Saint Petersburg State University is the second best multi-faculty university in Russia.
The University is known as the one which has been providing training to the majority of Russia’s political elite, including presidents Vladimir Putin and Dmitriy Medvedev, both of whom studied Law at SPSU.
Saint Petersburg State University is included in all ratings and lists of the best universities in the world and is one of the leading institutes within Russia.

Saint Petersburg State University is a federal state institution of higher education managed by the Government of the Russian Federation. It has 24 faculties and institutes which are divided into departments and other main structural subdivisions, including the Sports Department, Rectorate, Gorky Scientific Library, Academic Gymnasium, publishing house, and clinic. 

Benefits of studying at Saint Petersburg State University:

  • The University is located in Saint Petersburg which is considered to be the cultural capital of Russia, with the city having numerous points of interest;
  • SPSU was recognized as World’s Leading Cultural City Destination 2018 by the World Travel Awards;
  • Interdisciplinary programs which fully meet the requirements of today;
  • All students have an opportunity to design a personalized curriculum, combining compulsory and elective courses;
  • Guest lectures from politicians, leading culture professionals, Nobel Prize winners and world-renowned scientists;
  • Access to the most advanced technologies of the Saint Petersburg University Research Park;
  • A wide range of opportunities for entrepreneurship, including a chance to obtain a grant through the Saint Petersburg University Start-Up competition and develop your own projects;
  • Graduates of SPSU are highly competitive in the international job market;
  • Participation in international exchange and partnership programmes;
  • Various support programs for international students: buddy scheme, intro week, Saint Petersburg University Foreign Students Club and others;
  • The University Alumni Clubs operate in 15 countries of Europe, Asia, North America and Australia.

Saint Petersburg State University has introduced the Virtual Excursion — a project that helps you discover the University online. There you can see the main corridor at the Twelve Collegia that is the longest university’s corridor in the world, Petrovskii Hall that has preserved its original interior of the 18th century, Park of the Modern Sculpture, as well as Saint Peter and Paul’s Church.

Saint Petersburg campus consists of a number of buildings located around Vasilievskii Island, Central district, Admiralty district, and Petergof. Many of them are unique architectural monuments, for example, Mikhailovskaia Dacha and Bobrinski’s Palace which are harmonious in combining history and modernity.

The Twelve Collegia, being the main building of the University, is 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 important events are held: ceremonies, concerts, conferences and meetings with famous people and those who come to visit the University.

Educational and Scientific departments of SPSU

Institute “Higher School of Journalism and Mass Communications”

The Institute is a leading Russian training center for the educational programs Journalism and Advertising and Public Relations. In undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate studies more than a thousand people, including numerous foreign citizens. International and All-Russian scientific conferences are regularly held.

The effectiveness of educational and scientific activities is ensured by the modern material and technical base, for practical training are used

  • information and educational Internet portal “First Line”,
  • training newspaper
  • TV and radio channel
  • training press center.

 The Institute is actively developing international cooperation, among the partners are the largest universities in Europe, America, Asia and Africa.

Institute “Higher School of Management”  of ST Petersburg University

The Graduate School of Management of St. Petersburg University has two comfortable campuses with a rich history. The first is a complex to them. Arthur B. Schulz – located in the center of St. Petersburg on Vasilievsky Island, next to the Twelve Colleges building, the main building of St. Petersburg State University, and other famous sights of the Northern capital. The second – the suburban campus “Mikhailovskaya Dacha” – is located between Strelna and Peterhof, on the territory of the former summer grand ducal residence

Institute of Earth Sciences ST Petersburg University

The understanding of the role of Earth sciences is reflected in the actions of the country’s leadership, which has repeatedly emphasized the importance and enormous potential for the development of research, education and enlightenment in our subject area. The president of our country, Vladimir Putin, in the last days of April at a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Geographical Society, raised the question of developing a new concept of geographical education, starting from school. This is a responsible and interesting task, the solution of which largely depends on the actions of teachers and scientists in the field of earth sciences.

Initially, earth sciences at our University were a single whole. Higher geographical courses, from which our educational programs later grew, were created in 1916 by geographers, geologists, and soil scientists. The prevailing over the 20th century trend towards differentiation, “sprawling”, narrow specialization of sciences has divided us into different divisions. Nevertheless, our research objects are common, therefore, such a discrepancy could not continue indefinitely. It is impossible to imagine modern geology without high-tech methods for studying matter, geography without relying on the foundation of geological sciences, “inhuman” physical geography, devoid of practical access to environmental and socio-geographical disciplines. The latter, without any connection with the natural science basis, run the risk of becoming “unnatural.”

In life, many phenomena develop according to the laws of the pendulum. It is obvious that now we are faced with the task of a new synthesis of knowledge and theories in earth sciences. The solution to this problem is impossible without a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach. That is why I consider the creation of the Institute of Earth Sciences as a single organism a justified and promising solution. The exchange of ideas between scientists and teachers with different experiences and views creates new opportunities for the qualitative improvement of science and education. Of course, the implementation of these opportunities will require painstaking and lengthy work.

I am sure that all the creative endeavors of the employees of the Institute of Earth Sciences should be aimed at building a universal educational and scientific complex capable of solving the problems of the interaction of nature and society; to study changes in the geospheres under the influence of human activity and natural causes; evaluate the resource potentials of regions and water areas; to study the state and transformation of the Earth’s substance and its structure in different aspects and by different methods; to model and predict changes in the states of geographical and ecological systems to develop environmental management strategies.

