Welcome to the Nazarbayev University Foundation Year Program (NUFYP). Here you will find general information about the admissions process, our program and what life is like on campus and in Astana. For current parents there is information as to how you can best support your son or daughter once they have entered NUFYP. Prospective parents are encouraged to also look at the NU Admissions website which will give more details regarding the selection process and the timelines for applications to be submitted.

The NUFYP program has been designed with extensive input from the NU Undergraduate Schools, external experts, NUFYP staff and student feedback to meet the needs of undergraduate study. Nazarbayev University is a research-intensive university, and so a key aspect of the preparation that takes place at the foundation level is to prepare students for entry into the NU academic community. The NUFYP faculty and administration provide a friendly and supportive environment for students assisting them with the various transitions that are made academically, linguistically, and personally during this preparatory year. All students initially explore a broad liberal arts curriculum including Academic English, Humanities and Social Sciences, Experimental Sciences and Mathematics. For some students who have specialized at school in one or two subject areas, studying a broader curriculum offers an opportunity to explore ideas and concepts, and encounter new disciplines to which they were previously not exposed. Later in the year students then specialize in either Humanities and Social Sciences or in the Experimental Sciences, with Mathematics and Academic English study tailored for the appropriate discipline.  

As part of the non-academic preparation for university level study, students also develop their ability to be independent, and to organize their free time apart from their scheduled classes. As secondary schools provide much more structure than university, developing such independence is crucial for students’ future success at university and in life.

To organize a tour of NUFYP or if you have any questions please contact the NUFYP team nufyp@nu.edu.kz.