Nazarbayev University
School of Mining & Geosciences

School of Mining & Geosciences

How to apply

Minimum entry requirements to undergraduate programs per categories

1) Minimum entry requirements for SAT/ACT applicants category

SAT Reasoning Test** -no less than 1240 OR ACT  - composite score not less than 27.

 IELTS – no less than 6.5 overall (with at least 6.0 in each sub-score)

or

TOEFL iBT - 79 (Reading – no less than 13, Listening – no less than 12, Speaking – no less than 18, Writing – no less than 21)

or

TOEFL PBT* - 574

* TOEFL PBT is admitted only from international applicants from the countries where an official IELTS and TOEFL iBT are not available

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

***TOEFL iBT Home Edition is not considered

2) Minimum entry requirements for A-level/NIS Grade 12 Certificates* category

not less than ABB for any subjects

IELTS – no less than 6.5 overall (with at least

6.0 in each sub-score) or

TOEFL iBT - 79 (Reading – no less than 13, Listening – no less than 12, Speaking – no less than 18, Writing – no less than 21)

or

TOEFL PBT** - 574

*A-level/NIS Grade 12 Certificates holders can also participate in the competition in the "SAT/ACT applicants" category with IELTS and SAT results (see the minimum requirements for this category on the website).

**TOEFL PBT is admitted only from international applicants from the countries where an official IELTS and TOEFL iBT are not available

***TOEFL iBT Home Edition is not considered

3) Minimum entry requirements for IВ Diploma Programme (IB DP)* category

not less than 30 total score and 4, 4, 5 for 3 subjects of HL

IELTS – no less than 6.5 overall (with at least 6.0 in each sub-score)

or

TOEFL iBT - 79 (Reading – no less than 13, Listening – no less than 12, Speaking – no less than 18, Writing – no less than 21)

or

TOEFL PBT** - 574

* IB DP holders can also participate in the competition in the "SAT/ACT applicants" category with IELTS and SAT results (see the minimum requirements for this category on the website).

** TOEFL PBT certificate is admitted only from the international applicants from the countries where an official IELTS and TOEFL iBT are not available

***TOEFL iBT Home Edition is not considered

4) Minimum entry requirements for transfer students* category 

SAT Reasoning Test*** -no less than 1240 OR 

ACT  - composite score not less than 27;

IELTS – no less than

6.5 overall (with at least 6.0 in each sub- score

or

TOEFL iBT - 79

(Reading – no less than 13, Listening – no less than 12, Speaking

– no less than 18, Writing – no less than 21)

or

TOEFL PBT** - 574

 GPA entry requirement - not less than 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA/

2 Recommendation letters

*Applicants/students who have successfully completed at least one academic year of an undergraduate program at a university with the English language as an official language of instruction and included in the list of top 200 universities according to the Times Higher Education World University or QS World University ranking at the time of application, are exempt from submitting SAT and IELTS/TOEFL results.
** TOEFL PBT certificate is admitted only from international applicants from the countries where an official IELTS and TOEFL iBT are not available

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

****TOEFL iBT Home Edition is not considered

5) Minimum entry requirements for winners of International and/or Republic Olympiads category for all  Schools’ applicants

The list of Subject Olympiads 

List of International Subject Olympiads

  • International Mathematics Olympiad – IMO
  • International Physics Olympiad – IPHO
  • International Chemistry Olympiad -IChO
  • International Biology Olympiad IBO
  • International Olympiad in Informatics – IOI
  • International Zhautykov Olympiad in Mathematics, Physics and Informatics
  • International Mendeleyev Chemistry Olympiad

List of Republican Subject Olympiads of the Republic of Kazakhstan

  • Republican Mathematics Olympiad
  • Republican Physics Olympiad
  • Republican Chemistry Olympiad
  • Republican Biology Olympiad
  • Republican Informatics Olympiad

Applicants can apply with both Republican and International Olympiads

Minimum entry requirements for winners of International and/or Republic Olympiads category for all  Schools’ applicants*

