About Kazan State Medical University

Kazan State Medical University (also known as KSMU) is a multi-functional and multi-level state institution for medical education. The University succeeds in developing biomedical and clinical sciences along with broadening scientific knowledge of medical science. Kazan State Medical University functions on the basis of self-governance and belongs to the system of higher education and scientific research of the Ministry of Health of Russia. In 1994, the University was granted a license by the State Committee of Russian Federation of Higher Education which issues the right to perform activities in the field of professional education. Kazan University focuses on training experts in different fields of medicine according to global requirements.

With 200 years of experience in medical training, KSMU can be truly called an international university. Numerous students from more than 57 countries around the world study here, with half of them in English medium. Moreover, the University has a large group of students from neighboring and remote regions of Russia.

We are proud that Kazan Medical University is an attractive choice for students of all ages from different backgrounds, and that is why our priority is support and care for both local and international students. 


More than 5500 medical students, clinical residents and interns

    • 9 faculties
    • 65 departments
    • Staff of more than 1,500 qualified professionals


For most students choosing a university is the first important decision they make as adults, and it is one that shapes and influences both their present and future lives.

If you would like to study at a foreign university, you will be given an opportunity to meet extraordinary people and make friends with students from all over the world. You will learn how to deal with new challenges (for example, language barriers or being far from home). You will definitely learn most from the more nuanced aspects of cultural differences, including academic and social ones.


Picking THE university to study at truly is an overwhelming choice for some. Among myriad institutions all over the world, students and parents alike are worried about choosing the right one. Please find the information about Kazan State Medical University to ease your choice below.



    • The third oldest medical university in Russia after Moscow and Saint Petersburg;
    • The only university in Kazan which is recognized by the Ministry of Healthcare and Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation;
    • The only medical university in Kazan recognized by the WHO and listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools (AVICENNA Directory for Medicine);
    • The only university in Kazan recognized by ECFMG (USA);
    • The only university in Kazan recognized by leading medical councils like AMC, GMC, MCI and others.


Russia has been a destination for foreign students from the times of the Soviet Union (USSR). Since then, KSMU has been one of those medical schools from which foreign students have been graduating in ample amounts. Nowadays, a big number of students from 57 countries are studying at the University. More than 500 foreign medical graduates and 200 postgraduates from all over the world are currently enrolled, which demonstrates that KSMU is a popular choice among foreigners.

Medium of Instruction

International students can choose between English and Russian medium of instruction. Kazan State Medical University first commenced English-medium courses in 2003. All lectures, practical classes, laboratory studies, seminars, tests, examinations and state examinations have been conducted in the English language ever since.

For those students who study in English medium the Russian Language, along with other subjects, is taught as an independent one for 4 years so that they can communicate with both patients and locals.


The faculties of Kazan State Medical University are:

    • The Faculty of General Medicine;
    • The Faculty of Paediatrics;
    • The Faculty of Dentistry;
    • The Faculty of Pharmacy;
    • The Faculty of Preventive Medicine;
    • The Faculty of Nursing.


The Faculty of Postgraduate Education was founded in 1994, and as of today, it is known as the Faculty of Professional Retraining and Specialization.


KSMU conducts postgraduate and supplementary education of medical, pharmaceutical and social work of the following types:

    • Clinical internship program in 28 specialities (annual admission of 450-470 people);
    • Clinical residency program in 40 specialities (annual admission of 150-170 people);
    • PhD studentship in 35 specialities (annual admission of 40-50 people);
    • Professional retraining, further advanced training or clerkship (annual admission of more than 3,000 people);
    • Thematic and general advanced courses for doctors and pharmacists with work experience (260-320 students per year);
    • Advancing the qualification of college teachers (90-100 per year);
    • Provision of methodical help, organization of qualified examinations for interns from the medical institutions in Tatarstan and Mary El (annual number of alumnus 380-580).


Medical programs are based on various fundamental disciplines (Clinical and Pathological Physiology, Pathologic Anatomy, Clinical Pharmacology and Biochemistry, Medical Psychology and others). Training for major specializations includes work in class, as well as independent work with patients under the supervision of doctors and professors.

