Eastern European University Association
St Petersburg State University
Year found: 1724
Legal form State
Country Russia
City Saint Petersburg

Founded in 1724 by Peter the Great, Saint Petersburg University was to become the first institution of higher education in Russia. SPbU is a leading Russian university with teaching and research excellence ranked among the world’s top universities. We are open to cooperation and enjoy strong ties with the international research and academic community. SPbU scientists work in almost all fields of knowledge, providing expertise and consultation in close collaboration with Russian and international partners. Many outstanding scholars have been a part of the SPbU community, including nine Nobel Prize winners: the physiologist Ivan Pavlov, biologist Ilya Mechnikov, physicist and chemist Nikolay Semyonov, physicists Lev Landau and Aleksandr Prokhorov, philosopher and economist Wassily Leontief as well as mathematician and economist Leonid Kantorovich.

Among University alumni are the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, Prime-Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Director of the Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovskiy, President of the Russian Academy of Education Liudmila Verbitskaya, mathematicians Grigoriy Perelman and Sergey Smirnov as well as many others.

St Petersburg University Today

  • 30,000 students
  • 6000 academic staff
  • 398 main educational programmes
  • 1,200 internship contracts and partnership agreements
  • Over 450 partner universities
  • 9 Nobel Prize winners
  • 26 resource centres of the University Research Park
  • 6.9 mln. books at the SPbU Research Library named after Maksim Gorky
  • Over 12,000 places in the University halls of residence

SPbU in the World Rankings

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  • Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings
  • Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • Ranking Web of Universities, Ranking Web of Repositories — Webometrics
  • Financial Times European Business School Ranking
  • Financial Times Masters in Management European Rankings
  • Nature Index

Benefits of Studying at SPbU

  • Active engagement with employers
  • Interdisciplinary educational programmes
  • Modern educational technologies
  • Scholarships for talented students
  • Unrivalled Research Park
  • World-renowned academic staff
  • SPbU own diplomas
  • SPbU own academic degrees of Candidate of Sciences and Doctor of Sciences
  • International links

Saint Petersburg


Saint Petersburg is a city and a federal subject ( a federal city ) of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. St. Petersburg recently celebrated its 300th anniversary.

The city has an area of 606 sq. km., but if you include the immediate suburbs on the lowlands along the Neva and the Gulf of Finland, it is 1439 sq. km. The city measures 44 km from north to south and 25 km from east to west.

St. Petersburg developed according to a strict, well thought-out plan, which had been finalized by 1712. The wide Neva and all the numerous other rivers and canals were incorporated into the city design and created its scale. 1865 saw the division of the city into 12 administrative sections. It is now divided into 20 administrative districts. According to the latest census, taken in 2000, 4,695,000 people currently live in St. Petersburg.

The St. Petersburg climate is influenced by the huge expanses of the Atlantic Ocean and its immediate proximity to the Gulf of Finland; water also accounts for 10% of the city area -- a great number of rivers, lakes and marshes.


The region varies from a marine to a continental climate, mild and humid, with a significant amount of cloudy weather, frequent mists and substantial rainfall. In summer the city enjoys periods of hot, dry weather when the temperature can reach 35 degrees C. The average temperature in winter is -- 7.8 degrees C.


The largest of the public higher education institutions is Saint Petersburg State University, enrolling approximately 32,000 undergraduate students; and the largest non-governmental higher education institutions is the Institute of International Economic Relations, Economics and Law. Other famous universities are Saint Petersburg Polytechnical University, Herzen University and Saint Petersburg Military engineering-technical university. However, the public universities are all federal property and do not belong to the city.


St. Petersburg is built on 42 islands at the Neva delta where the river flows into the Gulf of Finland. It is one of the worlds leading cities in terms of its number of rivers, islands and bridges. St. Petersburg is sometimes called a museum of bridges - it has over 300 of them.

69 rivers and other waterways flow through the city and its immediate environs; within the city limits there are 40 rivers, tributaries, canals and other waterways with a total length of 217.5 km. The principal ones are the Great and Lesser Neva, the Great, Medium and Lesser Nevka, the Fontanka, the Karpovka, the Okhta, the Zhdanovka, the Moika, Chernaya Rechka and the Obvodnyy Canal.


