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Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

School of Mining & Geosciences

Events

Orientation Week 2020

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Dear Student!

 

Welcome to Nazarbayev University and the School of Mining and Geosciences that we call SMG.  Some of you we welcome back to NU to start a new graduate program in Mining Engineering or Petroleum Engineering.  Some are familiar with the university already, but through NUZYP or Foundation Year studies.  Still, many of you have yet to set foot on our campus here in Nur-Sultan, except perhaps as a visitor.  To all, from the SMG family, we welcome you as we embark on this journey together.  We are a young school – only 3 years old, at a young university.  NU is celebrating its 10th year of existence.  We are already starting to make a difference in the industries vital to the success of the great Republic of Kazakhstan.  You see, Mining is a trillion dollar industry in Kazakhstan.  That is the size of Apple and Microsoft, two of the biggest companies in the world.  According to 2019 data reported by Trading Economics, petroleum products accounted for 67% of exports for Kazakhstan. Thus, these two industries are key to the economic prosperity of this country, and Geology and the geosciences are central to their successful operation. You have made a great decision to study here at SMG.  You are going to be the ones to make a difference right here in Kazakhstan and around the world.

 

We are a growing school with a commitment to attract internationally renowned faculty who are dedicated to students and maintain industry recognized research programs of excellence. On the academic front, we partner with Colorado School of Mines in the United States to deliver a truly world-class education. We have modern, state-of-the-art laboratories both for teaching and research. 

 

Again, we welcome you to SMG.  We will try our best to support you and your educational quest during these unusual circumstances and look forward to the day when we can all unite on the NU campus to take full advantage of all that the NU-SMG experience can offer on your all-important academic career with us.  This is the place for you – the place where you can push your boundaries and prepare for your future. 

 Acting Dean of SMG, Randy Hazlett. 

 

IMPORTANT! Your Orientation starts on August 10th, 2020. Participation is required for all students. Failure to attend the Orientation will lead to cancellation of the admission offer.

Please check the Orientation web page for useful information. Also please find attached Orientation Schedule to this email. For further information regarding Orientation Schedule, please contact School Office Representatives, Altynay Kazhkenova (altynay.kazhkenova@nu.edu.kz) and Daniyar Malgazhdar (daniyar.malgazhdar@nu.edu.kz), or please join Telegram Group, where you can ask for any help regarding academic procedures of the University.

 

GET PREPARED

Info on how they will receive NU email, password, login, 

For some of the sessions you will need Zoom – please download and install it.

Bachelor
Master's & PhD
NUFYP
NUZYP

SCHEDULEPRE-ORIENTATION MATERIALSUSEFUL LINKS AND CONTACTSDATESBANK CARD & BILLINGCOURSE REGISTRATION AND ACADEMIC PROCEDURESIT RESOURCESINTERNATIONAL STUDENTSPARENTS
Undergraduate Orientation Schedule

August 10, 2020 

10:00 am - Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Dr. Loretta O'Donnell: Introduction to NU Academic Integrity

Zoom link:

 

11:00 am - Office of the Registrar (OR): Introduction to NU Academic Policies and procedures

Zoom link:

 

12:00 pm - Department of Student Affairs (DSA): Introduction to students non-academic life and extracurricular activities

Zoom link:

 

2:00 pm - School of Mining and Geosciences (SMG) General Session

Zoom link:

 

3:30 pm - Optional session Academic Advising Unit (AAU): Q&A session on transfer procedures between schools and majors

Zoom link:

 

5:00 pm - Strategic Planning Department: Introduction to Strategic goals of NU

Zoom link:

 

August 11, 2020

10:00 am - Academic Advising Unit (AAU): Q&A session for School of Mining and Geosciences (SMG) students

Zoom link:

 

3:30 pm - Mock Registration for SMG: Live demonstration of registration process by peer-advisors

Zoom link:

 

August 12, 2020

10:00 am - FALL 2020 semester 1st priority registration

Zoom link:

 

1:00 pm - Psychological Counceling Centre (PCC): Information on PCC, its services and how to adapt to a new environment

Zoom link:

 

August 13, 2020

10:00 am - Bursar's Office: Information on stipends and bank cards

Zoom link:

 

11:00 am - Group 1: General Library Session: overview of policies, services, collections and programs of Library

Zoom link:

 

12:00 pm - FALL 2020 semester 2nd priority regsitration

Zoom link:

 

2:00 pm - Career and Advising Centre (CAC): Information bout CAC, its services and CareerNet platrform

Zoom link:

 

4:00 pm - Group 2: General Library Session: overview of policies, services, collections and programs of Library

Zoom link:

 

August 14, 2020

9:00 am - FALL 2020 semester 3rd priority registration

Zoom link:

Dear Students,

Please check the links below to get fully prepared for Orientation, write down your questions and ask them at live sessions.

 

Academic Advising Unit (AAU)

Academic Advising Unit (AAU) works with the first year undergraduate students. AAU provides assistance  in course selection and course registration, supports students with academic difficulties, provides personalized advising which considers the special needs of each student and makes referrals to relevant offices, when necessary. 

