Togliatti State University is one of the largest universities of the Povolzhie Region and is the flagship higher education institution of Togliatti.
TSU is a modern university preparing experts and highly qualified professionals for leading national and international companies, research and development centres and complexes, automotive industry, chemical and energy industry, etc.
Currently, over 12,000 students study in 10 institutes, including nearly 500 international students from 15 countries of the world. More than 100 professors and doctors of sciences together with 450 associate professors and doctors of philosophy ensure high-quality of education for more than 100 educational programmes. The University also offers a wide range of post-graduate programmes allowing to obtain a PhD/Doctor of Sciences degree in physical and mathematical sciences, engineering sciences, humanities and pedagogical sciences, etc. All courses and programmes were developed according to the requirements of international professional standards, which gives TSU students multiple opportunities on the modern employment market.

Quality of education at the University received numerous awards and acknowledgments.

TSU won the Russian Government Award for Quality (2009) and a special CIS Award “Recognition of Business Perfection” for delivering quality products and services. In 2013, Togliatti State University successfully passed the State Accreditation and confirmed its status as an accredited state university for the next 6 years.

Research and development, innovations and international cooperation are among TSU keystone interests. The University received four mega-grants from the Russian Government for realisation of the projects created and developed within the frames of Regulations No.219 and No.220 dated 9 April 2010.The University also houses 26 small innovative enterprises and the Research and Development Institute of Advanced Technologies.

TSU provides different clubs and societies for its students – dancing, singing, instrument playing, theatre and arts, sports and intellectual clubs and associations, and many others. Young people studying at Togliatti State University also organise and take part in various university and city festivals, concerts, exhibitions, performances, shows, flash mobs, and other events.


Institute of Mechanical Engineering

The Institute of Mechanical Engineering dates back to 1967 when the first Motor Vehicle Construction Department was established in Togliatti, and offers the nation’s top mechanical engineering program, with more than 180 teachers, 77 Associate Professors, and 28 Full Professors. Educational centers at the Institute have been developed centering on Welding, High Energy Technologies in Mechanical Engineering, Testing, Certification, Physical Material Science and Nanotechnology, and Industrial and Environmental Safety, where both students and faculty are engaged in research projects. Students also work in two research laboratories specialized for “Automotive Research” and “Safety”. These research facilities were added to complement the Institutes’s educational mission, address the ever-changing needs of industry and society, and contribute to the economic and social development of the region and the nation. The Institute also hosts such international scientific and technical conferences such as “Safety. Technologies. Management,”, “Technological and Thermal Aspects of Effectiveness Increase of Mechanical Engineering: Reznikov Readings”, and Brazing and Soldering.

The Institute of Mechanical Engineering is internationally recognized; two educational programs are accredited by the Russian Association for Engineering Education, (a member of ENAEE) and the EUR-ACE quality label confirms the engineering programs compliance with international standards. The Institute successfully collaborates with “Delcam” and “Process Flow”, two foreign firms. The TSU Formula Student team is also an active participant in national and international competitions.

Institute of Humanities and Pedagogy

The Institute of Humanities and Pedagogy was formed as a result of the merger of the Institute of Humanities and the Faculty of Pedagogy in 2011. It covers a broad range of ideas and subjects drawn from philosophy, literature, history, linguistics, social science and pedagogy, comprising 8 departments: Early Childhood Pedagogy and Psychology, Journalism, Sociology, History and Philosophy, Russian Language and Literature, Theoretical and Applied Psychology, Theory and Practice of Teaching Foreign Languages, Theory and Practice of Translation.

The Institute’s facilities include computer labs, TV and radio studios, an editing room, a psychological training room, and multimedia lecture rooms, and offers a wide array of academic and extra-curricular events, and seminars.

  • Literature Lab headed by Semen Krasnov, a member of the Russian Union of Writers;
  • The Journalist Organization, a branch of the Russian Union of Journalists of the Samara region.
  • The Pedagogical group Uspekh which works with orphans and disabled children and organizes volunteer actions.