The first years of the establishment of the Institute of Earth Sciences were a good experience, which showed that our team can make a significant contribution to the development of St. Petersburg University. We learn to live in an open and competitive scientific environment, interact with employers, create new educational programs and research projects, and defend our international status. This is difficult, but the achievements are encouraging.

We rely on the traditions of scientific schools with centuries of history. This is a great honor and responsibility. You cannot lose anything from the accumulated positive experience. We must ensure that the traditions and achievements of these scientific schools become the basis for the formation of a new generation of researchers and new sustainable scientific and pedagogical groups, so that young people come to science with burning eyes and a thirst for discoveries and creative achievements.

Institute of History ST Petersburg University

Currently, the faculty has opened 3 specialties: history, art history, museology. Now the structure of the faculty includes 17 departments, graduate and doctoral studies, research centers. At the small faculty and preparatory department, work is being done with high school students, school graduates in preparation for entering the University.

Institute of Philosophy ST Petersburg University

Departments of University:

Department of Jewish culture general information

St. Petersburg occupies a truly unique position in the field of Jewish studies, not only in Russia but also in the world. Our great city was the capital of the Russian Empire, in the territory of which about 6 million Jews lived by the beginning of the 20th century – i.e. about the same as much in modern Israel. Therefore, here, in St. Petersburg, as early as the 19th century, the earliest Jewish public, educational, and charitable organizations appeared in Russia, it was here that Russian academic Judaism was born. The largest libraries of Jewish manuscripts in the world are concentrated in the libraries and archives of St. Petersburg. These are the most valuable collections, from the oldest biblical Masoretic manuscripts to documents and materials related to the history and culture of Jews in Eastern Europe and Russia in modern times: tens of thousands of documents that are crucial for studying the culture and history of Jews in different eras and in different regions.

Therefore, the creation of the title department for the study of Jewish culture in all its diversity at the oldest Russian university for more than a century and a half was the dream of the Jewish intelligentsia and all who were engaged in Jewish studies. But, as the first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, noted, “who knows the history of the Jewish people and does not believe in miracles … he is not realistic.” And in 2000, under the agreement between St. Petersburg State University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an international scientific and educational center for Bible studies and Jewish studies was created at the Faculty of Philosophy. And on March 5, 2011, a truly historical event for Russian and world Jewish studies takes place: by order of the rector of St. Petersburg State University, Professor Nikolai Mikhailovich Kropachev, the Department of Jewish Culture of St. Petersburg State University was created. The range of the cathedral study of Jewish civilization is multifaceted: more than three thousand years of history and culture of Jews in the most important areas of their residence, religion, philosophy, literature, languages.

And all this is in close interconnection with the history and culture of other nations, for, as Professor N. M. Kropachev, Rector of St. Petersburg State University rightly observes, as applied to our country, “how can one read the course of Russian history without taking into account the importance of Jewish culture”. This idea is true in relation to other leading countries of the world, world civilization.

The educational programs of the Department of Jewish Culture are international in nature.

The partners of the educational program of the Department are:

  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Ariel University;
  • Hebrew Language Academy;
  • National Library of Israel;
  • Central Zionist Archive;
  • World Hebrew Union;
  • Sorbonne 8 (Paris).

Department of History of Philosophy St Petersburg National University

The pedagogical work of our department consists of three areas. First, the teaching of the history of Western philosophy to philosophers. All students of the Department of Philosophy master independent courses in ancient philosophy, the philosophy of the Middle Ages, the philosophy of the Renaissance and the New Age, the German classical philosophy, the philosophy of Marxism and the foreign philosophy of the 19th century. Each philosopher student studies these courses for eight semesters of four, and sometimes six hours a week. Secondly, together with the Department of Contemporary Foreign Philosophy, we provide a specialization in the history of foreign philosophy for students of the philosophy department who wish to specialize in this field. Special courses are taught for them and special seminars are held, under the guidance of teachers of the department they carry out term papers and dissertations. Students of the specialization “History of Foreign Philosophy” are the only philosophers who must study the Latin language and optionally Greek for three semesters. Thirdly, we teach general courses and special courses on the history of philosophy at the humanitarian faculties of St. Petersburg State University (philological. Oriental, journalism, historical). A significant place in the work of the department is the training of graduate students, doctoral students and applicants for the history of philosophy.

Department of Conflictology St Petersburg National University

The content of the educational program reflects the level of development of domestic conflictology. Conceptually, it is built taking into account the abstract-analytical and applied nature of conflict resolution. The abstract-analytical nature is represented by the course “General  Conflictology” and industry conflict studies, such as “Political Conflictology”, “Economic Conflictology”, “Legal Conflictology” and others. Its applied aspect is presented in the course “Conflict Resolution Technologies”, as well as in conflict management technologies in various areas of life, which, as a rule, complete courses related to industry conflict resolution.