The role of an academic advisor is to guide, provide students with necessary information and monitor the process of their academic progression. Academic advisors also help students in explaining the academic policies and procedures of NU and the degree requirements, they evaluate student progress and provide information about available resources on campus. Students have the opportunity to receive individual consultation and attend group sessions with their academic advisors during the academic year.

 

Department of Student Affairs

NU Student Portal

 

NU Library

NU Library provides a wide range of resources and services that will enable you to be effective and successful in your research and learning.

We have put together the basics you need to know on the Library Orientation webpage:

  • access rich collection of electronic and print resources;
  • ask a librarian online anytime, anywhere;
  • develop research and study skills;
  • find your subject librarian.

 

Psychological Counseling Center (PCC)

Office of the Registrar

Career and Advising Center

 

Kazakh language placement test (Bachelor only)

Students who graduated from Russian or English language schools need to take the placement exam. Test requires 1hour 20 min and will be open from 9.00 to 23.59 on Monday, August 10th.

Instructions on KLPT (link to download)

Check Moodle instructions prior KLPT

 

Writing Center

Web site

Intro Video

Peer to peer experience : Meet your peer advisers

Web sites of departments:

Academic Advising Unit (AAU)

Department of Student Affairs

NU Library

Psychological Counseling Center (PCC)

Office of the Registrar

Career and Advising Center

Writing Center

 

If you have questions, please refer to the contact list below:

Department/School Person’s Name Focus area Email Phone numbers
Library Joseph Yap Library Orientation joseph.yap@nu.edu.kz +7 (717)2 69 49 74
SMG Altynay Kazhkenova Academic affairs altynay.kazhkenova@nu.edu.kz
+7 (717)2 69 46 28
Daniyar Malgazhdar Academic affairs daniyar.malgazhdar@nu.edu.kz +7 (717)2 69 45 34
Admissions Department Kuanysh Mussagozhina Foundation and Undergraduate admissions kuanysh.mussagozhina@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 59 76
Bursar’s Office Aisulu Tuktubayeva Student bank account and cards, stipend, payment atuktubayeva@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 91 99
Department of Student Affairs Aibek Zhassenov Student affairs aibek.zhassenov@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 60 56
Kalamkas Sagadiyeva Student affairs kalamkas.sagadiyeva@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 69 27 38
Kasymkhan Nurmukhamedov Student affairs kasymkhan.nurmukhamedov@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 65 75
Career and Advising Center Araylim Serikova Career and advising, student employment arailym.serikova@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 65 38
Academic Advising Unit Almira Zholamanova Academic advising azholamanova@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 66 38
Nargiza Aitpayeva Academic advising nargiza.aitpayeva@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 66 36
Beknur Karagul Academic advising beknur.karagul@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 69 45 67
Aina Nurtanova Academic advising aina.nurtanova@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 60 37
Department of International Cooperation Maulen Yegaziyev Visa related matters, migration maulen.yergaziyev@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 69 27 01
Sandra Real Avila International students sandra.real@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 64 11
Office of the Registrar Olzhas Tuyakbayev Registration and Scheduling olzhas.tuyakbayev@nu.edu.kz +7 717 2 70 60 67
Karlygash Karamanova Student Support karlygash.karamanova@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 91 55
Health and Safety Department
Psychological Counceling Center Yerden Nurtayev yerden.nurtayev@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 57 35
Temirlan Yechshanov temirlan.yechshanov@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 92 88

Don’t miss these dates!

August 4 – welcome address of the leadership of the University

August 10 – beginning of Orientation

August 12 – Registration for courses

August 12 – Kazakh language placement test

August 17 – start of classes

TBD – Drop deadline

TBD – Add deadline

Bank card and Student ID card

Your bank card and Student ID card is incorporated for your convenience. You will receive SMS from the Jysan bank that your card is ready. Please remember you will pick up your card at Jysan bank branch in your hometown (at the address you indicated in your application). Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact by e-mailing us at bursars_office@nu.edu.kz.

Financial Assistance

Nazarbayev University provides financial assistance options available for our students. The stipends are awarded to NU students based on their academic performance in accordance with the criteria set by Regulations on stipend support provision to students of autonomous organization of education “Nazarbayev University”.
The purpose of stipend support provision to students is to stimulate research, teaching and learning activities of conscientious students of the University, to provide social (financial) support to students, as well as partial covering their expenses during their study.

The “Nazarbayev University” Stipend

The “Nazarbayev University” Stipend is awarded to students who studying under the ‘Nazarbayev University’ educational grant. During the first semester of study the “Nazarbayev University” Stipend is awarded to bachelor students unconditionally and is paid on a monthly basis. In the following semesters, the “Nazarbayev University” Stipend is awarded to bachelor students by the results of the examination session in accordance with criteria set in the Regulations.

Students studying under NUFYP and NUZYP programs receive the “Nazarbayev University” Stipend (paid on a monthly basis) for the entire program of study.

«Abay Kunanbayev» and «Ybyray Altynsarin» stipends

«Abay Kunanbayev» and «Ybyray Altynsarin» stipends were established by the University and funded by the University and/or its organizations. “Abay Kunanbayev’” stipend awarded to international students enrolled to the University. These stipends paid under the criteria set in the Regulations on stipend support provision.