The Institute is also home to a wide range of student organizations, clubs and festivals, such as the humor festival Penguin, the anime club Minna No Kai, the creativity workshop Zateya which is aimed at reviving national traditions, and the Togliatti Chamber Arts Youth Festival.

Institute of Architecture and Construction

Established in 1951, The TSU Institute of Architecture and Construction is one of the oldest schools in the Samara region for construction engineering education. The Institute has trained more than 5000 engineers, architects and designers, and today is home to over 1500 students. The Institute has five departments: Water Supply and Draining, Urban Construction and Economy, Design and Engineering Graphics, Industrial and Civil Engineering, Heat and Gas Supply, and Ventilation. Students, staff and faculty are engaged in a variety of research projects in collaboration with professional bodies, and industrial and public organizations, and has modern laboratories which have unique experimental facilities, designed and manufactured by the students.

Major research areas for the Institute include: Urban planning (urban engineering systems and communications), graphic and environmental design, construction and maintenance of various buildings, heating and gas supply networks, ventilation, water supply and draining networks, application of gas radiant heating, efficiency of natural ventilation of residential buildings with “warm attic”, reinforcement of ferroconcrete structures, testing of construction materials; technology of new composites, and utilization of industrial waste.

The institute is also active internationally, and over the last 7 years it has held the following international events:

  • International Forum of Design and Architecture “NEW CITY”;
  • Russian-Italian photo exhibitions “CONTACTS”;
  • Series of international projects, seminars and workshops;
  • International Forum of Art Initiatives;
  • International business meetings “Inter-Volga”.

Institute of Finance, Economics and Management

The Institute of Finance, Economics and Management was established in 2006 to provide a solid foundation for individuals entering the financial services industry or the management field. The Institute offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs in Economics, Finance, and Management including Quality Management, HRM, Logistics, Accounting, Financial Analysis and Audit.

Currently, the Institute has four departments: Accounting, Analysis and Audit, Finance and Credit, Management of Organization, and Merchandising and Commercial Establishment Management. Research and education in the “Economics and Management” center facilitates research activity in the following areas: analysis of financial and economic activity of an enterprise; international standards of accounting; assessment of HRM systems; certification and audit of quality management systems; modeling and development of quality management systems; ecology-related quality management; the economic foundation of urban ecological systems; and investment mechanisms of industrial systems and bank management.

Since 2007 the Institute has been successfully developing and implementing a joint minor course “International Business and Finance” in cooperation with INHOLLAND University, the Netherlands, held in English both in Togliatti and in Rotterdam. The Institute also collaborates with numerous enterprises in Togliatti, such as JSC Avtovaz, Tax Administration, VTB 24 Bank, NTB Bank, Sberbank and many others.

Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Information Technologies

The Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Information Technologies was established in 2011 from a merger of three university departments: the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, the Department of Theoretical Physics and the Institute of Physics and Mechanics. Its main purpose is to train professionals for the IT industry, to conduct research and to teach. The Institute offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs and its alumni are trained to work as specialists in applied mathematics and programmers capable of creating mathematical models, information systems and developing information technologies, or to work as University professors and teachers of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics.

The Institute has had active participation internationally—since 2004 its professors have been involved in the INTEL Education for the Future program and a number of joint activities with the regional branch of “Net Cracker” company, a world leader in the field of telecommunications. The Institute also has links with universities from the United States, Great Britain, Poland, France, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan and with the European Association “Eurotalant”, and the International Federation for Developing and Game-based Pedagogy “FIDJIP”, France.

Institute of Fine, Decorative and Applied Arts

This Institute was established in 1989 as a part of Togliatti branch of Samara State Institute of Pedagogics, and became a part of TSU in 2001. The Institute consists of three departments: Department of Decorative and Applied Arts, Department of Fine Arts and Department of Painting. Classes are held in painting, drawing, graphic design, sculpture, applied arts, designing, metal working, stone working, plastic and computer modeling workshops, including casting, enamel work, filigree, and engraving. The History of Arts classroom has a hybrid library which contains media materials, books, magazines and course books which are available for students and teachers.

