Kazan University is one of the oldest universities in Russia, it celebrated its 210th anniversary in 2014. We celebrated this date as another token of the university's dedication to its longstanding academic mission as one of the leading educational institutions in Russia and in the world.
Kazan University has gained its international fame thanks to its distinguished scholars and graduates whose achievements have had a beneficial effect on the whole mankind. The unique culture of our University has shaped the development of Kazan and the Volga region. The University's new federal status obtained in 2010 poses new interesting challenges and calls for new approaches in the rapidly changing world.
Today Kazan Federal University is a dynamic modern University actively participating in local and international cooperation, networking with academia and industry, boosting the region's human resources development as well as top-level research and innovation in different areas. 17 Centers of excellence and 80 world-class research and teaching laboratories have been established in recent years. Our participation in the "5-100" competitive growth program designates our determination to reach the highest levels of world educational rankings. What we have achieved up to now is an evidence of the right choice of strategy – from a classical to a research university where entrepreneurial and innovative activities are represented prominently.
The Institute of Geology and Petroleum Technologies was established in 2011 on the basis of the KFU Faculty of Geology and is its rightful successor. The structure of the Institute includes seven specialized departments, Research and Training Center for Natural Bitumen Development, Research and Training Center for Aerospace Technologies, Research and Training Center for Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Investigations, over 20 specialized research and training labs equipped with up-to-date facilities, Research and Training Complex “Petrophysics”, Most extensive Geology Museum, Center of Training Bases and Expeditionary Works, Magnet Observatory (one of the oldest in the country)
Currently, the Institute teaches over 800 under- and post-graduate students in 6 bachelor and 5 master programs in Geology. Students are taught full time, and in both full- and part-time modules for Geophysics. In 2012 the Institute plans to launch teaching in Oil and Gas Business. Institute laboratories boast up-to-date teaching facilities and special equipment. Highly qualified scholars supervise the research process, of them 21 full and 43 associate professors. Together with studying professional and special subjects, students have a fundamental training in Mathematics, Physics, Informatics and Economics.
Institute of Fundamental Medicine and Biology (IFMB) is one of the most intensively developing institutes of Kazan Federal University, which consists of more than 60 subdivisions: departments, research laboratories, clinical base in the Republican Clinical Hospital № 2, museums, the Botanical Garden et.c.
Biomedical Center of Collective Use comprises:
A unique world-class Medical Simulation Center created at IFMB. It includes a hospital model, Dental Phantom Class, and Simulators Engineering Center. Perspective scientific directions are developed in the Institute of Fundamental Medicine and Biology, such as fundamental medicine (molecular biomedicine, biomedical engineering), bionanotechnology and biomaterials, living systems technologies, bioinformatics, space biology, biodiversity and bioinvasions.
KFU has been active in the field of education and science, collaborating with universities in more than 70 countries around the world; teaching is conducted in English and Russian languages. IFMB graduates have skills in microscopy, gene diagnostics, nanotechnology, NMR, EPR and possess high professional skills.
Institute of Environmental Sciences was established in August 2014. Before that, the Insitute bore the name Insitute of Ecology and Geography (since May 2011) and included the oldest Faculty of Geography in the country and the USSR's first Department of Ecology of Kazan State University (KSU) then joined by the Faculty of Education and Geography of the Tatar State University of Humanities and Education.
There have been established training and research laboratories with world-class facilities. Since 1812 the Meteorological Observatory has been in action. The Institute has three stations for field practice.
The highly-qualified scientific and pedagogical staff consists of 17 Doctors of Science and 41 Ph.Ds of Science. The total number of employees is over 100 people.
There are over 700 students doing all modes of study. Training is conducted in 4 Bachelor and 5 Masters Programmes.
The faculty conducts research in the following priority areas of development of science, engineering and technology of the Russian Federation:
In 1804 when the Kazan University was formed, the University Charter provided for the establishment of departments of the «Chemistry and Metallurgy», «Technology and Science relating to trade and factories» at the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.
These departments began their active work only in the 1830s, when the Chemistry in the University was taught by professors A.Ya.Kupfer, N.N. Zinin and K.K. Klaus.
