Why Vernadsky CFU?

Vernadsky CFU has a great deal to offer for you. If you choose Vernadsky CFU you will be joining the largest university in Crimea and one of the largest universities in southern Russia which has a well-established reputation for teaching and research excellence that spans more than 100 years.

  • Learning at Vernadsky CFU

Our programmes are designed to meet the needs of the modern workplace and are delivered by highly qualified, skilled and dedicated academic staff providing Vernadsky CFU students with an excellent learning experience. Our diverse faculty include internationally recognized researchers and expert practitioners. The University boasts two Nobel Prize winners amongst its former staff: Igor Tamm and Ilya Frank.
The quality of education and training we provide is indicated by the fact that our students frequently win awards at major regional, national and international academic competitions, and that our graduates are successful in their careers.
We have a vast range of programmes available including a number of English-taught programmes, so you are sure to find something to suit you. Check out the list of programmes we have on offer.

  • International

We have 60+ years of experience of receiving international students. With over 2,000 international students from more than 50 countries, our University offers a diverse and truly international environment where students are supported to learn and grow.
You'll be joining a close-knit, vibrant community of people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Chances are you will meet peers from your home country at Vernadsky CFU which will make the adjustment period much smoother for you.

  • Student Life Experience

At Vernadsky CFU, you will enjoy a student experience that you will never forget and make friends for life. You will be provided with an excellent education and will also be encouraged to develop personal and social skills that will benefit you throughout your life.
Vernadsky CFU offers a broad array of extra-curricular activities such as sports, various clubs including art and music, student communities and societies, and we are certain there is something suitable for everyone. You will meet people with similar interests and also learn new things. Our University is a place where students with a wide range of experiences and diverse talents and interests are offered numerous opportunities for growth and nurtured to succeed to their full potential.

  • Research

Research is one of our core activities. We have a wide range of modern and well-equipped research facilities where our students and staff carry out their ambitious and cutting-edge work. We continue to develop our research infrastructure and invest in research to maintain our strong reputation. Vernadsky CFU staff and students have been repeatedly awarded grants for their projects, including a number of mega-grants from the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

  • Hands-On Training

Our programmes are designed in a way that opens for our students diverse opportunities for hands-on learning. Students are offered placement opportunities to enhance their training experience at a range of institutions and companies. You will work side by side with established professionals as you develop practical skills essential for your chosen career.  

  • Fantastic Location

We are located in one of the most wonderful places in the world. Our peninsula enjoys a mild climate and boasts picturesque scenery. Crimea is also a place of great geopolitical significance and rich history. Our students are offered numerous opportunities to be immersed in the history, culture, heritage, values and lifestyles of this beautiful land.

The University today

V.I. Vernadsky Crimean Federal University is a higher education institution of rich, century-long history with a vast network of academic and research facilities. The university has about 7,000 members of staff and over 32,000 students, including about 3,000 international students from more than 50 countries.

Today, V.I. Vernadsky Crimean Federal University comprises 42 units located across Crimea, including 11 academies and institutes and 6 colleges.

The university's history is deeply entwined with the history of Crimea. It was the tumultuous 20th century that saw the emergence of a number of powerful educational institutions in Crimea, which, in their brief period of existence, gained recognition and fame in scholarly circles, made an invaluable contribution to the development of global and national science, and produced a number of world-renowned researchers, writers, and public figures.

Today, the university carries on a variety of educational, teaching, research, and training activities which enable its students to acquire and develop a broad range of knowledge and skills in an array of fields, including science, art, humanities, medicine and many others.

V.I. Vernadsky Crimean Federal University regularly hosts a wide range of both national and international forums, conferences, roundtables and other events.

The university has cooperation agreements with leading national and foreign institutions for higher learning, regulatory bodies, Crimean and Russian companies and organisations. Being committed to promoting the development of research and science in the region, Vernadsky CFU initiates the establishment and development of various research and science institutions involving the active participation of its students and staff.

Training is delivered in a variety of settings beyond the traditional classroom, including language laboratories, fully-equipped specialized classrooms, multimedia classrooms, at student farms and partner companies. The university's unique, well-equipped library, rich both in training materials and research and fiction books, offers students a wide range of learning resources, services and facilities.
The university maintains strong relations with its international partners within various research projects, students and staff academic mobility programmes.

V.I. Vernadsky Crimean Federal University provides numerous options in terms of leisure activities, such as performing arts societies, sports clubs, dance, song, and theatre groups.

V.I. Vernadsky Crimean Federal University trains the next generations of competent professionals using novel methods that meet high-level national and global standards in education. The university has a network of its own practical training facilities and closely works with businesses, thus helping students gain hands-on experience and develop the necessary work-related skills as well as opening a number of employment opportunities for them.

