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About Us

St Petersburg State University is the largest scientific and educational center in Europe and the world. The university has a rich history. This is the only university in Russia that has celebrated its 290th anniversary — only St Petersburg State University can deservedly bear the name of the first university in Russia. For almost three centuries of the University history, many scientific studies and discoveries have been made, more than 15 large laboratories and 26 resource centers have been created, which are nowadays part of the country's leading Science Park. Today, more than 25 thousand students from dozens of countries worldwide study here, and there are Nobel and Fields Prize laureates.

For the third year in a row, St Petersburg State University ranks first among universities in the Russian Federation according to the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo). In 2020, 16,620 foreign citizens chose the University. If you want to become a part of the big history and join the scientific community of the oldest University in Russia, send an application form for training at the Preparatory Department.

The advantages of studying at St Petersburg State University:
  • Learning in a historic location

  • The best teachers of the University

  • Starter pack for students: products with the University logo

  • A voucher for a free testing in Russian as foreign Language

  • Assistance with visa processing and registration

A great team of teachers works with us!

The Preparatory Department has existed for 2 years now, and during this time more than 150 people from 40 countries have been trained at St Petersburg State University. Of these, 90% of students have successfully passed the TORFL at B1 level, which is one of the best indicators in Russia.

  • 90%

    of candidates successfully passed TORFL

  • 40

    foreign countries

St Petersburg State University is:
  • Full-time training in comfortable classes or remotely if it is convenient for you

  • Provision of modern textbooks from the St Petersburg State University Library

  • Accommodation in dormitories in the Petrodvorets Campus, together with Russian-speaking students

  • The opportunity to participate in all student events at St Petersburg State University: Olympiads, competitions, pretests, conversation clubs, etc.

  • Organization of free time leisure activities in St Petersburg: visiting museums, student clubs, leisure centers, etc.

  • The opportunity to join online courses at St Petersburg State University on the following sites: online.spbu.ru, openedu.ru, coursera.org

Training programs
Natural science profile
Natural science profile

Сроки обучения: 10 months

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Engineering and technical profile
Engineering and technical profile

Сроки обучения: 10 months

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Humanitarian profile
Humanitarian profile

Сроки обучения: 10 months

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Economics profile
Economics profile

Сроки обучения: 10 months

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Medicine and Biology profile
Medicine and Biology profile

Сроки обучения: 10 months

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Our teachers
Bure Natalya Andreevna
Bure Natalya Andreevna

Scientific supervisor of the program (for foreign citizens), Candidate of Philological Sciences

Associate Professor of the Department of Russian Language for the Humanities and Natural Sciences of St Petersburg State University.

Smirnova Larisa Vitalievna
Smirnova Larisa Vitalievna

Senior Lecturer of the Department of Russian Language for the Humanities and Natural Sciences of St Petersburg State University.

Sukhanova Olga Vasilievna
Sukhanova Olga Vasilievna

Candidate of Philological Sciences, Associate Professor, Senior Instructor of the Department of Russian Language for the Humanities and Natural Sciences of St Petersburg State University.

Bystrova Marina Viktorovna
Bystrova Marina Viktorovna

Senior Lecturer of the Department of Russian Language for the Humanities and Natural Sciences of St Petersburg State University.

Gracheva Irina Viktorovna
Gracheva Irina Viktorovna

Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences. She teaches the course of Russian language and the language of the specialty "Social Studies" at the Preparatory Department of St Petersburg State University.

Gulyakova Antonina Alexandrovna
Gulyakova Antonina Alexandrovna

Senior Lecturer of the Department of Russian Language and Methods of its Teaching, St Petersburg State University.

Kovrizhkina Darya Gennadievna
Kovrizhkina Darya Gennadievna

Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences. She teaches the course of Russian language and the language of the specialty "Mathematics" at the Preparatory Department of St Petersburg State University.

Malinkina Natalya Anatolievna
Malinkina Natalya Anatolievna

Assistant of the Department of Russian Language for the Humanities and Natural Sciences of St Petersburg State University.

Mikhailova Elena Igorevna
Mikhailova Elena Igorevna

Doctor of Biological Sciences, Associate Professor. Expert of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Teaches the course "Biology" at the Preparatory Department of St Petersburg State University.

Lisanyuk Elena Nikolaevna
Lisanyuk Elena Nikolaevna

Doctor of Philosophy, Professor of the Department of Logic at the Institute of Philosophy. Teaches courses in logic and argumentation, author of online courses. She also teaches the course "Social Studies" at the Preparatory Department of St Petersburg State University.

Perov Vadim Yurievich
Perov Vadim Yurievich

Candidate of Philosophical Sciences, Associate Professor. Head of the Ethics Department of the Institute of Philosophy. He teaches the course "Social Studies" at the Preparatory Department of St Petersburg State University.

Mamontova Natalya Yurievna
Mamontova Natalya Yurievna

She teaches the Russian language and the language of the specialty "Physics" at the Preparatory Department of St Petersburg State University.

Mamontova Inga Evgenievna
Mamontova Inga Evgenievna

She teaches the course of Russian language and the language of the specialty "Social Studies" at the Preparatory Department of St Petersburg State University.

Uruymagova Zara Mairovna
Uruymagova Zara Mairovna

She teaches the course of Russian language and the language of the specialty "History" at the Preparatory Department of St Petersburg State University.

Bystrych Petr Andreevich
Bystrych Petr Andreevich

He teaches the Russian language and the language of the specialty "History" at the Preparatory Department of St Petersburg State University.

Partners

For many years St Petersburg State University has been a reliable partner for thousands of Russian and foreign companies, commercial and government organizations, scientific and educational institutions. The University cooperates with many major universities in Russia and abroad in the field of testing of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL). Every year more than 20,000 people take the TORFL in the Language Testing Center of St Petersburg State University. Therefore, if you are interested in mutually beneficial cooperation, fill out the form (link to the form - go to the modal window). You can also contact us by email: test.language@spbu.ru

Frequently asked Questions
How to apply for training?

To become our student, you need to fill out the application form. Our specialists will process it and give you further instructions.

Can I study at the Preparatory Department if I have studied Russian before?

Yes, you can apply. At the Preparatory Department, our teachers will help you improve your knowledge of the Russian language and raise it to the B2 level.

If your level is B2 or higher, we will recommend you to enroll in Russian as a foreign language courses.

What is the difference between full-time and distance learning?

The training only differs in the place of its organization. If you have chosen a distance learning format, then you will be able to study at St Petersburg State University without leaving your country. Therefore you will not need to leave your family, friends or work.

The full-time format of training is good because you will have the opportunity to plunge into the environment of the Russian-speaking population, get acquainted with the culture of the country and visit a large number of attractions.

When is the best time to apply?

from December 16, 2020 to July 1, 2021 for candidates who want to study in buildings and premises of St Petersburg State University; the announcement of the results is no later than July 16, 2021

from December 16, 2020 to August 20, 2021 for candidates who want to study outside the buildings and premises of St Petersburg State University including the usage of distance learning technologies, e-learning; the announcement of the results is no later than August 27, 2021

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