 The course “General Conflictology” creates the basic basis of the educational program. It is structured into sections and topics that reflect the content of the course. The sections of the course cover the following conflict resolution problems: the emergence and formation of general conflict resolution as a science; subject and methodology of research in conflict resolution; basic methodological approaches in the interpretation of social conflicts and their role in the formation of modern general conflictology; methodology of conflict analysis of society and man; social conflict analysis methodology; the concept of institutionalization, its levels, forms and role in resolving social conflicts; features of conflictogenicity of modern civilization and society. The objectives of the course are the acquisition by students of basic knowledge about the forms of conflict interaction, the causes, conditions and factors that give rise to the conflict, about the place and role of conflicts in the functioning and development of social systems, and the ways and methods of preventing and resolving conflicts.

 The program presents courses in industry conflict resolution. These courses, such as “Political Conflictology”, “Ethnic Conflictology”, “Legal Conflictology”, “Economic Conflictology”, “Conflictology of International Relations”, “Conflictology of the Spiritual Sphere”, “Pedagogical Conflictology”, “Regional Conflictology”, give an idea of ​​the subject industry conflict studies, reveal specific conflict management technologies in various areas of society. In these courses, the conflicts in various spheres of life of modern society are analyzed, specific differences in the conflict interaction are indicated, and the differences in conflict management and conflict resolution technologies are presented. The latter is necessary not only in order to show the specifics of the conflict in one sphere or another, but also to show that for the regulation and resolution of conflicts in various fields both a set of general tools are used, to which negotiations should be attributed, as well as their specific means. So, for example, in order to regulate a political conflict, in addition to negotiations, political means are also used, which include instruments of general political significance, as well as state policies that prevent a conflict. So, preventing the conflict between labor and capital, the power of social policy has been invaluable for some time, and reasonable containment or, conversely, increased competition by the state creates a system of concerted actions by market participants. 

The applied aspect of the educational program is presented by the course “Conflict Resolution Technologies” which reveals the methods of preventing, managing and resolving conflicts that have developed in the practice of a democratic society. This course is invaluable in its practical importance in the formation of a specialist in the field of conflict resolution. Within the framework of this course, students not only acquire knowledge about conflict management methods, but also acquire skills to work with conflicts, as with uncoordinated actions, opposing positions and a perception system.

 In general, the educational program provides the necessary level of knowledge and skills of a specialist in the field of working with conflicts, defining strategies and tactics in conflict, regulation, management and resolution of conflicts. The knowledge and skills acquired by students in the process of mastering an educational program make them indispensable specialists both in the field of conflict theory and the practice of resolving them.


Department of culturology, philosophy of culture and aesthetics of

St Petersburg National University

The main activities of the department

  • Aesthetics,
  • Actual aesthetics
  • Aesthetics of the environment
  • Philosophy of art
  • Philosophy of music
  • Philosophy of Architectural Forms
  • Dance and Theater Analytics
  • Contemporary art analytics:
  • Analytics of aesthetic experience
  • Art and Philosophy in Italy,
  • Art and Philosophy in Germany
  • XX century art and culture
  • Cultural studies
  • Philosophy of culture;
  • Theory and History of Culture
  • Philosophy of Art Nouveau and Postmodern, Phenomenology of Culture,
  • Semiotics and axiology of culture,
  • Mythdesign of sociocultural reality;
  • The mechanisms of sense formation in culture,
  • Philosophy of advertising;
  • Philosophy of cinema and
  • Philosophy of photography
  • Interpretations of Russian literature,
  • Russian religious abroad in the dialogue of cultures,
  • Postclassical gender studies;
  • Everyday culture
  • Research into modern visual practices;
  • Anthropology of everyday life,
  • Cluster identification in leisure practices;
  • Italian Studies
  • Cultural and Ethnic Identity, Italian Language and Culture,
  • Italian-Russian cultural ties,
  • German culture

Department of Ontology and Theory of Knowledge

Ontology is a branch of philosophical knowledge that serves as the basis for all other philosophical disciplines. The question of existence, essence and existence was the beginning of philosophy in both historical and methodological relations. Every philosophy puts him before tackling other problems. What does it mean to be? What is being? How to understand what is non-existence? How to pose such questions correctly? Such a questioning must necessarily precede both Hamlet’s “to be or not to be?”, And Chernyshevsky’s “what to do?”. Even the famous Kantian three questions cannot cancel it.

 The question of existence and existence inevitably entails the question of what the world around us is. What is the status of this world? Will he disappear in our absence? Do we all see him the same way? How do we know him? And where are the limits of this knowledge? All these are questions of epistemology, the second most important section of philosophical knowledge.

The Department of Ontology and Theory of Knowledge, therefore, knows those parts of philosophical knowledge that underlie the entire building of philosophy. Ethics, axiology, methodology – the upper floors of this building, which can be accessed only by entering from below. Metaphysics and dialectics are the two paths that lead to it. Neither grandiose philosophical systems, nor the asystematic thinking that our era is inclined to do without ontology and epistemology. So, our department, changing its appearance, and sometimes even the name itself, is involved in both the past philosophy and its present.

Department of Social Philosophy and Philosophy of History

At the department, complementarily complementing each other, various social and philosophical concepts coexist today – Marxism and phenomenology, structural-functional analysis and the Russian idealistic tradition. Around the department its asset is grouped – professionals in the field of social philosophy, constantly participating in seminars and conferences organized by the department. In addition, the department sees its duty in supporting amateur philosophers organized in the St. Petersburg Philosophical Club.

