ITMO University

ITMO University

ITMO University is one of the top Russian institutions which provides training and research in advanced science, engineering and technology. The history of the University spans over a period of more than 100 years. ITMO University offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs as well as post-doctoral research and short-term courses. 

Top reasons to study here

  • ITMO offers double degree Master’s programs in collaboration with world’s top universities which allow to get two Master’s Diplomas in two years.
  • ITMO is a true home for a seeking scientist: if you want to expand your scientific knowledge horizons, multiple research possibilities are open for you at ITMO.
  • ITMO is located in Saint-Petersburg, Russian cultural capital and the most European Russian city representing unique blend of culture and entertainment.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Medicine & Health (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



  • 1900 - foundation year
  • 1930 - became Leningrad Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics (LIFMO)
  • 1994 - was given the status of a technical university
  • 2011 - was renamed into St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics
  • 2016 - ITMO University is in the World Top-100 for Computer Science According to THE 2017 - ITMO in Top 10 Russian Universities
  • 2019 - ITMO entered THE Top-500 World University Rankings


  • International Master’s Programs are an effective mix of immersive learning and collaboration with leading scientists, hands-on experience with industrial partners and a rare opportunity to work with an international team.
  • ITMO University offers a wide variety of Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programs in the most advanced fields: IT, Mechatronics and Robotics, Photonics, Biotechnology and Smart Materials, Innovations Development etc.
  • Semester exchange programs are an excellent opportunity to dive into a different culture and learning environment which enhance your intercultural skills and make you more competitive for the future.
  • ITMO summer schools combine an intensive science, programming or language course with visiting historical sites, museums and theatres in the magnificent St.Petersburg.


Research and development have always been top priorities for ITMO University. Many findings by the researchers of our university in 20th century determined the development of Soviet and global science and technology.

ITMO University 43 Research Centers are large, economically independent cross-disciplinary competence centers undertaking leading fundamental and applied research in our key research areas which are:

Key research areas:

  • Photonics and Optics
  • Intelligent Technology and Robotics
  • Life Sciences and Health
  • Natural Sciences
  • “Smart” Materials, Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
  • IT in Economics, Social Sciences and Art


ITMO University’s Career Services Department offers resources and support to students and alumni through all stages of their career. We also work closely with the industry, government and other stakeholders to create sustainable relationships for internships and employment. Employers in our network provide valuable feedback about most in-demand skills so that we can train the most in-demand workforce.

Services for students and alumni:

  • Career exploration and development
  • Internship and position search
  • CV, cover letter and interview counseling
  • Maintaining positions database
  • Career fairs, master classes and trainings, presentations by employers and other events

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
360 76
436 75
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
901 -100
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
401 100
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
752 64
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

ITMO University has several initiatives designed to help international students in adapting to the new city and culture. Among such projects are ITMO University’s International Student Council, "Get Local" International Students Club, and the buddy program.

Housing services

ITMO University has more than ten dorm options on offer, and it is our priority to provide international students with housing. A majority of international students are housed in the two dorms which are located in the historic center of Saint Petersburg, not far from ITMO University's main building.

The dorms are multi-story buildings with comfortable rooms. Occupancy depends on availability and influences the cost. There may be from 2 to 4 students sharing a dorm room. Rooms are furnished with the necessary furniture. Some rooms have shared bathrooms. There is a kitchen on each floor of the dorm building, with cooking stoves and countertops. 

Library services

ITMO University offers a vast collection of Russian and international literature on a variety of technical and social disciplines, as well as general interest and fiction.

ICT services

  • A free Wi-Fi network on campus
  • ICT rooms available for students
  • Classrooms with multimedia equipment
  • Online non-degree courses
  • Student Information System

Medical services

Once you are officially an ITMO University student, you are entitled to use the services of the healthcare clinic located at the main campus of ITMO University. Some of the services include first aid, treatment of a variety of acute illnesses, minor injuries and burns, vaccinations, preventive medicine. The doctor can also make referrals to specialists.

Student Life

Campus life

ITMO University campus comprises 14 educational buildings mostly located in the downtown which make it easy to explore the city and enjoy it at any time of the year. They are easy to access by public transport and are usually within walking distance of metro stations.

The overall University infrastructure also includes research and scientific laboratories, several dormitories, sport facilities, student co-working areas, concert halls, hobby clusters etc.

Sports facilities

There are no boring PE classes you need to muster at ITMO University. What we have instead is “KronBars”, a fun and welcoming student sports club offering more than 60 kinds of sports for you to enjoy. From basketball and volleyball to rock-climbing, wrestling, and fencing, everyone is bound to find something that suits their taste.

Moreover ITMO University’s KronBars doesn’t just mean dozens of cool sports classes; it is also Saint Petersburg’s best-known student sports club. Our team of sports managers, journalists, photographers and student enthusiasts are hard at work developing student sports and forming better conditions for athletes and everyone who likes sports.

Student clubs

Whatever your talent, let it shine at ITMO. From several singing groups to dance studios, an anime group, an online radio and television stations to Game Crunch Club, where students develop new games, you are certain to find “your people”.

Students often get a chance to work with professional artists in the university’s sound lab as well as try their hand at organizing concerts and performance on campus as well as other venues around the city.


ITMO University is a full member of European University Association (EUA), Association of Technical Universities of Russia and of China, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), European Optical Society (EOS), International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR), St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.

Student Reviews

A feedback on the international master program at ITMO
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

ITMO is high ranked strong university. Professors and students are knowledgeable. The team who was organizing the Machine Learning program were not experienced managing international students. They are improving their management skills and getting more organized.

Infinite research
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

It is a practice-oriented university with a lot of worldwide mobility possibilities. Courses usually short, intensive and give you broad knowledge on the topic (module system). Equipment is on a cutting edge in laboratories.

English taught programs at ITMO University
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

ITMO university has good facilities for research but not good teachers to teach in English taught programs. to be specific, I felt that the teachers are very educated and knowledgeable but they couldn't deliver what they know to us in ML master courses. In my opinion, if anyone consider to study there, it is better to study in Russian.

Saint Petersburg, Russia

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