Type of Olympiad Medal type

IELTS or TOEFL*

 

Interview with Admission Committee

 

Republic Olympiad gold and silver medals (I, II) for the current academic year required, no minimum  score Required
International Olympiad gold, silver and bronze medals (I, II, III) for the last three years

*IELTS or TOEFL iBT / TOEFL PBT results are reviewed by the Admissions Committee individually

**TOEFL iBT Home Edition is not considered

6) Minimum entry requirements for NUET applicants category for all NU Schools

NUET Minimum score in total  Minimum passing scores per subject 

Minimum entry requirements for

IELTS or TOEFL

Mathematics 130 60

IELTS – no less than 6.5 overall (with at least 6.0 in each sub- score)

or

TOEFL iBT - 79

(Reading – no less than 13, Listening – no less than 12, Speaking– no less than 18, Writing – no less than  21)

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 60

*TOEFL iBT Home Edition is not considered

NUET (Nazarbayev University Entrance Test) – test that evaluates academic training for studying at the University

  • NUET is held in 2 subject sections - Mathematics and Critical Thinking & Problem Solving.
  • Number of questions – 60.
  • Test content – multiple-choice questions.
  • Test duration – 120 minutes. Minimum passing score – 130 in total for 2 subjects, while minimum passing score for each of the subjects shall not be less than 60.
  • Test results are available in 6 weeks in a Personal account.
  • The number of tasks and duration of the entry examination are subject for change by Test administrators.
  • Information about access to the entry examination is placed in the applicant’s Personal account.
  • Applicants are informed about examination date and venue, information on format , as well as required documents and Rules of conduct during the examination via email one week prior to the exams.
  • Examination schedule is published in the “Important dates” section.
  • If  a violation of rules or conditions of passing the test occurs, the applicant's results are cancelled. In this case, the applicant is excluded from the competition. Disqualified applicants will not be able to enroll to NU in the future.
  • There is no appeal procedure.
  • NUET for all applicants is free of charge.

To apply: 

STEP 1.

Create your personal account

Register on www.admissions.nu.edu.kz 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. 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 info_admissions@nu.edu.kz. Refer to your IIN and/or Applicant ID while sending us your requests

Important dates for those who are applying for the 2022-2023 academic year:

Online Application period deadline:

For local applicants - October 11, 2021 - April 18, 2022

For NUET applicants - October 11, 2021 - January 6, 2022

For international applicants - October 11, 2021 - March 28, 2022

Entry examination NUET - April 3, 10 and 17, 2022

Exam date  City
April 3, 2022 Almaty
Nur-Sultan*
April 10, 2022 Aktau
Atyrau
Petropavlovsk
Pavlodar
Semey
Taldykorgan
Kokshetau
Shymkent
April 17, 2022 Aktobe
Karaganda
Uralsk
Ust-Kamenogorsk
Taraz
Kyzylorda
Kostanay
Nur-Sultan*

*One group of applicants will take the exam on April 3, 2022, another group on April 17, 2022. The corresponding date of the exam for applicants taking it in Nur-Sultan will be indicated in the invitation to the exam.

Submission of hard copies of required documents, including test reports *: to be announced*

Admission Committee decision – to be announced

Dormitory check-in: to be announced

Start of Orientation week: August 8, 2022

Class starts: August 15, 2022

Deadline for taking tests for undergraduate programs:

SAT for international applicants - April 5, 2022

SAT Reasoning  – May 7, 2022

ACT – April 2, 2022

IELTS/TOEFL (certificate must be submitted) for NUET applicants category – until February 25, 2022

IELTS/TOEFL for international applicants – March 26, 2022

IELTS/TOEFL  for local applicants – April 16, 2022 

The tests must be sent to the University address via test administrator using the code (Institutional Code) of Nazarbayev University.

  • Nazarbayev University (through IELTS TRF Verification Service) – for IELTS
  • 6762 – for TOEFL
  • 7915 – for SAT
  • 5521 – for ACT

*only for admitted students upon request of Admissions Department

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