost of education is much lower, additional services are also more affordable.

There are opened programs on oil and gas business, applied geology, aerospace and environmental engineering and other popular courses.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Nazarbayev University

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  • Age: 17+ years old
  • Dates: September-June
  • Duration: 4-5 years
  • Cost: from $ 4,500 per year.

The cost of undergraduate courses is much more affordable than a similar education in the United States or in European universities. For capable students, grants are possible with partial or full compensation of tuition costs.


  • Age: 21+ year
  • Dates: September-June
  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Cost: from $ 4,500 per year.

Among the master's programs, the most popular is the Higher School of Business, its cost is about $ 20,000 a year. The school provides almost unlimited potential for a further career in major international companies.

Accommodation, housing and food

Accommodation for foreign and nonresident students is possible in a hostel located on the university campus - modern rooms provide everything you need for study and relaxation. Meals are possible at low prices in the cafe of the university.

Equipment Nazarbayev University

Nazarbayev University has high-tech equipment in classrooms, a number of laboratories and research centers, a library is available. Much attention is paid to sports: on the campus there is a sports center with playgrounds, a gym and a number of sections.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

Most faculties and specialties have two semesters: spring and autumn - each for 16 weeks, several specialties conduct education with an additional summer semester. Additional costs range from $ 300 to $ 737 per month: accommodation, meals, transportation and mobile communications.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Education at the university is carried out in English: in addition to passing computer tests, you must confirm your English skills - provide TOEFL / IELTS certificates. The selection is carried out seriously, often a personal interview is required - priority is given to creative people with modern thinking.

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Nazarbayev University reviews

Hello, do you have face-to-face training?
Good day, it is better to find out this information from the admissions office of the university.
University advantages: NU gives you the opportunity to learn several foreign languages, participate in scientific projects, develop independent thinking; the university has academic honesty; There are good teachers with international experience, the opportunity to continue studying abroad. Cons of the university: I want to note the administration’s indifferent attitude in the person of the vice dean for the academic part of the SSH school of Philip Enns to the problems of students, namely, the inability to register the necessary courses, which makes it difficult to finish the university on time, and also want to cancel his unwillingness to protect students when teachers violate their rights. I want to note that many foreign teachers openly criticize the Government of Kazakhstan and consider it ineffective. Here you can also hear unfounded accusations (without providing any facts) against Russia during lectures on political science. The faculty of political science does not help the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan to solve problems, but only criticizes and sets students against it. Not all teachers are professionals in their field. I had to hire private teachers from our ordinary universities to understand physics and chemistry, and they did their job much better than our foreign professors at NU. Paying $ 60,000 a year to professors who read text from slides and don't really teach anything - wasting government money! I want to add about the Faculty of Engineering. Research-oriented graduates of the NU Engineering School have to look for work in Kazakhstan for a long time because they are not given the practical skills needed to work in local companies. For example, electrical engineers are not familiar with building standards; many have to be trained from scratch.
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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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