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Saint-Petersburg State University

4.2 out of 5 (19 ratings / 18 reviews) Saint Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg is famous the world over for its University. St Petersburg University is not a campus university, so it is not all located on one site. It is made up of many different buildings located around Vasilievskii Island, Central district, Admiralty district, and Petergof. 

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)
Social Sciences (1)



On 28 January 1724 Emperor Peter the Great decreed that the St Petersburg Academy of Sciences and the University should be established.


Saint-Petersburg State University has 418 main educational programmes and more than 800 additional educational programmes.


Research development is a top priority of St Petersburg University mapping out its further growth. It is based on the SPbU Strategic Plan 2020 aimed, among other things, at comprehensive development of research, expert activity and innovation.

Our Research Park unites teams from the resource centres acting within the framework of the main areas of the SPbU Strategic Plan. The users' tasks can be solved at several resource centres, either simultaneously or consecutively, as well as on a cross-disciplinary basis at one centre.


The University has 2000+ long-term cooperation agreements with such international companies as IBM, Unilever, PepsiCo, McKinsey, Google, Carl Zeiss, Microsoft, Leica, Intel, Adobe, Huawei and many others. St Petersburg University partner organizations offer internships for students and take part in the development and assessment of study programmes.

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University Ranking

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Housing services

SPbU Campus offers you 21 halls of residence, with 12 located in Petrodvortsovy District of St Petersburg, 8 in Vasileostrovsky District and 1 in Nevsky District. Currently, SPbU provides approximately 12,800 places in its halls of residence. All accommodation is furnished for living and studying; the halls have laundry facilities, cafes, canteens, shops, gyms and fitness facilities, and ATMs. All rooms have Internet access.

Library services

The M. Gorky Scientific Library collection was founded over 230 years ago at St Petersburg University, which is the oldest university in Russia. Today, the Library is a large modern information centre with access to world scientific information.

The Library print collection runs to 6.8 million copies and almost 2 million titles. 

Student Life

Campus life

The Twelve Collegia, as the main building of the University, demonstrates a notable example of Peter the Great’s architectural period and was built by Domenico Trezzini and А. F. Shchedrin in the 18th century. Initially, it was a place for the Russian government: Senate, Synod, and collegia. In 1838, it was commissioned to the University. Since it has been housing offices, Gorky Research Library, resource centres and laboratories of the Research Park. It is also a place where we hold important events: ceremonies, concerts, conferences, and meetings with famous people and those who come to visit the University.

Sports facilities

Each year, over 5,000 students take part in the sports competitions at SPbU. 300 students are members of 19 SPbU’s teams in 15 sports.  

15 students of SPbU are the members of the Russian National teams.

Among SPbU’s students, there are 3 masters of sports of international class and 15 master of sports of Russia.  SPbU’s teams have 31 Candidates of Sports, while 72 students have the athletic titles.

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