Tatarstan-Russia (TaMSA-Tatarstan) - Kazan
Gynaecology/Obstetrics, - Infectious Diseases, - Internal Medicine-Cardiology, - Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology, - Internal Medicine-General, - Internal Medicine-Nephrology, - Internal Medicine-Noninvasive Cardiology, - Internal Medicine-Pulmonary, - Internal Medicine-Rheumatology, - Neurology, - Ophthalmology, - Otorhinolaryngology, - Pharmacology, - Surgery-Cardiothoracic Surgery, - Surgery-Gastrointestinal Surgery, - Surgery-General, - Surgery-Head and Neck Surgery, - Surgery-Neurosurgery, - Surgery-Orthopedics, - Surgery-Thoracic Surgery, - Surgery-Vascular Sugery, - Traumatology, - Urology, -Oncology
All months, except January and June
1 time per day
Host family; Student flat;
Please, make sure that your passport is valid for at least 18 months after your stay in Russia. Don’t forget to bring TaMSA-Health form with you to Kazan.



City Day: August 30
 Capital of the Republic of Tatarstan
 Area: 425.2 (164.2 sq.mi)
 Location: in the northwest of Tatarstan in the place of junction of Volga and Kazanka rivers.
 Distance from Moscow: 1h 20min by plane, 11 hours by train or 5 days by ship. Approximately 800 km (500 mi)
 Time zone: Moscow time (GMT+03:00).
 Population: 1,143,546 inhabitants (as of the 2010 Census)
 Founded: 1005
 Historical dates: Mentioned in chronicle 1177

Capital of Khanate since 1438 Conquered by Russia 1552 Capital of Tatarstan since 1920

Postal code: 420xxx
 Dialing code: +7-843-.............
 Kazan is included into the UNESCO World Heritage Cities list. 


Kazan State Medical University

Kazan State Medical University — One of the most famous and most respected centers of medical education, science, and culture in the Russian Federation, the roots of which go deep into its glorious history. We are proud of the teaching staff and graduates of our University, who have made a significant contribution to global and domestic medicine. We strive to be worthy of our history, are confidently working in the present, and are optimistic about the future.


  • General Medicine
  • Pediatric
  • Dental
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Management and Graduate Nursing Education
  • Social Workers
  • Biomedical Physics
  • Biomedical Chemistry

    History KSMU: In the XVIII century on the territory of modern Russia medical schools were established only in Moscow and St. Petersburg. On the 14th of May (2nd of May according to the old calendar) 1814 the first meeting of the Academic Council of the "Department of Doctoral or Medical sciences" of Kazan Imperial University was held, and on this day began the two-century long history of KSMU.

    The founders of the Medical Faculty and of the first departments were anatomists I.O. Braun (the first elected rector of the University) and E.F. Aristov, therapists F.Kh. Erdman (the first Dean of the Medical Faculty), K.F. Fuchs, N.A. Skandovsky, surgeons P.A. Dubovitskii, F.O. Elacic, A.A. Kitter, obstetrician A.E. Lentovsky. The opening of the Anatomical Theater (1837), the University's "old" clinic (1840) and of the Physiological Building (1890) played an important role in the development of Medical Faculty.

    Throughout the XIX century the Medical Faculty of Kazan University remained the only institution of higher education that trained doctors for the Volga, Ural and Siberian regions. In the 60-90s of XIX century in Kazan, several Scientific-Medical Schools of National and European level were established.

    In the year 1900 a clinical campus of the Medical Faculty was built, it included 4 similarly designed buildings. This event gave an impulse to the development of new Scientific-Clinical Schools: dermatovenereologic, pediatric, obstetric-gynecologic and surgical.

    In the Soviet era the Scientific School of Kazan Medical University was further developed by such distinguished scientists as anatomist V.N. Ternovsky, histologists K.A. Arnshtein and A.N. Mislavsky, physiologists N.O. Kovalevsky, N.A. Mislavsky, A.F. Samoilov. Many prominent healthcare administrators and Ministers of Health of the USSR, Russian Federation and the Republic of Tatarstan are graduates of KSMU. 

Clinical Rotation sites

Kazan State Medical University is the “academic heart and brain” of the medical environment of Kazan and Tatarstan. It has its representation in almost every medical unit in Kazan and connected with many hospitals in Tatarstan. But only 6 hospitals in Kazan are considered to be the main teaching sites of Kazan Medical University. They are Republican Clinical Hospital (RCH), Interregional Clinical & Diagnostic Center (ICDC), Republican Infectious Diseases Hospital (RIDH), Republican Clinical Pediatric Hospital (RCPH), Republican Ophtalmologic Hospital (ROH) and Kazan Emergency Hospital (KEH).