Created through the merger of leading Crimean educational and research institution, V.I. Vernadsky Crimean Federal University addresses the needs of the regional and national economy and society and is a source of great pride both for the Republic of Crimea and the Russian Federation.


Rector's Greeting

Kazan University is one of the oldest universities in Russia it celebrated its 215th anniversary in 2019. We considered this milestone as another token of the university's dedication to its longstanding academic mission as one of the leading educational institutions in Russia and in the world.

Kazan University has gained its international fame thanks to its distinguished scholars and graduates whose achievements have had a beneficial effect on the whole mankind. The unique culture of our University has shaped the development of Kazan and the Volga region. The University's new federal status obtained in 2010 poses new interesting challenges and calls for new approaches in the rapidly changing world.

Today, Kazan Federal University is a dynamic modern University which participates in local and international cooperation, networking with academia and industry, boosting the region's human resources development, as well as top-level research and innovation in different areas. Multiple centers of excellence and world-class research and teaching laboratories have been established in recent years. Our participation in the Project 5-100 designates our determination to reach the highest levels of global educational rankings. What we have achieved up to now is an evidence of the right choice of strategy from a classical to a research university where entrepreneurial and innovative activities are prominently represented.

Sincerely Yours
Ilshat Gafurov
Rector of Kazan Federal University

Mission & Strategy

The mission of Kazan Federal University has been set forth as:

Contributing to Russia’s innovation-driven development and enhancing the competitiveness of its human capital resources through ensuring high-quality academic process, research and technological developments in priority development areas of the Russian Federation;

Contributing to the promotion of the City of Kazan as a hub of creativity and dynamic innovation and a world-class centre of higher learning, research and academic excellence, as well as to the preservation and development of the city’s unique cultural and educational heritage in line with its role as guardian of the distinctive historical and cultural legacy of the ethnically and religiously diverse region where Europe and Asia meet.

Strategy ‘5 TOP 100’

Kazan Federal University is a member of 5-100 Russian Academic Excellence Project which aims at maximizing the competitive position of leading Russian universities in the global research and education market. The strategic objective of KFU is to enhance its standing and academic reputation in the field of research and development (R&D), as well as achieve international recognition for the high standards of its academic programmes and global leadership in a range of priority research areas, thus enabling the University to secure a place among the world’s top 100 universities.

History & Honors

November 1804
Creation of the Kazan Imperial University after the Affirmative Letter and the Charter signed by the Emperor Alexander I

The institution formed a number of big and famous scientific schools (mathematics, chemical, medical, linguistic, geological. geobotanical)

The outstanding alumnus and scholar of Kazan University Ivan Simonov participated in the discovery of Antarctica and pioneered Antarctic studies

Nikolai Lobachevsky, former Rector of Kazan University, developed non-Euclidean geometry, also referred to as Lobachevskian geometry

Since the first half of the 19th century Kazan University has been the largest center of Oriental Studies in Europe and the alma-mater to the world famous Kazan Linguistic School founded by Baudouin de Courtney

Professor Karl Ernst Claus discovered the chemical element and named it after Ruthenia, the Latin word for Russian

Leo Tolstoy, a great Russian writer and thinker, finished his studies at the University

Aleksandr Butlerov a Russian chemist, who also founded the famous Kazan (Butlerov) school, founded the theory of organic chemical compounds structure, of organic chemists

Kazan State University was named after Vladimir Ulyanov-Lenin, who studied law at the university

Professor of Biochemistry Vladimir Enhelhardt discovered the phenomenon of oxidative phosphorylation which has been one of the major contributions of Russian scholars to the world science

Soviet experimental physicist Evgeny Zavoysky discovered the phenomena of electronic paramagnetic resonance, one of the most significant physical events of the 20th century

Foundation of Kazan Department of the Soviet Academy of Sciences

Semen Altshuler proposed the theory of acoustic paramagnetic resonance which later signified the basics of new research area - quantum acoustics

the Arbuzovs (Alexander and Boris) present their "The Chemistry of Organophosphorus Compounds"

The President of the Russian Federation Boris Yeltsin included Kazan State University in the Register of Cultural Heritage Sites of the Russian Federation

Kazan University was granted the status of federal university by the decision of the Government of Russian Federation

Kazan Federal University was included in Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 301-350 rank group, holding the 4th place amongst 18 Russian universities that also appeared present in the list.

The Institute of Fundamental Medicine and Biology creates the University Clinic, established to shorten the distance between

Foundation of the ‘Rational Utilization of Planet’s Liquid Hydrocarbon Reserves’ World-Class Scientific Center

Astronomical observatories of KFU are included in the preliminary list of UNESCO