The fundamental works of N.N. Zinin, K.K. Klaus and their student A.M. Butlerov put the beginning of the foundation of the well-known Kazan School of Chemistry.
The successes of the Kazan chemists have contributed to the organization of the Research Chemical Institute named after A.M. Butlerov at Kazan University (1929).
In 1933 as a result of reorganization of Soviet universities there was opened the Department of Chemistry in Kazan University.
The Alexander Butlerov Institute of Chemistry was established on April 21, 2003 on the basis of the decision of the Academic Council of Kazan State University by the merger of the Research Chemical Institute and the Chemical faculty of KSU.
The Institute prepares chemists to work in the research laboratories of higher educational institutions, academic and branch scientific-research institutions, factory laboratories, schools, colleges.
Students gain the necessary legal knowledge, get acquainted with the basics and ethics of management, and study foreign languages.
There is a continuous training in computing. Special attention is paid to ecological education. Many graduates of the Chemistry Department are working in organizations and services of the Ministry of Ecology of the Republic, engaged in the organization to monitor the environment. Students distribute into faculties from the fourth year.
However, many students choose specialization earlier and come to the Department on the first and second courses.
As a rule, they are actively involved in research work. Among the students of the Chemical Institute there are the winners of the all-Russian competition for the best scientific works, Soros laureates, winners of other prestigious awards.
In the educational process employs more than 70 employees, among them the academician and corresponding member of the RAS, academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, corresponding member of the Tatarstan Academy of Sciences, 25 professors and doctors of sciences, 44 candidates of sciences.
At the Institute there is a Museum, which is the history of creation and development of the famous Kazan Chemical School. It preserved the atmosphere of the last century.
The Museum is visited by scientists of Russia and near and far abroad, students and schoolchildren. The Alexander Butlerov Institute of Chemistry has concluded a contract with the center of InnoCentive.
The Higher Institute for Information Technology and Information Systems (ITIS) is one of the youngest and the most innovative departments of Kazan Federal University. It was founded in 2011 by the initiative of the Ministry of Information and Communication of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan Federal University and IT-Park. From the start, the Higher Institute for ITIS was supported by some of the largest IT-companies in the world, such as Microsoft, Fujitsu, Oracle, IBM, HP and Cisco, among others.
Our mission is to advance knowledge and educate students in science and technology, and to train highly-skilled IT-specialists. ITIS also offers courses for the professional training and retraining of employees of IT enterprises and implements applied research projects.
There is a strong educational system at ITIS: Classes are conducted by professors and scientists of Kazan Federal University, and special courses are delivered by developers and engineers from major IT companies. A range of courses are taught by professors invited from universities abroad. In addition to the theory and fundamental disciplines, we pay special attention to the applied disciplines. We have more than 20 research IT labs (Microsoft lab, Samsung Android lab, IOS lab, Cisco Innovation center, Fujitsu Lab, Robotics Lab, Intelligence Search Systems lab etc.) at ITIS, where students work on R&D projects.
The Higher Institute for Information Technology and Information Systems offers: a Bachelor's degree program in Applied Informatics (4 years, full time studies), and a Master's degree program in Software Engineering (2 years. Majors: Software Development Management, Software Engineering Methods and Assets).
The content of the master's program in line with international best practices for teaching software engineering master's institutions of higher education Integratd Software and Systems Engineering Curriculum - Graduate Software Engineering 2009 (GSwE2009): Curriculum Guidelines for Graduate Degree Programs in Software Engineering, Computing Curricula 2005 and Software Engineering 2004, which are part of a series of educational standards Computing Curricula ACM and IEEE CS.
The program takes two years. After a year of basic education you can choose one of three specializations: scientific and practical - «Cognitive Systems and Data Science" or a more practice-oriented "Methods and tools for software engineering" (System Architecture) or - "Management of software development" (Manager IT -The).
The Institute of Engineering supervises engineering education in all units of KFU.
A new model of engineering education is introduced in KFU. Training of technical specialists is distributed between various scientific and educational units, and the engineering institute plays role of the coordination and methodical center.
