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Year of foundation: 1920

Total students: 36 000 / International students: 4 300

Faculties: 12 / Departments: 193

Faculty: 3 921

Professors285 Associate Professors1 108 Doctors of Science583 Candidates of Science1 878 International faculty members200

Main educational programmes for prospective international students: 366

Bachelor's programme108 Master's programme107 Specialist programme29 Training of highest qualification personnel122

Additional educational programmes for prospective international students: 22

Pre-university training programmes 5 Russian as a foreign language 8 Short term courses 9

Ural Federal University (UrFU) is one of the largest universities in Russia bringing together fundamental education and an innovative approach towards the challenges of modern times.

The University is located in Yekaterinburg – a modern and dynamic city, fourth largest in Russia in terms of population.

The community of UrFU graduates numbers more than 300,000 people; during its almost 100-year history, the university has become one of the recognized leaders in research and education belonging to the top-10 in Russia. UrFU is a public university established by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, and a member of the large-scale state project aimed at enhancing global competitiveness of 15 leading Russian universities.

Currently the university is home to more than 30,000 students from 60 countries and more than 2 000 faculty members, including the top-notch global experts in the spheres of natural sciences, engineering and social sciences. Our 18 Institutes offer more than 350 Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Programmes in natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, economics and management taught in Russian and English.

The vast research infrastructure of the university includes key excellence interdisciplinary centres and laboratories in various fields. Access to unique equipment and the opportunity to work together with the leading international researchers provides wide opportunities for UrFU students and staff.. 

The four priority research areas stated by the University Roadmap are:

  • IT and Human Being in the Information Society
  • Power Engineering, Resource Saving, and Environmental Management
  • Flexible Technologies and New Materials
  • Living Systems and Health

The university is open to international collaboration having more than 400 partners all over the globe and being an active participant of such initiatives as BRICS Network University and Arctic University; it has become the largest regional platform for holding large-scale international events, including the World Finals of the ACM ICPC Programming Championship and International Young Physicists Tournament.

UrFU is an open international environment providing students with a chance to attend lectures given by renowned speakers (during the last year open lectures were delivered by Professor Jean Jouzel, Nobel prize winner and the world’s leading expert in climate change, Professor Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Minister for Foreign Affairs and many others). The university strongly supports its students in gaining international experience, all degree students can take part in a semester or year-long exchange program with 64 partner institutions from 22 countries of the world with their studies being supported by the UrFU scholarship.

The UrFU campus is located in the centre of the city and includes a network of academic buildings and laboratories, student dormitories, the largest research library in the region, sport and leisure centers.

Yekaterinburg is often called "The city of youth" because of the vibrant student life and many opportunities offered by our dynamically developing city. There are a number of international student organizations at Ural Federal University (Buddy System UrFU, Erasmus Student Network Ural Federal, Student UN Organization, BEST (Board of European Students of Technology) that organize a wide range of student activities, holidays celebrations and weekend tours.

Our academic traditions and open attitude towards the best global practices allow Ural Federal University to provide high-quality education, carry out breakthrough research projects and come closer to our dream – becoming the first world-class university in the heart of Eurasia.