The very foundation of Kazan University was directly linked to international academia. The famous German professor Karl Fuchs, who was both the founder of Kazan Medical School and the first European researcher of Tatar history and culture, became the University's rector in the 1820s and was awarded the title of Honourable Citizen of Kazan.
Today the University continues enlarging its international dimensions and enhancing its globally renowned academic reputation.
KFU has partner agreements with approximately 400 universities and research centres from more than 70 countries all over the world. Within fruitful cooperation with its partners KFU participates in various research programmes and implements double degree initiatives and cotutelle agreements.
In 2018-2019 academic year, 7150 international students follow different academic programmes at KFU.
Annually, about 1500 specialists with international experience visit KFU for participation in various scientific events, development and introduction of new courses, research collaboration and other international activity. Many native speaking specialists teach Chinese, Korean, Farsi, German, Spanish, English and other foreign languages on a regular basis at the University.
KFU academic teams carry out many joint international projects. Also the students and faculty get individual support from DAAD, DFG, Volkswagen Foundation, NSF, European Commission (Erasmus+, Erasmus Mundus, Marie-Curie Actions) and other grant making organizations.