Saint-Petersburg State University
SPbU is ranked in second place in Russia in the QS Graduate Employability Ranking
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Research centers & labs



Bachelor and Master's degree programmers \international

Masters and PhD programmes \international

Teaching staff

Foreign students from 114 countries study in SPbU
Programs & Prices
Entrance tests & Deadlines
Admission rules
  • 1
    To collect a folder of required documents for admission: a copy of valid international passport, a copy of the document on graduation with transcript, a certificate of recognition, photograph (3 x 4 cm). All documents must be translated into Russian and notarized or consul-certified.
  • 2
    Entrance exams. The exams can be passed remotely (online) or in the candidate's personal presence (offline).
  • 3
    To pay tuition fees
  • 4
    Medical Certificate indicating the absence of HIV infection and contraindications to studying in the country
Russian student visa
Student visas in Russia are required for students from most foreign countries. Russia is not a member state of the EU/EFTA, so the EU visa-free entry privilege does not apply for European students. Required Documents for Study Visas in Russia:
  • 1
    A valid passport which will be valid for at least 18 months from the issue date of the visa and with at least two unmarked pages
  • 2
    An official invitation letter from your chosen university
  • 3
    Application form
  • 4
    A certificate showing your HIV-negative status no older than 90 days
  • 5
    A letter of consent from your parents and certified by a notary (if you're under 18)
  • 6
    Photograph 3.5x4.5 cm
This is the general list. Consult the Russian Embassy or Consulate in your country.
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Winter prom
  • With a history dating back to 1724, the University is the oldest institution of higher education in Russia.
  • It is ranked among the top 300 universities around the world and in second place in Eastern Europe and Central Asia according to the QS Rankings.
  • The discoveries and achievements of the University professors and graduates have shaped the history of both international and Russian science and technology. The University is proud to be home to 9 Nobel prize winners.
  • Each year, more than 3,000 international students from 100 countries enroll in the University. They are offered a choice from: 10 double degree programmes; 20 master's programmes taught in English, German, Spanish, French and Italian.
About university & International cooperation & Educational process
The success of SPbU staff and students is regularly recognized by all the leading world rankings. SPbU is placed among the 250 best universities in the world, being №2 among the Emerging Europe and Central Asia universities and offering the best Employer-Student connections in Russia.

The University is also ranked in 4 out of 5 QS subject groups and 16 subjects. Graduate School of Management continuously remains the only business school in Russia represented in the Financial Times ranking.
According to the Times Higher Education rankings, St Petersburg University takes 44th place among the Emerging Economies countries and is ranked in the top-100 universities in the World Reputation Rankings.

As it goes, rankings should not be the only criterion for choosing the university, however, they do reflect the dynamic existing between institutions and point out the top 4% of the strongest universities in the world from the roughly estimated number of 26 000 higher education institutions existing today*.
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