Saint Petersburg State University

Introduction

Our University

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. We are open to cooperation and enjoy strong ties with the international research and academic community. SPbU scientists work in almost all fields of knowledge, providing expertise and consultation in close collaboration with Russian and international partners. Many outstanding scholars have been a part of the SPbU community, including nine Nobel Prize winners: the physiologist Ivan Pavlov, biologist Ilya Mechnikov, physicist and chemist Nikolay Semyonov, physicists Lev Landau and Aleksandr Prokhorov, philosopher and economist Wassily Leontief as well as mathematician and economist Leonid Kantorovich.

Among University alumni are the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, Prime-Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Director of the Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovskiy, President of the Russian Academy of Education Liudmila Verbitskaya, mathematicians Grigoriy Perelman and Sergey Smirnov as well as many others.

St. Petersburg University Today

  • 30,000 students
  • 6,000 staff members
  • 85 bachelor and specialist degree programmes
  • 172 master studies
  • 49 doctoral studies
  • international students from over 70 countries
  • over 3000 international students on degree and non-degree programmes
  • more then 400 partner universities
  • the best university Research Park in Russia
  • 6,900,000 books in the collection of the University Research Library
  • diploma issued in Russian and English
  • 12,800 places in the halls of residence

Education Benefits

  • active student participation in the educational process
  • the best realization of a student’s individual potential
  • ECTS – European Credit Transfer System
  • academic disciplines are designed according to the modular principle
  • student exchange programmes with partner universities
  • internships and work placements at leading Russian and international companies
  • access to unique research facilities, technology and full-text electronic databases
  • modern educational technologies
  • state-of-the-art research equipment
  • state scholarships for the best selected international applicants (free tuition and discounted accommodation)
  • on-line application at the SPbU website – www.spbu.ru
  • opportunity to master Russian at the Institute of the Russian Language and Culture

International Cooperation

SPbU accepts more than 3000 international students annually on various degree and non-degree programmes.

SPbU has more than 400 partner universities in about 70 countries — China, Germany, USA, France, Finland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Brazil. More than 25 international summer and winter schools are held at SPbU annually.

SPbU is a member of a number of international associations and student exchange programmes and internships: Erasmus Mundus, Erasmus+, Finnish-Russian Cross Border University, Finnish-Russian Student Exchange Program, Santander Universities, TEMPUS, and many others. SPbU has long-term cooperation agreements with IBM, Carl Zeiss, Microsoft, Leica, Sun Microsystems, Intel, Adobe and many other leading international companies.

SPbU’s education is highly valued on the international market. Our graduates are employed by the best Russian and international companies. The University’s close cooperation with leading firms gives graduates an opportunity to choose the best employers.

International cooperation with universities worldwide provides our academic staff and students access to numerous research and study opportunities. Students and researchers benefit from international cooperation, enabling them to share experience and keep abreast of the latest advancements in global science. Ties between scientific communities are the strongest in the world and SPbU takes pride in being a part of that.

Science & Research at SPbU

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. Research centres are open for students to carry out laboratory work as part of main educational programmes and conduct research in preparation of graduate projects and theses. Over the last five years SPbU has established 20 new research laboratories.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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MA

MA in Political Governance and Public Policy

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

MA in Political Governance and Public Policy is a two-year interdisciplinary program focused on training highly qualified analysts, managers and political leaders who will pursue career in public governance, including government agencies, international organizations and the non-profit sector. [+]

Overview MA in Political Governance and Public Policy is a two-year interdisciplinary program focused on training highly qualified analysts, managers and political leaders who will pursue career in public governance, including government agencies, international organizations and the non-profit sector. The program is designed to meet the challenges of the modern public sector: the graduates of the program will acquire all the professional competences necessary for responding complex unique challenges, asking the right questions, estimating the scale of a problem and its specific features, developing and exploring the range of possible solutions, as well as evaluating the potential of public institutions and their representatives to implement decisions. Core academic courses will provide the students with an opportunity to shape and sharpen their skills of leadership, management, analysis and implementation of public policy. Graduate students will learn how to mobilize and manage internal and external organizational resources, how to arrange monitoring and setting of public policy. By developing their skills in leadership the graduates will be able to implement policies and management strategies successfully in today’s complex and unstable society. Students of the program are actively involved into research projects at the Department of Political Science. They also have an opportunity to participate in different scientific events and speak at various conferences abroad. Programme outline Compulsory courses: Political Methodology and Philosophy Theories of Public Policy Qualitative Methods in Public Policy Analysis Information Technology for Public Policy Quantitative Methods in Public Policy Analysis Political Leadership and Strategy Collaboration and Political Decision-Making Process Political... [-]