This Institute also includes the Sharonovs’ School of Jewelry Design, one of the leading jewelry schools in Russia recognized internationally. Faculty includes members of the International Designer’s Union and Creative Artist’s Union of Russia. Practical training includes plein-air, museum and in-company internships.

Institute of Physical Education and Sports

This Institute dates back to the opening of Physical Education Department in 1989, and provides the region with professionals in the field of physical education, sport, and adaptive physical education. In 2011 the department was restructured into the institute, and is now composed of the Department of Adaptive Physical Education, and the Department of Physical Education and Sports. Classes are held at the TSU sport complex which comprises fitness classes, a swimming pool, gyms, a therapeutic physical training room, a ski depot and a massage room. Top priority is given to research work and training of PhD students.

Institute of Chemistry and Engineering Ecology

The history of the Institute of Chemistry and Engineering Ecology dates back to 1963 when Chemistry and Technology Department was opened in Togliatti Branch of Kuibyshev Polytechnic Institute. In 2002 Chemistry and Biology Faculty was established in Togliatti State University and on May 15, 2008, the Institute of Chemistry and Engineering Ecology was opened on the basis of the Department.

Among the Institute’s international partners there are Riga Technical University (Latvia), the University of Florence (Italy), the Second University of Naples (Italy), the Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), company Vie En.Ro.Se. Ingegneria (Italy) and others.

Today the Institute consists of two departments:

  • Department of Engineering Environmental Protection and Chemistry and Chemical Technology;
  • Department which comprises “Chemical Machine Building” section

. More than 10 lecturers with Post Doctor degree and more than 25 lecturers with PhD degree teach in the institute. In 2007 the Department of Engineering Ecology and Ecological Monitoring of Samara Scientific Center of Russian Academy of Science was established in the Institute. Scientific School of Engineering Ecology, Ecological Monitoring and Complex Problems of Theoretical Engineering, headed by prof. Andrey Vasiliev, has been awarded the status of the Leading Scientific School of Russia.

Major Research Areas:

  • Improvement of ecological, operational and consumer characteristics of energy machines;
  • Ecological monitoring;
  • Physical chemistry and electrical chemistry of super ionic conductors;
  • Chemical and industrial waste analysis and processing;
  • Nanocatalysis;
  • Synthesis of catalysts and carbohydrates conversion process development;
  • Methods of food products expertise.

The Institute is home to a number of major events: International Congress ELPIT and All-Russia scientific conference “Korshunov’s Readings”. In 2010 and 2012 International Summer School “Built Environment: Structure, Protection, and Security”.

Institute of Electrical and Power Engineering

The Institute of Electrical and Power Engineering was established on the basis of TSU oldest department – the Faculty of Electrical Engineering.

Nowadays the Institute comprises five departments:

  • Department of Power Supply and Electrical Engineering;
  • Department of Industrial Motor-Equipment and Mechanics;
  • Department of Industrial Electronics;
  • Department of Power Plants and Control Systems;
  • Department of Automation of Technological Processes and Production.

The Institute of Electrical and Power Engineering offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs in such popular engineering fields as Industrial Electronics, Electrical Power Engineering, Electronics and Microelectronics, Electrical Equipment and Electrical Industry, Electrical Mechanics, and Electrical Technology. The programs are focused on electrical engineering principles along with supporting knowledge of mathematics, science, computing, and engineering fundamentals.

Modern approaches to engineering education are applied, including application of AutoCAD, MathCAD, Electronic Work Bench, and MatLAB systems. The emphasis is made on the technologies of today and tomorrow mirroring the vibrant industrial scene found in the Volga River region. The high level of the Institute proficiency makes it possible to carry out applied research. Its Energy Audit Center provides services to local and regional enterprises.

The Institute strives to keep its programs up with the requirements of the national and international professional community. Its Energy Supply program is accredited by the Russian Association for Engineering Education, the member of ENAEE. The EUR-ACE quality label confirms the engineering program compliance with international standards. Every year the Institute hosts the international scientific conference “Energy Efficiency and Safety of Production Process”.

