City: Saint Petersburg
Founded in: 1724
Status: Public University
Programs: full-time, part-time
Language of study: Russian, English
Academic degrees: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Ph.D
Student body: 30,000
International students: 3,000
Academic staff: 6,000
Professors and doctors: 1,200

For more than 290 years, St Petersburg State University has been committed to advancing the
field of science, and training highly qualified professionals. The University dates back to 1724,
when Peter the Great founded the Academy of Sciences and Arts, as well as the first Academic
University in Russia. We take pride in our outstanding staff and alumni, many of whom have
gone on to receive recognition in science, politics, business, sports, literature, and art.

What St. Petersburg University Offers…

  • 1,500 internship contracts and partnership agreements;
  • A residence hall with over 12,000 places;
  • A library with 7 million books, as well as other resources;
  • Educational opportunities offered by our numerous partner universities, such as study
  • Abroad and joint research programs (over 450 partner universities and counting);
  • 398 major educational programs

Our Students and Alumni…
The University has many Nobel Prize winners among its staff and alumni: physicists Lev
Landau and Aleksandr Prokhorov, physiologist Ivan Pavlov, biologist Ilya Mechnikov, physical
chemist Nikolay Semyonov, and mathematician and economist Leonid Kantorovich. SPbU is
also an alma mater to outstanding political and social leaders such as: Vladimir Vernadsky,
Dmitry Mendeleev, and Dmitry Likhachev to name just a few.
The world also owes thanks to our University for many prominent cultural leaders, writers, and
artists, such as: Ivan Turgenev, Pavel Brullov, Alexander Blok, Alexandre Benois, Sergei
Diaghilev, and Igor Stravinsky. Among the University alumni we are also proud to mention
leaders of the Russian Government: Boris Stürmer, Alexander Kerensky, Vladimir Lenin,
Presidents of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev

Our University Today…
Today, by bringing together tradition and modern innovation, St Petersburg University sets the
pace for the development of science, education, and culture, both in Russia and across the
world. We are consistently ranked highly in international university rankings (according to the
Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings and Quacquarelli Symonds World
University Rankings) proving the success of our development strategy. We also partner with
many leading universities and major corporations.


Campus and Facilities…
St. Petersburg State University is fully-equipped to provide a diverse range of opportunities for
education, research, and creativity. This includes a beautiful library, a comprehensive digital
collection of scholarly editions, state-of-the-art research laboratories headed by leading
scientists, museums, a publishing house, sports clubs, a University choir, orchestras, drama and
dance studios, and much more.
In 2009, the federal government granted St Petersburg State University and Moscow State
University the special status of ‘unique scientific and educational complexes …. instrumental in
the development of the Russian society.’

Our Departments:

  • Economics
  • Mathematics and mechanics
  • Law
  • Physics
  • Applied mathematics and control processes
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Philology
  • Oriental Studies
  • Arts
  • Biology
  • Dentistry And medical technology
  • Political science
  • Liberal arts and Sciences
  • Medicine
  • International relations

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