Students and graduates of the KSMU may apply for supplementary educational programs such as “Interpreter in the field of professional communication”, “Medical Psychology” and others to master necessary skills in the fields of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Health Maintenance of Fitness, Therapeutic Massage, Cosmetology, and others. Upon completion of the postgraduate or supplementary educational programs, all graduates receive an official state document.


The advanced training of doctors is based on four courses: 

    • Doctors of general practice (Family Medicine),
    • Pediatric Surgery, 
    • Pharmacy,
    • Medical ecology and sanitary-epidemiological control.

The training is performed in cycles of thematic advanced education, general training and specialization which lasts from one week to three months.


The advanced training of teachers of medical colleges of Russia has been carried out during last thirty years. Kazan State Medical University is the base for the activities of the Coordination Council of the joint work with the medical, pharmaceutical colleges of Tatarstan and Mary El republic.


Clinical training is performed at 54 units of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Tatarstan. There are 33 general hospitals, outpatients departments, 21 polyclinics, as well as a number of maternity hospitals, dental polyclinics and other medical facilities. The total number of beds is about 9,000. The main hub of clinical training is the Republican Clinical Hospital. Other centers for clinical training include the Hospital of Emergency Care, the City Hospital No. 18 and the Interregional Clinical Diagnostic Center.


KSMU dental polyclinic has 98 dental chairs. Republican and 8 city centers of public healthcare with the specialized departments and laboratories are used for teaching and training students of the Faculty of Prophylactic Medicine. The Pharmaceutical Faculty utilizes 65 pharmacies with medical laboratories, 18 pharmacies and some commercial pharmaceutical units for training students. 


    • Medical Massage
    • Medical Cosmetology
    • Medical Psychology
    • Plastic Surgery
    • Medical Equipment
    • Diagnostic equipment
    • Current Phyto-medicine Market
    • Instrumental Diagnostic of Heart Diseases (ECG)
    • Business English
    • Hepatology
    • Fundamentals of Onnuri Medicine and Su-Jok Therapy
    • Hatha Yoga
    • Fundamentals of microsurgery
    • Interpreter in professional communication


The Center for Practical Skills is the newest department founded in 2002. The Center for Practical Skills conducts pre-clinical training of students and organizes training for residents and interns of Kazan State Medical University. The Center is headed by Professor Sergey Bulatov.


The Center premises are equipped with simulators, manikins and training devices designed specifically for qualitative mastering of therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.


The method “Standardized Patient” is widely used to train senior students, wherein the role of a patient is played by a specially trained actor. Starting from the first year of medical school, these standardized patients teach students to perform a complete physical examination, take a medical history and effectively communicate with an extensive and diverse population. For young professionals participating in the programs of postgraduate education special seminars are conducted based on modern highly technological teaching methods, “Provision of emergency medical assistance in an emergent situation” and “Endoscopic methods of examination and treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract”. These educational programs received inventor’s certificates and patents of the Russian Federation on “A method of professional training of students” in 2007.


The Center for Practical Skills, in collaboration with Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and University of Vermont College of Medicine, conducts training for medical students, interns and residents according to the healthcare standards required for clinical skills by USMLE. Annual exams are held, and upon successful completion candidates are awarded with certificates signed by the Rectors of American Medical School and Kazan State Medical University.


KSMU has a large library comprising 700,000 medical volumes in Russian and foreign languages (medical textbooks, journals and dissertations, including rare ones). More than 500 renowned scientific and medical journal are available in the library or in the internet room for everyone’s free use.


Library search engines:

    • PubMed — a resource which comprises more than 20 million citations of biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher websites;
    • Uptodate — Evidence-based resource.


Kazan State Medical University has 6 student hostels which are located close to the institution. Students are offered different kinds of rooms which usually accommodate 2-3 students. The rooms are comfortable, fully-furnished, and well-heated. Hostels provide Internet access, TV sets and other necessities. Bathrooms and kitchens are allotted on a shared basis.

The rooms are kept ready before students’ arrival. Strict rules are followed for students’ safety, the hostel premises are patrolled by guards 24/7 .

Males and females are allotted separate floors and blocks. All floors have shared washrooms and kitchens where students can prepare their food. Additionally, there are special areas for students to socialize and make new friends.

