TUlyanovsk State University (Russian: Ульяновский государственный университет, romanised: Ulyanovskiy gosudarstvennyy universitet) is a public, research university, located in Ulyanovsk, Russia. City of Ulyanovsk (formerly Simbirsk, founded in 1648) is situated on the Volga River, about 440 miles east of Moscow and has a population of 700,000. The university, one of the largest in that region, enrolls some 16,000 students in six colleges offering 68 majors and claims considerable international ties. USU was one of the first among Russian universities to join Bologna processand started to reform its Doctoral, Master‘s and Bachelor‘s standards of degrees.
As a part of Moscow State University in State of Ulyanovsk, based on the traditions of classical education, was established by a resolution of Government of the Soviet Union in February 1988 (formerly Simbirsk People’s University, established in 1648). In 1996, Ulyanovsk affiliate of MSU was reorganized into Ulyanovsk State University. At present Ulyanovsk State University is one of the largest higher educational institutions in the Volga Region, which comprises six institutes, 7 independent faculties, 2 affiliates, 6 learning centers and many international study centers.
For over 10 years USU has enjoyed a strong relationship with the German-Russian Friendship Society in Ulyanovsk’s sister-city Krefeld. The German partners have offered generous financial, material and technical assistance and helped arrange internships for USU students with major German companies. For several years, USU has provided translation assistance to city administrations of Ulyanovsk and Krefeld, which exchange regular visits as part of their close collaboration. USU theater majors have for a few years enjoyed the opportunity to visit the partner city where they performed and attended master-classes at the invitation of Krefeld city council. Currently, USU with the assistance of Krefeld German-Russian Friendship Society and German Embassy in Russia is discussing with DAAD, German academic exchanges council, the possibility of having its representative on the university campus, who would among other things oversee preparation courses for DSH, or German as a foreign language exam.
Since 1997, USU has maintained a successful relationship with Russia Culture Center (Seoul, South Korea), which has been of invaluable help in establishing ties with Korean organizations working in the fields of science, business, culture and arts.
Among recent developments is participation in Oxford Russia Fund program, which provided 75 scholarships for USU humanities majors for the 2006-2007 academic year.
To promote academic exchanges, USU arranges regular meetings with coordinators of international educational organizations including ACTR-ACCELS, IREX, Fulbright Foundation.
The first international students were enrolled in USU undergraduate study programs in 1991, residency training programs – in 1999, post-graduate programs – in 2004. At the moment USU enrolls about 120 international students from 25 countries. Over the years, about 70 foreign citizens have been awarded USU diplomas. Since 2000, USU hosts an affiliate of National Russian Language Test Center, which administers tests to any foreign citizen willing to have official proof of their knowledge of Russian by obtaining an internationally recognized certificate.