A great deal in St. Petersburg artistic decoration is reminiscent of the city naval glory, which is inextricably linked with the expanses of the Baltic Sea. Peter I did all he could to ensure that the sails of Russian ships were seen along the Baltic coast. Russia became a formidable naval power, confirming its superiority with glorious victories and round-the-world voyages.








Bachelor Degree Programmes

Admissions are open to 75 SPbU bachelor degree programmes in the 2018/2019academic year.

To study at the rest of the bachelor degree programmes, you must be proficient in Russian.

If you want to enroll on a bachelor degree programme taught in Russian, we highly recommend you to complete training at the "Russian as a Foreign Language" additional educational programme of the SPbU Russian Language and Culture Institute. 

The complete list of bachelor degree programmes for the 2018/2019 academic year:

Programme Title

Название программы

Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Computer  Sciences and Information Sciences

Физика и математические, компьютерные и информационные науки

Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

Прикладная математика и информатика

Applied Mathematics, Fundamental Informatics and Programming

Прикладная математика, фундаментальная информатика и программирование

Applied Physics and Mathematics

Прикладные физика и математика

Electromagnetic and Acoustic Process

Электромагнитные и акустические процессы

Engineering-oriented Physics

Инженерно-ориентированная физика



Mathematics and Computer Sciences

Математика и компьютерные науки

Mechanics and Mathematical Modelling

Механика и математическое моделирование



Programming and Information Technology

Программирование и информационные технологии

Software and Administration of Information Systems

Математическое обеспечение и администрирование информационных систем

Systems Analysis and Applied Computer Technologies

Системный анализ и прикладные компьютерные технологии

Software Engineering

Программная инженерия

Natural Sciences

Естественные науки



Cartography and Geoinformatics

Картография и геоинформатика



Chemistry, Physics and Material Mechanics

Химия, физика и механика материалов

Ecology and Nature Management

Экология и природопользование







Petroleum Engineering

Нефтегазовое дело

Real Property Cadastre: Assessment and Information Support

Кадастр недвижимости: оценка и информационное обеспечение

Soil Science


Economics and Management

Экономика и менеджмент

Business Informatics


Economic and Mathematical Methods

Экономико-математические методы



Economics (with advanced study of the Economy of China and the Chinese language)

Экономика (с углубленным изучением экономики Китая и китайского языка)

International Management

Международный менеджмент



Personnel Management

Управление персоналом

Public Administration

Государственное и муниципальное управление

Social Sciences

Социальные науки

Advertising and Public Relations

Реклама и связи с общественностью

Asian and African Studies

Востоковедение и африканистика



International Journalism

Международная журналистика

International Relations

Международные отношения





Laws (with Advanced Study of the Chinese Language and the Law of the PRC)

Юриспруденция (с углубленным изучением китайского языка и права КНР)

Law (with advanced study of the Japanese language and the law of Japan)

Юриспруденция (с углубленным изучением японского языка и права Японии)

Organisation of Tourist Activities (with Advanced Study of the Chinese Language)

Организация туристской деятельности ( с углубленным изучением китайского языка)

Political Science




Russian Studies


Social Work

Социальная работа





Гуманитарные науки

Applied, Computer and Computational Linguistics (English)


Прикладная, компьютерная и математическая лингвистика (английский язык)



Classical Philology (Old Greek and Latin; Ancient Literature)

Классическая филология (древнегреческий и латинские языки, античная литература)

Cultural Studies


English Language and Literature

Английский язык и литература

Foreign Languages

Иностранные языки

Foreign Literature, Foreign Languages

Литература народов зарубежных стран, иностранный язык (испанский язык)

General and Applied Phonetics

Общая и прикладная фонетика



History of Arts

История искусств

Languages of the Bible

Языки библии



Religious Studies


Russian as a Foreign Language

Русский язык как иностранный

Russian Philology

(Russian Language and Literature)

Отечественная филология (Русский язык и литература)

Theoretical and Experimental Linguistics

( English)

Теоретическое и экспериментальное языкознание (английский язык)

Theory and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages and Cultures (English)

Теория и методика преподавания иностранных языков и культур (английский язык)

Theory and Practice of Intercultural Communication (English)

Теория и практика межкультурной коммуникации (английский язык)

Translation Theory and Cross-Linguistic Communication

Теория перевода и межъязыковая коммуникация

Art and Culture

Искусство и культура

Applied Informatics in Arts and Humanities

Прикладная информатика в области искусств и гуманитарных наук

Environmental Design

Дизайн среды

Graphic Design

Графический дизайн

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Свободные искусства и науки

Museology and Conservation of Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites

Музеология и охрана объектов культурного и природного наследия



Vocal Art

Вокальное искусство



In 2018/2019 St Petersburg State University offers 19 Master Degree Programmes in English/ German/French/Spanish/Italian.