KSMU students can stay at university hostels, or they can allowed to rent a apartment within the city (the hostel fees will be refunded). Students who choose to stay at university hostels while studying in Kazan State Medical University do not have to pay any utility bills (electricity, hot and cold water, cooking gas, e t.c.) separately, as compared to those who rent a flat off-campus and have to pay for amenities, in addition to the monthly rent.

Apartment rent fees depend on the location, size and condition. Most apartments for rent are supplied with furniture and basic household appliances (refrigerator, TV, telephone and others). Please note that utility bills are not included in the rent.


Kazan is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. It is a major industrial, commercial and cultural center and remains the most important cultural center of the Tatar culture. With a population of over 1 million people, it is the eighth most populous city in Russia. Kazan lies at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers in European Russia. The city is located 793 km east of Moscow. Kazan is a place where the East meets the West.


The origin of name Kazan is unclear. The literal translation of the word Qazan is “Boiler” or “Cauldron”. It is believed that the city of Kazan is named after an object and its geographical similarity with “Qazan-pan”; namely, the city is situated in a U-shaped low land. The way from the capital of Russia, Moscow to Kazan takes 1 hour 20 minutes by plane and around 10 hours by train.


People of different nationalities live within the city. Major religions in Kazan are Sunni Islam and Eastern Orthodoxy. You can hear speech of more than 100 different nationalities in Kazan. The official languages are Tatar and Russian.


Kazan was founded in the year of 1005. Despite such venerable age, the city is growing and dynamically developing in all aspects. Since April 2009, Kazan has been granted the legal right to brand itself as the third capital of Russia. In 2004, it was named the best city of Russia and became the winner of Russian public award “Russian National Olympus”.


With a rich history and culture, Kazan is a host to a number of monuments and places to visit. There are numerous museums, libraries, concert halls and theaters. Two renowned international festivals, the opera festival named after F.I. Shalyapin and the classical ballet festival named after R. Nuriev, are held on a regular basis. The Kazan Kremlin (citadel) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Major monuments in the Kremlin are the 5-domed 6-columned Annunciation Cathedral (1561-62) and the mysterious leaning Soyembika Tower named after the last queen of Kazan and regarded as the city’s most prominent landmark. Other structures of interest are:

    • the towers and walls erected in the 16th and 17th centuries but later reconstructed;
    • the Qol-Sharif mosque which is already rebuilt inside the citadel;
    • remains of the Saviour Monastery with the Spasskaya Tower;
    • the Governor’s House (1843-53), now known as the Palace of the President of Tatarstan.


Kazan is a significant educational and cultural center of Russia. It has traditionally been a city comprising many universities, with only Moscow and Saint Petersburg having a bigger number of students. There are 44 institutes of higher education and about 25 colleges, including colleges for special training, 178 schools and over 50 schools for learning music, choreography, fine arts and other courses. Among them there is the Kazan Federal University which was founded in 1804, with the faculty composed of and including the world renowned scientists.

In 2009, Kazan was chosen as “Sports Capital of Russia”, and it is still referred to as such. Apart from being a home to Ice-Hockey Team “Ak Bars Kazan”, it has a football team by the name of “Rubin Kazan”. Few notable international events hosted by Kazan include 2013 Summer Universiade, World Fencing Championships (2014), European Weightlifting Championships (2011) and Bandy World Championship for men (2005 and 2011). Kazan was the host city for 2015 World Aquatics Championships, 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Kazan is a city of peace and calm. The local people are known for their affability, hospitality and embracement of various religions. A notable example a Mosque and a Church standing next to each other in the Kazan Kremlin.


Kazan is one of the largest industrial and financial centers of Russia, as well as a leading city of the Volga economic region in construction and accumulated investment. The main industries of the city are mechanical engineering, chemical, petrochemical, light and food industries. An innovative economy is represented by the largest IT-park in Russia which is one of the largest of its kind among Eastern European scientific parks.

Kazan transportation system is quite developed, comprising buses, trolleybuses, trams, railways, a river port and an international airport. The system is extensively developed and used by large number of people for daily commute.


Kazan has a humid continental climate, with cool winters and moderately hot summers. The warmest month is July, with daily average temperature of 20.2 °C (68.4 °F), and the coldest month is January, with an average temperature of -10.4 °C (13.3 °F).

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