Consul General of Switzerland Michel Faillettaz visited St Petersburg University to discuss the possibilities to hold a Russian-Swiss conference.

TheconferencemaybescheduledfortheendofMarch – earlyAprilasaround-tablediscussionorexpertmeetingwithalecturedeliveredbytheAmbassador of Switzerland to the students, said Deputy Rector for International Affairs Sergey Andrushechkin. Healsorecommendedtoformaworkinggroupwhich would comprise experts from SPbU and the Consulate General. TheconferencewillgivetheAmbassadorachancetotalk with experts and students, said the Consul General. Theexpertround-tablediscussionsconferenceswithSPbUisnowawell-establishedtraditionthatshouldbepreserved, he added.

They also discussed university collaboration between SPbU and Switzerland. February 1 was an opening day for admissions for international students, said the Senior Vice-Rector for Academic, Extra-Curricular Affairs and Methodological Support Ekaterina Babeluk. 

—Wehavetherighttogive 300 statescholarshipsforinternationalapplicants. Tobeenrolled, theycanapplyviaSPbUweb-site without having to come to Russia, - saidEkaterinaBabeluk. — Each year we accept 10-15 exchange Swiss students who come here for a semester, and if some of them were awarded a scholarship of the Russian Federation, it would be a particular pleasure for us. Fluency in Russian is not compulsory to study at SPbU as we offer 15 master’s programmes taught in foreign languages. Thisyear, theUniversityhasopenedabachelor’sprogramme in Russian Studies taught in English and Russian with a particular focus on Russian culture and history.Forthosewhoarenotabletostudyfull-time at SPbU we offer on-line courses, including “Russian Language as a Foreign Language”.