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Saint-Petersburg State University

4.2 out of 5 (19 ratings / 18 reviews) Saint Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg State University is the first university in Russia founded by Peter the Great in 1724. Along with Moscow State University, SPbU has a special privilege to set its own educational standards and award its own diplomas in two languages — Russian and English. 

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Business & Management (1)
Social Sciences (1)



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.


Every year over 3,000 international students enroll in SPbU on main and additional educational programmes. They are also admitted to academic exchange programmes organised by SPbU in partnership with international universities. We maintain strong links with 413 universities in 67 countries worldwide. Nine of them offer double degree Master programmes.

International students can apply for RF government-funded places or self-finance their studies.

In St Petersburg State University offers 17 Master programmes in English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian. International students willing to study Russian can enroll on the additional educational programme 'Russian as a Foreign Language'.


Our scientists conduct research in almost all fields of knowledge, provide expertise and consulting, and enjoy close ties with Russian and international partners. The results of the research are reported 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.


To provide for the preliminary assessment of possible recruitment for an academic staff position, your resume should include the following information:

  • education;
  • research and teaching experience;
  • any advanced degrees;
  • implemented research projects (leadership, participation);
  • courses delivered;
  • research publications during the past 3 years;
  • preferred areas of practice (fields of knowledge);
  • any other relevant information, proving experience in research supervision, organization and performance of teaching and research work, popularization of scientific knowledge, and academic mobility.

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University Ranking

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Housing services

Accommodation at SPbU's halls of residence is provided to all international students on main educational programmes of higher and middle level professional education. Halls of residence are located in the historical centre of St Petersburg and in Peterhof. The Peterhof campus is a comfortable, safe and secure environment within walking distance of the University buildings. The halls have all the necessary amenities, including network connection.

Library services

Students are welcome to make use of the vast collections of the Research Library named after Maksim Gorky. The Library comprises over 6,9 mln. books and manuscripts, over 63,000 rare books, 2.4 mln. records in the electronic catalogue, over 82 mln. full-text electronic copies, over 83,000 titles of electronic journals, and over 17, 000 titles of electronic books.

Student Life

Campus life

The University life is vibrant and diverse. Every year, the University holds over 300 student events, celebrations, conferences, and competitions. Among them are spring and winter balls; jazz, symphony orchestra, choir, and rock concerts; festivals of student creativity; championships in boardgaming and quizzes; photo exhibitions; tours around St Petersburg and its suburbs; theatre outings, and many others.

Sports facilities

The University offers a range of sports to engage students of all interests: football; swimming; rowing; boxing; rugby; judo; mountaineering; sailing; biathlon; climbing; basketball; beach volleyball. The University teams take part in Russian and international sporting events, win various awards and first prizes.

Student clubs

Students from other countries are welcome to join the International Students’ Club. The Club is an opportunity to meet new friends, learn more about Russia and its culture, exchange national cultural experiences, get help and advice.


SPbU is a member of the International Association of Universities, the European University Association, and many other international organizations and associations.

University Rankings

  • SPbU is among top-100 universities of the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  • SPbU is ranked 26 among the world’s top universities for mineral & mining engineering in the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings by Subject 2016
  • SPbU programme Master in Management is ranked 39 in the Financial Times Global Masters in Management 2016

Student Reviews

My experience at SPbU
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

The university on the scientific level is good but on a personal level I didn't like that much because of the lack of available resources for students, and most of the teachers can't speak the English language which makes it quite hard for foreigners to get involved into the research programs. Also, as a foreigner, it's quite hard to get a research job, and if you are...

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Good experienced professors but not enough opportunities for studying sustainable development

St-P State university
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

low study facilities/ poor connection with university admitistration/ but few exceptional teachers

Saint Petersburg, Russia