Course Structure

Teaching Approach

NUFYP has an integrated curriculum with a focus on creative thinking, critical analysis, and problem-solving. Using shared subject themes, students study the same topics in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Experimental Sciences, Mathematics, and Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) to develop a complex interdisciplinary perspective on current societal challenges.

Our courses challenge students to move beyond the learning of facts and figures to becoming thinkers and leaders, with the practical skills that are needed in undergraduate education and later as they contribute to the economic development of Kazakhstan. This educational approach is achieved through the use of a range of classroom models which include:

  • Lectures (classroom and online)
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory practicals
  • Problem-solving classes

Semester One

The beginning of semester one has a common curriculum for all NUFYP students. Our common curriculum develops students’ understanding of multidisciplinary perspectives on current academic topics, and it aids students in their final decision of undergraduate studies. During these initial weeks, students explore all subjects to develop a rich appreciation of the range of undergraduate studies available at university, and to experience each subject with a creative thinking and problem-solving approach. The courses include:

  • Mathematics (Pre-Calculus)
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • Personal Development Module (PDM)
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)
  • Science in Perspective
  • Personal Tutorial (one-on-one with personal tutor)

After their initial exposure to all subjects, students select a pathway (HSS or Physics or Biology/Chemistry) for focus and explore this subject with greater depth.

Semester Two

Students continue their studies according to their pathway with additional focus. In addition, students may have the opportunity to select an elective course of personal choice to hone skills of special interest. For more information about individual subjects, see the course information pages of our website.



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