Department of Philosophy and Culturology of the East

For many years, subjects and disciplines related to the problems of philosophy, culture and religion of the East have occupied a large place in the educational process of the Faculty of Philosophy. They are widely represented in all four departments of the faculty and there is a tendency to increase them. This, in particular, achieves a real overcoming of West-centrism and at the same time expresses recognition of the Euro-Asian culture and spiritual life of our society and the geopolitical status of Russia. Among students, a steady interest in orientalistic topics has been established. In an effort to satisfy the formed request, the Faculty of Philosophy attracted specialists from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and graduates of the Oriental faculty of our university to read courses. At the same time, scientific work began and a program for philosophical comparative studies was created at the department of modern foreign philosophy. For two years, the faculty held a scientific seminar “East: philosophy, religion, culture.”

Thus, all the conditions have ripened for the creation of an educational and scientific unit in the form of the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies of the East, which would be able to organize all the currently fragmented work in this area. This department should also become a graduate and bear methodological responsibility for the preparation of a specialty “cultural studies” in the specialization of “Oriental culture”.

The department has three main regional areas, each of which has its own curriculum and staff of teachers.

Department of Philosophy of Science and Technology St Petersburg National University

The philosophy of science and technology is located at the intersection of various philosophical disciplines. Answering the question of how science and technology correspond to the essence of man, she finds herself in dialogue with philosophical anthropology. Considering the communication and values ​​of scientific communities, to which the community of philosophers partially belongs, he shares a common problem with ethics. Contrasting or, conversely, linking the imagery of science and art, artistic practices and modern technology, is close to aesthetics. By proclaiming that science and technology are cultural elements that change in history, they appeal to ideas in the field of cultural philosophy and the philosophy of history.

We invite you to the department’s page to get to know more about the interests of employees and the courses that they teach, to learn about news, organized events and projects. We invite you to our department too – to share the experience of philosophizing about science and technology, discuss problems, seek answers and raise new questions.

Department of Philosophical Anthropology

The creation of the Department of Philosophical Anthropology also pursued scientific goals – the development of a modern theory that promotes a better understanding of a person’s place in the world and the search for new ways of his development. Philosophical anthropology is also a practical discipline that has both methodological significance for a number of special human sciences that are being actively developed, including at St. Petersburg State University, as well as a concrete application to the social and moral, mental and physical practices of human and social production.

Institute of Chemistry St Petersburg National University

The Institute of Chemistry is located on the Peterhof University campus near the Peterhof Palace and parks.

The Institute of Chemistry includes 14 departments and three new interdepartmental laboratories: Biomedical Chemistry, Chemical Pharmacology and the Laboratory of Bio-Hybrid Technologies, which was established in early 2018 based on the results of the Mega-Grants Competition of the Government of the Russian Federation

Education at the Institute of Chemistry in undergraduate and graduate programs is carried out under the programs “Chemistry” and “Chemistry, Physics and Mechanics of Materials”. The program in the direction of “Chemistry” is more focused on the model of classical university education and the formation of competencies, requiring both deep fundamental knowledge in chemistry and possession of practical skills in applying modern experimental and theoretical methods. Teaching on the educational program of the master’s program “Chemistry” is conducted in Russian and English. In the second direction, an interdisciplinary approach is being implemented, and the main focus is on studying methods for obtaining new functional materials, and on conducting both fundamental and applied scientific research.

 Last year, a set for a new engineering program “Fundamental and Applied Aspect of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies” was opened. The program is aimed at training scientific, teaching and innovative personnel with not only deep fundamental knowledge, but also capable of marketing research, analysis and development of technologies for the production and production of functional, composite nanomaterials, carbon, nanobiomaterials and products based on them, possessing the skills of project activities. The curriculum of the program also provides for the acquisition of knowledge in the areas of business communications, economic, legal foundations and management of the processes of creating scientific and technical products.

Both in the educational process and for conducting scientific research in accordance with the world level, chemists at St. Petersburg University are actively using the network of Science Park Resource Centers equipped with the most modern equipment.

Institute of Pedagogy of St Petersburg National University

Faculties of Institute:

Department of Biology

The history of faculty is the history of the formation of the largest domestic scientific schools, formed by the will and talent of outstanding scientists and teachers of world renown. Relying on what was created by great predecessors, the faculty is looking to the future, associated with the growing role of biology in the sustainable development of modern civilization both in the aspect of basic research and the creation of high-tech technologies based on them, ensuring the progress of biomedicine, biotechnology, environmental protection and rational use of natural resources.  Educational programs are aimed at providing graduates with a leading position in these and related areas of development of science and high technology, creating competitive advantages for them in the relevant domestic and international labor markets. This is the mission of faculty.

Faculty is connected by cooperation with the largest domestic and foreign biological centers, are actively included in the processes of international integration in the fields of education and science. Everything what been made and will continue is aimed at creating within walls an atmosphere of free and fruitful scientific research, partnership of teachers and students, openness to cooperation with all interested persons and organizations in the spirit of fundamental university traditions and values.

Faculty of Oriental Studies

The Eastern Faculty today is:

  • fundamental academic education
  • the largest number of oriental languages ​​studied in the world
  • diploma that is highly regarded in all countries
  • teachers are leading experts in their field.

The Faculty of Oriental Studies has 17 departments of philological, historical and regional geographic profiles, where about 100 languages ​​and dialects of Asia and Africa are taught in the areas of Orientalism and Africanism.

