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Dagestan State University

Dagestan State University was founded in October, 1931 as the Teachers' Training Institute, and later, in 1957, it was transformed into Dagestan State University (DSU). During its formation and development the university has played a prominent role in the socio-economic and cultural development of the peoples of Dagestan as well as in the development of its scientific, technical, educational and artistic communities. Thereby, the University performed a historical mission in the life of the peoples of Dagestan and Russia.

Today DSU ranks as a major educational, scientific and cultural center which provides training at all levels of pre-university, university, postgraduate and further education in 59 specialties and degree programs for natural sciences, liberal arts and technical studies.

The University has an innovative academic, research and organizational structure that includes 17 faculties, 7 filial branches, 103 departments, 2 museums (historical and biological), a fundamental library containing more than 2.5 million volumes, a biological station and a planetarium. It also owns its own seaside recreation base, a sports complex, a clinic and students' resort centre.

Extensive structure of the university's scientific and innovative complex comprises the following:

    4 Research Institutes (Research Institute of Biology, Research Institute of Socio-Economic and Ethno-Cultural Problems of the Peoples of Dagestan, Research Institute of Applied Ecology and Research Institute of Law);
    9 Research and Educational Centres, of which 3 RECs (REC of Nanotechnology, REC of Plasma Physics and REC of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering) have been granted the status of Federal Research and Educational Centres;
    14 scientific and innovation centres including the Federal Multiple-Access Centre "Analytical Spectroscopy", the Innovative Technological Centre and the Internet Centre;
    14 basic research laboratories.

Within the university a number of scientific schools meeting high international standards have been formed. These scientific schools provide the base for training and comprise different forms of education such as specialization, postgraduate studies and doctorate. DSU is an advanced research centre with 70 subject areas for post-graduate studies and 18 subject areas for doctorate. There are 7 dissertation councils in Dagestan State University specializing in these areas of scientific research.

DSU's mission in modern conditions is to provide educational services in domestic and foreign educational space. The University considers modern education as a process that combines instruction, education, research and innovation. At the same time the university aims to develop its own intra-culture which will base on the socio-cultural values and traditions formed in DSU for its more than 80-year history. Aware of its great civil responsibility, the university fully contributes to the formation of a harmoniously developed personality, combining high proficiency, active citizenship and adherence to cultural values.

In implementing these objectives the university collaborates with leading Russian and world educational and scientific centers, including Dagestan Scientific Centre of Russian Academy of Science which signed several agreements on joint scientific and educational cooperation with DSU. Development of arts and sports as well as evolving students' talents are important components of the youth's humane education and intellectual development. Far beyond the borders of our country are known amateur artists from Dagestan University. Choreographic group "My Dagestan" and folk instruments orchestra were awarded the honorary title "People's Amateur Ensemble". The University is proud of its alumni, the team of KVN (Club of the Funny and Inventive) "Makhachkala tramps", whose members are in the national team of the CIS. Among our alumni are Olympic champions and prizewinners, world and European champions.

В современных условиях ДГУ видит свою миссию в обеспечении высокой конкурентоспособности на внутреннем и внешнем рынках образовательных услуг. Университет рассматривает современное образование как процесс, объединяющий обучение, воспитание, исследования и инновации. При этом университет нацелен на развитие внутрикорпоративной культуры, базируясь на социально-культурных ценностях и традициях, сформированный в ДГУ за его более чем 80-летнюю историю.

The University is full of plans and prospect for the future. It is aware of its place in Russian educational, scientific and cultural space and focuses its attention on satisfying the republic's needs and contributing to solving the problem of national revival.


The preparatory department for foreign citizens is the structural department) of DSU which was founded in 1979. For 34 years of it existence the Preparatory Faculty of DSU has been rendering assistance to many countries in the training of specialists. During these years more than 2500 foreign citizens from 30 different countries of THE world graduated from this faculty. These are citizens from India, China, Afghanistan, Syria, Morocco, Yemen, Palestine, Nepal, Bangladesh and etc.

Preparatory programs are taught by experienced and well-qualified University staff using progressive and modern teaching methods.

The up-to-date methods are widely applied at the Preparatory Faculty. The curriculum is thoroughly organized. Laboratories and class-rooms are well equipped with a variety of technical means, visual aids and deductive materials.

At the initial stage students study only the Russian language and later they proceed to other subjects depending on the chosen specialty.

Preparatory faculty for foreign citizens is carrying out the training over 5 sections: Technical, Economical, Humanitarian, Biomedical and Natural-science sections.

- Full program of pre-university preparation:
Duration of study - 10 months. Starting - on September 1;
- The reduced program of pre-university preparation:
Duration of study - 6 months. Starting - on December 1.
Reception of foreign citizens begins from July 5 till November 30. Teaching begins in process of completing of groups. Number of students in group - from 6 to 10 people. Each student's group has the curator who helps foreign students to adapt for new conditions of accommodation and study, providing participation of students in cultural, sporting and public events of university.

After the Preparatory Faculty students can enroll in Bachelor or Specialist of Science programs of DSU of their choice or continue study in any Institutes of higher education of Russia.

Our University has worked out multilevel system enabling various kinds of educational services: admission to the university, obtaining Bachelor's, Specialist's and Master's degrees, postgraduate education, professional refresher courses and professional upgrading. Language preparation of foreign citizens is taught according to programs of professional education and is conducted (postgraduate study) according to the declared specialty.

If students do not wish to learn at Preparatory department or to enter to university degree programs, it is possible to take programs listed as free-standing Russian language courses. They vary from between 10 weeks and 1 year. The duration of the course will depend upon your Russian language proficiency and academic qualifications.

There is a big scientific library which has collections that correspond with the subjects taught on at University. For loans and reference during term-time, library is open six day for an average nine hours a day.

To services of students is a Sport Center which has two sports halls. The sports that can be accommodated include badminton, basketball, table-tennis, volleyball, and athletics. Students have opportunity to experience museums, a variety of exhibitions and theatres. They sing favorite Russian songs and recite poetry. The Preparatory Faculty becomes one of the dearest places to our students.

All students are given help in finding accommodation. Foreign students are accommodated in University hostels for the whole period of study. There is a family accommodation for students with families. The Accommodation Officer will also give advice and help if problem arise.

Students from overseas are an important part of the community of DSU has a growing undergraduate from many different countries. If you come as an international student at DSU, you can be sure that you will be warmly welcomed. You will have access to the best educational facilities and when you graduate you will have a qualification which is recognized throughout the world.

Contact details:
Address: Makhachkala, 2-a Batyiraya Street
Tel.: (8722) 56-20-90, 56-20-86
Fax: (8722) 56-20-90
Dean: Khalikov K.G.

Source: Dagestan State University

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