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Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

School of Mining & Geosciences

How to apply

The first step on your path to postgraduate study is finding the right course or research area. You can find information about our courses and research opportunities on our website.

Information on English Language Assessment Test

Please be noted that due to COVID-19 and in response to the temporary closings of IELTS and TOEFL testing centers, Duolingo English Test (DET) results will be considered for selection process to the graduate (MSc) and postgraduate (Phd) programs:

  DET can be considered as a proof of English proficiency and an alternative to TOEFL and IELTS for the cases when you are not able to take and provide results of standardized tests (IELTS/TOEFL) within the selection process for the 2020-2021 academic year

 The minimum score of 105 (IELTS 6.5/TOEFL 79) or 115 (IELTS 7.0/TOEFL 94) can be considered for graduate (MSc programs) and postgraduate (PhD programs) selection process;

  The minimum scores between 80 (IELTS 5.5/TOEFL 46) and 100 (IELTS 6.0 TOEFL 60) can be considered for Nazarbayev University (hereinafter – NU) Zero Year Program (NUZYP);

  DET examination should be taken and provided to the Admissions Department  till June 10, 2020.

To send the DET score please follow the instructions below:

  • NU is already included in the drop-down list next to other international partners on the DET website. Now, when you take the test, the DET administrators will be able to share your results with the NU Admissions Department. 
  • Once you receive certified test results, you can log into your account, click on the “Send Results” button next to the test results, and select NU. 
  • Graduate Admission will receive all DET applicants’ results on graduate.admissions@nu.edu.kz.

To prepare and take the DET test please use the following links to get more information:

  Preparing for the Exam (https://testcenter.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/360001819272-Preparing-for-the-Duolingo-English-Test)

  Schedule your Exam https://englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants)

  Frequently Asked Questions (https://testcenter.zendesk.com/hc/en-us)