The vast geography of the studied countries covers the region, which includes the countries of the Near and Far East, Central Asia and the Caucasus, Southeast Asia and Africa.

Under the guidance of 170 teachers, including 2 academicians of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 33 professors and 56 associate professors, 587 students study in more than 40 specializations.

Faculty of Mathematics of St Petersburg National University

The Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics is one of the largest educational and scientific centers of Russia. It has long been attracting to itself the opportunity to receive a first-class fundamental education of the most serious and capable applicants interested in mathematics, mechanics, information technology and astronomy.

Faculty of Medicine St Petersburg National University

The world achievements of recent years in the field of molecular genetics, physiology, and biochemistry have qualitatively changed the face of medical science. There are new opportunities in the diagnosis, study of pathogenesis and treatment of many diseases. All this requires a qualitative change in the forms of training. A modern doctor must have basic knowledge of the state standard of medical education and be able to master the latest achievements of science. It was at St. Petersburg State University with its teaching traditions that it became possible to train a new generation of doctors with in-depth knowledge in the field of natural, humanitarian and clinical disciplines. Along with serious study of specific material, much attention is paid to the formation of students’ systemic views.

The advantages of medical education at St. Petersburg State University

One of the advantages of medical education at St. Petersburg State University is the desire to ensure the teaching of most subjects at the basic departments of St. Petersburg State University, as well as in the best medical institutions and research centers of our city.

Clinical disciplines are taught in small groups of 5-6 people, which is three times less than in other medical schools. The quality of mastering the material is proportionally increasing, and the opportunities for developing practical skills are increasing.

In addition, training in the field of “Medicine” at St. Petersburg State University is distinguished by:

  • priority of learning a foreign language (English) to achieve the level of business communication;
  • the use of training classes for practicing practical skills;
  • links with European universities; foreign internships;
  • performance and defense of the thesis;
  • loyalty to the traditions of the Imperial University;
  • protecting the health of students in the learning process.


Faculty of Foreign Languages St Petersburg National University has such Departments:

Department of English

Department of Foreign Languages

Special Chairs

Faculty of Arts St Petersburg National University

The Faculty of Arts is one of the youngest faculties of St. Petersburg State University. For many years, our faculty was actually part of the Faculty of Philology, and then the Faculty of Philology and Arts. In 2010, the Faculty of Arts was separated into a separate structure, and Valery Gergiev, People’s Artist of Russia, became its dean.

Training in educational programs involves individual professional training in the field of classical arts, supplemented by the latest modern technologies. Students get great opportunities to find new ways in creativity. The beginning of active international cooperation with European and American universities gives chances to acquire the necessary international experience.

Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science St Petersburg National University

Mathematics in the modern world is used everywhere: from physics to biology, from mobile telephony to the oil industry. Mathematician is one of the most sought-after professions. Most of the existing math education programs in the world do not fully reflect new trends in the development of science. In particular, subjects included in Western theoretical computer science courses are practically absent in Russian universities. The proposed program is one of the few in Russia representing the current state of mathematics and theoretical computer science.

Leading world experts are invited to teach senior students. Students can focus on in-depth study of mathematics or theoretical computer science, as well as engage in scientific research under the guidance of renowned scientists in an atmosphere of an internationally recognized scientific center. Senior students are engaged in programs designed individually for each student. Graduates are in demand on the world market of education, fundamental and applied science, IT technologies. Perhaps continuing studies in graduate and postgraduate studies.

Faculty of International Relations St Petersburg National University

St Petersburg National University provides training in one direction of undergraduate studies, as well as more than 10 specialized master’s programs in Russian and English, graduate and doctoral programs, from the first year of its existence holds annually about 10 major international scientific conferences, organizes summer and winter schools, carries out work on The development of the largest professional library in North-West Russia, is a recognized major research center with an international name and recognition.

On the direction of preparation of “International Relations” St Petersburg National University:

  • One of the leading training centers in the field of international relations in the world
  • APSIA Member
  • More than 1000 students and about 100 teachers
  • Students from over 50 countries
  • The largest specialized library and documentation centers of the EU and UN
  • Regular international conferences and round tables
  • Prestige and reputation of the oldest university in the North-West of Russia

Despite its age, the International Relations training course at St. Petersburg State University quickly managed to become a leader in higher education in international relations. The basis for successful development was not only the classical university tradition of St. Petersburg State University, whose best international opportunities and contacts were used to create the faculty. Strong professional training of faculty teachers, a distinctive teaching methodology based on the desire to teach students to think and analyze independently, be free from dogma and stereotypes, the successful development of documentation centers of leading international organizations of the EU and the UN, the constant involvement of new specialists capable of not only non-traditional looking at international problems relations and related issues, but also to engage students, all this and much more led to the fact that today our faculty t boasts one of the highest levels of employment for its graduates, not only among other faculties of our University, but also in Russia as a whole. Moreover, it is typical that graduates of our faculty work not only in the public sector – in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Administration of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, etc., not only in the offices of international organizations such as the UN, the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS, but also successfully compete for highly paid Positions in commercial companies, multinational corporations and international agencies.

