The USU international activity is directed toward a comprehensive and large-scale intergration into the global educational and scientific space. The university maintains ties with numerous foreign partners including the USA, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Finland, the People's Republic of China, Vietnam, Japan, India, as well as the CIS republics. Cooperation with foreign partners is implemented in the following areas:
Dual degree programs
At present USU successfully implements dual degree programs with universities of the USA and Germany. In the framework of this activity the Russian-American Faculty carries out joint educational programs in cooperation with a number of higher educational institutions from the USA, including Wesleyan College (Macon, Georgia), Shenandoah University (Winchester, Virginia), East Tennessee University (Johnson City, Tennessee) www.etsu.edu. The dul degree program 3+1 and 3+2 gives the RAF students an opportunity to earn a bachelor degree in business administration or international business based on the curricula of American universities. The cooperation agreements with German universities envisage doing a dual degree at a German university by the RGF students after completing three years of study at USU. The USU partner universities in Germany are: Osnabrueck University, Duisburg-Essen University, Hochschule Niederrhein (Krefeld), Furtwangen University (Furtwangen). Over the last three years the exchanges have provided study abroad opportunities to students from Russian-American and Russian-German faculties.
International educational programs
Students and teachers of USU participate in annual German-Russian workshops in the field of business that are organized jointly with the staff members of the Nizhny Novgorod Commercial Institute and Niederrhein University (Monchengladbach) at each of these institutions on a regular basis. These workshops provide lectures that are given by Russian and German teachers, the discussion of very important issues of economics, national economies and visiting enterprises. In May 2016 USU teachers and students participated in the second part of the 9th German-Russian workshop «The importance of start-up projects and medium-sized enterprises in the regions of the universities' location.» In the framework of cooperation with the German service of academic exchanges (DAAD) a lecturer from Germanyworks at USU who conducts German classes and casses on cultural studies for the students of the Linguistics and International cooperation Faculty. Since 2016 the cooperation program has been implemented with Fullbright Foundation that provide work of an English teacher from the USA who gives classes to the students of the International relations Institute.
Since 2007, USU has successfully implemented faculty exchange programs with Jiangnan and Heilongjian universities in China. The former has for several years hosted a USU choreography teacher, while the latter annually sends to USU a post-graduate philology student to serve as a guest teacher for the Chinese language course, which is offered free of charge to USU linguistics majors, thanks to continuing support of Chinese Ministry of Education. USU actively develops relations with Southwest Oil University of China (Chengdu, pr. Sichuan), Sichuan University (Chengdu, pr. Sichuan), Hunan Pedagogical University (city of Changsha, pr. Hunan), Anhui University (Hefei, pr. Anhui), Anhui University of Medicine (Hefei, pr. Anhui), the University of Jiangnan (Wuxi, pr. Jiangsu), Heilongjiang University (Harbin, pr. Heilongjiang), Handan University (Handan, pr. Hebei), Zhengzhou University (Zhengzhou, pr. Henan), Tongji University (Shanghai). In April 2012, USU signed an agreement for a joint Russian-Indian International MBA Program with JARO Institute of Technology, Management and Research (Mumbai). JARO Education is a company which provides services in the field of education, including professional and vocational training and development in India and across the world via web-based and classroom-based instruction. The agreement's purpose is to provide a framework for academic exchange and joint MBA training of working professionals in India and other Asian countries.
In September 2015, USU signed an agreement with the New Era Educational Consultants with the purpose of recruiting Indian citizens for studies at USU in Bachelor's, Master's and Specialist's programs.
In January 2017 USU signed the cooperation agreement with Kansai University (Japan)
Scientific and technical cooperation
During the last several years USU scientists have been cooperating with the leading specialists of Mayo Clinic (USA). In the framework of joint work International medical conferences «Nexus Medicus» have been held since 2013 arranged together with the Ministry of Healthcare and social development of the Ulyanovsk region. The forums unite outstanding doctors, pharmacists, healthcare workers, medical equipment designers and special instruments producers, representatives of the business community from Russia and foreign countries.
A very extensive activity is carried out together with the Internationa Union of Phlebology. Since 2014 the annual training courses of Advanced School of Phlebology are conducted for doctors who have experinece in the field of phlebology, surgery and other areas. Many outstanding and prominent researchers from Brazil, Italy, Spain, Argentina, France participate in work of the School.
USU researchers also actively work with their foerign colleagues in the field of laser and nanotechnologies, being members of the international research team composed of RAS scientists and a number of research centers of Finland, Belgium, the USA and Great Britain. Cooperation is also implemented with such research centers as Karlsruhe, The Helmholtz Association, the University of Mons (Belgium), the National Center of Optofiber research in the city of Tampere (Finland), the University at Buffalo (USA), Aston University (Great Britain) with the use of research bases of the above mentioned centers.
International educational divisions and centers of USU
St. Exupery International linguistic and cultural center
Russian and German center for culture, science, education and innovation
Russian-Chinese center of strategic partnership
International students have started applying to USU since 1991. The first enrollment of foreign citizens to residency programs was in 1999 and to graduate courses in 2004. Today more than 300 international students study at the university from more than 30 countries of the world. Since 2007 the Center of International education has been functioning at the university that is involved in the issues of attracting, enrolling, training and providing leisure activities to international students. Since 2000 the subsidiary office of the Russian language testing center that arranges group and individual testing for foreign citizens who wish to get a certificate.
Russian-Indian MBA program
E.V. Vasko, a teacher of choreography with the students of Jiangnan University, September of 2010
A representative of the German senior experts service Johen Lemann is giving a class to participants of the summer camp program. July, 2009
The Wesleyan college delegation at the Festival of Song organized by the orphanage «Nadezhda»