Tomsk State University

4.2 out of 5 (17 ratings / 14 reviews) Tomsk, Russia
Tomsk State University has received many awards for its achievements in the establishment and development of the nation’s science, education, and culture.  In 1998, by Presidential decree, TSU was included in the State Code of Particularly Valuable Objects of Cultural Heritage of the Peoples of the Russian Federation. In 2010 TSU was awarded the status of a National Research university.



On May 28, 1878, Emperor Alexander II signed a decree on the establishment of the first and only higher education institution in the vast expanses from the Russian Urals to the Pacific Ocean – the Siberian Imperial University in Tomsk.


  • 20 faculties and educational institutes
  • 54 areas of Master’s programmes (including English programmes)
  • 152 departments and 38 centres of preuniversity training and vocational guidance in Siberia and Kazakhstan 
  • about 16,000 students (and about 2,000 international students)


  • 42 leading scientific schools 
  • 12 centres of multiple access to unique equipment 
  • 49 science-based educational centres 
  • 66 laboratories 
  • 34 small-scale innovation enterprises 
  • 42 academic schools entered the presidential list of Russian leading scientific schools 
  • 24 dissertation councils, about 20 Doctor of Science and 100 Candidate of Science dissertations are defended annually 

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Student services

TSU International Student Centre will help students maximize their social and educational benefits and experience of study and life at TSU. The Centre’s specialists work with international students from their arrival at TSU until they graduate and/or transfer, and provide wide support in the following areas:

  • Orientation days
  • Health insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Visa and registration
  • Classes of basic Russian language and Russian culture
  • Shopping trip for new warm clothing
  • Information about university and local events
  • Others

Housing services

National Research Tomsk State University opened one of the largest students' residence halls in the city (1,200 places). 

Our students are provided with comfortable environment for living: dining rooms, kitchens, sports and laundry rooms, all the necessary social infrastructure. The hostel is divided into sections, you will share a room with one or two more students. There is a hallway, a bathroom and a shower in every room. In the spacious hall there is a place for self-study, relax and socializing.

Library services

Tomsk State University Research Library will take part for the fourth time in the All-Russian activity Library Night. On 22 April from 20.00 to 23.00, visitors will have traditional tour of the robot scanner and restorers of books, and also have new sites, workshops, meetings, and quests.

Student Life

Campus life

  • 10 museums
  • Herbarium
  • Siberian Botanical Garden
  • Accommodation
  • Swimming pool
  • Centre of Culture
  • Research Library (4,000,000 volumes)

TSU Assembly Hall – famous for its perfect acoustics – hosts concerts of classical music. The Concert Hall placed in the Center of Culture is the stage for different performances of TSU theatrical societies, student performances and guest performances.

Sports facilities

Tomsk State University has up-to-date sports facilities and complexes where you can participate in a wide variety of sports activities.

  • TSU Stadium
  • TSU Sports Complex

You also may become a member of TSU sports clubs or participate in sports activities such as those listed below:

  • Aerobics and shaping
  • Bodybuilding and Fitness
  • Martial arts
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Skiing
  • Football
  • Swimming
  • Chess

Student clubs

The University is home to a branch of Rotary Club International and other local student volunteers' clubs actively participating in the life of the city and the University. The International Division supports English, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and German student language clubs.

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I believe that the quality of education in the Higher IT School of TSU can be defined in one word, that is Practical knowledge. Nothing is theoretical here. We are taught only practical work. And I guess that’s the best way to learn engineering. What I like about our learning process is that I am being pushed beyond my capacities. The things which I could never imagine...

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Well, my university is pretty good! I've met new people here and I've known a lot. Sometimes it felt as if we haven't got enough practice, but at least it's okay.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

One of the best universities of Russia

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