The Institute of Engineering realizes academic programs for higher professional education for different majors, and also for postgraduate professional education, carries out preparation, retraining and professional development of personnel in the field of engineering and technologies, conducts basic and applied scientific researches, and solves the following problems:
KFU trains engineers – people that are be able to design and solve complex problems, transform the space around themselves, make innovations, and master new technologies.
The Institute produces experts competent in a wide range of state-of-the-art computer applications in education, science, industry, and management. The Institute runs leading research in the areas of fundamental informatics and information technologies. 10 computer rooms allow to master modern information technologies, to work on term papers and diploma theses. The Institute maintains close working contacts with large domestic and foreign IT companies, such as ICL-KME CS, Microsoft, Softline, and many others.
The Institute offers 2 majors: Applied Mathematics and Informatics, Mathematical Methods in Economics as well as 4 concentrations: Information Technologies, Applied Mathematics and Informatics, Applied Informatics, Information Science for Business. The graduates have been rated second to none in terms of their competitive ability in the sphere of Information Technologies (according to independent rating agency ReitOR).
The Institute employs over 100 staff members including 27 professors - higher doctors.
Nikolai Lobachevsky Institute of Mathematics and Mechanics was established in 2011 by merging the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics of Kazan University and Nikolai Chebotarev Research Institute of Mathematics and Mechanics. More than 750 students study and about 100 highly qualified professors work at the departments of mathematics, mechanics and pedagogical education.
The education is supported by ten departments and the laboratory of computer facilities equipped with high-performance systems. The Institute collaborates with leading Universities, research centres and industrial enterprises in Russian Federation, neighbouring and foreign countries.
Main research areas are: Fundamental and Applied Mathematics, Fluid and Solid Mechanics.
Following the principles of Bologna declaration, Nikolai Lobachevsky Institute of Mathematics and Mechanics implements educational programs of two levels:
- Bachelor's Degree program (first cycle) provides students with the knowledge according to the specialty chosen and basic information from other academic fields. After completion the graduate receives a state Diploma of higher education with the Bachelor's Degree conferred. The Bachelor's Diploma gives the opportunity to hold a position including higher education as a qualification criterion. The Bachelor's Diploma gives the right to continue education at the Master's Degree program.
- Master's Degree program (second cycle) provides students education in professional area, which is narrower than in the Bachelor's Degree program. Master's program graduates have an opportunity to continue education at postgraduate level.
Institute of Physics is a leading national center for education and research in different branches of contemporary physics, astronomy and high technologies. It has more than 200 years of history with outstanding discoveries. Among many the names of Zavoisky, Petrov, Engelgardt, Altshuler and others could be mentioned.
The head of Institute of Physics is Sergei Ivanovich Nikitin
Today the Institute possesses a well-developed scientific infrastructure and offers a unique combination of fundamental classical and engineering education. The Institute has more than 150 modern student laboratories and more than 30 specialized research laboratories, interdisciplinary education and research centers “Medical Physics” and “Physics of Complex Systems”, astronomical observatories in Turkey, North Caucasus and outside Kazan. The Institute owns up-to-date research equipment to search for new crystals, thin films, nanosystems and to study their properties for quantum electronics, optics, spintronics, nanoelectronics and biomedical applications. Several laboratories work together within the All-Russian Center for the Shared Facilities “Physical and Chemical Studies of Matter and Substances”. The scientific investigations are provided in the framework of several main directions – from physics of atoms, molecules and nanosystems to astrophysics and space research.
Students take full advantage of modern computer technologies in their education and research activity. The Institute employs approximately 180 teaching staff members, among them 57 full professors; it has over 1,000 under- and post-graduate students.
The system of higher physical education and scientific-pedagogical school of the institute has gained international recognition. The Institute also offers several joint educational programs for Master and first doctoral degrees. The Institute consists of 4 departments: Physics, Radiophysics and Telecommunication Systems, Astronomy and Cosmic Geodesy, Scientific-Pedagogical Department, in which 16 departments are included.
The Faculty of Law of Kazan (Volga region) Federal University is the leading higher educational legal institution in Russia.
