2.11. Planning of the educational process (academic calendar)

2.11.1.    Planning of educational activities at the university is carried out in accordance with the academic calendar, which determines periods of all types of learning and attestation activities, internships during the academic year and indicates days for rest (vacations and holidays).
2.11.2.    Division of planning and support of the educational process annually develops academic calendar for different forms and levels of study for the next academic year. The rector of the university approves the calendar and no later than April 1 it is available in the UNIVER system and on the KazNU website for reference of students, faculty members and staff.
2.11.3.    Academic calendar of additional / repeated and modular study is approved for each academic period separately no later than a week before the beginning of study.   
2.11.4.    The academic year consists of periods of theoretical study, or academic semesters, usually 15 weeks long; periods of intermediate attestations (examination sessions) and final attestation (defense of graduate qualification works), which last from 2 to 7 weeks; periods of professional internships, duration of which depends on the number of credits to be earned; and vacations, which last at least 7 weeks in one academic year. On the second and third year of study in doctoral programs, there are credits not of theoretical study, but of research work, that are distributed by semesters.
2.11.5.    Changes to the academic calendar of the current academic year can be made at the proposal of the Department of Academic Affairs only in the case of reasonable necessity and should be reviewed and approved at a meeting of the University Academic Council.
2.11.6.    Information on changes made to the academic calendar should be brought to the attention of students, faculty members and staff of the involved university departments within 3 days after the approval.
2.11.7.    Schedules of classes and examination sessions should be approved and brought to the attention of students no later than a week before the start of the corresponding academic period.
2.11.8.    Students are required to fulfill all kinds of academic activities, undergo professional practices and all types of attestation strictly within the timescales shown in the academic calendar, with the exception of cases of traveling abroad on academic mobility programs, or when it is impossible to stay at the university for health reasons. In such cases, students are given an opportunity to complete academic work and pass attestation within an individual schedule in accordance with the order of the dean of the faculty.
2.11.9.    Instructors are obliged to carry out all types of educating and assessment activities in a timely manner within the deadlines established by the academic calendar. If necessary, an instructor may be given the opportunity to extend the periods for implementation of certain activities by submitting a notification addressed to the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs with an indication of justified reasoning, on the condition that this extension does not lead to a deterioration in the quality of the educational process and infringement of students' rights.
2.11.10.    All classes within the approved schedule that were cancelled for one or another reason should be rescheduled and held according to a separate schedule approved by the dean of the faculty.
2.11.11.    Monitoring of learning sessions is carried out by the Center for situational management of the university. Division of the planning and support of the educational process is permitted to conduct occasional monitoring on learning sessions. In any case monitoring of learning sessions should not interfere with the educational process and cause any inconvenience for the instructor and/or the students.  
2.11.12.    The instructor is personally responsible for timely informing the head of the chair about the need to extend periods for implementation of certain activities or about the need to appoint another instructor with appropriate qualifications in connection with supposed absence due to illness, business trip, etc.
2.11.13.    Chairs that allow systematic untimely filling in of interim and final assessment record sheets in the UNIVER system by their instructors receive penalty points in the chairs’ rating system.

Calendar of key dates during the academic year




Enrollment of undergraduate students

Until August, 25


Enrollment of graduate students

Until August, 28


Enrollment of international students

5 days before the start of an academic period


Orientation Week

Last week of August


Beginning of theoretical study

First week of September


Credit transfer for NIS and 12-year high school graduates

First two weeks of each semester


Start of additional training of graduate students on prerequisites

Third week of September


Registration for course retake

One week before the beginning of each semester


Registration for the repeated year of study

Until September, 10


Registration for academic disciplines of the next academic year



Registration for the summer semester

Until May, 25


Documents submission for competition for vacant educational grants

Until January, 15;

Until August, 5

Documents submission for transfer and re-enrollment

Until January, 10;

Until August, 25