General Information:

"St. Petersburg University is the first university in Russia and a world-leading centre of science and education. With a history dating back to 1724, the University is the oldest institution of higher education in Russia. Today, SPbU successfully combines tradition and innovation, being one of the leading international centres of education, science and culture.

It is ranked among the top 300 universities around the world and in second place in Eastern Europe and Central Asia according to the QS Rankings. The University is also ranked in second place in Russia in the QS Graduate Employability Ranking. It is the best in Russia for Employer-Student connections.As a dynamic institution, it designs multidisciplinary academic programmes that combine fundamental theoretical problems with real-world, practical application."

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Admission: Faculty of Arts

Language Requirements: English C1/B2

Additonal Admission Requirements: none

Number of Places available: 4

Accomodation: Exchange students are usually accommodated at the dormitory at Kapitanskaya street, 3 in shared rooms for 2-3 people. Application for accommodation is included into the Student Exchange Programme Application Form. No permit for allocation is necessary for the accepted exchange and freemover students. 

Russian Language Course offered: SEP students can also take a free Russian language course (8 ECTS, 8 academic hours per week) during the whole exchange period. Classes are organized usually 2 times per week in groups (10–12 people) depending on students' current language skills. If chosen, Russian language course is included into the workload for SEP students.

Visa: To enter Russia for any purpose, most non-Russian citizens must be holders of a valid passport and valid Russian entry visa issued by a local Russian Embassy or Consulate. A Russian Federation visa is a document that permits entry and exit within the dates fixed therein. It is impossible to obtain an entry visa upon arrival, so travellers must apply for their visas well in advance. Please note that the applicant’s passport should be valid for at least 18 months after the beginning of the planned study period! Otherwise such applicant will not obtain a Russian study visa. Please remember that you should plan to exit Russia before your visa expires.

Term: The first semester begins in September and goes till January. On the other hand, the second semester begins February and ends in June.

Sports: Each year, over 5,000 students take part in the sports competitions at SPbU. 300 students are members of 19 SPbU’s teams in 15 sports.  

Grading System:

GradeGrade nameECTS gradePerformance %Description
5Отлично (Excellent)A100–90Outstanding performance
4Хорошо (Good)B–
89–70Above average standard but with some errors
3Удовлетворительно (Satisfactory)D69–50Fair but with significant shortcomings
2Неудовлетворительно (Fail)F<49

Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

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