Master

Master in Condensed Matter Physics

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

This master program is aimed at training experts in condensed matter physics, including heterogeneous systems, functional materials, nanosystems and biological systems. Education is mainly focused on the study of physical and chemical properties such as structure, electronic structure, magnetic and optical properties, phase transitions, [+]

Overview This master program is aimed at training experts in condensed matter physics, including heterogeneous systems, functional materials, nanosystems and biological systems. Education is mainly focused on the study of physical and chemical properties such as structure, electronic structure, magnetic and optical properties, phase transitions, etc. using optical spectroscopy, magnetic resonance spectroscopy (including magnetic resonance imaging, MRI) and numerical simulation. Programme outline Compulsory courses: Mathematical Physics Chemical Physics Theoretical Physics Experimental Physics Numerical Methods and Programming Russian as a Foreign Language Elective courses: Modeling in Condensed Matter Physics Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy: Basic and Advanced Levels Optical Spectroscopy of Surfaces and Interfaces Electrical and Photoelectric Properties of Semiconductors Credits: 120 ECTS [-]

Master in Corporate Finance - MCF

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

SPbU Graduate School of Management (GSOM) is the first business school in Russia to be included in the International FT ranking. This is the only school in Russia that offers the prestigious Joint Degree with CEMS and Double Degree Options with leading universities. [+]

Overview SPbU Graduate School of Management (GSOM) is the first business school in Russia to be included in the International FT ranking. This is the only school in Russia that offers the prestigious Joint Degree with CEMS and Double Degree Options with leading universities. This program provides a compulsory semester abroad at top business schools worldwide. The outstanding curriculum and world class professors from SPbU GSOM and all over the world are involved into the study process. Programme outline Compulsory courses: Financial Accounting & Reporting Financial Markets & Instruments Managerial Economics Quantitative Methods in Finance Corporate Finance Risk Management Financial Analysis & Valuation Elective courses: Contemporary Financial Intermediation Introduction to Business Management: Statistics Financial Econometrics Management Accounting Marketing of Innovative Products Cases in Corporate Finance Credits: 120 ECTS [-]

Master in Game Theory and Operations Research

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

A two-year master program in game theory and operations research prepares a student for a career in industry, science and education. The program facilitates learning in modern concepts, techniques and methods of the game theory and leads the student to understanding of different functional areas of operations research. [+]

Overview A two-year master program in game theory and operations research prepares a student for a career in industry, science and education. The program facilitates learning in modern concepts, techniques and methods of the game theory and leads the student to understanding of different functional areas of operations research. The courses are designed to study theory and methods of operations research, game theory, econometrics, applied statistics, decision theory, queuing systems, application of computer technologies in operations research and related topics. Possible areas of research are applied mathematics oriented at optimization, economic activities, competitive marketing and regional cooperation, multinational pollution planning and resource extraction, joint venturing, network modeling, propagation and epidemic models, etc. The graduates will be able to make research in the field of game theory and operations research and obtain new scientific results; to analyze problems arising in specific areas; to use quantitative decision-making methods in different fields of human activity, where mathematical modeling can be used; to apply mathematical methods for investigating and solving relevant problems. The master program is approved by the Association of the European Society of Operations Research at the 27th International Conference "European Conference on Operation research" at the University of Strathclyde, UK. Programme outline Compulsory courses: Operations Research and Game Theory Modern Control Theory Statistical Decisions and Econometrics Foreign Language Queuing Theory Elective courses: Project Management Mathematical Models of Revenue Management Quantitative Methods in Applied Economic Analysis Financial Mathematics Game-Theoretic Models of Imperfect Competition Dynamic Games Credits: 120 ECTS [-]

Master in Innovative Technologies in Translation: French

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

This educational program is aimed at training highly qualified translators working with basic and specialized terminology. They are ready to act as professionals and managers in the translation market using up-to-date innovative technologies that are actively applied in this field. [+]

