Nazarbayev University

Nazarbayev University (NU) – A Leading Research University in Kazakhstan.Located in Nur-Sultan City, Kazakhstan, in Central Asia NU has become one of the leading research universities in the country. Areas of study range quite a bit, including energy and sustainable development, education, resource management, artificial intelligence, computer engineering, and so much more.

PhD Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (5)
Medicine & Health (3)
Business & Management (2)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Social Sciences (2)
Education & Training (1)



  • 2010  - our history begins
  • 2011 -  first research publication under NU name
  • 2014 - the establishment of a Technopark 
  • 2015 - the establishment of the National Laboratory Astana on NU basis
  • 2016 - ABC Quick Start Acceleration Program was launched at NU to give students an opportunity to build startups.
  • 2019 - NU 5th Anniversary Graduation 


We are a research-oriented university with a wide portfolio of undergraduate and graduate programs ranging from STEM to social sciences and business. The Nazarbayev University Foundation Year Program (NUFYP) is a one-year intensive programme that provides an academic, scientific and language proficiency preparation to the undergraduate programmes of NU. All programmes are taught in English. 


NU has a strong research culture and a community of academic staff who continue to strengthen our excellent platform for research. 2,134 is a number of International researchers at NU during the period 2011-2018. Our research are supported by internal and external funds each year and carried out in state of the art laboratories.  


Nazarbayev University has 3,741 graduates for the period of 2015-2019.

  • 60% of them have been employed, including to world-renowned companies such as Apple, Google Inc., BMW, Amazon, and etc.
  • 29% of graduates continued their studies to get Master’s and doctoral degrees.  
  • 34 companies have been launched by NU graduates.
NU Career and Advising Center promotes lifelong skills through career workshops and professional development programs. The Center establishes partnerships with internship providers and employers to help in recruiting NU students and alumni through on-campus recruitment events, field trips, etc.


Student services

At Nazarbayev University, we have over 190 student associations that cover hobbies and interests, as well as academic clubs related to their degree subject. The groups organise events and activities, campaigns for what they care about and volunteer their time to make a difference. 

Library services

Our library provides all the necessary resources and services for productive study and research:

  • 24/7 access to books/ e-books and online journals
  • facilities include: computer and multimedia rooms, classrooms for group activities and individual study, equipment for inclusive education, a conference room, an audio-visual studio, a visual communications room, the children’s room and relaxation room

ICT services

  • The latest IT facilities

You'll use the fastest computers and the latest software at Nazarbayev University. Use either NU or your own devices with free, open and reliable Wi-Fi across the campus.

  • Expert IT support

Medical services

24/7 medical assistance center on campus

Student Life

Campus life

Nazarbayev University campus life is full of fun, joy and creativity.

Whether you’re keen to join a society, get on the tennis court or hang out with your new NU family, here’s how you can get involved in life on campus.

There are also a medical centre, supermarkets, canteens, hairdresser on site. 

Sports facilities

Academic life is further enhanced by various campus sports facilities, such as our 6,000 square metre sports complex, Olympic-sized swimming pool and outdoor basketball and tennis courts. 

Student clubs

There are more than 190 clubs and societies at NU, music and art rooms which enable students to discover their talents beyond the classroom. 


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