Please see frequently asked questions bellow about applying and study at St Petersburg University.

  1. What educational programmes are offered at SPbU?

Every year SPbU offers about 400 degree programmes and over 1000 non-degree programmes. READ MORE

  1. What educational programmes are taught only in Russian?

Every year SPbU offers about 400 degree programmes and over 1000 non-degree programmes. The language of instruction for the majority of programmes is Russian.  READ MORE

  1. Are there any programmes taught in other languages?

Besides degree programmes taught in Russian SPbU offers  programmes taught in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. READ MORE

  1. How to apply?

International applicants can apply for a main educational bachelor/master/specialist /medical residency/doctoral degree programmes on a fee-paying basis or Russian Government Scholarship. READ MORE

  1. Can I apply if I don’t speak Russian?

Besides degree programmes taught in Russian SPbU offers  educational programmes taught in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. READ MORE

  1. How to apply if I don’t speak Russian?

SPbU offers educational programmes taught in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. READ MORE

  1. What documents should I submit to apply?

International applicant can apply for Russian Government Scholarship or on Fee-Paying basis. READ MORE

  1. How to legalise the documents?

 Some educational certificates will have to undergo legalisation to be recognised in the Russian Federation (requires a recognition certificate or a qualifications equivalence certificate). Study details for Recognition of foreign educational credentials. READ MORE

  1. How are foreign documents recognised?

To be admitted to an educational programme in the Russian Federation, applicants must provide recognised international academic credentials. READ MORE

  1. How to get a student visa?

To enter Russia for any purpose, most non-Russian citizens must be holders of a valid passport and valid Russian entry visa issued by a local Russian Embassy or Consulate. READ MORE

  1. Are there any particular rules for international students residing in the Russian Federation?

The rights and duties of foreign nationals and stateless persons in Russia are governed by the following documents:

  • Constitution of the Russian Federation, Federal Law No. 115-FZ of 25 June 2002 “On legal status of foreign nationals in the Russian Federation”,
  • Federal Law No. 114-FZ of 15 August 1996 “On procedure of exiting and entering the Russian Federation”,
  • Federal Law No. 109-FZ of 18 July 2006 “On migration registration of foreign nationals and stateless persons in the Russian Federation”.
  1. Where can I take a test of Russian as a foreign language (TORFL)?

St Petersburg University (SPbU) Language testing center was established on August, 22 1997 for the purpose of organizing and performing the state testing of Russian as a foreign language (TORFL) for foreign citizens. At the moment Language testing center is a department of Center for Expert Advice. READ MORE

  1. How are SPbU students accommodated?

Foreign nationals who are admitted to SPbU for their 1st year of main educational programs are allocated places at SPbU halls of residence on the basis of a permit for allocation of a place in the halls. READ MORE

  1. How to get medical insurance?

Every SPbU applicant should have a health insurance that can be obtained in a foreign country or upon arrival in St. Petersburg. The insurance must be valid in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region. READ MORE

  1. What am I required to do upon arrival in St Petersburg?

All foreign nationals must be registered within the next business day after their arrival. Every time you cross the border of the Russian Federation (as well as in every case of changing your personal information) you have to come to the Passport and Visa Support Department on the day of crossing the border or the next working day and submit the following documents: READ MORE