Republican Clinical Hospital (top right photo) is the largest hospital in the region. It has the widest variety of departments and almost every department has university faculties. Hospital is desighned for 1155 beds and serves for treating patients from all over the region. Annualy 30,000 patients are treated in this hospital. RCH is famous for its internal medicine and surgery teams.

Interregional Clinical & Diagnostic Center (bottom right photo) is one of the youngest and most modern medical centers in Tatarstan desighned for 350 beds. It is unique for cardiovascular and neuro directions of medical treatment. ICDC is the only one center of heart surgery and most advanced brain surgery in the region. Moreover, this hospital is well organized for treating stroke and myocardial infarction patients.

Republican Clinical Pediatric Hospital is the principal hospital for treating children from all over the region. RCPH is in 5 top largest pediatric hospitals in Russia. This is multidisciplinary center for every kind of pediatric medical problem and it works as an emergency hospital seven days a week. 


Unilateral fee: 350

Boarding: Hospital; Student flat

  • Host family
  • Student flat



Directly to Kazan

There are direct flights from Frankfurt-Main, Munich, Prague, Istanbul and Dubai to Kazan, but these routes are more expensive than traveling through Moscow.


is located around 15-20 kilometers from Kazan. But there are regular buses, which can take you from airport to the city.    

 Via Moscow

The trip from Moscow to Kazan can either be made by plane (from Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo airports) or by train (from Kazanskiy railway station in Moscow). The train trip lasts around 12 hours and is designed to let you sleep overnight and wake up in Kazan at 7 in the morning the next day. Train is very useful and usually a very comfortable way to travel across Russia.

The most convenient train is called “Tatarstan”. (Train tickets Moscow - Kazan - Moscow - $ 150). Flight prices from Moscow to Kazan normally start at 4000 RUR, while train tickets start at 800 RUR.

Individuals who plan to travel to Kazan through Moscow should note that, if their plane or train arrives to Moscow in the morning, it is possible to leave for Kazan on the same day. Otherwise, it will be necessary to stay in Moscow overnight.


is located downtown, near Kremlin and central stadium.

 Kazan is one of the main stations of the Transsiberian Railway, in a distance of 793 Km east of Moscow.

From Kazan you can travel to different cities of Russia, to Moscow and St.Peterburg for example.

To book your tickets in advance (recommended) you can visit or and browse for available times and price ranges.

Purchase Kazan Train Tickets On Your Own
  • Substitute the bold description (in brackets), with your train information. (See Kazan train schedules and itineraries below for further information).
  • Translate the information using Google Translator.
  • Print and give the translated version to the lady selling tickets at the Kazan train station "service center".


There are municipal tramways, trolleybuses and red buses (more used).

NB! The lines of Kazan bus transportation you can see on the,, (It is on Russian, but not difficult to understand).

A single-line Kazan Metro, the north-southeast Central Line, opened on 27 August 2005. The Kazan Metro now has only seven stations, but it is to be extended.


There are great amount of different private taxi companies in Kazan. The easiest way to get a taxi is to call by one o f this phone numbers:

1. Soyuz-taxi (843) 5 -170 -170;

2. Premium-taxi (843) 258-08-47;

3. Premier-taxi (843)246-58-38;

4. FM-taxi (843)555-52-52;

5. Trial-taxi (843) 2-775-775. 295-15-95;


The Social Program/Weekly schedule

events with determined dates



Orientation meeting in Kazan State Medical University.


This is our usual round-table with all foreign students, where you will have a chance to meet the Vice-rector on International Affairs and the TaMSA-Team, and you will receive our Welcome Package.


Welcome party.


The welcome party will take place in Bar “Joker” with live music!

It will probably be the first time we meet all together, so this will be a good opportunity to break the ice and begin a relationship that will last, for at least the whole month of July, but it is going to last longer for sure!!!!


1. Mysteries of Kazan history


We have organized a small tour around the famous sites in the city of Kazan.

We’ll visit Bauman Street, our Kremlin, we’ll finish our sightseeing with nice lunch in stylized Restaurant of National Food.


Small National Food and Drinking party


It will be nice day of international food and drinks also, so we will try all possible drinks from different countries. Also you will need to cook something national and present for everybody your food and drink. We will spend great time all together!