The amount of the Nazarbayev University Stipend is determined by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The size of the Nazarbayev University stipend is standard for «Abay Kunanbayev» and «Ybyray Altynsarin» stipends.

 

Criteria for Awarding and Payment the Nazarbayev University Stipend, «Abay Kunanbayev» and «Ybyray Altynsarin» stipends

Category of students School Criteria Type of stipend
Bachelor students  

School of Mining and Geosciences,

 

GPA 2,33 – 3,66 Stipend for bachelor students – 26 186 tenge

 

For the most up to date information on stipend opportunities, please refer to Bursar’s office: work phones: +7 (7172) 70 66 20, 70 60 32, 70 91 99, 70 60 86, 70 90 27, office 5034 Block C2, еmail: bursars_office@nu.edu.kz

This webpage contains brief information and links to IT services for students.

We hope this information will be helpful to you!

Pay special attention to Moodle, the entire learning process is closely related to Moodle. In the Moodle environment you will receive assignments and take homework, receive grades.

This is one of the required resources that you must use for study.

Moodle Instructions(link)

Check your personal mailbox periodically, there will be instructions on how to access your student mail account in the form name.surname@nu.edu.kz and your user credentials to other IT resources. From the moment you have access to your mail account, use it to contact the University services.

The first thing you need to know where to go if you have problems is helpdesk.

If you have any questions, you can contact the IT Help Desk via: +7 (7172) 70-62-00, helpdesk@nu.edu.kz

Here are links to IT tools and core IT resources.

Zoom (link)

https://moodle.nu.edu.kz

https://registrar.nu.edu.kz

https://library.nu.edu.kz

https://my.nu.edu.kz

 

Tips for secure online learning

  1. Have an antivirus with real time monitoring capability installed on all your devices that have Internet access. Perform regular full scans; scan every downloaded file.
  2. On computers work under a user account, not an admin. Use admin role only when it is needed, such as software installation/removal.
  3. Do not browse through web sites with adult/untrustworthy content since they can contain malware. Avoid addresses that start with http://, instead look for https:// (secure ones)
  4. Do not download/install counterfeit software, it can have malware inside that not every antiviral package can detect.
  5. Do install patches and update all your software including Operating System, this will reduce vulnerabilities.
  6. Do guard your personal information. Do not share your passwords with anyone.

Tips to fight Phishing Email Threats: *

  • Avoid strangers, check name and email address
  • Don’t rush, be suspicious of emails marked “urgent”
  • Notice mistakes in spelling and grammar
  • Beware of generic greetings, “dear sir/ma’am”
  • Don’t be lured by incredible “deals”
  • Hover over the link before you click to ensure it has a secure URL (https://)
  • Never give out personal or financial information based on an email request
  • Don’t trust links or attachments in unsolicited emails

*Taken from https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/security/email-security/phishing-program-infographic.pdf

Live Zoom session for International students: August 7

Time: 5-6 pm (Kazakhstan time)

Participants: DIC, Cultural Center “Rukhani Zhangyry”, DSA, senior international students and new international students.

Description: This session will be focused on providing to international students an introduction to Kazakhstan by sharing basic information about the country, traditions, cuisine, cultural values,etiquette norms, games, etc. Additionally, there will be a small part of the session dedicated to international students´ engagement and contributions to NU life with the participation of 2-3 senior international students or alumni who will share briefly their experiences living in Kazakhstan and studying at NU. This live session pretends to achieve an early engagement of the new students before arrival to Kazakhstan through cultural exchange and mentorship involvement.

In case it is conflicting with other sessions, please let us know and we can move our session for August 8 instead (at the same hour).

 

Welcome to Kazakhstan

ARRIVING IN A NEW COUNTRY can result in both practical and personal issues. Especially arriving in a non-common destination for study purposes such as Kazakhstan. But you do not have to worry!

Once you have arrived, your perspective will totally change! You will learn to love this multinational country home of more than 130 nationalities, you will fall in love with the people and the hospitality, make life-lasting friendships, explore the beautiful landscapes, and learn about the rich history and millennial traditions of Kazakhstan!

Before taking your flight to Kazakhstan, make sure to invest part of your free time to watch any of these films and videos to start getting acquainted with Kazakh traditions, landscapes of the country, and culture, plus what to expect in Nur Sultan city.

In 1729 Kazakhstan, a ferocious Mongol tribe sweeps across the Steppes. A young man named Sartai assembles a detachment of young warriors and leads them into battle to free his country from decades of terror.

 

Director: Akan Satayev.

Cast: Ayan Utepbergenov, Assylkhan Tolepov.

Genre: Action, adventure, drama.

 

Link (with English subtitles): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJlYHdsteDA

Diamond Sword is a large-scale historical drama of first Kazakh Khans, which BBC called “Kazakh Game of Thrones”. The action takes place in the XV century, and the plot demonstrates the key events in formation of Kazakh statehood under the leadership of Khans Zhanibek and Kerey.

 

Director: Rustem Abdrashev.