The Faculty of Law of Kazan Federal University is the successor of the moral-political Department of the Kazan Imperial University, established in 1804, In consequence, on the basis of the faculty were formed separate institutions. In 1952 the faculty of law was restored in the University structure. The faculty are trained over 3,500 students. The training is conducted in day, evening and correspondence courses in two areas: "Jurisprudence" and "the law Teacher. Graduates of the faculty have the opportunity to continue training in a magistracy and postgraduate study.
Therefore, when choosing where to obtain a law degree or the question of where to go be a lawyer, you should not have any doubts - the oldest faculty of law of Russia fully answers these and other questions! We are waiting for you!
Department of law faculty:
The faculty has 25 doctors of Sciences, 73 candidates of Sciences, associate professors.
The existing capacity of the faculty and staff of the law faculty creates all necessary conditions for high-performance scientific activity and training of highly qualified lawyers.
The Institute of International Relations, History and Oriental Studies of Kazan Federal University was established on November, 1, 2013. Its history dates back to 1804 when the Imperial Kazan University was founded.
Director of the Institute – Ramil R. Khairutdinov.
Today IIRHOS of KFU is one of the elite, innovative and successful modern educational and scientific centers of the Kazan (Volga region) Federal University. It trains specialists for various sectors of the economy.
High quality of professional education, fundamental scientific training, proactive research projects, broad international recognition, profound and consistent study of foreign languages –all of this rightfully constitute most valuable academic assets of IIRHOS. One of the key goals of the Institute is to train a creative personality, a true professional, successful in his or her career.
Our graduates work in the government, various regulatory and administrative authorities, and municipal bodies. They are taken on the key positions in the international departments of large companies, international organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, in the most demanded sectors of national economy and science. All this contribute to high reputation of our Institute.
Over 3,000 students, among them more than 300 foreigners from 24 countries, are trained here. High-level scholars, including over 70 doctors and candidates of sciences, are involved in the scientific and educational activities of the Institute.
The Institute trains Bachelors in International Relations, Foreign Regions Studies, Oriental and African Studies, Linguistics, History, Anthropology and Ethnology, Cultural Studies, Museology and Protection of Cultural and Natural Heritage, Tourism, Teacher Training Education with two profiles of training. There are also Master’s degree programs in International Relations, History, Anthropology and Ethnology, Art history, Linguistics, Tourism and Foreign Regions Studies.
In addition, the students are well trained in foreign languages. We teach English, German, French, Spanish, Turkish, Korean, Persian, Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, Swahili, , and Hindi.
Almost all the training programs are taught in two or more languages, including English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, Farsi, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Swahili, Afrikaans, as well as old Slavonic, old Tatar, old Ottoman Turkish, Latin, ancient Greek etc. Wide cooperation with international and Russian scientific and educational centers, the center for competence development "UNIVERSUM+" and numerous cultural programs including the study of European and Oriental languages contribute to the high level of linguistic competence of the students and allow for their professional growth and employment opportunities.
The institute has 3 divisions, Research and Education Department, Archaeological and Ethnographic museums, training field facilities in Bilyarsk village of Alekseevsky region of the Republic of Tatarstan, Research and Education centers and Research Laboratories, cultural and regional studies centers.
The Children's University of the Volga federal district opened on October, 30, 2011 upon the initiative of the Institute.
The history of the Institute of Philology and Intercultural Communication dates back to the foundation of Kazan Imperial University in 1804. Named after Leo Tolstoy, who was a student of Kazan University, the Institute today is one of the largest schools of KFU with about three thousand undergraduate and graduate students and 300 faculty and staff members including over 100 international scholars and students from the USA, China, South Korea, Turkey, Iran, France, Iraq, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and other countries.
The Institute comprises 3 academic divisions: the Higher School of Russian and Foreign Philology, Gabdulla Tukay Higher School of Tatar Studies and Turkology and the Higher School of Russian Language and Intercultural Communication. The Institute trains philologists and educators with expertise in linguistics, literary studies, Russian, Tatar and foreign languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Turkish, etc.), interpretation and translation, educational technologies, design, music, and choreography. We offer double majors (ex., Russian + English), programs taught in English, as well as bachelor and master programs specifically designed for international students interested in Russian as a foreign language. The institute also offers doctoral degree programs for those wishing to conduct research and obtain a Candidate of Science Degree (PhD). We host several Research and Education Centers as well as Kazan International Linguistic Center that offers short-term and long-term language courses, professional development and second education programs for in-service and pre-service educators, translators, culturologists, etc.