Faculty of Political Science St Petersburg National University

Departments of Faculty:

Department of Russian Politics St Petersburg National University

In the framework of the main educational program “Political Science”, the following courses have been developed and taught at the bachelor’s level:

  • History of political ideas in Russia;
  • Russian politics;
  • Business and politics;
  • Theory and politics of national security and others.

The following special courses have been developed and taught for students of the Political Process in Russia profile of the Political Science main educational program (practice-oriented master’s model):

  • Modern theories of Russian statehood;
  • Regional policy strategies in the Russian Federation;
  • Regional and city government in Russia;
  • Russian political administration and decision-making mechanisms;
  • State and market regulators in modern science;
  • The political system of the Russian Federation;
  • Political discourse in modern Russia and others.

A deep theoretical foundation of research is combined with successful applied research. Over the short history of its existence, the department has successfully implemented several major research projects, including those commissioned by the Presidential Administration. These studies were carried out with the active participation of students and graduate students who are involved in scientific work and thereby gain not only theoretical knowledge, but also practical work skills.

The staff of the department has close professional ties with government bodies of the Russian Federation at all levels: the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the Presidential Administration, the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS countries, the Governments of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, the Legislative Meetings of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, and municipal councils of the North-West of the Russian Federation. These contacts allow you to effectively organize various types of practices, as well as help students in their future employment.

Department of Theory and Philosophy of Politics St Petersburg National University

The main task of teachers is to give future specialists in the field of political sciences and other humanitarian disciplines a general picture of the evolution of the main directions of world political thought from ancient times to the turn of the 20th – 21st centuries, the genesis of various systems of political philosophy, to help them master various systems of political argumentation and methodology, developed within the framework of diverse political theories, identify the main trends in the formation of political science in Western and domestic traditions.

Teaching is carried out on the basis of creative mastery of the basic principles of political analysis, the study of objective trends and the internal logic of the evolution of political knowledge in the framework of the global historical process of changing various scientific and value-oriented paradigms.

Analysis of the diverse systems of political philosophy requires an integrated approach to the study of primary sources, classical scientific works and modern analytical literature. In the process of their development, future specialists should form a logical-conceptual apparatus that allows them not only to freely navigate in the field of political theory and philosophy of politics, but also to better master the basic problems of social philosophy and philosophy of law.

The knowledge of the main directions of the evolution of world political thought by experts allows you to deepen a thorough acquaintance with political history, with the history of the formation of political institutions and systems.

Department of Political Institutions and Applied Political Studies

Students specializing in this department study general humanitarian and special disciplines, which are read by teachers of departments of the faculty of political science, other faculties of St. Petersburg State University and Russian universities. At the same time, our students master the methods of collecting and analyzing empirical political information, political forecasting, learn to work with software for processing political research data, and gain extensive knowledge in the field of political advertising and consulting.

Graduates of the department find the application of their knowledge in the field of education, science and culture, work in the structures of state power and administration, the apparatus of political parties and public organizations. Many of the graduates are successfully involved in the organization and support of election campaigns, political consulting and marketing research, and political journalism.

Department of Political Management

Over twenty years of work, the following main directions of the scientific and teaching activities of the department were highlighted:

  • comparative political science and comparative public administration;
  • public policy and management;
  • the effectiveness and process of making and implementing political decisions;
  • political management;
  • GR – relations with public authorities;
  • e-government;
  • political networks and network analysis of public policy;
  • political institutions and political development of the BRICS countries
  • digitalization of public administration and politics.

Department of International Political Processes

             Graduates receive deep knowledge in the field of modern world politics and the theory and history of international relations, as well as fundamental political science training. As practice shows, graduates of the department successfully work not only in the field of science and education, but also in the field of international relations. Today, a number of former students and graduate students work in the authorities and local governments of St. Petersburg and other constituent entities of the Russian Federation, as well as the CIS countries, some of them went to the diplomatic service. In addition to graduates of the department, and then the faculty of political science, graduates from various faculties of St. Petersburg State University and other universities of St. Petersburg and the Russian Federation traditionally study in the magistracy and graduate school of the department of international political processes. Particularly successful in master’s and postgraduate studies of the department of graduates of the Oriental and Philological faculties. They have the opportunity to supplement the knowledge of foreign languages ​​and country studies with fundamental training in the field of political science. Foreign students and postgraduate students study at the magistracy and postgraduate studies of the Department of International Political Processes. These are both citizens of the CIS – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, as well as citizens of non-CIS countries – China, South Korea, Thailand, Germany, Iran, Romania, Turkey, Syria, Palestine, Israel, Taiwan. Foreign graduates of the department work in the field of science and education, diplomacy and international tourism, making a feasible contribution to the development of relations of their states with the Russian Federation.

             The staff of the Department of International Political Processes regularly holds meetings for Russian and foreign students with Russian and foreign politicians and scholars, “round tables” devoted to pressing issues of world politics, as well as memorable dates in the history of international relations.