Master in Corporate Finance - MCF


Master in Management - MIM


Master in Business Analytics and Big Data — MiB



International Trading System



Game Theory and Operations Research



Condensed Matter Physics


Condensed Matter Physics at MEGA-Science Facilities



Cold Regions Environmental Landscapes Integrated Science (CORELIS)



International Sociology



International Relations


Strategic and Arms Control Studies



Political Governance and Public Policy



Languages and Cultures of Africa


Russian Culture


Intercultural Communication: German-Russian Dialogue


Innovative Technology in Translation

French/Spanish/ Italian



Simultaneous Translation


Theory and Practice of Verbal Communication





SPbU offers 263 doctoral education programmes.

Groups of main fields of study

  • Biosciences

  • Chemical Sciences

  • Clinical Medicine

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Earth Sciences

  • Economics

  • Education and Pedagogical Sciences

  • Fundamental Medicine

  • Informatics and Computer Engineering

  • Law

  • Linguistics and Literary Studies

  • Mass Media and Information Librarianship

  • Mathematics and Mechanics

  • Physics and Astronomy

  • Political Science and Regional Studies

  • Psychological Sciences

  • Sociological Sciences


SPbU Campus comprises 21 halls of residence, with 12 located in Petrodvortsovy District of St. Petersburg, 8 in Vasileostrovsky District of St. Petersburg and 1 in Nevsky District of St. Petersburg.

Currently SPbU provides approximately 12,800 places in its halls of residence.
All accommodation is furnished for living and studying; the halls have laundry facilities, cafes, canteens, shops, gyms and fitness facilities, and ATMs. All rooms have Internet access.

You can find more information about the working hours of the administration, documentation necessary to be allocated a place in student halls, and the social infrastructure, at the website of SPbU Campus

Accommodation for foreign students at SPbU halls of residence

Foreign nationals who are admitted to SPbU for their 1st year of main educational programs are allocated places at SPbU halls of residence on the basis of a permit for allocation of a place in the halls. The permit can be obtained at the Office of the Admissions Committee for Foreign 

Accommodation for exchange and freemover students at SPbU halls of residence

Exchange students usually accommodated at the dormitory at Kapitanskaya street 3 in shared rooms for 2-3 people. Application for accommodation is included into the Student Exchange Program Application Form. No permit for allocation is necessary for the accepted exchange and freemover students.
Exchange and freemover students majoring in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Mechanics and Applied Mathematics and Computer Science and studying in Peterhof are accommodated at SPbU halls of residence in Peterhof.


There are many sports leagues at SPbU, so each student can either engage in his or her favourite sport or choose a new one: football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, chess, rugby, mountaineering, mountain skiing, orienteering, swimming, skiing, mountain biking, aerobics, boxing, wrestling and rowing. Student teams participate in international competitions and often win them.

Social Activities

Socially minded students join different organisations: SPbU Students’ Trade Union, the Center for Student Initiatives, the Career Center, the International Students’ Club, various creative teams and scientific societies. Students play intellectual games, publish newspapers and magazines, become volunteers and entrepreneurs.

Creative Opportunities

There is a great number of teams for creative students at SPbU. Some of them have already achieved national and even international recognition. These include a student choir, a youth chamber orchestra, a drama studio, a vocal studio and a Russian folk instruments orchestra.

Events and Festivals

Sports events, parties, concerts, festivals, performances, balls and much more are an integral part of student life. The following events are the most popular among students: the KVN student championship, the Peterhof Olympic sports festival, the fancy-dress jazz party, and the International Festival aimed at blurring distinctions and establishing friendly relations between students from different countries.

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