What makes NIS unique

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Nazarbayev Intellectual School is an innovative educational project created at the personal initiative of the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, with a mission to nurture a generation of gifted and talented students to form part of the future intellectual, cultural and scientific elite of Kazakhstan.

Founded in 2011, Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools have been granted a special autonomous status to allow the schools accelerate the process of creating a contemporary secondary education model. The strategies, programmes and curricula developed here will ultimately form the basis of national educational reforms that are to be rolled out throughout the country.

Currently comprising 18 secondary schools and an international primary school, our network is looking to attract the very best international administrators and teachers to join our team.

A World Class Team

Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools is looking for experienced international teachers to join our world class team of educators. If you have three years' experience of full time teaching; a teaching qualification and current license (QTS or equivalent); a relevant degree; and, native level English, then contact us using the details at the bottom of the page.

In addition to gaining rewarding employment in a stable, open and rapidly-developing country, and the opportunity to join a world class team of educators in an innovative educational project, successful candidates can expect:

  • A highly competitive international salary
  • Accommodation and utilities
  • Two annual return flights
  • A settling-in and an educational allowance
  • Health insurance
  • Low, flat-rate income tax
Cambridge International Examinations play an vital role in developing our programmes.
Dutch examination providers, CITO, provide the entrance tests and a quality assurance process for assessment at Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools.
All NIS schools are currently in the process of becoming members of the Council of International Schools (CIS). We share with CIS a commitment to providing high quality international education, and giving students the knowledge, skills and abilities they require to act in the best interests of their families, country and the planet as a whole.
Thanks to our competitive selection procedures, Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools attract highly-motivated, talented students. Our partnership with the John Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth allows us to benefit from their expertise in the education of advanced learners worldwide, and to open opportunities for top students irrespective of their background.
Nazarbayev University’s academic and research programs have been designed in partnership with leading universities that are ranked amongst the top higher education institutions in the world. NIS offers some of the best preparation for a career at the top level of academia, science and research.
UPenn GSE and NIS have worked in partnership now for over five years to improve the professional education of teachers working in our schools. UPenn GSE provides consultancy and training courses and helps advise on the development of teacher education across Kazakhstan.

Vacancies for 2016-17

International Deputy Principal

Chemistry Teacher

Mathematics Teacher

Information Communication Technology Teacher

English Teacher

Biology Teacher

Economics Teacher

Art Teacher

Physics Teacher

Primary School Teacher

Staff Testimonials

Monumental Educational Reforms

"I will look back knowing that I was part of something special."

Nathan in Aktobe

Impacting Work

"I enjoy my job and get good returns for it."

Victor in Taraz

Superb Team

"The most respectful staff and pupils I have ever worked with."

Tauseef in Taldykorgan


"I found a little piece of heaven. I tell you, it's for real."

Carla in Taraz

Stunning Scenery

"The countryside in Kazakhstan is absolutely stunning. Take the time to travel while you're here."

Daibhidh in Astana

Wonderful Experience

"I have never met a group of students who are so eager, friendly, welcoming and extremely nice."


Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools is a network of some twenty academies located across Kazakhstan. You can learn here about what makes each of them unique.

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