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Saint Petersburg State University
English Name: Saint Petersburg State University
Region: Eastern Europe
Country/Region: Russia
Found Year: 1724
Address: 7-9 Universitetskaya Nab.

With a history dating back to 1724, St Petersburg University (SPbU) is the first institution of higher education in Russia Today, St Petersburg University is one of the leading international centres of education, science and culture. As a dynamic institution, it designs multidisciplinary educational programmes that combine fundamental theoretical problems with real-world, practical application.


Famous Graduates

The discoveries and achievements of the University professors and graduates have shaped the history of both international and Russian science and technology. The University is proud to be home to 9 Nobel prize winners in Physiology, Medicine, Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Literature as well as Fields Medal and Shaw Prize winners. Moreover, two presidents of the Russian Federation and six government leaders graduated from SPbU.


International Students

Each year, ~ 4,000 international students from 100+ countries enroll in SPbU. They are offered a choice from 10+ double degree programmes, 20+ Master programmes taught in English, German, Spanish, French and Italian as well as 400+ programmes of Bachelor, Master and PhD levels taught in Russian. In 2019 SPbU became the most popular university in Russia among foreign applicants. International students can apply for the Russian Federation government-funded places (full coverage of tuition fees and monthly allowance) or self-finance their studies.


International Cooperation

SPbU maintains strong partnerships with 474 universities in 65 countries worldwide. University is an active member of international academic mobility programmes including Erasmus+, Finnish-Russian Cross Border University, Santander Universities, Coimbra Group, Campus Europae, etc. The University makes it easy to connect with the whole world by offering the opportunity to participate in Alumni clubs in 16 counties and Representative offices in China, Republic of Korea, Spain, USA, with Italy and Turkey shortly on the way.


Global careers

St Petersburg University educational programmes are relevant for the challenges and opportunities of the global labour market, and SPbU alumni are able to take on competitive positions in a multicultural work environment. The University has 2000+ long-term cooperation agreements with IBM, Unilever, PepsiCo, McKinsey, Google, Carl Zeiss, Microsoft, Leica, Intel, Adobe, Huawei and many other leading Russian and international companies. St Petersburg University partner organizations offer internships for students and take part in the development and assessment of study programmes. In 2018, SPbU became the best university in Russia in Employer-Student connections according to QS Graduate Employability Rankings.


Online Learning

St Petersburg is actively developing its online-learning opportunities. By now, it has launched more than 140 online-courses in Russian, English, and Chinese on the Open Education, Coursera and XuetangX platforms (



SPbU scientists conduct research in almost all fields of knowledge, provide expertise and consulting, and enjoy close ties with Russian and international partners. The research findings are published in high-impact international journals.

Priority research areas:

       nanotechnology and materials science

       biomedicine and human health

       information systems and technology

       ecology and nature management

       social research and technologies

       human resource management and technologies


SPbU has cutting-edge research facilities — a state-of-the-art Research Park with 26 resource centres, where the most advanced research equipment is concentrated. Students have an opportunity to annually receive research grants, including Russian Federation Presidential grant. They can carry out research in numerous laboratories and make use of vast scientific collections of the University.

M. Gorky Scientific Library of SPbU

SPbU Library is one of the oldest and largest university libraries in Russia. The collection dates back to 1783 featuring now over 7 million depository items in stock including 70,000 rare books. More than 102 million full-text sources can be accessed online. SPbU students and staff can benefit from the University library subscription to ~ 80,000 leading scientific journals.



Student life

University life is vibrant and diverse. Every year, the University holds over 300 student events, celebrations, conferences, and competitions. Start-up SPbU programme gives students a great opportunity to have a try at research-intensive entrepreneurial projects and win a 1 000 000 rubles grant for bringing them to life. Students from other countries are welcome to join the International Students’ Club. The Club is an opportunity to meet fellow students, learn more about Russia and its culture, exchange experience, get help and advice. Students are invited to practice up to 21 kinds of sport on 30 University venues. The University teams take part in Russian and international sporting events, win various awards and prizes.


St Petersburg University Museums

SPbU is more than just a university, it is a true centre of culture and enlightenment. It is home to 10 museums holding a joint collection of 3 million items, which is comparable to collection funds of the largest federal museums in Russia. SPbU museum expositions are widely used for research purposes and serve as study material in course of educational programmes.  St Petersburg University operates the following museums: SPbU History Museum, D.I. Mendeleev Museum-Archive, V.V. Nabokov Museum, S.P Dyagilev Museum of ContemporaryArt, History of Physics and Practical Mechanics department, Mineralogical Museum, Paleontological Stratigraphic Museum, Petrographic Museum, Paleontological Museum, Herbarium.

