St Petersburg University


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About St Petersburg University (Russia)

Founded in 1724 by Peter the Great, St Petersburg University became the first university in Russia. The University today is a world-class research, educational and cultural centre that is always included in all international rankings of world universities: (Pictures of THE,QS, ARWU, RWU, Nature Index rankings). The St Petersburg University Master in Management programme is the only programme in Russia included in the Financial Times Global Masters in Management 2020 ranking. The University is ranked 48th in the Financial Times European Business School Ranking — 2020. St Petersburg University is one of the two Russian universities with a special status, according to which it has the right to set its own educational standards and award its own diplomas in Russian and English. Additionally, the University is entitled to conduct thesis defences on its own terms for the state-recognised academic degrees of Candidate of Sciences and Doctor of Sciences.



At present, St Petersburg University offers more than 400 degree programmes and more than 800 non-degree programmes. The University actively develops and promotes accessible and high-quality online education. Over 300 online courses have been developed by the University's leading professors with internationally recognized expertise.

Benefits of studying at St Petersburg University:

• interdisciplinary academic programmes;

• unrivalled Research Park which provides

an opportunity to conduct independent research;

• participation in academic mobility programmes;

• opportunities to study Russian;

financial support programmes for foreign citizens;

• St Petersburg University International Students' Club

(concerts, sporting events);

• online submission of documents.



Research has always been the University’s top priority. The Research Park created at St Petersburg University operates according to the principle of public access. This means the resource centres are open to any interested persons notwithstanding their affiliation with St Petersburg University. This is subject to the regulations established for all users of the resource centres. St Petersburg University extensively uses a wide range of electronic resources in its research activities. One of them is PURE. It is a centralised system for managing the scientific process and presenting scientific achievements of St Petersburg University researchers.

The Center for the Study of the Islamic Republic of Iran was established on April 2, 2018 to develop interdisciplinary research in the field of Iranics at St. Petersburg State University and to develop partnerships with Iranian universities and state organizations partners of St. Petersburg State University.

At the closing ceremony of the V annual forum of Iranian scholars and teachers of the Persian language in Russia, a gratitude was awarded to St. Petersburg University for its contribution to the development of Iranian studies and the teaching of the Persian language.

Current joint projects between St. Petersburg University and University of Tehran:

Organization of the series of joint online lectures on Russian-Iranian relations in historical terms and at the current stage. for students of St. Petersburg State University and University of Tehran;

Organization of student exchanges between University of Tehran and St. Petersburg University;

Creation  memorial statues of famous Iranian and Russian scientists Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda and  Dmitri Mendeleev at St. Petersburg University and University of Tehran;

Publication of Almanac of modern Russian Prose and Almanac of modern Persian prose in Iran and Russia in order to strengthen cultural ties between Russia and Iran.




International Cooperation             

St Petersburg University is truly global. In 2021-2022, it became home to 5297 international students from 117 countries following degree and non-degree studies. That means, every 6th student is international. Compared to last year, the international student number increased from 4640 by 14% even despite the global pandemic. Also, 3 new countries joined the international student body of SPbU this year.

According to Rossotrudnichestvo, in 2020 SPbU was named the most popular university in Russia among foreign applicants.

In 2021, the University is in even greater demand from applicants from abroad than before. A record number of foreign citizens have taken part in the competitive selection to enter St Petersburg University. Out of 21,000 applicants, 1,900 applicants from 74 countries have become students of St Petersburg University. 

In order to foster internationalization and to strengthen scientific, cultural and educational international cooperation St. Petersburg University has been consistently increasing a number of its overseas Representative Offices and the Centers of Russian Language.

The Representative Office of SPbU aims to carry out joint activities with partner organisation including joint seminars, conferences, opened lectures and cultural events. It is a joint project with partner institution aimed to enhance cooperation between institutions in all possible areas of education, science and culture.

St. Petersburg University’s Representative Offices are also currently opened in the Republic of Korea, The People's Republic of China, Italy and Spain


Testing Services                              

The Language Testing Centre of St Petersburg University is one of the four main language testing centres established to organise and conduct state testing of foreign citizens in Russian as a foreign language.

Types of tests:

• Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL);

• Integration exam in Russian as a foreign language,

Russian history and fundamentals of legislation

of the Russian Federation;

• Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK);

• Cambridge English exams;

• Hebrew Proficiency Test (YAEL);

• Japanese language proficiency test (JLPT);

The Turkish Proficiency Exam — an international

exam in Turkish as a foreign language;

• ECL testing — foreign language exams conducted

by the European Consortium for the Certificate

of Attainment in Modern Languages;

• Persian language proficiency test (AMFA) —

the only official international examination

to determine the level of proficiency in Persian;

• HSK — an international qualification examination

in Chinese.


The St Petersburg University Centre for Expert Advice was established in 2012 as a part of the programme for the development of the Federal State Institution of Higher Professional Education ‘St Petersburg University’ until 2020.  Today St Petersburg University is among the top three Russian institutions according to the international rating of scientific peer review published by Publons together with Clarivate Analytics.

St Petersburg University is the first institution in Russia to begin publishing information on its expert activities on its website. Transparency in its work and the credibility of its experts made it possible for the University to become one of the leading consulting centres in Russia.

The University has formed a pool of experts from more than 100 scientific areas. They carry out: consulting projects; unique expert and scientific research; and preparation of expert opinions and assessments on a wide range of issues. This is related to the work of organisations and companies – from small and medium businesses to major Russian and international corporations.


7– 9 Universitetskaya Embankment, St Petersburg, 199034, Russia |

International Admission Office: 

007 812 363 66 33

Russian Language Programmes:

007 812 323 46 82