St Petersburg University is truly global. In 2020-2021, it became home to 4640 international students from 114 countries following degree and non-degree studies. That means, every 6th student is international. Compared to last year, the international student number increased from 3875 by 20% even despite the global pandemic. Also, 11 new countries joined the international student body of SPbU this year.
According to Rossotrudnichestvo, in 2019 SPbU was named the most popular university in Russia among foreign applicants.
In 2020, the University is in even greater demand from applicants from abroad than before. Out of 12,000 applications from foreigners to the universities of St Petersburg, 5,000 were submitted to St Petersburg University. Thus, almost every second international applicant applied to St Petersburg University.
The University makes it easy to connect with the whole world by offering the opportunity to participate in Alumni Clubs in 16 countries and Representative offices in China, Republic of Korea, Spain, USA, with Italy and Turkey shortly on the way.
Students coming from abroad are attracted by SPbU exceptional educational standards, an opportunity to study in Russian, English as well as other foreign languages, global research and career prospects. Spending student years in the cultural capital of Russia, which received the title of “Europe’s Leading City Destination” in World Travel Awards 2019, is also seen as a great advantage.
There is a number of integration programmes offered by the University to help international students feel safe and fully included into the social and cultural life. Introduction week, International Students Club, language tandems, creative and sports associations, ESN events, buddy-programme are just a few of the opportunities to get engaged.
SPbU has 500+ partner universities in 80 countries ranging from China, Germany, USA, France, Finland, Japan to the Republic of Korea, and Brazil. More than 25 international summer and winter schools are held at SPbU annually.
SPbU is a member of a number of international associations and student exchange programmes: Erasmus Mundus, Erasmus+, Finnish-Russian Cross Border University, Finnish-Russian Student Exchange Program, Santander Universities, TEMPUS, and many others.
St Petersburg University prepares its alumni for the opportunities and challenges of the global labour market and living in a diverse, multi-cultural society. The University has long-term cooperation agreements with IBM, Unilever, PepsiCo, McKinsey, Google, Carl Zeiss, Microsoft, Leica, Sun Microsystems, Intel, Adobe and many other leading international companies. In 2018, SPbU became the best university in Russia in Employer-Student connections according to QS Graduate Employability Rankings.
International cooperation with universities worldwide provides our academic staff and students with access to numerous research and study opportunities. Students and researchers benefit from international cooperation, that enables them to share experience and keep abreast of the latest advancements in global science. Ties between scientific communities are the strongest in the world and SPbU takes pride in being a part of that.
International Russian Institute of SPbU
The Institute is a project of St Petersburg University that aims to improve intercultural communication, disseminate Russian language and culture, and inform foreign youth about education and research in SPbU.
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