Founded in 1896, Tomsk Polytechnic University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the small city of Tomsk (population range of 250,000-499,999 inhabitants), Tomsk Oblast. Officially accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) is a large (enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as undergraduate certificates/diplomas, bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 120 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. TPU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, sport facilities and/or activities, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.