Ural Federal University actively develops the system of international relations. At the moment UrFU cooperates with 400 foreign universities, participates in the network projects such as BRICS University League, BRICS Network University, CIS University, SCO University, University of the Arctic, Association of Technical Universities of Russia and China.
Annually, more than 500 students and employees of UrFU travel abroad for academic exchange; they have the opportunity to receive the scholarship support of the university. The university admits not less than 200 students from foreign universities in academic mobility programs and international schools during the year.
All students of Ural Federal University can spend a semester abroad in academic exchange programs, choosing one of 45 partner universities or participating in the network international programs (Erasmus, North2North, Mevlana). The list of countries where UrFU students can spend their exchange semester includes Austria, Hungary, Germany, India, Italy, China, South Korean, Mexico, Romania, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Finland, France, the Czech Republic.
UrFU scientists participate in the largest international programs supporting scientific research, for example, the Seventh Framework Program of EU, RESET-HESP Program of Open Society Institute.
The International Academic Council was created in the university in 2013 in the Competitiveness Enhancement Program. The Council was created to define the forms and directions of the scientific research development, the promotion of the UrFU brand and the establishment of closer relations with the leading scientific and educational centers of the world. The council is headed by co-Peace Nobel Prize winner, director of IPSL (Institute Pierre Simon Laplace), Professor Jean Jouzel. The list of the Council members includes an outstanding economist, professor of the New Economic School in Moscow Shlomo Weber, the Academic Director of the HSE Institute of Education and the counselor of the Russian Minister of Education and Science Isak Froumin, the Director of Knowledge Enterprise and Analysis Center at City University of Hong Kong Dr. Kevin Downing, the President of American Councils for International Education Dr. Dan Davidson, the Director for Applied Research in the New Economic School Igor Fedyukin.
More than 100 international delegations representing the leading universities of the world, diplomatic structures and large scale enterprises visit the university every year. UrFU is a corporate member of such organizations as the Russian International Affairs Council, EMBRI, ECPR, EUCEET, EFMD.
Ural Federal University is an open space and a platform where different cultures meet. UrFU keeps in touch with the diplomatic missions of Germany, France, the USA, the UK, Hungary, China and other countries. There are several cultural centers in the university. For example, the Confucius Institute was established in 2008 on the base of the UrFU Institute of Social and Political Sciences, Thai Cultural Center was opened in 2013.
The unique atmosphere of a truly international university is created by public lectures delivered by foreign scientists, diplomats and art figures, international conferences, exhibitions and meetings.