Cast: Kayrat Kemalo, Doskhan Zholzhaksynov.

Genre: Action, adventure, drama.

 

Link (with English subtitles): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxYovFils-g

If you watched the French film “Paris, I love you”, the American “New York, I love you”, the Russian “Moscow, I love you!” Then, imagine what this picture will be about. Ten beautiful stories – vital, magical, incredible, amazing, that occur with different residents of Astana (nowadays Nur Sultan city).

 

Director: Egor Konchalovskiy.

Cast: Sergey Nikonenko, Natalya Hodus, Bibigul Syunshalina.

Genre: Romance, drama.

 

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-ft3ai32yY

 

Do you want to see the beautiful landscapes of Kazakhstan and what is like to live in Nur Sultan city? Make sure to check out these videos!

The landscapes of Kazakhstan Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_DFSppBKFM
An expat perspective in Nur Sultan city Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZjNKSO9yak

 

International student community at Nazarbayev University welcomes new members of the community!

Here at NU, we celebrate our diverse student and staff communities. Currently, our international student group has representatives from 20 different countries:

USA Russia Uzbekistan India
Mexico Nigeria Kyrgyzstan Bangladesh
United Kingdom Ghana Tajikistan Mongolia
The Netherlands Turkey Turkmenistan China
Italy Iran Pakistan South Korea

In ten years of history, we have had 22 graduating students. Among our graduates, we have citizens of Russia, China, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Nepal, Bulgaria, Mexico, The Gambia, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, and South Korea who have contributed in straightening the cultural ties between Kazakhstan and their countries. You will also become a cultural ambassador and help us in inviting more students to join us. Allow us to welcome you to the NU family!

We are looking forward to assisting you and support you with academic and non-academic activities, providing with facilities for a comfortable study and living experience, giving you peer assistance of local and senior international students plus mentorship by staff members, and making your adaptation process to Kazakhstan and Nur-Sultan city go smoothly.

We wish you a pleasant stay, have fun, learn a lot, meet amazing people, and enjoy your experience with us!

 

Experience Nazarbayev University international student contributions from home

 

Association of International Students: https://www.instagram.com/nu_aofis/

Here you can get acquainted with some of the activities we organize in terms of international students´ recreation, joint projects with other student clubs on campus, and language learning opportunities. All international student members are free to propose and organize any cultural or social activity, apply for funding for events, and begin new projects with impact for the NU community using our Association as a platform, a student group made of volunteers interested in promoting friendship and cultural exchange.

 

Would you like to find more inspiration in what our international students enjoy about NU the most in terms of facilities, academic experience, and engagement on campus activities? Check out these videos!

Stories of NU fresh students from all over the world Welcome words of international students from Italy, UK, Russia, and Mexico.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp89A9_6Z_A&list=PL1EpAtH6eZQheR_vBEUcrDlnGSH1ClBFr

Yuan Gao´s graduation speech International student alumni (China), MA in Eurasian Studies, class of 2016.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFCFMIBqhSM

 

You should speak Qazaqsha International students from Japan, Bangladesh, Mexico, and USA enjoying the experience of learning Kazakh during the Summer School of Russian and Eurasian Studies (June 2019):

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlh317EOVnM

 

Why study at NU? Testimony of international students from Turkey and Mexico:

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhcRFfRP8gg&feature=emb_title

 

Support services for international students

 

Psychological Counseling Center (PCC)

PCC offers psychological assistance in the form of individual consultations for the entire NU community. Please get familiar with the services our PCC offers to help you on your wellbeing and adaptation to a new country at all times.

Health and Safety Department

Health form and medical insurance

You will learn how to correctly fill the health form plus receive information about the health insurance coverage plus additional health details you should know before coming to Kazakhstan.

 

Department of International Cooperation

Do you need to get a visa or not to study in Kazakhstan?

Make sure to check if you need to get a student visa to enter Kazakhstan or not before starting with any migration procedure. Know about your rights with migration as an international student depending on your country of origin. Students with permanent residence in Kazakhstan should also pay attention to the indications we give on this video.

How to get a visa, registration with the authorities and migration issues in Kazakhstan

It is mandatory for everyone to see this content, even if you don´t need a visa to come to Kazakhstan. Before arrival to Kazakhstan, everyone should learn the process of registration with migration authorities, the Embassies where you are eligible to apply for a visa, learn the rules you should comply while being holder of a student visa in Kazakhstan, plus how to renew your visa before the expiration date.

 

Bursar´s Office

How to open a bank account?

Here we provide information on how to open a bank account, when you will be able to receive your stipend, and tips about the average amount you need to take with you for settling in Kazakhstan during the first month.

