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FAQ

What are the languages of instruction?

The majority of programs are provided in Russian language. There are several programs available in English language. The instruction for Tatar philology also includes some parts in Tatar language.

To see a full list of programs, please visit Academics.

To see a full list of fees, please visit Tuition fees.


What is included in the tuition fee?

Only educational services. Medical checkups, medical insurance, dormitory, and everyday expenses are not included.


What are the application deadlines?

Applications for the Preparatory School in February 2021 are open from 15th November 2020 until further notice.

Applications for all courses for the autumn season are planned for opening in March 2021.


What are the entry dates for those who have successfully enrolled?

The entry dates for those who enroll in September start from 15th August. They may vary from year to year. Please do not worry if your invitation does not arrive within a specified timeframe. Even if you are scheduled to arrive later, you will be provided an opportunity to go through entrance exams.

The entry dates for those who enroll in the Preparatory School program in February start from 5th February.

Please note that in 2021, the dates may be shifted to a later period because of the COVID-19 restrictions.


Are there tuition scholarships for international students?

Yes, there is a federal tuition scholarship program for international students. Please see the Future in Russia website for more information.

Please note that scholarships are only available for some programs. Importantly, programs with English-language instruction are not supported by scholarships.

More information (in Russian) on our Admissions website.


My recruiting agent has said that there are quotas (limitations) for students from some countries who apply for paid (fee-based) programs?

There are no quotas for paid programs for any country. All applications are treated equally in accordance with our admission regulations.

Please see our list of accredited recruiting agencies.


My recruiting agent has said that I can speed up the registration process if I pay additional money. Is this true?

No. There is no way to speed up the registration process.

Please see our list of accredited recruiting agencies.


My recruiting agent has requested additional payments for a student ID and a library fee.

No payment is required for a student ID.

There are no library fees at Kazan Federal University.


Can I pass my entrance exams online?

In 2020, all entrance exams will be conducted online.


What are the minimum marks required to pass entrance exams in the university?

This is the list if minimal required scores.


My Internet connection is not great. What if it fails during an exam? Can I retake an exam in this case?

If your Internet connection fails during an exam, you can reconnect within 5 minutes. If you are unable to do that, your exam will be scored in accordance with your answers at the time of disconnect. You will not be able to make a second attempt at the exam. Please make sure that your Internet connection is absolutely stable.


Am I exempt from entrance exams if I have successfully completed the Preparatory School program at Kazan Federal University?

No one is exempt from entrance exams. Whether you have completed a preparatory school program at KFU or any other Russian university, or none at all, you have to go through entrance exams.


Do I need to obtain a new student visa after successfully completing the Preparatory School and applying to enroll in a next-level program?

Under those circumstances, you do not need a new student visa if you completed an official preparatory school course (подготовительный факультет) at a public university. Please note that not all Russian language courses are equivalent to a preparatory school. You have to confirm this with your university before you enroll.


I have enrolled in the three-semester Preparatory School program. After studying for one semester, I think I am good enough in Russian language to enter the university in September? Is this allowed?

No. You must complete your full program at the Preparatory School if you want to enroll in the next-level program.


Do I need to provide a Russian language proficiency certificate to be eligible for admission?

You do not need to provide a language certificate. If you enroll in a Russian-language program, your language skills will be evident during entrance exams.


Do I need to provide an English language proficiency certificate to be eligible for admission to an English-language program?

You do not need to provide a language certificate. If you enroll in an English-language program, your language skills will be evident during entrance exams.


Where can I find entrance exam materials to prepare?

Programs of entrance exams in Russian language:

Undergraduate programs (bachelor and specialist);

Graduate programs (master);

PhD programs.

Programs of entrance exams in English language are available for biology and chemistry (general medicine and dentistry entrance exams) here.


May I transfer to your university from another Russian university?

Yes, you may. To do that, you must pass through all the necessary transfer exams, depending on your study program.

To transfer to a paid program, you may need to exit the Russian Federation and obtain a new student visa, depending on the time of your application for transfer.

To transfer within a Russian Government Scholarship program, you won't need to obtain a new student visa.


May I transfer to your university from a university in another country?

Yes. The specifics and procedures of your transfer must be discussed individually. Please write your request to the institute of faculty that you intend to enroll in.

See a full list of our academic units here


The application form says that I must provide a financial guarantee? What is that?

A financial guarantee is a document that includes:

a letter from a person who guarantees the payment for your studies;

a banking statement indicating that this person has sufficient money to pay for one year of your studies.

In some cases, you may be asked to pay in advance instead of providing a financial guarantee.

Please note that in 2020, advance payment (prepayment) will be required for all programs.


Do I need a financial guarantee for the Preparatory School program?

If you enroll in the Preparatory School program, you have to pay in advance, so you don't need a financial guarantee.

Please note that in 2020, advance payment (prepayment) will be required for all programs.


I live very far from a Russian consulate or embassy. May I provide a simple notarized translation of my educational and personal documents into Russian language from a local translation agency?

Yes, you may provide a notarized translation from a translation agency.


I found a specialization that interests me, but there is no such specialization in the online application form. What's the problem here?

Kazan Federal University has three campuses – in Kazan, Yelabuga, and Naberezhnye Chelny. The online application form covers only the Kazan Campus.

To apply to one of the two other campuses, please write an e-mail:

Yelabuga Institute – elabuga@kpfu.ru;

Naberezhnye Chelny Institute – chelny@kpfu.ru.


Am I allowed to work in Russia with a student visa?

You may work part-time with a student visa. No additional permits are needed. Please note that the Preparatory School (подготовительный факультет) visa is not a student visa and does not give you the right of employment.


What is the dormitory like? Which services are available there?

Please visit the official website of the Universiade Village to know about the dormitories.