Overview Language of instruction: French This educational program is aimed at training highly qualified translators working with basic and specialized terminology. They are ready to act as professionals and managers in the translation market using up-to-date innovative technologies that are actively applied in this field. Programme outline Compulsory courses: History of Linguistics and Methods of Linguistic Research Communication Theory Epistemology Work on Master’s Thesis Research Practice Translation Practice Elective courses: Methods of Linguistic Analysis Translation Translation of Contract Documents Translation of Judicial Documents Literary Translation Translation of Advertising Texts Credits: 120 ECTS [-]

Master in Innovative Technologies in Translation: Italian

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

This educational program is aimed at training highly qualified translators working with basic and specialized terminology. They are ready to act as professionals and managers in the translation market using up-to-date innovative technologies that are actively applied in this field. [+]

Overview Language of instruction: Italian This educational program is aimed at training highly qualified translators working with basic and specialized terminology. They are ready to act as professionals and managers in the translation market using up-to-date innovative technologies that are actively applied in this field. Programme outline Compulsory courses: History of Linguistics and Methods of Linguistic Research Communication Theory Epistemology Work on Master’s Thesis Research Practice Translation Practice Elective courses: Methods of Linguistic Analysis Translation Translation of Contract Documents Translation of Judicial Documents Literary Translation Translation of Advertising Texts Credits: 120 ECTS [-]

Master in Innovative Technologies in Translation: Spanish

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

This educational program is aimed at training highly qualified translators working with basic and specialized terminology. They are ready to act as professionals and managers in the translation market using up-to-date innovative technologies that are actively applied in this field. [+]

Overview Language of instruction: Spanish This educational program is aimed at training highly qualified translators working with basic and specialized terminology. They are ready to act as professionals and managers in the translation market using up-to-date innovative technologies that are actively applied in this field. Programme outline Compulsory courses: History of Linguistics and Methods of Linguistic Research Communication Theory Epistemology Work on Master’s Thesis Research Practice Translation Practice Elective courses: Methods of Linguistic Analysis Translation Translation of Contract Documents Translation of Judicial Documents Literary Translation Translation of Advertising Texts Credits: 120 ECTS [-]

Master in Intercultural Communication: German - Russian Dialogue

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

The program is taught entirely in German. The program focuses on the improvement of practical communication skills in German. The students write and defend the thesis in German under the supervision of two teachers, a research advisor and a DAAD tutor. [+]

Overview Language of instruction: German The program is taught entirely in German. The program focuses on the improvement of practical communication skills in German. The students write and defend the thesis in German under the supervision of two teachers, a research advisor and a DAAD tutor. Programme outline Compulsory courses: History of Linguistics and Methods of Linguistic Research Semiotics in Intercultural Communication Philosophy of Language in the Aspect of Cross-linguistic Communication Teaching Practice Work on Master's Thesis Research Practice Elective courses: Linguistic Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication I Theoretical and Applied Aspects of Functional Stylistics: The Official Style Creative Writing in Theory and Practice of Teaching German as a Foreign Language – I Theoretical and Applied Aspects of Functional Stylistics: The Scientific Style Creative Writing in Theory and Practice of Teaching German as a Foreign Language – II Comparative Typology of German and Russian: Grammar Credits: 120 ECTS [-]

Master in International Relations

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

This master degree program is the balanced combination of university courses covering topical issues of Russia and a curriculum recognized by the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. [+]

Overview This master degree program is the balanced combination of university courses covering topical issues of Russia and a curriculum recognized by the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. The program is aimed to train highly qualified professionals for their future work at public service institutions, international organizations and international businesses. It creates a new generation of leaders competent in general topical issues of international relations both in foreign and domestic policy of Russia. Programme outline Compulsory courses: Current Issues of the Theory of International Relations International Organizations and Global Government International Security International Political Economy Russia in the World Russia’s Identity Elective courses: EU Policies in the Post-Soviet Space Public Diplomacy The Energy Dimension of the World Politics Ecological Politics The Arctic Region in the Modern Political System Credits: 120 ECTS [-]

Master in International Sociology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

The program was established by SPbU Department of Sociology in collaboration with South Korean and European universities and academic foundations and is a part of the International Sociology program. [+]