 

Useful contacts in Nazarbayev University for international students

Use this chart as a referral guide to the many student services on campus and contact information of staff members that will assist you:

Name and position Department and division Lines of work email
Sandra Real

 

Manager

Department of International Cooperation

International/USM

 

 

Support international students in settling at Nur Sultan city

Advising in academic issues

Integration into the NU community (wellbeing and extracurricular activities)

Head coordinator of voluntary foreign language courses for the NU community

Peer support of senior international students to new students

sandra.real@nu.edu.kz

 

Maulen Yergaziyev

 

Manager

 

Department of International Cooperation

 

 

Visa specialist, IIN assistance (for opening a bank account)

Support international students in settling in Nur Sultan city

maulen.yergaziyev@nu.edu.kz
Aibek Zhassenov

 

Senior Manager

 

Department of Student Affairs  

International student support (non-academic issues)

Foundation and Undergraduate students advisor

aibek.zhassenov@nu.edu.kz
Balzhan Yersakhanova

 

Senior Manager

Department of Student Affairs Student events

Leadership skills

Student Government

Student clubs (creation and advising)

Graduate international students (non-academic issues)

Buddy program for international students

balzhan.yersakhanova@nu.edu.kz
 

Yuliya Palkina

 

Specialist

 

Department of Student Affairs Dormitory specialist yuliya.palkina@nu.edu.kz
Gulnaz Kalambayeva

 

Senior Manager

Cultural center “Rukhany Zhangyru Promotion of Kazakh culture

Organization of Kazakh culture events on campus

Kazakh culture days for international students

 

gulnaz.kalambayeva@nu.edu.kz
Yerden Nurtayev

 

Senior Psychologist

Psychological Counseling Center English language psychologist

 

Stress-relief activities

yerden.nurtayev@nu.edu.kz
Araylim Serikova

 

Specialist

Career and Advising Center Work on Campus program

CAC events, mock interviews, internships

 

arailym.serikova@nu.edu.kz
Aisulu Tuktubayeva

 

Senior Manager

Bursar´s Office Stipend, application form to open a bank account atuktubayeva@nu.edu.kz

Useful documents

NU international student guidelines: link

Everything you need to know about expenses for life in Nur Sultan, accommodation, and facilities at NU: link