Institute of Psychology and Education of Kazan Federal University is one of the largest teachers' education institutes in Russian higher education. The Institute covers all levels of education - Bachelor, Specialist, Master, Postgraduate and Doctorate, as well as an advanced system of training and retraining of educators.
Director of the Institute is Aydar Kalimullin.
Institute of Psychology and Education was established at Kazan Federal University in September 2011 through the merger of the Faculty of Psychology of Kazan State University, the Faculty of Psychological and Pedagogical Education of Tatar State University of Humanities and Education and some structures of the Institute of Education of the Republic of Tatarstan.
The Institute is represented by scientific schools in pedagogical, psychological and educational fields – by Academician V.I. Andreev, professors B.S. Alisheva, R.A. Valeyeva, V.F. Gabdulhakova, V.G. Zakirova, L.A. Kazantsev A.M. Kalimullina, Z.G. Nigmatova, L.M. Popov, A.O .Prokhorov, A.N. Huziahmetova, R.F. Shayhelislamova, and others.
The Institute's mission is to develop professional education and to provide organizational, scientific and pedagogical support of the educational process.
Institute of Social and Philosophical Sciences and Mass Communications preserves and develops long-term university traditions of teaching philosophy, political science, sociology, conflict resolution, religious studies, journalism, and theory of mass communications. Our education helps graduates to fulfill themselves in different social, political and humanitarian activities, as well as in social and media communications. The Institute aspires to combine deep theoretical training with applied studies.
The scope of reseasch is very wide: philosophy, political science, sociology, religious studies and conflict resolution - all aimed at achieving social stability, conflictless social, political and interconfessional interaction; searching for optimal instruments of analysis of social phenomena, models of optimal risk distribution on different territories, studying reality through the lens of mass media.
The faculty strive to stimulate free creative thinking in students, help them acquire humanistic values. We value our ndividual approach to students and encourage them to contribute to the community via all types of activities.
Our graduates work in government structures, various analytical and media departments, political parties, trade unions, business companies, teach in schools and universities, work in religious organizations, sociological companies and non-profit entities.
The Institute of Management, Economics and Finance was founded as the result of a merger between the Institute of Management and Territorial Development and the Institute of Economics and Finance. This merger happened in the year of the 210th anniversary of the Kazan Federal University (2014).
The Institute is one of the largest at Kazan University. Our alumni are prepared to work in the turbulent conditions of modern economy, they are tech-savvy, competitive and attentive to global developments and innovations. The graduates are in high demand in Tatarstan and Russia.
The School of Public Administration was established in July 2012, being the successor to Professional Public Officialls Training Center of the Institute of Management and Territorial Development of Kazan University, but with more discretion and serious strategic objectives for the future.
The School is in close partnership with local government and municipalities, and the educational process is tailored to the students' individual needs. The governmental evaluation standards are used to benchmark their performance.
Students are offered a number of courses within a comprehensive approach and learn to address the pertinent problems of today's public administration. Leading Russian and foreign experts are often the guests of the School and provide their valuable expertise.
The mission of Higher School of Business is to train world-class managers equipped with global vision and cultural awareness and capable of seeking optimal solutions of any business problems.
About the School
Higher School of Business (MBA Higher School) was established in 2000 as a part of Kazan State Finance and Economics Institute (KSFEI), a federal state-funded educational institution of higher vocational education. The School was an educational and scientific structural division of KSFEI. In 2011, KSFEI merged with the Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University (KFU). In 2013 the MBA Program was renamed to the MBA Higher School and in 2015 - to the Higher School of Business
The faculty was organized in 1967 and currently trains over 400 people a year in over 20 programs. Мore than 30 professors and 40 associated professors of KFU comprise the staff.
