The Department of Russian as a Foreign Language (RFL) has its own established traditions. The staff teaches Russian to undergraduates, graduate students, doctoral students, interns and visiting scholars from all over the world. 18 experienced and highly–qualified instructors comprise the faculty of the department, 6 of which are associate professors - Y.V.Ageeva, T.A. Burtseva, M.Y. Varlamova, I.R.Galiullina, I.A. Sadykova, E.V. Khabibullina); 3 senior lecturers – V.A. Bogorodskiyi, Y.Y. Ziganshina, A.N. Miftakhova; 8 assistant lecturers – A.F. Gainutdinov, T.I.Galeeva, D.S. Yegorov, A.Z.Malikov, A.R. Salakhova, V.N. Yapparova, O.V. Starostina, T.V.Ukhanova. The department is headed by Professor Tatyana Bochina.
The department admits about 500 students each year, among them are the overseas students from Turkey, Iran, China, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand, Poland, the UK, the US, Germany, and other countries. Foreign students get used to new conditions like education system, accommodation, they are being encouraged to get acquainted with the traditions and culture of the country by the staff.
The department facilitates student exchange programs between partnering universities, providing a year-long study stay for Chinese students and a semester-long study stay for students from Europe, the US, and Japan.. The students conference, Russian Language Olympiad among international students of Kazan city, Russian Language Day Festival are held annualy by the department. There are numerous clubs, such as Russian song lovers, Russian conversation roundtable, and Russian cinema connoiseurs.