Raifa Monastery excursion


Raifa Monastery (in the village of Raifa, 40 km from Kazan) is a saint place with its own legends and miracles. Every day lots of tourists come to the Raifa Monastery to pray to the wonder-working icon of Mother of God of Georgia. The Monastery also has a saint spring, which gives people health and spiritual power.

It is located within a forest reserve, so we will be able to breathe fresh air, to drink clean water from spring and to enjoy wonderful nature of our country.


Goluboe ozero (Blue lake)


Wonderful lake with clearest blue salty water with temperature 3-5 C during the whole year even in winter! Don’t forget your swimming suits and bring lunch with you.


Bolgar city excursion


On the bank of  Volga river, thirty miles below the mouth of Kama river is one of the great monuments of our cultural heritage - Bulgarian settlement - the capital of one of the earliest state associations in Eastern Europe. Bolgar was a political, economic and cultural center of the Volga-Kama Bulgaria nation. There was a rate of Khan, minted coins, developed crafts.


Bye-Bye party


It will be our last party; there you can tell about your experiences and impressions in Kazan.


Excursion to village “Tukay-Kirlay”


Village “Tukay-Kirlay” - birthplace of famous Tatar poet Gabdulla Tukay



Events with non-fixed dates (usually on weekdays)


1. Museums

- Soviet Culture Museum

- Historical Museum of Kazan Federal University (paid activity, to be announced)

- Kazan Hermitage (paid activity, to be announced)

- Victory Park

- Anatomical Theater of the Human Anatomy Department of KSMU


2. Sport activities

- Football/Volleyball

- Bicycle trip around the city (paid activity, to be announced)

- Horse riding (paid activity, to be announced)


3. Music events

- Jazz-club “Crossroads of Jazz” (every Thursday-Sunday evening – 80 RUR for live music+beverages and food)

- Guinness pub with live rock-music


4. Other entertainment events

- Evening of Russian movies&cartoons (free activities, you are expected to bring beverages and snacks)

- Evening of Slavic History

- Karaoke-bar

- Bowling

- Aqua-park

- Ice skating in Rivera indoor ice arena


Main historic and touristic sites to visit

KAZAN KREMLIN: The ‘heart of Kazan’ is located on the hill over the Kazanka River and the chief historic citadel of the city. It was built on behest of Ivan the Terrible on the ruins of the former castle of Kazan khans. In the first half of the 16th century the Kazan Kremlin was a white-stone fortress, before that the massive oak walls had defended the outpost.

There is a whole range of architectural monuments on the territory of the Kazan Kremlin, among them are the Syuyumbike Tower, Governor’ Palace (current residence of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan), archeological remains of one of the most representative buildings of the complex of the khan's court that were turned into museums, khan's mosque and tombs of Kazan khans dating back to the 15th-16th centuries. The Kul Sharif Mosque and Annunication Cathedral stand side by side inside the Kazan Kremlin and represent a perfect example of a peaceful coexistance between two religious confessions.

Suyumbike Tower: The brightest architectural jewel standing out from the whole ensemble of Kremlin, seven storey’s and 58 meters high – the spiritual symbol and pride of Kazan. It takes its name from the last queen of Kazan, Suyumbika.

Legend about Suyumbike: They say, that Ivan The Terrible, found out about the fantastic beauty of the Suyumbike and made a formal proposal of marriage to her. But proud and beautiful tsarina refused him, so Ivan the Terrible decided to use the force – and with numerous troops he besieged the city. To save the city inhabitants Suyumbike agreed to marry him if he builds the highest tower in Kazan within 7 days. They set down to work. At the end of the 7th day the tower was ready. Suyumbike ascended the highest floor of the tower and threw herself on the ground. So she killed herself, not wishing to marry the odious tsar. The Tatar people named the tower in honour of its glorious daughter. Thus its only the legend, it is known for certain that Suyumbike was married Safa-Girey khan, and after his expulsion from Kazan new khan Shah-Ali took Suyumbike to the town of Kasimov where she slowly lived out her days.


Kul-Sharif mosque was built in the Kazan Kremlin in the 16th century. It was named after Qol


Weather and climate specifics

The climate of Kazan is moderate-continental with warm summer and frosty winter. The Kazan city landscapes are attractive all four seasons. Make sure that you take warm winter clothes if you are going to stay in Kazan between November and April. The swimming season starts in May or early June. In September you will enjoy a marvellous “golden autumn”.

Winter – Spring: The average temperature in January is -14°C (7°F). Frosts can reach -30°C (-22°F), but it happens very seldom. The winter lasts about five months and sets approximately in mid November. Usually spring lasts for two months. By the end of spring the temperature reaches +5-10°?