The international activity of Elabuga Institute of KFU is carried out in accordance with the Program of University development and the Program of improving its competitiveness.
Achievement of the objectives is provided by the implementation of program activities grouped in certain areas of international cooperation:
- Organization of International conferences, forums, meetings and other events;
- Contacts with various international organizations, research centers, higher education institutions, etc.;
- Participation of foreign experts in the educational and research activities of the university;
- Internships of the teaching staff;
- Participation of the staff and the students of the institute in international events (conferences, seminars, exhibitions, competitions) abroad.
The Institute regularly hosts major international conferences, such as:
- International Turkological readings (VII-th Conference on 7 February 2014). The participants to it were scientists from Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The conference agreed on the conclusion of a cooperation agreement with the University of Marmara (Turkey) and the establishment of the extraterritorial Department of Turkology.
- International Tsvetaeva readings (2-6 September 2014). The participants are scientists from Germany, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Latvia, Spain, Japan, France, Kazakhstan, the Ukraine.
- International scientific and practical conference "Actual problems of philology in the context of the interaction of language and culture" (20 November 2014). The members were scientists and experts from Germany.
- International scientific conference "Environmental history in Russia: stages of development and promising research directions" (13-17 November 2014). The participants were researchers from the UK, USA and France.
The largest forum is the "International Festival of school teachers in Elabuga", which combines innovative teachers of all municipal districts of the Republic of Tatarstan, from a number of subjects of the Russian Federation, the CIS countries and abroad. It has become an innovative platform of mastering the advanced pedagogical experience of Russian teachers and their foreign colleagues, as well as a platform of the implementation of scientific ideas of domestic and foreign scientists from higher vocational schools. The festival has gained the recognition of the teaching community as a successful innovative form of pedagogical communication and the one enhancing professional skills. In 2014, the Festival was attended by more than 500 practicing teachers, including teachers - winners of the competitions "Teacher of the Year" as well as more than 30 scientists and experts from Russia, Germany, Poland, Spain, Latvia, the Netherlands, the Ukraine, Thailand, Switzerland, Israel, the United States.
Elabuga Institute of KFU cooperates with international educational and scientific institutions from 12 countries (France, Germany, Turkey, Singapore, Czech Republic, China, Israel, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan), having successful experience in the implementation of international projects within the framework of such programs as Fulbright and DAAD programs. During the monitoring period cooperation with 13 foreign partners has been established.
The Institute opened the Chinese Language and Culture Centre (in cooperation with Confucius Institute) and the Centre of Testing Russian as a foreign language (in cooperation with Moscow State University).
In 2014, Elabuga Institute of KFU recruited 18 foreign experts for lecturing and research activities: Chzhenven Li (China, Hunan Normal University); Hope Johnson (USA, Gordon College); Roza Leikin (Israel, Haifa University); David Moon (United Kingdom, York University); Stephen Brain (USA, University of Mississippi); Shamil Khairov (Scotland, United Kingdom, University of Glasgow); Ekaterina Kudryavtseva (Germany, Institute of Foreign Languages and Media Technology of the University of Greifswald); Dzhanzhay Yingprayun (Thailand, professor of Bangkok University); Ivan Gololobov (UK, Doctor of Warwick University); Benedict Le Pans (France Sports Federation); Alexander Stroev (professor of Sorbonne University, France); Murat Choshanov (USA, University of Texas at El Paso); Mark Leikin (Israel, Haifa University); Gabriela Lena von-Dühring Creel (Switzerland, Montessori School in Lucerne); Yulia Koynova-Tselner (Germany, Technical University of Dresden); Inessa Zubrilina (Belarus, Belarusian State Pedagogical University named after M. Tank); Koziniec Lidia (Belarus, Belarusian State Pedagogical University named after M. Tank); Roman Voitekhovich (Estonia, Tartu University).
In 2014, through international cooperation (including internships, training, research, contracts, etc.) 22 University teachers went abroad for study and research.
45 staff members of the Institute participated in international events (conferences, seminars, exhibitions, contests). 102 teachers of the institute published their scientific works in international journals.
In 2014 much work was done to recruit foreign students: career guidance visits were organized to Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, agreements with foreign schools were concluded, and Olympiad for foreign students was held. In 2014, 112 foreign citizens from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and Turkey were enrolled as first-year students. The number of foreign students was 115 people - 2.58% of the total number of students.