Kazan University is one of the oldest universities in Russia – it celebrated its 210th anniversary in 2014. We considered this milestone 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 which participates 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. Multiple centers of excellence and world-class research and teaching laboratories have been established in recent years. Our participation in the Project 5-100 designates our determination to reach the highest levels of global 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 prominently represented.


The Main Campus of Kazan Federal University located in Kazan is divided into 16 institutes, 3 Higher Schools and two faculties. The university also has two branches in Naberezhnye Chelny and Yelabuga.

The university offers the majority of its programs in Russian. Prospective students who do not speak Russian are required to participate in a one-year language training course at KFU International Preparatory School. Teaching in English is provided for several programs throughout the university at Specialist and Master levels.

Physics, Mathematics and IT

  • Institute of Physics
  • N.I. Lobachevsky Institute of Mathematics and Mechanics
  • Institute of Computational Mathematics and Information Technologies
  • Higher School of Information Technologies and Intellectual Systems
  • Institute of Engineering

Natural Sciences

  • Institute of Geology and Petroleum Technologies
  • Institute of Fundamental Medicine and Biology
  • Institute of Environmental Sciences
  • Alexander Butlerov Institute of Chemistry


  • Institute of Philology and Intercultural Communication
  • Institute of Social and Philosophical Sciences and Mass Communications
  • Institute of International Relations, History and Oriental Studies
  • Institute of Psychology and Education
  • Institute for the Comparative Studies of Modernity
  • Institute of Language
  • Faculty of Law


  • Institute of Management, Economics and Finance
  • Higher School of Public Administration
  • Higher School of Business

Additional academic units

  • Physical Education and Sports Academic Unit
  • Institute of Continuing Education
  • Faculty of Advanced Training and Staff Retraining

Preparatory School for International Students

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.


Kazan Federal University’s Main Campus is located in downtown Kazan, 10 minutes away from the Kazan Kremlin.

The Main Building of Kazan University was designed by architect Petr Pyatnitsky and built in the 1820s. The oldest part of the today’s Main Building includes three classic portals along with the white foreside of the original 1822 construction.

From 1832 to 1841, architect M. Korinfsky designed the rest of the buildings comprising the neo-classical Architectural Complex of Kazan University. The Main Building Yard now contains the central administrative offices, the Anatomical Theatre, the Library, chemistry and physics laboratories, and the Observatory.

Chemical Faculty Building (since 2003: Alexander Butlerov Chemistry Institute) was built in 1953 with the support of students. The original building was built in the Soviet neoclassical style. In 1960-70s, two high-rise academic buildings were erected to the north and to the west of the Main Building. The most recent addition was in 2015, when a 7-storey laboratory building was added to the campus.

By President Boris Yeltsin’s Decree in 1996 the Architectural Complex of Kazan University was added to the National Cultural Heritage Register of Russia. During the preparations for 200th anniversary of KFU the East Wing was added to the Main Building and today along with the university administration, the Museum of History of Kazan University, Yevgeny Zavoisky Lab-Museum, the Botanical Museum, Edward Eversman Zoology Museum, and two academic units – the Institute of Fundamental Medicine and Biology together with the Faculty of Law reside there. University sport facilities include UNICS and Bustan Sports Centers built in 1989 and 2010.

KFU is one of just few educational institutions in Russia which offers modern comfortable housing to all students outside of Kazan. KFU dormitory campus is located in the Universiade Village built to accommodate participants of the XXVII World Summer Universiade 2013. It is a residential micro-district for about 12,000 people with a medical center, drugstore, sports equipment rent station, copy center, laundry, beauty salon, cafeteria and other facilities available. The Village project was awarded a diploma “For a special contribution to a socially significant infrastructure creation for youth and sport development” at the world contest FIABCI Prix D’Excellence.
Altogether the premises of Kazan University are located throughout Russia in Tatarstan, Karachay-Cherkessia, Karelia, Mari El and Samara region (Tolyatti).

Strategy ‘5 TOP 100’

Kazan Federal University is a member of 5-100 Russian Academic Excellence Project which aims at maximizing the competitive position of leading Russian universities in the global research and education market.

Nikolay Lobachevsky Scientific Library

Nikolai Lobachevsky Scientific Library is a gem of the University. It was established at the end of the 18th century. During its 200-year history, the library has accumulated over five million volumes, including 150 thousand old and rare units.
Kazan University Nikolai Lobachevsky Scientific Library has one of the world’s most important bibliographical collections, including 15,000 manus­cripts and 3,000 rare books.

The Library today:

  • over five million volumes, including 150 thousand old and rare units.
  • in the Top 10 of Russian libraries by size
  • 3rd among other Russian university libraries.

One of the unique elements of the Library is the Department of Rare Books and Manus­cripts. The collection consists of ancient scrolls from the 10th century, some of Europe’s first printed books from the 15th century (incunabula), original editions of Russia’s first printed books, ancient Oriental rare books, and manus­cripts – an invaluable part of a written heritage of the peoples of the world.

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