The technology of computer simulation and virtual reality, trainings and project sessions, distance courses, coaching are all used in the educational process. We have a broad collaborative experience with reputed Russian educational organizations and international associations such as the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration and International Association for Continuing Education and Training.
The innovative technology of virtual conferences by Pax Grid group has been applied in educational practice in 2013.
Our faculty is open for cooperation. We are ready to consider proposals on new programs of additional professional education.
All the potential enrollees not speaking Russian are required to participate in the one-year language training course at the International Preparatory School. Studies at the Preparatory School are not a part of general curriculum.
The program is designed for international students with limited or no Russian language proficiency. Candidates are able to enroll in the preparatory course upon presenting proof of eligibility to enter a Russian institution of higher education, including documentation of prior education. Namely, those applying for admission to a Baccalaureat, Masters' or Specialists' programs must submit secondary school certificates or their recognized equivalents entitling applicants for higher education. Those applying for admission to a Masters' program must submit their Bachelor's certificates. Those applying for admission to a Doctoral program must submit their Master's certificates or Specialist's diplomas.
The preparatory program corresponds to the state program of pre-university training and includes both Russian courses and training in basic disciplines. The training is provided in the areas of humanities, economics and natural sciences.
In case of successful completion of the program participants receive the State Certificate of Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL-1 or TORFL-2) that is a prerequisite for paid education at Russian universities, as well as a Certificate from Kazan University listing the courses and hours taken.
The Universiade Village is rightfully called «a city within a city». Its atmosphere is unique and easily recognizable. The Village is truly an oasis of comfort for students.
The campus grounds are maintained according to the strictest standards. Over 8,000 inhabitants are concentrated here and thus can communicate and reach each other in minutes. Young guests from 81 countries live here.
The Village is the biggest dorm complex in Russia now, comprising 20 high-rise and low-rise buildings. Naturally, there are various sports grounds and facilities in the vicinity.
Security is a top priority; no one is allowed to enter without proper identification and registration. And, to top all that, the fees are really affordable for anyone.
Rooms can accommodate 2, 3, or 4 persons. The design is mostly light-colored and unostentatious to satisfy most tastes. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, smoke detectors, and radio transmitters for emergency alerts.
Kitchens are shared by three or four rooms and are also fully equipped, including fridges and electric ovens.
Each room has a separate toilet and shower.
KFU Student Club is a voluntary student organization engaged in all types of arts, performance activities, personal development, and creative self-actualization.
Some of the most popular events curated by the Student Club are:
Student Club has won multiple provincial and national awards. In particular, for the last years in a row (2011 - 2016) the Club has won at least one honor at the Republican Student Spring Festival. 2015 marked the Club’s victory on the national level – it was awarded as the Best Organizer of Student Governance in Russia.
Student Sports Club is a community organization uniting students and PhD candidates of full-time instruction programs.
Some of the members are experienced athletes with international honors. No matter how distinguished you are, everyone is welcome to join various athletic activities and competitions to maintain a healthy lifestyle and find true camaraderie. The University owns 5 sports facilities with a huge choice of gyms, grounds, and courts for all major sports.
You will be able to participate in all kinds of competitive events
You will have opportunities to show your true prowess and receive appropriate honors
You will challenge yourself and achieve new heights of health and athleticism
You will find many new friends who share your passion for sports
You will be able to defend your alma mater’s colors
The Club organizes and co-organizes different local and national events. Students volunteer and/or participate. Among the most well-known events are:
National Running Day
Student Sports Festival for Federal Universities
Russian Ski Track
World Health Day
World Youth Day
Rock Climbing Championship of Tatarstan
Prime Minister of Tatarstan, Member of the KFU Board of Trustees
Mathematician and physicist
One of the principle creators of the theory of chemical structure, melittologist, lepidopterologist, Rector of Kazan University (1860 - 1863)
Hockey player, two-time world champion, silver medalist of the 1998 Olympic games
Weightlifter, two-time Champion of Europe
Head of Rosprirodnadzor
Chief of Staff of the President of Tatarstan, Member of the KFU Board of Trustees
Minister of Land and Property Relations of Tatarstan
Opera singer, director, Member of the KFU Board of Trustees