Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) was established in June 2010 by merging a number of leading Arkhangelsk higher educational institutions. It includes 7 higher schools, 2 institutes, 3 colleges and 3 branches providing educational services to over 17,000 students. Staff consists of over 1160 lecturers. NArFU has more than 70 agreements of international cooperation with partner universities.
One of the major NArFU research focuses is the Arctic development. Core areas of NArFU academic focus are high technologies and knowledge-intensive sectors, infrastructure development and Northern Sea Route, natural resources management, environmental protection and climate change, health and well-being, social sphere and human resources in the High North.

As a federal university NArFU develops a system of higher professional education that will optimize regional educational structures and strengthen links between educational institutions and economic and social spheres in the North-West of Russia.


  • Higher School of Social Sciences, Humanities and International Communication
  • Higher School of Natural Sciences and Technologies
  • Higher School of Information Technologies and Automated Systems
  • Higher School of Economics, Management and Law
  • Higher School of Engineering
  • Higher School of Energy, Oil and Gas
  • Higher School of Psychology and Pedagogical Education
  • Institute of Shipbuilding and Arctic Marine Engineering (Severodvinsk)


  • Technological College of Emperor Peter I
  • Technical College (branch in Severodvinsk)


  • Koryazhma Branch
  • Severodvinsk branch
  • Naryan-Mar Representative Office


  • University residence halls consist of 13 buildings;
  • Types of rooms:
    • “Standard”;
    • “Comfort”;
    • “Family”;
  • Each dormitory provides rest room and laundry. Some of them have a gym;
  • All dormitories are located in close proximity to public transport, shopping centers and NARFU campuses;
  1.  Dorm “Standard”
    Student residence is composed of comfortable fully furnished double and triple rooms. Washroom and kitchen are shared among residents of the same floor / unit.
  2. Dorm “Comfort”
    The hostel facilities: a standard room (for 1 person) and a large room (for 2 persons), shared kitchen (for 5-10 persons) and bathroom (for 2 persons). Room and kitchen are furnished. Wi-Fi is available. “Comfort” rooms are by default booked for our short-term students and researchers.


Bachelor / Master / PhD students

From 480 to 765 RUR per month*

Students of the preparatory department

1090 RUR per month*

Sort-term students

living in a dorm “Comfort”

800 RUR per day (shared)*;

1000 RUR per day (single)*

*Subject to change



Arkhangelsk Region is located in northern European Russia on the shore of the White Sea. The territory of Arkhangelsk region is bigger than France and six times the size of Bulgaria. It includes the Arctic archipelagos of Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya.

Cultural life

Cultural life in Arkhangelsk is very diverse – everyone can find something to their taste. There is plenty of opportunities for a wide range of sport activities (both winter and summer sport) and entertainments. Arkhangelsk is called the cultural capital of Russian North, so if you have some extra time in Arkhangelsk you can plunge into local culture: pay attention to the natural history museum and the gallery of arts, spend an evening at a classical organ concert in a music hall or enjoy the performance in one of the local theatres.

For further information check out the sites of the most popular museums and theatres (use Google Translator for web in case the site is in Russian).

  • The Arkhangelsk Lomonosov Drama Theater
  • Arkhangelsk Philarmonia;
  • Arkhangelsk Museum of Fine Art, Stepan Pisakhov Museum 
  • Wooden Architecture and Folk Art Museum “Malye Korely” (an open-air museum of Russian North’s wooden architecture)

Besides, in the city centre there are also various activities to do and views to enjoy. Arkhangelsk is spread along the Northern Dvina river, therefore Northern Dvina’s embankment (Naberezhnaya) is a favorite place of walking for locals and guests of the city, especially in the summer. Most of Arkhangelsk’s street events are organized at Naberezhnaya, a couple of beautiful churches and interesting buildings are situated along the way and it is a perfect place for sport activities like cycling, rollerskating, jogging and what not.


Annual International Street Theatres Festival takes place every year at the end of the June and finishes on the City Day (the last Sunday of June) with a huge celebration all around the city. Various performance groups and companies all over the world gather in Arkhangel sk to make their performances in the streets of the city. The aim is to get the Region population get acquainted with new trends in contemporary theatre, to educate it through the means of theatre and to strengthen cultural ties of Russia with foreign countries.· 

International Jazz Music Festival «Jazz Days in Arkhangelsk». The Festival attracts musicians from all over Russia, as well as from Norway, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, USA, Great Britain, Germany and other countries. It is a music laboratory where young jazzmen have a chance of playing together on one stage with prominent Russian and foreign musicians. The unique concert programme is always accompanied by exhibitions, installations, excursions, master-classes, films and video art events, music, lively club events. The Festival usually takes place at the end of September – the beginning of October each year.

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