University: A Fresh Start
St Petersburg University is the oldest university in Russia, an actively developing, world-class centre of research and education. The recent history of the University has seen a number of important events that have determined its future.
In this section, you will find information on how these new developments have helped the University to constantly evolve, to develop its facilities and its infrastructure, to improve the quality of its education and to maintain its high standing in the academic community and with leading employers, both in Russia and abroad.
A fresh start: is student mobility so mobile at St Petersburg University
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Does the University offer an opportunity to study abroad, at least during one term? The answer seems to be obvious. The University offers a number of opportunities to study abroad, gain work experience or undertake research in another country during or outside the term. Moreover, after undertaking a period of study abroad you may be able to have the courses or even study periods recognised towards a qualification at the University. The University encourages student mobility as part of the cross-university cooperation under the direct bilateral and multilateral agreements between the University and other universities across the globe.
Fresh start: petrol and motor oil – for watering plants in the University Botanical Garden
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Since the summer of 2018, St Petersburg University has been conducting comprehensive research and survey work to develop a plan for the reconstruction of the University Botanical Garden. The famous landscape designer Artem Parshin has developed a conceptual design of the restoration and a strategy for the development of the territory.
A fresh start: Multilingual university
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There is a Russian proverb, an old one, from the time of Kievan Rus: ‘Your tongue can get you all the way to Kiev.’ Today it can be rephrased as ‘tongues will take you to St Petersburg.’ This is confirmed by facts.
A fresh start: St Petersburg University graduates are guaranteed to rise from zero to B2 level
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In September, all first-year students take a placement test in English. You may wonder, ’Why?’ After all, for those who are studying medicine or physics, is the English language their subject?
St Petersburg University offers a variety of foreign language learning opportunities. Senior Vice-Rector for Academic Activities and Teaching Methods Marina Lavrikova talked about the foreign language provision at the University and how it is implemented.
On the way to a unified university: Vice- Rectors for the areas of study
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In 2010, as part of an effort to reform the structure of the University and its system of management, temporary posts of vice-rectors for the areas of study were established. Their task was to unite the University’s fragmented resources (premises, equipment, library and information resources, food services, etc.) and organise them so that they could be accessed and used by all students.