Every year more than 3,000 foreign citizens enroll at the St. Petersburg State University (SPbU) for full-time, part-time and exchange programs. 

The most popular subjects for undergraduate and graduate international students are psychology, law, journalism, international relations, sociology, economics and management. 

Also popular are linguistics, arts and humanities, literature, design, and science-related fields such as applied mathematics and informatics and applied mathematics and physics. 

Students of the St Petersburg University. Source: PhotoXPress

International students can study for free (the Russian government and the SPbU fund the program) or on a paid basis. 

To get a scholarship you should:

  1. Register on the official website 
  2. Fill in the admission application and the questionnaire.
  3. Write a motivation letter and an essay (essay topics are posted on the official website).
  4. Upload the application and the required documents to your personal account.
  5. Pass a competitive entrance exam.
  6. Sign a contract (if selected)

If you want to study on a paid basis, do the following:

  1. Register on the official website.
  2. Upload the application and the required documents to your personal account.
  3. Pass entrance examinations
  4. Sign a contract (if selected).

Applicants can apply online, by post or directly at the admissions office of the university. Foreign citizens who do not speak Russian can enroll for pre-study language courses at the university’s Institute of Russian Language and Culture. 

All information about the admission procedure and fee structure for foreign nationals is posted on the SPbU website in three languages: