BSc in Petroleum Engineering
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Petroleum engineering is the field of engineering that deals with the exploration, extraction, production, and management of oil and natural gas resources.

Petroleum engineers are responsible for
  • production of hydrocarbon resources from oil and gas reservoirs while ensuring environmental sustainability
  • designing optimal drilling, completion, production, and reservoir management methods to maximize efficiency and minimize environmental impact
  • developing oil and gas fields, improving production, and managing hydrocarbon resources
  • leading the design and management of new developments in the energy sector

BSc degree in Petroleum Engineering in Kazakhstan offers an exciting career in the oil and gas industry since Kazakhstan is among the largest oil-producing countries in the world. It opens opportunities in the high-demand market to work across the globe in technically challenging and financially rewarding jobs.
STEP 1. Create your personal account
Register on portal to create a Personal Account. Read the instructions about the application procedure given in your Personal account.

STEP 2. Complete your Application Form and attach required documents
Fill out the application form and attach the required documents:
  1. Scanned copy of a National ID card or passport;
  2. Scanned copy of secondary school or higher education institution certificate (attestat/diploma) with final academic performance or certificate from the school (spravka) according to the sample in the personal account;
  3. Motivation letter in English;
  4. Valid copies of certificates. The results of standardized tests must be sent directly to the University through test administrators.

STEP 3. Pay an application fee
The application fee is paid online via your personal account with a bank card.
The amount to pay is 5 000 tenge. Please be kindly informed that the application fee increases three times its established amount for applicants who pay the application fee within the last two weeks before the first officially approved deadline and/or during the extension period for application for participation in the admissions process for the Undergraduate programs (except Bachelor in Nursing (2-year) program of the School of Medicine). All application fees are non-refundable.

Step 4. Finish the registration process
Finish the registration process by pressing the “Submit application” button. After submission applicants can’t change their applications.

Step 5. Upload IELTS/TOEFL certificates
Upload IELTS/TOEFL certificates in your personal account in section "Upload IELTS/TOEFL" and fill up required information about the certificate.

Further steps
Check your e-mail for notifications from the NU Admissions Department and your personal account to learn about your application status.
If you experience any difficulties with the registration or online application, please contact Refer to your IIN and/or Applicant ID while sending us your requests.

Minimum entry requirements to undergraduate programs per categories:
Minimum entry requirements for SAT/ACT applicants category

IELTS – 6.5 overall (6.0 in each section) or TOEFL iBT** – 79 (reading – 13, listening – 12, speaking – 18, writing – 21)

SAT Reasoning Test* or ACT:
SAT Reasoning Test – 1240 or ACT – 26 composite score

Interview: At the request of the Admissions Committee

* The Nazarbayev University applies the Superscoring for SAT and ACT scores

**TOEFL iBT Home Edition is not considered
The program consists of basic courses such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering foundations, introduction to petroleum engineering, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics which are delivered within the first two years. Third and fourth years delve into in-depth understanding of different petroleum engineering disciplines such as reservoir engineering, reservoir simulation, production, drilling, etc. These topics enhance knowledge of students to solve problems in oil and gas production, field development strategies, drilling/production design, and economic analysis.

  • Advanced Technologies in Drilling
  • Heavy Oil Resources and Recovery
  • Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
  • Production Enhancement
  • Reservoir Management
  • Surface Facilities
  • Probability and Geostatistics
  • Engineering Economics
  • Introduction to Data Science and Machine Learning
  • Gas Engineering
Deadlines for online application:
  • NUET applicants, including international applicants - October 16 - December 7, 2023 (12:00 p.m. Astana time)
  • International applicants: October 16 - February 29, 2024 (12:00 p.m. Astana time)
  • Other categories: SAT/ACT applicants, IB Diploma holders, A-level/NIS Grade 12 Certificate holders, Winners of international and/or republican subject Olympiads - October 16 - March 27, 2024 (12:00 p.m. Astana time).
  • Provision IELTS/TOEFL results for NUET applicants - December 20, 2023 (23:59 Astana time)
  • Provision of IELTS/TOEFL results for international applicants - to be announced later
  • Provision of IELTS/TOEFL results for other categories - to be announced later
Test results are mandatory to sent to the University address through the test administrator, using the Nazarbayev University Institutional Code:
  • Nazarbayev University, Admissions Department (via IELTS TRF Verification Service) - for IELTS
  • 6762 - for TOEFL iBT
Sending notifications of admission: May-August
Acceptance of documents on hard copies: upon request of NU, end of June - beginning of August
Orientation week: August
Start of classes: August
Call or email us:
Admission manager (BSc programs):
6 block, 53 Kabanbay Batyr Ave
Astana city, Republic of Kazakhstan