SCHEDULEPRE-ORIENTATION MATERIALSUSEFUL LINKS AND CONTACTSDATESBANK CARD & BILLINGCOURSE REGISTRATION AND ACADEMIC PROCEDURESIT RESOURCESINTERNATIONAL STUDENTSPARENTS
Graduate Orientation Schedule August 10, 2020  11:00 am - Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Dr. Loretta O'Donnell: Introduction to NU Academic Integrity Zoom link:   1:30 pm - Strategic Planning Department: Introduction to Strategic goals of NU Zoom link:   3:30 pm - Office of the Registrar (OR): Introduction to NU academic policies and procedures Zoom link:   August 11, 2020 10:00 am - School of Mining and Geosciences (SMG): General session Zoom link:   12:30 pm - Department of Student Affairs (DSA): Introduction to students' non-academic life and extracurricular activities Zoom link:   2:00 pm - Psychological Councelling Centre (PCC): Information on PCC, its services and how to adapt to new environment Zoom link:   3:00 pm - Office of the Registrar (OR): Introduction to course registration on myRegistrar Zoom link:   August 12, 2020 12:30 pm - Bursar's Office: Information on stipends and bank cards Zoom link:   1:30 pm -Career and Advising Centre (CAC): Information bout CAC, its services and CareerNet platrform Zoom link:   2:00 pm - FALL 2020 semester 1st priority registration Zoom link:   August 13, 2020 2:00 pm - FALL 2020 semester 1st priority registration Zoom link:   August 14, 2020 10:00 am - General Library session: Overview of policies, services, collections and programs of Library Zoom link:   2:00 pm - FALL 2020 semester 1st priority registration Zoom link:
Dear Students, Please check the links below to get fully prepared for Orientation, write down your questions and ask them at live sessions.   Academic Advising Unit (AAU) Academic Advising Unit (AAU) works with the first year undergraduate students. AAU provides assistance  in course selection and course registration, supports students with academic difficulties, provides personalized advising which considers the special needs of each student and makes referrals to relevant offices, when necessary.  The role of an academic advisor is to guide, provide students with necessary information and monitor the process of their academic progression. Academic advisors also help students in explaining the academic policies and procedures of NU and the degree requirements, they evaluate student progress and provide information about available resources on campus. Students have the opportunity to receive individual consultation and attend group sessions with their academic advisors during the academic year.   Department of Student Affairs NU Student Portal   NU Library NU Library provides a wide range of resources and services that will enable you to be effective and successful in your research and learning. We have put together the basics you need to know on the Library Orientation webpage:
  • access rich collection of electronic and print resources;
  • ask a librarian online anytime, anywhere;
  • develop research and study skills;
  • find your subject librarian.
  Psychological Counseling Center (PCC) Office of the Registrar Career and Advising Center   Kazakh language placement test (Bachelor only) Students who graduated from Russian or English language schools need to take the placement exam. Test requires 1hour 20 min and will be open from 9.00 to 23.59 on Monday, August 10th. Instructions on KLPT (link to download) Check Moodle instructions prior KLPT   Writing Center Web site Intro Video Peer to peer experience : Meet your peer advisers
Web sites of departments: Academic Advising Unit (AAU) Department of Student Affairs NU Library Psychological Counseling Center (PCC) Office of the Registrar Career and Advising Center Writing Center   If you have questions, please refer to the contact list below:
Department/School Person’s Name Focus area Email Phone numbers
Library Joseph Yap Library Orientation joseph.yap@nu.edu.kz +7 (717)2 69 49 74
SMG Altynay Kazhkenova Academic affairs altynay.kazhkenova@nu.edu.kz +7 (717)2 69 46 28
Daniyar Malgazhdar Academic affairs daniyar.malgazhdar@nu.edu.kz +7 (717)2 69 45 34
Admissions Department Kuanysh Mussagozhina Foundation and Undergraduate admissions kuanysh.mussagozhina@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 59 76
Bursar’s Office Aisulu Tuktubayeva Student bank account and cards, stipend, payment atuktubayeva@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 91 99
Department of Student Affairs Aibek Zhassenov Student affairs aibek.zhassenov@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 60 56
Kalamkas Sagadiyeva Student affairs kalamkas.sagadiyeva@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 69 27 38
Kasymkhan Nurmukhamedov Student affairs kasymkhan.nurmukhamedov@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 65 75
Career and Advising Center Araylim Serikova Career and advising, student employment arailym.serikova@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 65 38
Academic Advising Unit Almira Zholamanova Academic advising azholamanova@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 66 38
Nargiza Aitpayeva Academic advising nargiza.aitpayeva@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 66 36
Beknur Karagul Academic advising beknur.karagul@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 69 45 67
Aina Nurtanova Academic advising aina.nurtanova@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 60 37
Department of International Cooperation Maulen Yegaziyev Visa related matters, migration maulen.yergaziyev@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 69 27 01
Sandra Real Avila International students sandra.real@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 64 11
Office of the Registrar Olzhas Tuyakbayev Registration and Scheduling olzhas.tuyakbayev@nu.edu.kz +7 717 2 70 60 67
Karlygash Karamanova Student Support karlygash.karamanova@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 91 55
Health and Safety Department
Psychological Counceling Center Yerden Nurtayev yerden.nurtayev@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 57 35
Temirlan Yechshanov temirlan.yechshanov@nu.edu.kz +7 (717) 2 70 92 88
Don’t miss these dates! August 4 – welcome address of the leadership of the University August 10 – beginning of Orientation August 12 – Registration for courses August 12 – Kazakh language placement test August 17 – start of classes TBD – Drop deadline TBD – Add deadline
