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.
In case of successful completion of the program participants receive the State Certificate of Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL-1 or TORFL-2) that is a prerequisite for paid education at Russian universities, as well as a Certificate from Kazan University listing the courses and hours taken.