Department of Ethnopolitology St Petersburg National University

Over five years of work, the department has formed the main scientific and practical areas of research:

  • Problems of migration and migration policy
  • Transnational migration in Russia and issues of integration of labor migrants
  • Challenges to national construction processes in Russia and the EU
  • Transformation of Ethnic Identity
  • Ethnopolitical problems in modern megacities
  • Ethnopolitical conflicts and their settlement
  • Ethno-political conflicts in the post-Soviet space
  • Ethnic, religious factors and political transformations in the countries of the Greater Middle East
  • Ethnic, religious factors and political transformations in the countries of Central Asia

 Faculty of Applied Mathematics – Management Processes St Petersburg National University

The main task of the faculty is:

  • training specialists,
  • having a fundamental education in the traditions of the classical Russian university;
  • owning modern computing and information technologies;
  • able to set and solve urgent problems of applied nature;
  • capable of personal and career growth.
  • Education at the faculty is carried out in the directions
  • “Fundamental computer science and information technology”
  • “Applied Mathematics and Computer Science”
  • “Applied Mathematics and Physics”
  • “System analysis and management”

 Faculty of Psychology St Petersburg National University

Currently, the Faculty of Psychology is an educational and scientific center of St. Petersburg State University. His task includes: the implementation of basic training of psychologists for practical, research and educational work; advanced training, retraining and training of higher scientific qualifications; conducting research in the main directions of modern psychology; coordination of research work on psychological and pedagogical profile in Russian universities. The organization of educational activities at the faculty is based on the requirements of the State Standard of Higher Professional Education, the curriculum takes into account the experience of domestic psychological centers, and uses information about the work of foreign universities, primarily England, the USA, and Germany.

Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences St Petersburg National University

General Information

All graduates of the bachelor’s program “Free Arts and Sciences”, regardless of the chosen subject area as a specialization, receive a diploma of higher education not only from St. Petersburg State University, but also from the American Bard College. In addition to bachelors, two diplomas are also received by graduates of the master’s programs “Curatorial Studies” and “Musical Criticism”. This is evidence of international recognition of the quality of our education and a good start for graduates.

The teaching methodology, based on an individual approach to each student and a wide choice, a friendly and creative atmosphere create conditions for students to maximize their potential and try themselves in different fields during the training. During their studies, more than a third of student’s  study abroad under the academic exchange programs.

As a result, our graduates are characterized by the ability to conduct dialogue in an interdisciplinary field, they have the skills of critical thinking and effective professional communication, including in a foreign language. During the training, they gain experience in public speaking and presentations, creative activities and teamwork – all this helps them find interesting work or continue their studies at leading universities in the country and abroad.

 Today, our graduates can be found in a wide variety of fields: in journalism, politics, economics, science, business, art – they have flexible thinking and broad horizons, are ready for any challenges of the time and solving various problems.

Faculty of Sociology St Petersburg National University

Today, the University has 11 sociological departments (theories and history of sociology, applied and branch sociology, economic sociology, sociology of political and social processes, social management and planning, social analysis and mathematical methods in sociology, cultural anthropology and ethnic sociology, sociology of culture and communication, sociology of youth and youth policy, comparative sociology, theory and practice of social work), research institute waistband for Social Research, a number of research centers. Sociologists work in other departments of St. Petersburg State University (theory and history of state and law, social psychology, management of mass communications, public relations in business, etc.). The team members of the Center for Monitoring Social Processes at St. Petersburg State University conduct research in all regions of the country. The Center has gained considerable experience in implementing Russian and international research projects related to the study of socio-economic and political processes, development of strategies for the development of territories. Among the activities of the center’s staff, it should be noted monitoring of socio-economic changes and the electoral situation in the regions of the Russian Federation, monitoring the education economy, monitoring the development of entrepreneurship in Russia, researching the problems of the use of child labor and developing measures to eradicate it in the regions of the Russian Federation (jointly with the ILO), research of the state of interethnic relations in large cities of the Russian Federation and monitoring of the implementation of the program of the Government of St. Petersburg “Toleratnost “study of electoral behavior and preferences of the population in the State Duma elections (2003, 2007 and 2011.) and the election of the President of the Russian Federation (2008 and 2012.) and others.

 The center has a large call-center with the CATI system for conducting telephone surveys and operational data input, as well as a studio for conducting focus groups. It hosts field trips, student studies, as well as training for interviewers, CATI operators, and research interns.

Faculty of Dentistry and Medical Technology St Petersburg National University

Currently, training at St. Petersburg State University in the basic educational program “Dentistry” is conducted in four departments: the Department of Dentistry, the Department of Therapeutic Dentistry and the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Department of Fundamental Problems of Medicine and Medical Technology.

St. Petersburg State University implements the following main educational programs in the field of dentistry:

  • The program of the specialty in the specialty “Dentistry”;
  • Residency programs in the field of:
  • “Dentistry of general practice”;
  • “Therapeutic dentistry”;
  • “Surgical Dentistry”;
  • “Orthopedic dentistry”;
  • “Children’s Dentistry”;
  • “Orthodontics”;
  • “Maxillofacial Surgery”.

The program of training scientific and pedagogical personnel in the graduate school “Dentistry” in the direction of preparation “Clinical Medicine“.

Faculty of Physics St Petersburg National University

Today, the Faculty of Physics, the Research Institute of Physics and the Research Institute of Radiophysics are combined into a physical scientific and educational center. Additionally, scientific groups receive grants from Russian and international foundations, and students have an opportunity to participate in international projects. 

Faculty of Philology St Petersburg National University information for entrants

Students specialize in individual languages ​​and literature at the departments of the Russian language, history of Russian literature, Slavic philology, general linguistics, phonetics and methods of teaching foreign languages, English philology and linguoculturology, English philology and translation, Roman philology, German philology, Scandinavian and Dutch philology, Finno-Ugric philology, classical philology, the history of foreign literature, mathematical linguistics, biblical studies.