Bank card and Student ID card Your bank card and Student ID card is incorporated for your convenience. You will receive SMS from the Jysan bank that your card is ready. Please remember you will pick up your card at Jysan bank branch in your hometown (at the address you indicated in your application). Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact by e-mailing us at bursars_office@nu.edu.kz. Financial Assistance Nazarbayev University provides financial assistance options available for our students. The stipends are awarded to NU students based on their academic performance in accordance with the criteria set by Regulations on stipend support provision to students of autonomous organization of education “Nazarbayev University”. The purpose of stipend support provision to students is to stimulate research, teaching and learning activities of conscientious students of the University, to provide social (financial) support to students, as well as partial covering their expenses during their study. The “Nazarbayev University” Stipend The “Nazarbayev University” Stipend is awarded to students who studying under the ‘Nazarbayev University’ educational grant. During the first semester of study the “Nazarbayev University” Stipend is awarded to bachelor students unconditionally and is paid on a monthly basis. In the following semesters, the “Nazarbayev University” Stipend is awarded to bachelor students by the results of the examination session in accordance with criteria set in the Regulations. Students studying under NUFYP and NUZYP programs receive the “Nazarbayev University” Stipend (paid on a monthly basis) for the entire program of study. «Abay Kunanbayev» and «Ybyray Altynsarin» stipends «Abay Kunanbayev» and «Ybyray Altynsarin» stipends were established by the University and funded by the University and/or its organizations. “Abay Kunanbayev’” stipend awarded to international students enrolled to the University. These stipends paid under the criteria set in the Regulations on stipend support provision. The amount of the Nazarbayev University Stipend is determined by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The size of the Nazarbayev University stipend is standard for «Abay Kunanbayev» and «Ybyray Altynsarin» stipends.   Criteria for Awarding and Payment the Nazarbayev University Stipend, «Abay Kunanbayev» and «Ybyray Altynsarin» stipends
Category of students School Criteria Type of stipend
Bachelor students   School of Mining and Geosciences,   GPA 2,33 – 3,66 Stipend for bachelor students – 26 186 tenge
  For the most up to date information on stipend opportunities, please refer to Bursar’s office: work phones: +7 (7172) 70 66 20, 70 60 32, 70 91 99, 70 60 86, 70 90 27, office 5034 Block C2, еmail: bursars_office@nu.edu.kz
This webpage contains brief information and links to IT services for students. We hope this information will be helpful to you! Pay special attention to Moodle, the entire learning process is closely related to Moodle. In the Moodle environment you will receive assignments and take homework, receive grades. This is one of the required resources that you must use for study. Moodle Instructions(link) Check your personal mailbox periodically, there will be instructions on how to access your student mail account in the form name.surname@nu.edu.kz and your user credentials to other IT resources. From the moment you have access to your mail account, use it to contact the University services. The first thing you need to know where to go if you have problems is helpdesk. If you have any questions, you can contact the IT Help Desk via: +7 (7172) 70-62-00, helpdesk@nu.edu.kz Here are links to IT tools and core IT resources. Zoom (link) https://moodle.nu.edu.kz https://registrar.nu.edu.kz https://library.nu.edu.kz https://my.nu.edu.kz   Tips for secure online learning
  1. Have an antivirus with real time monitoring capability installed on all your devices that have Internet access. Perform regular full scans; scan every downloaded file.
  2. On computers work under a user account, not an admin. Use admin role only when it is needed, such as software installation/removal.
  3. Do not browse through web sites with adult/untrustworthy content since they can contain malware. Avoid addresses that start with http://, instead look for https:// (secure ones)
  4. Do not download/install counterfeit software, it can have malware inside that not every antiviral package can detect.
  5. Do install patches and update all your software including Operating System, this will reduce vulnerabilities.
  6. Do guard your personal information. Do not share your passwords with anyone.
Tips to fight Phishing Email Threats: *
  • Avoid strangers, check name and email address
  • Don’t rush, be suspicious of emails marked “urgent”
  • Notice mistakes in spelling and grammar
  • Beware of generic greetings, “dear sir/ma’am”
  • Don’t be lured by incredible “deals”
  • Hover over the link before you click to ensure it has a secure URL (https://)
  • Never give out personal or financial information based on an email request
  • Don’t trust links or attachments in unsolicited emails
*Taken from https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/security/email-security/phishing-program-infographic.pdf
Live Zoom session for International students: August 7 Time: 5-6 pm (Kazakhstan time) Participants: DIC, Cultural Center “Rukhani Zhangyry”, DSA, senior international students and new international students. Description: This session will be focused on providing to international students an introduction to Kazakhstan by sharing basic information about the country, traditions, cuisine, cultural values,etiquette norms, games, etc. Additionally, there will be a small part of the session dedicated to international students´ engagement and contributions to NU life with the participation of 2-3 senior international students or alumni who will share briefly their experiences living in Kazakhstan and studying at NU. This live session pretends to achieve an early engagement of the new students before arrival to Kazakhstan through cultural exchange and mentorship involvement. In case it is conflicting with other sessions, please let us know and we can move our session for August 8 instead (at the same hour).   Welcome to Kazakhstan ARRIVING IN A NEW COUNTRY can result in both practical and personal issues. Especially arriving in a non-common destination for study purposes such as Kazakhstan. But you do not have to worry! Once you have arrived, your perspective will totally change! You will learn to love this multinational country home of more than 130 nationalities, you will fall in love with the people and the hospitality, make life-lasting friendships, explore the beautiful landscapes, and learn about the rich history and millennial traditions of Kazakhstan! Before taking your flight to Kazakhstan, make sure to invest part of your free time to watch any of these films and videos to start getting acquainted with Kazakh traditions, landscapes of the country, and culture, plus what to expect in Nur Sultan city.
In 1729 Kazakhstan, a ferocious Mongol tribe sweeps across the Steppes. A young man named Sartai assembles a detachment of young warriors and leads them into battle to free his country from decades of terror.   Director: Akan Satayev. Cast: Ayan Utepbergenov, Assylkhan Tolepov. Genre: Action, adventure, drama.   Link (with English subtitles): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJlYHdsteDA
Diamond Sword is a large-scale historical drama of first Kazakh Khans, which BBC called “Kazakh Game of Thrones”. The action takes place in the XV century, and the plot demonstrates the key events in formation of Kazakh statehood under the leadership of Khans Zhanibek and Kerey.   Director: Rustem Abdrashev. Cast: Kayrat Kemalo, Doskhan Zholzhaksynov. Genre: Action, adventure, drama.   Link (with English subtitles): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxYovFils-g
If you watched the French film “Paris, I love you”, the American “New York, I love you”, the Russian “Moscow, I love you!” Then, imagine what this picture will be about. Ten beautiful stories – vital, magical, incredible, amazing, that occur with different residents of Astana (nowadays Nur Sultan city).   Director: Egor Konchalovskiy. Cast: Sergey Nikonenko, Natalya Hodus, Bibigul Syunshalina. Genre: Romance, drama.   Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-ft3ai32yY
  Do you want to see the beautiful landscapes of Kazakhstan and what is like to live in Nur Sultan city? Make sure to check out these videos!
