Peoples’ Friendship University


Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia

Location: Moscow

The Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia is an educational and research institution located in southern Moscow. It is ranked by the Ministry of Education of Russia as the country’s third-best university after Moscow State University and Saint Petersburg State University. The institution was founded in 1960 as the Peoples’ Friendship University.

The USSR Government founded the Peoples’ Friendship University (PFU) on 5 February 1960. On 22 February 1961, the University was named Patrice Lumumba University after the Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba.

The university during the work has gained the world fame and has gained a deserved authority as classical university. In 2013 according to a world rating of Quacquarelli Symonds, the University was included in TOP-500 the best universities of the world and into TOP 100 universities of the countries of BRICS.

Today Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia is one of the leading state higher educational institutions of Russia. It is the only university in the world every year uniting students from 145-150 countries. The University has a multi profile structure of faculties and majors, typical for classical universities of the world. More than 77 thousand graduates of the University work in 170 countries, among them more than 5500 holders of PhD and Doctorate degrees. Specialists are prepared in 62 majors and lines of study. More than 29 thousand graduate and postgraduate students from 140 countries are currently studying at the university. They represent more than 450 nations and nationalities of the world.

The stated purpose of establishing this university was to give young people from Asia, Africa and Latin America, especially from poor families, an opportunity to be educated and to become highly qualified specialists. Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia is an international classic university. It is charged with the following mission:

  • Uniting people of different nations, races and religions by means of knowledge;
  • Training qualified specialists in various spheres of activity;
  • Forming personalities, who love their native countries and are friends of Russia; who are familiar with the achievements of world culture; who boost the ideals of humanism, democracy and peoples’ friendship;
  • Training young people, capable of working in any country of the world and using their creativity in the context of interconnection of civilizations and diversity of modern society.

High-quality modern preparation, knowledge of foreign languages, skills of conducting research work, personal contacts and broad international professional relations provide a demand of graduates of RUDN in labor market as in Russia, and abroad.

Reception of foreign citizens for training at the English and Russian languages is carried out on programs of a bachelor degree, specialist programme, postgraduate study, internship.

Specialist  Degree programmes (English- Taught)


  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary

Bachelor / Specialist  Degree programmes (Russian – Taught)

  • Agrarian faculty
  • Faculty of humanitarian and social sciences
  • Engineering faculty
  • Institute of medicine
  • Faculty of physical and mathematical and natural sciences
  • Philology faculty
  • Ecological faculty
  • Economics department
  • Legal institute
  • Hotel Business and Tourism Institute
  • Institute of foreign languages
  • Institute of international economics and business
  • Institute of applied technical and economic research and expert assessment

Master Degree Programme  (English – taught)

  • Agrarian faculty
  • Faculty of humanities and social sciences
  • Engineering faculty
  • Faculty of science
  • Philology faculty
  • Ecological faculty
  • Economics department
  • Institute of law
  • Institute of foreign languages
  • Institute of international economics and business
  • Academic-research Institute of Gravitation and Cosmology

PhD Programme

  • Mathematics and Hard Science
  • Engineering, Technologies and Technical Sciences
  • Health care and Medicine Sciences
  • Agriculture and Agricultural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Education and Pedagogical Sciences
  • Humanities

General Medicine Course English medium – 6 years duration.
Russian  medium – 10 months – Preparatory Russian language course  + 6 years main course duration.

Dentistry Course English medium – 5 years main course
Russian medium – 10 months – Preparatory Russian language course  + 5 years main course duration.

PG course English medium in Medicine and Dentistry – 2 years.
PG course Russian medium in Medicine and Dentistry – 10 months – Preparatory Russian language course  + 2 years main course duration..


Russian medium – 10 months Preparatory Russian language course and then 
Engineering – 4 years Bachelor course.
Engineering –  2 years – Master course.
Engineering Specialist – 5 year course

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