Total Enrollment:25130
           International Students:1604(6%)
Undergraduate Enrollment:19229
           International Students:1225(6%)
Graduate Enrollment:5901
           International Students:379(6%)

Graduate Programs
           Accounting and Statistics
           Administrative Law, Financial Law and Data Protection Law
           Agricultural Chemistry
           Analytical Chemistry
           Applied and Mathematical Linguistics
           Astrometry and Mathematical Astronomy
           Astrophysics and Radioastronomy
           Atmospheric Physics and Hydrospheric Physics
           Automation, Production Control and Production Management
           Bioorganic Chemistry
           Civil Law; Business Law; Family Law; Civil Procedure; International Civil Law
           Civil Procedure; Arbitral Procedure
           Classical, Byzantine and Modern Greek Philology
           Colloid Chemistry and Physicochemical Mechanics
           Condensed Matter Physics
           Constitutional Law; Municipal Law
           Criminal Law and Criminology; Executive Criminal Law
           Criminal Procedure, Forensics and Legal Expertise; Criminal Investigation
           Deformable Body Mechanics
           Design Automation Systems
           Developmental Biology and Embryology
           Developmental Psychology and Acmeology
           Differential Equations
           Discrete Mathematics and Mathematical Cybernetics
           Economic Sociology and Demography
           Economic, Social and Political Geography
           Educational Psychology
           Enterprises and Facilities
           Environmental Economics and Land Management
           Environmental Science
           Ethnography, Ethnology and Anthropology
           Finance, Currency Circulation and Crediting
           Fluid, Gas and Plasma Mechanics
           Folklore Studies
           General and Regional Geology
           General History
           General Pedagogy and History of Pedagogy and Education
           General Psychology, Personality Psychology and History of Psychology
           Geochemistry and Geochemical Methods of Mineral Exploration
           Geology, Exploration of Solid Minerals and Mineralogy
           Geometry and Topology
           Geomorphology and Development Geography
           Geophysics and Geophysical Methods of Mineral Exploration
           Geotechnical Engineering, Geocryology and Soil Science
           Geotectonics and Geodynamics
           Germanic Languages
           Histology, Cytology and Cellular Biology
           Historical, Typological and Contrastive Linguistics
           Historiography, Source Studies and Approaches To Historical Studies
           History of International Relations and Foreign Policy
           History of Philosophy
           History of Science and Technology
           Industrial Engineering
           Information System Analysis, Management and Processing
           Innovation Management
           Inorganic Chemistry
           International Economics
           International Law and European Law
           Judiciary; Procuratorial Supervision; Law Enforcement Management; Legal Profession
           Labour Economics
           Labour Law; Social Security Law
           Land Hydrology, Water Resources and Hydrochemistry
           Land Use Planning, Cadastre and Land Monitoring
           Languages of The Peoples of Foreign Countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, Indigenous Peoples of America and Australia
           Laser Physics
           Law of Natural Resources; Agrarian Law; Environmental Law
           Literature of Foreign Countries
           Literature of The Peoples of The Russian Federation
           Macromolecular Compounds
           Management and Administration of Plants
           Mathematic Simulation, Numerical Techniques and Software Systems
           Mathematical Analysis
           Mathematical and Instrumental Approaches To Economics
           Mathematical and Software Support For Computers, Computer Systems and Networks
           Mathematical Logic, Algebra and Theory of Numbers
           Mathematical Physics
           Medical Psychology
           Meteorology, Climatology and Agricultural Meteorology
           Mineralogy and Crystallography
           Molecular Biology
           Molecular Genetics
           Museology, Conservation and Restoration of Sites of Historical and Cultural Value
           National History
           Nuclear and Particle Physics
           Numerical Mathematics
           Ontology and Epistemology
           Organic Chemistry
           Paleontology and Stratigraphy
           Petrology and Volcanology
           Philosophy of Science and Technology
           Physical Chemistry
           Physical Electronics
           Physical Geography and Biogeography, Soil Geography and Landscape Geochemistry
           Phytophysiology and Phytochemistry
           Plasma Physics
           Political Institutions, Ethnopolitical Conflictology, National and Political Developments and Technologies
           Political Issues of International Relations and Global Development
           Political Psychology
           Population Economics and Demography
           Psychology of Labour; Engineering Psychology and Ergonomics
           Regional Economy
           Romance Languages
           Russian Language
           Russian Literature
           Semiconductor Physics
           Slavic Languages
           Social and Economic System Management
           Social Philosophy
           Social Psychology
           Social Structure, Social Institutions and Developments
           Sociology of Culture and Spiritual Life
           Sociology of Management
           Soil Science
           Solar Physics
           Solid State Chemistry
           Theology, Philosophic Anthropology and Philosophy of Culture
           Theoretical Mechanics
           Theoretical Physics
           Theory and History of Art
           Theory and History of Culture
           Theory and History of Law and State; History of Legal Theories
           Theory and Methods of Teaching
           Theory of Economic System Management
           Theory of Economics
           Theory of Information Science
           Theory of Probability and Mathematical Statistics
           Theory, History and Methodology of Politics
           Theory, Methodology and History of Sociology
           Thermal Physics and Thermology

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