The landscapes of Kazakhstan Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_DFSppBKFM
An expat perspective in Nur Sultan city Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZjNKSO9yak
  International student community at Nazarbayev University welcomes new members of the community! Here at NU, we celebrate our diverse student and staff communities. Currently, our international student group has representatives from 20 different countries:
USA Russia Uzbekistan India
Mexico Nigeria Kyrgyzstan Bangladesh
United Kingdom Ghana Tajikistan Mongolia
The Netherlands Turkey Turkmenistan China
Italy Iran Pakistan South Korea
In ten years of history, we have had 22 graduating students. Among our graduates, we have citizens of Russia, China, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Nepal, Bulgaria, Mexico, The Gambia, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, and South Korea who have contributed in straightening the cultural ties between Kazakhstan and their countries. You will also become a cultural ambassador and help us in inviting more students to join us. Allow us to welcome you to the NU family! We are looking forward to assisting you and support you with academic and non-academic activities, providing with facilities for a comfortable study and living experience, giving you peer assistance of local and senior international students plus mentorship by staff members, and making your adaptation process to Kazakhstan and Nur-Sultan city go smoothly. We wish you a pleasant stay, have fun, learn a lot, meet amazing people, and enjoy your experience with us!   Experience Nazarbayev University international student contributions from home   Association of International Students: https://www.instagram.com/nu_aofis/ Here you can get acquainted with some of the activities we organize in terms of international students´ recreation, joint projects with other student clubs on campus, and language learning opportunities. All international student members are free to propose and organize any cultural or social activity, apply for funding for events, and begin new projects with impact for the NU community using our Association as a platform, a student group made of volunteers interested in promoting friendship and cultural exchange.   Would you like to find more inspiration in what our international students enjoy about NU the most in terms of facilities, academic experience, and engagement on campus activities? Check out these videos!
Stories of NU fresh students from all over the world Welcome words of international students from Italy, UK, Russia, and Mexico. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp89A9_6Z_A&list=PL1EpAtH6eZQheR_vBEUcrDlnGSH1ClBFr
Yuan Gao´s graduation speech International student alumni (China), MA in Eurasian Studies, class of 2016. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFCFMIBqhSM  
You should speak Qazaqsha International students from Japan, Bangladesh, Mexico, and USA enjoying the experience of learning Kazakh during the Summer School of Russian and Eurasian Studies (June 2019): Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlh317EOVnM  
Why study at NU? Testimony of international students from Turkey and Mexico: Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhcRFfRP8gg&feature=emb_title
  Support services for international students   Psychological Counseling Center (PCC) PCC offers psychological assistance in the form of individual consultations for the entire NU community. Please get familiar with the services our PCC offers to help you on your wellbeing and adaptation to a new country at all times. Health and Safety Department Health form and medical insurance
You will learn how to correctly fill the health form plus receive information about the health insurance coverage plus additional health details you should know before coming to Kazakhstan.   Department of International Cooperation Do you need to get a visa or not to study in Kazakhstan?
Make sure to check if you need to get a student visa to enter Kazakhstan or not before starting with any migration procedure. Know about your rights with migration as an international student depending on your country of origin. Students with permanent residence in Kazakhstan should also pay attention to the indications we give on this video. How to get a visa, registration with the authorities and migration issues in Kazakhstan
It is mandatory for everyone to see this content, even if you don´t need a visa to come to Kazakhstan. Before arrival to Kazakhstan, everyone should learn the process of registration with migration authorities, the Embassies where you are eligible to apply for a visa, learn the rules you should comply while being holder of a student visa in Kazakhstan, plus how to renew your visa before the expiration date.   Bursar´s Office How to open a bank account?
Here we provide information on how to open a bank account, when you will be able to receive your stipend, and tips about the average amount you need to take with you for settling in Kazakhstan during the first month.   Useful contacts in Nazarbayev University for international students Use this chart as a referral guide to the many student services on campus and contact information of staff members that will assist you:
Name and position Department and division Lines of work email
Sandra Real   Manager Department of International Cooperation International/USM     Support international students in settling at Nur Sultan city Advising in academic issues Integration into the NU community (wellbeing and extracurricular activities) Head coordinator of voluntary foreign language courses for the NU community Peer support of senior international students to new students sandra.real@nu.edu.kz  
Maulen Yergaziyev   Manager   Department of International Cooperation     Visa specialist, IIN assistance (for opening a bank account) Support international students in settling in Nur Sultan city maulen.yergaziyev@nu.edu.kz
Aibek Zhassenov   Senior Manager   Department of Student Affairs   International student support (non-academic issues) Foundation and Undergraduate students advisor aibek.zhassenov@nu.edu.kz
Balzhan Yersakhanova   Senior Manager Department of Student Affairs Student events Leadership skills Student Government Student clubs (creation and advising) Graduate international students (non-academic issues) Buddy program for international students balzhan.yersakhanova@nu.edu.kz
  Yuliya Palkina   Specialist   Department of Student Affairs Dormitory specialist yuliya.palkina@nu.edu.kz
Gulnaz Kalambayeva   Senior Manager Cultural center “Rukhany Zhangyru Promotion of Kazakh culture Organization of Kazakh culture events on campus Kazakh culture days for international students   gulnaz.kalambayeva@nu.edu.kz
Yerden Nurtayev   Senior Psychologist Psychological Counseling Center English language psychologist   Stress-relief activities yerden.nurtayev@nu.edu.kz
Araylim Serikova   Specialist Career and Advising Center Work on Campus program CAC events, mock interviews, internships   arailym.serikova@nu.edu.kz
Aisulu Tuktubayeva   Senior Manager Bursar´s Office Stipend, application form to open a bank account atuktubayeva@nu.edu.kz
Useful documents NU international student guidelines: link

Everything you need to know about expenses for life in Nur Sultan, accommodation, and facilities at NU: link

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