Overview The program was established by SPbU Department of Sociology in collaboration with South Korean and European universities and academic foundations and is a part of the International Sociology program. Its mission is to build awareness of today’s social, political, economic and cultural problems and processes typical for the Western and Eastern societies in view of globalization as well as to develop skills in comparative sociological analysis of these problems and processes. All courses of the master program are taught in English by leading professors and lecturers from Russia, Germany, the Netherlands and the Republic of Korea. The students of the program have an opportunity to participate in international and Russian research projects and scientific conferences. They actively publish their research works in scientific journals in Russia and abroad. Programme outline Compulsory courses: Modern Sociological Theories Global Sociology Comparative Sociology Evolution of Social Inequality in Modern Societies Civil Society in Global Perspective Cross-cultural Communications with the View of Globalisation Sociology of Consumption in Modern Society Elective courses: Global Networks Religious Integration in Global Perspective Gender Issues with the View of Globalisation Globalization of Education and Science Urban Social Space: Cultural and Communicative Practices Effective Professional Communication Scientific Research Technology and Scientific Discourse Workshop on Comparative Sociology Credits: 120 ECTS [-]

Master in International Trading System

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

The Department of World Economy is a dynamically developing educational and research university subdivision. Today it is one of the leading think tanks in Russia on trade policy issues. The staff carries out research projects, including international ones, in various aspects of international economic relations. [+]

Overview The Department of World Economy is a dynamically developing educational and research university subdivision. Today it is one of the leading think tanks in Russia on trade policy issues. The staff carries out research projects, including international ones, in various aspects of international economic relations. The leading professors of the Department have substantial experience in delivering lectures in foreign universities. In 2010 the Department was awarded the status of WTO Chair. The WTO Chairs Programme (WCP) aims to support and promote trade-related academic activities of universities and research institutions in developing and least- developed countries. Academic institutions awarded such status receive support in the following areas: curriculum development, teaching, research and outreach activities. The Chairs have been selected through a competitive bidding process. Every year the students of the program participate in an internship on the basis of international economic organizations in Geneva such as UNCTAD, WTO, WIPO, ITC, etc. Representatives of international economic organizations take part in the program as lecturers. Programme outline Compulsory courses: Research Methods Seminar on the International Trading System Institutional Economics: The Advanced Level Theory and Practice of International Economic Relations Theories of International Relations and Foreign Policy Analysis Contemporary Theories of International Management and Marketing Seminar ‘Countries in the System of World Trade Organization’ Elective courses: Global Economic Development: The Trends and Prospects International Trade: Modern Trends and Methods of Analysis Business Communications – II External Economic Policy of Russia and the European Union Theory and Practice of International Business – II International... [-]

Master in Management - MIM

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

SPbU Graduate School of Management is the first business school in Russia to be included in the International FT ranking. This is the only school in Russia that offers the prestigious Joint Degree with CEMS and Double Degree Options with leading universities. [+]

Overview SPbU Graduate School of Management is the first business school in Russia to be included in the International FT ranking. This is the only school in Russia that offers the prestigious Joint Degree with CEMS and Double Degree Options with leading universities. This program provides a compulsory semester abroad at top business schools worldwide. The outstanding curriculum and world class professors from GSOM and all over the world are involved into the study process. The program assumes the choice between the general track or one of the three concentrations: International Business (IB), Information Technologies and Innovation Management (ITIM), International Logistics and Supply Chain Management (IL & SCM). Programme outline Compulsory courses: Contemporary Strategic Analysis Corporate Finance Managerial Economics Organizational Behavior Quantitative Methods of Business Research Manager Professional Skills Elective courses: Strategic Marketing E-Business Sustainability & Stakeholder Marketing Marketing of Innovative Products International Trade Inventory Control and Management Strategic Management of Technological Innovations Global Economic Governance Credits: 120 ECTS [-]

Master in Pomor - Polar and Marine Research

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

Unlike any other programs, the course offers insights into polar and marine ecosystems and climate change. During their practice modules, the students stand a chance to engage with expeditions on board of the leading German and Russian research vessels. Upon completion the students receive a double degree: Master degree of St. Petersburg University and Master of Sciences of the University of Hamburg. [+]

Overview Unlike any other programs, the course offers insights into polar and marine ecosystems and climate change. During their practice modules, the students stand a chance to engage with expeditions on board of the leading German and Russian research vessels. Upon completion the students receive a double degree: Master degree of St. Petersburg University and Master of Sciences of the University of Hamburg. “Polar and marine research” is an only educational program in natural sciences at SPbU, accredited by ASIIN e.V. The students are equipped with the best of a diverse range of opportunities for polar and marine research, locally, nationally and globally. They can pursue academic research in the top Russian and world’s research organizations in climate studies, oceanology, hydrology, biology, geology, paleography, geomorphology and polar geography. Programme outline Modules: Basic module Module 1. Ocean basins, bottom sediments and climate change Module 2. Oceanography of the oceans and coastal waters Module 3. Polar and marine ecosystems: Structure, functioning and vulnerability Module 4. Natural resources Module 5. Processes in coastal zones and environment management Module 6. Periglacial environment Credits: 120 ECTS [-]