Major Research Areas:

  • On-board computers for motor vehicles;
  • Impulsive energy source for prospecting seismology of oil fields and gas deposits;
  • Vibro- and impulse technologies;
  • Electromechanical converters;
  • Electromagnetic compatibility of semi-conducting converters and other electrical installations;
  • Power supply sources;
  • Lamps with electronic start-regulating device.

The programs of the Institute are designed to prepare students to become professional engineers and industry leaders. The graduates can carve a career in a diverse range of areas in industries such as electricity supply, automotive, chemicals, processing, and many others. Electrical Power engineers are engaged in a variety of activities including design, manufacturing, research, development, testing, construction, operation, sales, management, consulting and teaching.

Vladimir Shapovalov, Director of the Institute of Electrical and Power Engineering, Candidate of Technical Sciences, Associate Professor

Institute of Law

The Institute of Law is the youngest unit of Togliatti State University. It was established in September 2007. The Institute offers a balance of theoretical and practical legal education.

The Institute houses a variety of study rooms: “Court Hall”, “Criminalistics Room”, “Law Systematization Room”, “Criminological Diagnosis Room”, “Room of International Law Systems”, and multimedia rooms.

The Institute of Law comprises five departments:

  • Department of Civil Law and Process
  • Department of State and Law History
  • Department of Business and Labor Law
  • Department of State and Law Theory
  • Department of Criminal Procedure and Criminalistics

The Institute hosts a number of scientific events, including International scientific conference “Crime and Legal Responsibility”.

Major Research Areas:

  • Infringement of the law and legal liability;
  • Legal systems;
  • Problems of public authority implementation in Russia;
  • Legal regulation of intellectual property;
  • Problems of lawmaking and law enforcement in Russia;

Dmitry Lipinsky, Director of the Institute of Law, Doctor of Juridical Sciences, Professor


Togliatti State University provides accommodation in a dormitory located on the territory of the University campus.

The dormitory offers comfortable double rooms with bathrooms, communal kitchen on every floor, washing machines, and a study room on the first floor. There is a snack bar that offers hot food. 24/7 security and safety of the dormitories are ensured by the University Security Service. The accommodation fee is 600 RUR/10 USD/ 8 EUR (per month).

A Medical Aid Post and a gym are located in close proximity to the dorm.

Purchasable extras include additional furniture, extra pillows, mattresses, linen, etc, as well as household appliances (if available). 

Wi-Fi internet access is available across the campus and all accommodation areas.

Togliatti State University -the right choice of Education in Volga Region, and may be, in Russia.

There is a limited number of rooms in the dormitory. In case there is not enough rooms, International students are assisted in finding accommodation outside TSU campus. The cost of a shared apartment is around 3,000 RUR /45 USD / 40 EUR (per month).


The earliest records of the settlement at the confluence of the Samara River and the Volga River were made by the Arabian traveler Ibn Fadlan in 921. Later, in 1367 the city-pier called Samar was marked on the map, made by Italian merchants Pizigani.
The year of 1586 is officially recognized as the year of Samara city foundation, which was built as a fortress by knyaz and governor of a province Gregory O. Zasekin according to the orders of the tsar Fyodor Ioannovich.
The administrative significance of Samara raised tremendously in 1851 when it became the center of Samara Province.  Since that time and over 150 years this city is the capital of one of the most economically powerful Russian Regions.
In the end of the XIX century Samara became one of the biggest trade centers, so called “Russian bread wharf”. And fr om the middle of the XX century the city, renamed into Kuibyshev, became the Russian capital of airspace military industry.
The end of the “cold war” withdrew the secrecy label from the city. So Samara got back its acknowledged status of one of the international centers of scientific, cultural and business communications.

