Saratov State University was founded in June, 1909 and named after Emperor of Russia Nicholas II. First university buildings were designed by architect Karl L. Miufke. Vasiliy I. Razumovsky, a famous scientist, doctor and public person became the first rector of Saratov University.
Initially, the University consisted of just one school – the Faculty of Medicine. Faculties of Physics and Mathematics, History and Philology, as well as the Law School were founded in 1917. Leading scientists worked at the university. For example, philosopher Semen L. Frank, one of the outstanding XX-century scholars, was the Dean of the Faculty of History and Philology. Soon other Faculties were opened. Also, the founder of Russian genetics Nikolai I. Vavilov worked at the Faculty of Agronomics.

In the 1920-1930s, several faculties broke away from the university. They gave rise to separate institutes, namely the Institute of Medicine, Education, Agriculture, Economics, and Law. During the Great Patriotic War, SSU accommodated Leningrad State University that was evacuated to Saratov.
Many famous scientists and outstanding academicians worked at Saratov State University. Among them were the Nobel Prize winner N.N. Semyonov, President of the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences A.N. Bakulev, Rector of Moscow State University I.G. Petrovsky, literary critic V.M Zhirmunsky, plant physiologists N.A. Maksimov, corresponding member of the RAS, Obninsk Atomic Power Station founder and director D.I. Blokhintsev, and others.

Over the years, Saratov State University has become one of the largest universities in Russia. In 1998 Saratov Pedagogical Institute, Balashov Pedagogical Institute, College of Radioelectronics, and Polytechnicum were merged with Saratov State University. Being one of the oldest universities in Russia, today it is a large and quickly growing university complex that has great educational, research and innovation potential. SSU has a long tradition of research and a wide range of international contacts.
On May 20, 2010 Saratov State University got the status of National Research University.
The University encompasses 15 faculties, 6 educational institutes and 2 colleges. They embrace 166 departments, including 12 corporate chairs. Saratov State University offers continuous education: pre-university training – vocational secondary education – higher professional education – postgraduate studies – advanced training.
Saratov State University is a large information center. It includes regional Scientific Library named after V.A. Artisevich; Volga Region Center of New Information Technologies; Computer Center; SSU Publishing House.  Saratov State University is a member of the Federal network of universities having supercomputers. The University is on the list of 42 nano-industrial centers included in the National nano-technological network.
Research and Education institutions, centers and laboratories, museums and innovation departments form an important part of the University. They include Research Institute of Nanostructures and Biosystems, Natural Science Research Institute, Institute of Archeology and Cultural Heritage, Botanical Garden, Regional Center of Computer

Technologies in Industry, Technopark innovation Center, 3 Technology Transfer Centers, Multi-access Centers, and a Business Incubator.
Saratov State University implements projects under prestigious grants and scholarships of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, as well as large foundations (Carnegie Corporation, MacArthur Foundation, CRDF). The University works in cooperation with Saratov Research Center of RAS and other academic organizations. The University has established 12 corporate chairs, opened branches of RAS Institutes in the departments, joint laboratories and centers.
Saratov State University pursues the mission of fundamental and applied research in 38 research areas, including all priority research areas named by the Russian Government Commission. The developments of university scientists are implementedin defense, electronics, engineering, transport, chemical and oil-refining industries, in agriculture, geology and other areas.

SSU students are well-known in the world. Over the last ten years, the University student team won World and European Championships in IT Programming. In 2006, Saratov University team became the all-round champion of World Championship in programming in the USA; in 2007, they were the second in World Championship in Japan. In 2008, the team of student programmers won the Russian Championship, in 2009 – the World Championship in Stockholm.
Saratov State University has long-established relations with foreign universities in Europe, Asia and America. Since 2006, the Center for the Turkish language and Culture, the largest of its kind in Russia, has been operating at SSU. In 2008, University of Colorado (USA) and SSU signed an agreement of strategic partnership with SSU. Under this agreement, Saratov University opened its representative office in Colorado University, which allowed SSU the opportunity to take part in joined research programs in alternative energy, ecology, genetic engineering and other research areas.
Also, the Joint Research Center for Technology and Nanostructures Measurement has been working since 2007 under the agreement between SSU and Queen Mary University of London. In cooperation with Brunel University (London), the Institute of Risks was founded in 2009. Apart from risk studies, the Institute offers Master’s educational programs.

