A foodie's dream: Eating at Russia’s most international university

We welcome you on this gastronomic tour of the campus of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (PFUR), which is home to students from 153 countries, representing 450 nationalities. Everyone wants a reminder their home comforts, culture and cuisine. That’s why the campus boasts more than 20 cafes. RBTH visited the best of them.

One of Russia’s largest and most prestigious academic institutions, the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (PFUR or the abbreviation RUDN) marks its 56th anniversary this year.

In the 1960s-70s, the USSR sought to spread its influence to the countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America, by providing training and education to young people from there and supporting their fight for independence. Through the export of education, Moscow hoped to spread the Russian language and culture abroad. At the same time, Soviet leaders expected to promote Communist values too.

In the Soviet era, RUDN’s student body was 70 percent foreigners and 30 percent Soviet citizens. Currently the situation is the opposite: we have 70 percent Russians and 30 percent foreigners.

"RUDN is a unique laboratory where students acquire experience working and living in international communities. What is especially important is the experience of interaction between different religions, different cultures and different races," - confirms the rector of the University Vladimir Filippov.

The campus of Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia boasts the highest concentration of ethnic food cafes in Moscow. Here you can taste the cuisines of China, India, Peru, Mexico, Lebanon, Ethiopia and many others. In the basements and on the ground floors you can find cafes offering various exotic dishes.

However, students are not the only ones to visit. They are joined every evening by Moscow foodies and other locals who come here for dinner. Besides the obvious benefit of great food, the prices are more than reasonable. Where is it located?

Order this tour with the guide Irina Leksina on Tripster or directly via Facebook.

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