Six theaters work in the city. The performances run by Samara theaters have gained several times the prestigious theater award “Golden Mask”. Samara museums are also quite diverse. The city geography and history could be explored at the exhibitions of Regional Museum of Local History named after P.V. Alabin as well as in the Museum of Samara City History. “Space Samara” Museum tells us about aircraft and airspace industry development in the city, and it is situated at the foot of a real launch vehicle “Soyuz”. The tour around “Stalin’s Bunker” Museum leaves long-lasting impression on the visitors. This unique construction was built in increased level of secrecy during the Great Patriotic War and has no prototypes in the world. Those who fancy art can find the exhibition of Samara Regional Art Museum very interesting.

Everyone will enjoy walking around historical downtown wh ere the spirit of a merchant city is preserved in the buildings of the XIX – beginning of the XX centuries. Roman catholic church, Protestant church, Drama theater, Opera and Ballet House, Mansion of Kurlina, architecture of Leningradskaya and Kuibyshev Streets,  Monument of Glory, memorials like “Ladya”, “IL-2”, “Chapaev”, “Cat on the radiator”, “Comrade Sukhov”, “Pinocchio” and many others are famous in the country and abroad through thousands of pictures, made by Russian and foreign tourists.

The main sightseeing place of the city is the quay – the longest quay in Russia (about 5 km). Since 2011 the reconstruction has been going step by step: the fountain was rebuilt, new bicycle lanes were made, flowerbeds appeared, playgrounds completed, walking areas were paved.

The quay immediately gathered attention of citizens and guests, becoming cultural and sports center. Now there is a tradition to hold here municipal and Russian events: City Day, Victory Day, Sportsman Day, World Cup series of the beach football and others. In 2014 the monument devoted to the architecture and first military governor of Samara fortress knyaz Grigoriy Zasekin was built on the Polevoy descent. Opening of the sculpture “Barge Haulers on the Volga River” took place on the Leningradskiy descent. The bronze sculpture reduplicates the masterpiece of Ilya Repin, who made it also in Samara. Commemorative composition of the 100th anniversary since the beginning of the World War I was opened on the Nekrasovskiy descent – “The ship’s bell of a boat “Kashgar””. In 1916 according to the Samara governor Andrey Stankevich the boat was converted into a “floating hospital”, on which wounded soldiers recovered during the river travel Samara – Astrakhan – Samara.

Samara is the biggest transportation hub on the way from Europe to Asia and from north to south. International airport “Kurumoch”, Kuibyshev Railway, Federal Highways and River Port provide the required opportunities for carrying passenger and cargos of any weight.

Modern railway station in Samara was built in 2001, and now it’s the biggest railway station in Europe (its highest peak is 101 m). City guests like to lift on the viewing platform – a big balcony around the dome of the railway station to get a bird’s eye-view of the city.

High scientific-educational opportunities of Samara provide the powerful basis for the training of professionals. Municipal educational institutions train the specialists for all the branches of economy, full range of engineering, scientific and humanitarian disciplines. It is worth mentioning that not only citizens of Samara but also students from other Russian cities and foreign students get high education in the institutions working in Samara.

High capacity of the domestic market, advanced industrial, transport and financial infrastructure, high professional and educational potential, availability of immense raw material basis and a range of unique science-based competences of the city community enable to realize any project in Samara, including the high-tech ones.

Samara is the center of one of the mostly developed Russian regions and a component of one of the biggest municipal metropolitan areas, which in their turn have close connections with the surrounding economically perspective territories of the Middle Volga Region, characterized by high density of the population. Economic development of Samara is characterized by the increase of production volumes and the population consumer activity, growth of citizens’ living standards and the stable situation in the labor market.

Accommodation, leisure infrastructure and assembly premises will be essentially renewed in Samara for the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Samara is a participant of associations of inter-municipal partnership. Our city is a member of the Association of the Volga Region Cities, of the Russian Cities Union, of the International Assembly of Capitals and Cities, of the Council of Municipal Formations of Samara Region, of the Eurasian Division of the World Organization “United cities and local authorities”. The Local government is an active member of Samara Association of Fellow-Citymen.

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