St. Petersburg University is one of the world’s biggest centres to provide teaching of Russian as a foreign language to international students

The teaching process is organised by 150 distinguished language instructors who are members of SPbU teaching staff. Many of them have developed their own teaching methods and study guides devoted to Russian as a foreign language.

Every year over 1,000 people from over 65 countries join SPbU Russian language courses for international students.

Applicants are welcome all year round. SPbU offers the following programmes:

Russian as a Foreign Language. General course.

The course is designed for international applicants. It has a modular structure with a minimum duration of 4 weeks (80 academic hours of study). There is a diagnostic test at the end of each module.

This course is designed for international applicants, high school graduates as well as university and college students. It aims to improve the Russian language skills, develop confidence for everyday communication and expand knowledge of the Russian culture.

This course is ideal for those looking to study at SPbU.

Russian as a Foreign Language. Short term courses.

The course lasts from 1 to 3 weeks.

This short term course is designed for international applicants and has a minimum entry requirement of no less than A2 in Russian language proficiency.  The course aims to help students enhance their Russian language proficiency, particularly their listening and speaking skills.
All courses are taught in groups of maximum 15 students. Classes run from Monday to Friday.

How to Apply

  1. Fill in an application form online at
  2. Send a copy of your passport to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It takes 7-8 weeks to issue a letter of invitation.
    EU students applying for a 3 months course with no plans to extend their stay get a letter of invitation within 10 days.
  3. Apply for a student visa at a Russian Consulate.
  4. Inform the University about your arrival at least 5 days in advance.

Summer school of Russian as a Foreign language

It is a 2-week summer course designed by St Petersburg University for international students aged 14 or more with basic or no prior knowledge of Russian.

The course is structured to include active and interactive practical classes (dialogues, role plays, following instructions, etc.). Educational guided tours around St Petersburg and the University help to raise cultural awareness and put the theoretical cultural knowledge into practice. The programme runs throughout summer holidays.

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St Petersburg University Olympiad in Russian as a Foreign Language

The St Petersburg University Olympiad in Russian as a Foreign Language is for schoolchildren and students between the ages of 14 and 27. It is a unique chance to test their knowledge, creativity and Russian language proficiency in practice. The Olympiad is organised in two rounds: the preliminary round is held by correspondence; and the final round is held on-site.

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