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Southern Federal University

Southern Federal University is a modern research university with emphasis on innovations and entrepreneurship. In its academic activities it combines studies with fundamental and applied science, as well as cutting-edge technologies and innovative approaches.



Southern Federal University (SFedU), along with Siberian Federal University, was founded as the pilot project of new federal universities establishments. Currently, there are only ten federal universities in Russia.


Southern Federal University is committed to the principles of the Bologna declaration. SFedU has adopted a system consisting of 3 main cycles:

  • Bachelor level — 4 years of study;
  • Master level — 2 years of study;
  • Doctoral level — 3 years of study.



The Scientific Profile of University:

  • Nanomaterials, nanotechnologies, facilities and systems based on them, intellectual materials
  • Biotechnologies, living systems technologies, ecological security, the medicine of the future
  • Information and telecommunication technologies, facilities and systems
  • Marine, aviation and spacerocket equipment, radio engineering, automation and control
  • Architectural and art work, design, restoration, modernizing and creating objects of urban development, architecture, design and art

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University Ranking

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Student services

Preparatory Department for International Students:

There is a year-long Foundation Course at the Preparatory Department for foreign citizens who don’t speak Russian. Foundation Course suggests studing the Russian language and other disciplines required to continue education at one of the SFedU faculties.

Housing services

They live in comfortable rooms for two or three persons and have a lot of opportunities to keep in touch with other members of the student community and to take part in various events held on-campus and in other University’s subdivisions.

Student Life

Campus life

A large proportion of SFedU students live in student residence halls in one of the two campuses. Both Rostov Campus and Taganrog Campus are well-equipped and have all the modern facilities, such as reading halls and computer rooms, laundry services, fitness facilities and sports grounds, cafeterias.

Sports facilities


Southern Federal University takes pride in the sporting achievements of its students and graduates. It is among the university’s priorities to develop student sport and to encourage healthy and dynamic lifestyle.

Student Reviews

Education as best as it could be in our age.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
OK. First I'd like to say that I couldn't find my own uni on the list but the southern federal university is in the same city as mine which is Rostov, Russia. My school, Don state technical university, Rostov-na-dony, Russia has a very interesting system geared towards favouring student's actual excellence over grade excellence. You can see that in the way exams are conducted where students are...
Great work, teachers!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
I thank all my teachers for the patience, the return and the passion with which they devote themselves to their work.
great education
Silva rated 5 out of 5 stars
I have been studying in the best university in Rostov. We had great experienced teachers, a lot of material to learn and hardworking students ready to help each others