Master in Russian Culture

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

The program offers an in-depth study of the fundamentals of the Russian culture, the formation and development of Russia’s cultural identity, the methods to conduct research in Russian culture, hallmarks of Russian mentality. [+]

Overview The program offers an in-depth study of the fundamentals of the Russian culture, the formation and development of Russia’s cultural identity, the methods to conduct research in Russian culture, hallmarks of Russian mentality. It aims to provide graduates with a fundamental knowledge of different fields of Russian cultural studies. The program trains professionals with a strong awareness of both historical aspects of the Russian culture and contemporary Russia’s cultural scene. Graduates of the program will be equipped with knowledge and skills enabling them to land jobs in various areas of humanitarian work, public and private companies, and other organizations looking for professionals able to provide creative solutions with advanced education and communication technologies.   Programme outline Compulsory courses: Morality Patterns in the Russian Culture Byzantinism as a Religious, Artistic and Cultural Phenomenon and Its Influence on the Russian Culture Russian Culture of the Pre-Petrine Period Russian Folk Culture: Categories and Principles Russian Regionalism: The Dialectics of the Centre and the Provinces History of the Russian Culture from Peter the Great to 1917 Russian Philosophy: Main Ideas and Trends Philosophical Aspects of the Old Russian Literature Slavophilism and Westernism in the Russian Culture Philosophy of Politics and Law in Russia Enlightenment in Russia The Russian Identity Issue and the Stranger Category Spiritual-Academic Tradition in Philosophy and Culture Conservative and Revolutionary Trends in the Russian Culture Russian Musical Culture Theatre in Russia Russian Culture of the Soviet and Post-Soviet Periods Russian Literature and Literary Centralism of the Russian Philosophy Russian Émigré Environment... [-]

Master in Strategic and Arms Control Studies

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

Unique and the first of its kind in Russia, the program offers insights into current military and political issues. The course provides students with an intellectually stimulating education, analytical skills and rigour to pursue a career in national and international organizations and bureaus of political and military affairs. [+]

Overview Unique and the first of its kind in Russia, the program offers insights into current military and political issues. The course provides students with an intellectually stimulating education, analytical skills and rigour to pursue a career in national and international organizations and bureaus of political and military affairs. Programme outline Main courses: General principles and methods of strategic analysis Strategy and politics in XIX-ХХI Analysis of military strategy of a modern state Current issues of international regime evolution of the arms control Current approaches to phenomenon of evolution in military Main research areas: Role of the international organizations and states in arms control Armed conflicts in modern world Use of armed forces by the modern states International cooperation in military sphere, defense diplomacy National military strategy of various states Credits: 120 ECTS [-]

Master in Theory and Practice of Verbal Communication: German

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

This master program is aimed at extending the theoretical knowledge of students necessary for conducting language functional analysis and for developing the communicative competence and language proficiency. [+]

Overview Language of instruction: German This master program is aimed at extending the theoretical knowledge of students necessary for conducting language functional analysis and for developing the communicative competence and language proficiency. The study process is based on the theoretical guidelines of the modern trends in applied theoretical linguistics, such as pragmalinguistic analysis, communicative (interactional) text linguistics, historical pragmalinguistics, and sociolinguistic analysis of German (the dialect, professional words, the sociolect, the communicative-functional variation of linguistic forms). The program is primarily aimed at transferring to students up-to-date basic knowledge of how to use various linguistic forms in German in their direct interrelation with the socio-communicative activity of people in different socio-cultural contexts. Programme outline Compulsory courses: History of Linguistics and Methods of Linguistic Research Semiotics in Intercultural Communication Teaching Practice Preparation of Master’s Thesis Research Practice Elective courses: Fundamentals of Linguistic Pragmatics Etiquette Formulas: Evolution and Grammaticalization Textuality Criteria in Practical Analysis German Dialectology Rhetoric and the Modern Theory of Text Analysis of Narrative Text Credits: 120 ECTS [-]

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St. Petersburg, 199034 RU