Southern Federal University. Education & Career

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bachelor's programs
specialist's programs
master's programs
PhD programs
bachelor's programs in English
master's programs in English
international students from 89 countries

SFedU is the largest research and education center in the south of Russia and one of the leading universities in Russia. It trains highly qualified specialists in physics and mathematics and natural sciences, engineering and engineering sciences, humanities and social and economic sciences, pedagogical sciences and sports, and architecture and art.

SFedU conducts world-class research in information technologies, smart materials, nanotechnologies, medicine of the future, robotics.

Reasons why international students choose SFedU

  • High-quality study programs and one of the best academic staff in Russia
  • Degree-awarding body has the right to independently confer doctoral degrees
  • Double degree programs
  • Free expert evaluation and recognition of foreign academic credentials
  • English-taught study programs
  • European Diploma Supplement
  • Foundation programs at the Preparatory Department
  • Summer university, international language schools
  • Affordable tuition fees
  • Dormitories

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Tuition fees per year

Bachelor's/Specialist's programs 138,000 – 270,000 RUB
Master's programs 148,000 – 282,000 RUB
PhD programs 174,000 – 205,000 RUB

Enrollment campaign – 2022


  • Bachelor's and Specialist's programs May 20 – July 25
  • Master's programs May 20 – August 6

Internal entrance exams

Bachelor's programs: Online tests

Master's and PhD programs: Applicants can take part in the portfolio competition. The requirements are available on

Admission requirements

Russian government-funded places

  • Applicants who have compatriot status can apply on equal terms with Russian nationals, based on SFedU’s internal exams
  • Applicants can apply for the Russian government scholarship (quota) through the Russian Center of Science and Culture (Rossotrudnichestvo) in their home country

fee-paying places

  • Applicants can take part either in entrance examinations (enrolling in a bachelor degree) or portfolio competition (enrolling in a master or doctoral degree)

Center for international programs and projects

+7 863 218 40 24

Preparatory department

Courses of Russian as a foreign language, language for science, general subjects.

Study areas: humanities, economics, natural sciences, engineering and technology, and medicine and biology.
Tuition fee 115,000 RUB
Duration 2 semesters
Exams. Certificate.

+7 863 219-97-55

Popular programs

Russian-taught Master's programs 

  • Computer Mathematics: Theory and Applications (Applied Mathematics and Informatics)
  • Mobile Application Development and Game Design (Fundamental Informatics and Information Technologies)
  • Machine Learning and Big Data Technologies (Applied Informatics)
  • Chemistry of Innovative Materials (Chemistry)
  • Environmental Monitoring of Geologic Environment and Depths of the Earth (Ecology and Natural Resource Management)
  • Visual Reconstruction of Historical and Architectural Heritage (Reconstruction and Restoration of Architectural Heritage)
  • Geoinformation Technologies and Space Monitoring in Land Management (Land Management and Cadastres)
  • Digital Control of Technical Objects and Industrial Production (Control in Engineering Systems)
  • Russian as a Foreign Language in Cross-Cultural Communication (Pedagogical Education)
  • Theories and Technologies of STEM Education (Pedagogical Education)

Unique interdisciplinary Master's programs

Erasmus+ International Projects

  • Mobile Application Development and Game Design. Institute of Mathematics, Mechanics and Computer Science named after I. I. Vorovich
  • Theories and Technologies of STEM Education. SFedU Faculty of Chemistry

Programs in English 

Bachelor's programs

  • Trading – International Trade and Business Logistics

Master's programs

  • Applied Mathematics and Informatics – Financial Mathematics and Machine Learning
  • Applied Mathematics and Informatics – Mathematical Modeling and Information Technologies
  • Physics – Nanoscale Structure of Materials
  • Architecture – Urban Design
  • Informatics and Computation – IT-Management
  • Nanoengineering – Nanoengineering and Materials Technology
  • Economics – Business Analytics and Forensic Accounting
  • Management – International Business
  • Management – Management and Production Engineering
  • Legal Studies – International Protection of Human Rights
  • Tourism – Ecosystems of Tourism, Service and Hospitality
  • Philology – International Studies: Languages. Cultures. Diplomacy
  • History – Socialist and Post-socialist Studies
  • Cultural Studies – Russian Cultural Studies

Double degree programs

2+2 Bachelor's programs

  • Philology, Design. Henan University, China 

Master's programs

  • Machine Learning and Big Data Technologies. London, England 

Besides, SFedU implements Master's programs jointly with the universities of  Finland,  Poland,  Cuba,  Turkey,  Jordan,  Bulgaria.

academic and research units
engineering centers
international laboratories
technology parks
innovation and technology centers and design bureaus
botanical garden

Career guidance

  • A growing number of English-taught programs
  • Virtual doors open days for Master's applicants
  • Webinars
  • SFedU's International Ambassadors
  • Joint educational programs
  • Cooperation with recruitment agencies
  • Offline and online SFedU presentations at international fairs in the following countries: Mongolia, Vietnam, India, Belarus, Bulgaria, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Lebanon, North and South Africa, Persian Gulf countries.

SFedU career center

  • 2,500 job openings ( Most companies offer remote jobs)
  • 800 companies
  • Master classes on writing effective resumes and self-presentation
  • Soft skills training workshops

Digital career environment

SFedU international students are successfully employed at partner companies as:

  • translators and interpreters
  • editors
  • sports coaches
  • teachers of foreign languages
  • managers
  • web programmers
  • IT specialists

Many of them work in the university's research laboratories and take part in project activities.

SFedU partners offer various internships and jobs that require a good command of foreign languages for interaction with customers worldwide. For example, the leading agricultural engineering enterprise Combine Plant Rostselmash invited international students knowing Spanish and French to work for the Department for International Trade.

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