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Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University

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1. General information about KFU

Founded in 1804, Kazan University is the second oldest university in the Russian Federation. An internationally acknowledged centre of academic excellence, it is routinely listed among top 10 institutions of higher education in the country. Today KFU employs more than two thousand faculty members. More than 30% of higher-education teaching personnel are young scientists, specialists and lecturers.

In October, 2009 the University received the high federal status. This became the logical continuation of the 205-year history of the development of Kazan University and a foothold for the breakthrough in the sphere of educational technologies. KFU is a bright example of a classical university - source of fundamental knowledge and constant development resulting in the introduction of new specialties in high demand in the real sector of economy. We build new laboratories and classes, introduce new technologies and subjects, cooperate with industry and business. Federal status opened up new opportunities for educational, research and international activity of the university.

The main center of higher education for a vast region, KFU has over 47,000 students, who follow 180 bachelor degree and 120 master degree programs. It employs members of science academies, professors, state prize winners, and leading scientists. Visiting professors of foreign universities provide their experience and connections for the benefit of KFU students.

2. Academic units of KFU

Kazan university has 18 institutes, 2 faculties, 2 higher schools and 4 branches in nearby cities:

Institute of Fundamental Medicine and Biology
Institute of Ecology and Geography
Institute of Geology and Petroleum Technologies
Institute of History
N.I. Lobachevsky Institute of Mathematics and Mechanics
Institute of Physics
Alexander Butlerov Institute of Chemistry
Faculty of Law
Institute of Computer Mathematics and Information Technologies
Institute of Philology and Arts
Institute of Mass Communications and Social Sciences
Institute of Oriental Studies and International Relations
Faculty of Philosophy
Institute of Pedagogy and Psychology
Institute of Physical Education, Sport and Restorative Medicine
Higher School of Information Technologies and Information Systems
Institute of Economics and Finance
Institute of Management and Territorial Development
Institute for the Comparative Studies of Modernity
School of of Public Administration
Institute of Language
Institute of Continuing Education
Branch in Naberezhnye Chelny
Branch in Elabuga
Branch in Chistopol
Branch in Zelenodolsk

3. Research work

The University carefully preserves the traditions of its world renowned scientific schools of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and linguistics. Over the last decade it has succeeded in promoting state-of-the art research in the areas of nanotechnologies and biomedicine, psychology and cultural studies, humanitarian and pedagogic technologies, often taking advantage of interdisciplinary approaches.

KFU continues to serve as a leading national research center, providing its students and staff, as well as academic visitors, with many new laboratories with high-level equipment, excellent museums, a botanical garden, research field stations, three astronomic observatories and many other facilities. Our Lobachevsky Library, containing over five million works, is one of the largest and oldest in Russia. The University also has IT centers, publishing houses and a recreational center that is at the heart of the cultural and sporting life of the city, as well as the 2013 World university games sport facilities.

4. International cooperation

The University is a recognized leader in international cooperation. Each year KFU members win dozens of grants from international foundations, involving themselves in projects with cutting-edge research centers in many countries. Our students and professors actively participate in bilateral research and exchange programs with about 100 partner institutions in more than 35 countries. Today KFU trains about 1000 international students. KFU hosts 21 international centers, including EU Information Center, German and Spanish centers for education and culture, Kazan DAAD Office, Department of UNESCO for Eurasian Studies, Confucius Institute, Center for Korean Studies, Center for Iranian Studies, information centers of HP, Microsoft, Cisco, Samsung and official language testing centers of TOEFL, TestDaf, DELE, Cambridge ESOL, etc.

5. Student life

KFU is the only Russian higher education institution which has enough housing units to accommodate all students who can choose from 26 comfortable dormitories. In 2010 KFU took possession of 20 housing units of the 2013 World university games village.

Dormitories have everything one can dream about - gyms, creative studios, reading halls, computer labs with regular access to Internet, dining halls, etc. Dormitory students are assisted by tutors and supervisors, sports and cultural events take place on a weekly basis.


6. Location

Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. The city is located in the centre of the European part of Russia, 800 km south-east of Moscow on the banks of the Volga and Kama rivers. The city has a population of 1.1 million people, nearly half of whom are Tatars, the other half being Russians. Both Tatar and Russian languages are widely used in the city.

Kazan is an important historical and cultural centre. The city celebrated its 1000th anniversary in 2005. Kazan takes pride in having one of the best and oldest universities of Russia, KFU, and a number of other Higher Education Institutions. The city offers a range of cultural and recreational attractions. Kazan is the host city for the 2013 Summer Universiade.

7. Contacts

External Relations Office, Admissions Department
Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University
18 Kremlyovskaya St. Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia 420008
Telephone: +7 (843) 233 7466; 233 7430
Fax: +7 (843) 292 74 18
Please visit the official KFU website for more information and the application forms:

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