On 8 February 2021, St Petersburg University will start the admission process for international applicants. The deadline for those who are considering applying to the University for a government-funded place is 18:00 Moscow time on 21 May 2021. For those who are applying for a fee-paying place the deadline is 18:00 Moscow time on 25 June 2021. 

The deadline for submitting your application form and all of your supporting documents for the master’s programme in Advanced Mathematics is 30 April 2021 for those who are applying for a government-funded place. For those who are applying for a fee-paying place the deadline is 23 May 2021. The deadline for the postgraduate programme in Advanced Mathematics is 30 April 2021 for government-funded places, and 18 June 2021 for fee-paying places.

Applying to the University is in distance mode. Admission decisions are made as a result of a competitive selection of documents (portfolio).

You can submit your application form and all supporting documents online. To this end you should register for a Personal Account through the University Admissions Committee website and submit the required documents electronically through your Personal Account. You can find a detailed list of all necessary documents on the page of the Admissions Office.

The decisions will be published on the page of the Admissions Office on the University’s website on or prior to 7 June 2021 for government-funded places, and 12 July 2021 for fee-paying places.

From February to May 2021, we organise a series of online events ‘Information meetings with international applicants to St Petersburg University’ (in Russian, English, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic).

This will offer you an opportunity to get information on what the University offers to international students and how you can apply in 2021.

For the third year in a row, the University remains the most popular university in the Russian Federation among international students. This is according to the data provided by the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo).

The University is constantly strengthening and expanding outreach activities for international students. This includes popularising the Russian language and culture across the globe, organising career-oriented events and intellectual competitions to name but a few. Thus, the University attracts international students with outstanding academic potential to apply to universities across Russia.

Additionally, the University organises the Olympiad for Schoolchildren. It is also open to international pupils. The final round is usually held abroad. In the academic year 2019–2020, the University held the final rounds in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Since 2018, the University has organised the Olympiad in Russian as a Foreign Language for international pupils and students. Since 2019, the University in partnership with the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation has implemented a project of Online Olympiads in Russian as a Foreign Language.

The University is also implementing a project Online School of St Petersburg University to enable international students at B1 level in Russian to learn the Russian language, literature, and history by using distance technologies. The University also has a project ‘Russian Language in Everyday Education of Pupils’ to assess the level of Russian for all students regardless of age. Moreover, the University encourages topic-related discussion sessions, including a methodical club for Russian language learners. The lesson videos are available to everyone.

The University also offers a test of Russian language proficiency for non-native Russian language speakers in distance mode (TORFL).

Additionally, the University has created online courses that focus on the Russian language, culture, and literature. We regularly offer webinars on the most up-to-date issues relating to how to teach Russian and what the test of Russian as a foreign language is like. We also offer webinars to prepare students to pass the test (in Russian and in English).

The University offers non-degree programmes in Russian as a foreign language, including a programme Preparatory Course (for International Citizens).

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