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
  • 6000 academic staff
  • 398 main educational programmes
  • 1,200 internship contracts and partnership agreements
  • Over 450 partner universities
  • 9 Nobel Prize winners
  • 26 resource centres of the University Research Park
  • 6.9 mln. books at the SPbU Research Library named after Maksim Gorky
  • Over 12,000 places in the University halls of residence

SPbU in the World Rankings

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  • Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings
  • Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • Ranking Web of Universities, Ranking Web of Repositories — Webometrics
  • Financial Times European Business School Ranking
  • Financial Times Masters in Management European Rankings
  • Nature Index

Benefits of Studying at SPbU

  • Active engagement with employers
  • Interdisciplinary educational programmes
  • Modern educational technologies
  • Scholarships for talented students
  • Unrivalled Research Park
  • World-renowned academic staff
  • SPbU own diplomas
  • SPbU own academic degrees of Candidate of Sciences and Doctor of Sciences
  • International links