In 2008, Saratov State University signed a contract with “MI SWAKO”. The University is also part of the Oxford-Russian Foundation scholarship program. SSU professors give lectures at universities of Germany, Great Britain, the USA, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Turkey, Chile and other countries. Also, they take part in international conferences. Their research is well-known all over the world.
As a National Research University, SSU has a special mission: to contribute to increasing national security, human potential development, to preserve Russian spiritual and cultural values by development of students’ professional, social and cultural skills. Saratov State University has established its priority research areas. They include Mathematics and Information Technologies, Fundamental and Applied Research in High-Tech Industry, Living Systems, and Social Systems Risks.
iIstitutes, faculties and departments:
Balashov Institute
Faculty of Biology
Faculty of Geography
Geology College
Faculty of Geology
Institute of Pre-University Education
Institute of Arts
Institute of History and International Relations
Institute of Sports and Physical Training
Institute of Philology and Journalism
Institute of Chemistry
College of Radioelectronics
Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics
Faculty of Sociology
Faculty of Foreign Languages and Language Teaching Methods
Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technologies
Faculty of Nano- and Biomedical Technologies
Faculty of Nonlinear Processes
Faculty of Psychology
Faculty of Pedagogical and Special Needs Education
Faculty of Physics
Faculty of Philosophy
Faculty of Economics
Faculty of Law
Institute of Continuing Professional Education


5-floors building: 4 floors for students residence in the training period. Student Accommodation is provided in triple rooms of corridor type. On the ground floor of the hostel located the university departments. Also on this floor there is a shower and a laundry room. On the first floor there is a training room for self-studing of students. Every resident has the opportunity to access the Internet from their room. 

The hostel number 2 was built in 1964, it has 3 floors of accommodation for foreign students for the period of their study. Students Accommodation is provided in double and triple rooms by corridor type. On the ground floor of the hostel placed administration of the hostel, dean office of Foreign students and Prophylactic University Center. The hostel has a reading room, every resident has access to the Internet from any room.

The hostel has a dining room. At the hostel for students provides an outdoor playground for sports.

Created conditions of life allow students to feel comfortable during the entire stay at the hostel and promote quality of university education. 


Saratov is a large city located in the southeast of the European part of Russia, on the right bank of the Volga River. The capital of the Saratov region, it is located about 840 km south-east of Moscow. It is an important cultural, economic and educational center of the Volga region.

Saratov attractions
Present Saratov combines the architecture of an old merchant town and modern city. At the same time, it is a city of universities, theaters, and museums. The historical center of Saratov consists of a number of buildings constructed in the late 19th – mid-20th centuries.

You can begin acquaintance with Saratov by strolling through the city center. Kirov Avenue with a lot of hotels is called “Saratov Arbat”. At the end of the avenue you will find a quiet and picturesque Lipki park, where you can relax after a walk through the city center.

On the famous Cosmonauts Embankment of Saratov, you can enjoy the beauty of the Volga River and will be able to walk over the bridge “Saratov-Engels” or take pictures near the Rotunda – the favorite place of the newlyweds in Saratov.

Chernyshevskogo Street is the longest street in Saratov stretching for 7 km along the Volga. The oldest building in the city is Holy Trinity Cathedral (1674-1695) located on Museum Square. The most massive building constructed before 1917 is the Volga railway administration building (Moskovskaya Street, 8).

Saratov registrar has probably the most elegant and beautiful building in the city (Volzhskaya Street, 22). The mansion was built in Art Nouveau style in 1901. The largest green area in the city is Saratov Park of Culture and Rest named after Maxim Gorky (October district) opened in 1935. The park covers an area of about 30 hectares.

Sovetskaya Street is considered one of the most prestigious in Saratov. It starts from Radishcheva Street and stretches to Astrakhanskaya Street. There are a lot of cultural monuments on Sovetskaya street.

The place where the first spaceman Yuru Gagarin landed, located about 16 km away from Engels, as well as Uvek, the remnants of an ancient town and a large center of the Golden Horde, located to the south of Saratov, are among the other sights.

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