The Faculty of Philology has links with various language, educational and scientific centers in many countries. The faculty cooperates with Hamburg and Leipzig universities, Berlin Free University (Germany), Cambridge (Great Britain), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Bologna (Italy), Barcelona (Spain) universities, universities in Osaka and Tsukuba (Japan), California, Duke, Georgetown Universities (USA), University (Korea), Universities of Turku and Helsinki (Finland), etc. Regular internships of students in foreign universities are practiced. In accordance with an agreement with the University of Granada (Spain), Spanish students undergo a one-year internship and have the opportunity to receive a Spanish bachelor’s degree.

As part of the program of training translators in the field of professional communication, students of other faculties can take a two-year course of study at the Faculty of Philology and, having completed the curriculum, receive the corresponding entry in the diploma.

Faculty of Economics St Petersburg National University information for entrants

Entering the Bologna process has made faculty a truly European educational institution. A fundamental restructuring of the entire training system has taken place. The Faculty of Economics has successfully coped with new challenges. Evidence of this – numerous textbooks for both undergraduate and graduate programs. They have proven themselves not only in St. Petersburg State University, but also in numerous economic universities of the country.

Today, our faculty is about 2,000 students of all forms of education, more than 250 teachers and researchers. We have a wonderful library, well-equipped computer classes. There are facilities prepared for international scientific conferences.

Already now the department of economic growth research is working at the faculty, headed by Christopher Pissarides, Nobel Prize in Economics. Another example of the successful entry of the faculty into modern world science is the laboratory “Efficiency of the Economy and the Environment” under the guidance of the professor of the University of Oxford, Frederick van der Ploeg. In the future, it is planned to create several more scientific laboratories.

Today, the faculty is confidently looking to the future. It trains personnel capable of making Russia a successful and prosperous country of the 21st century. Department are always happy for young people aspiring to us and doing everything possible to ensure that they become qualified specialists with good job prospects in Russia and abroad.

Faculty of Law St Petersburg National University welcomes new students

 The educational process in the field of jurisprudence today is:

  • 1,500 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • Highly qualified professors and teachers who teach courses not only to law students, but also to students studying in other areas, in particular, psychology, economics, international relations and others, thereby contributing to the integration of the University;
  • Legal clinic of St. Petersburg State University;
  • Involving students in research and expert activities (participation in the project “Monitoring of law enforcement”);
  • internships in public authorities (Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, Prosecutor General’s Office, etc.) and in organizations (Sberbank of Russia OJSC, Pepelyaev Group LLC, Prime-Advisory Consulting Group CJSC, etc.)
  • Scientific circles and student conferences, among which the most significant is the international conference, as well as the All-Russian Student Law Olympiad, international space law competitions named after Manfred Lachs, International Law. Philip Jessop, for WTO law, for international direct investment, for international humanitarian law. F.F. Martens;
  • about 300 academic disciplines, including not only specialized legal subjects, but also such courses as “Logic”, “Economics”, “English Language”, etc., which form general cultural competencies;

individual disciplines and entire educational programs in English;

“Guest lectures”, in particular, by Minister of Justice A.V. Konovalova, Director of Legal Affairs Skolkovo I.A. Drozdov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Civil, Criminal, Arbitration and Procedural Law P.V. Krasheninnikov, professors of foreign universities, etc .;

modern information technologies (BlackBoard), distance educational technologies and electronic information resources, the level of which corresponds to world standards;

modern infrastructure complex (classrooms equipped for shooting and online broadcasting of lectures and dissertations defense (with Internet access).


Students Accomodation and Housing

Places in dormitories are provided to all nonresident students and foreign full-time students according to the main educational programs (students, graduate students, interns, residents),

Petrodvorets district – twelve dormitories, ten of which are located on the territory of a guarded, well-equipped campus with developed infrastructure, located within walking distance from educational buildings

Vasileostrovsky district – eight dormitories

   Nevsky district – one hostel

 According to the layout, the dormitories are divided into dormitories of the corridor and apartment plan. By placement – for one-room premises for 1-3 places, two-room rooms for 2-3 places in the room and three-room rooms for 2-3 places in each room. All hostels are equipped with necessary furniture and internet access.

About City

Interesting Facts about the city

The cultural capital of Russia, northern Venice, the brainchild of Peter, is often called St. Petersburg, the second largest city in our vast city with a population of 4.8 million people. Few cities in the world can boast so many attractions, museum collections, opera houses and drama theaters, estates and palaces, parks and monuments. Peter’s literary and musical heritage is no less outstanding – the number of writers, poets and composers who inspiredly worked on its foggy shores amazes even the most daring imagination. Along with Paris, Rome and Venice, St. Petersburg is included in the UNESCO List as a city in which the entire historical center is taken under patronage. Among other things, there are temples of 42 faiths, including an amazing mosque with a porcelain dome, a Buddhist monastery and one of the most beautiful chapels of the Order of Malta.

And St. Petersburg is a “City of Bridges.” 68 rivers, canals and canals cross the city in different directions, forming 42 islands on its territory. Now in St. Petersburg and its suburbs, there are 580 bridges, including 20 drawbridges.


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