St. Petersburg State University

Founded in 1724, St. Petersburg State University (SPSU) is the oldest institution of higher education in Russia.  During the 285 years of its existence the university secured the right to be acknowledged as one of the best institutions of higher education in Russia: its rich history, modern large-scale research activities, development and innovations make this university ahead of the curve in the field of Russian science.

At present, there are more than 32,000 students in university, receiving education in more than 323 specialties in 20 faculties. The campus of the university occupies the buildings of the former Assignation Bank, which were designed by the famous Italian architect Giacomo Quarenghi. The latest methods of teaching, as well as modern technologies are used in academic instruction.

SPSU is accredited by AMBA.

Campus facilities

There are two main campuses, one campus is located in in the centre of Saint-Petersburg on Vasilievsky Island and another one in Peterhof. The Vasilievsky campus houses the university administration and the main library in the building of Twelve Colleges. The Peterhof campus is situated in the beautiful suburban area. Most natural science departments are located there and form the base of the Scientific City Peterhof.


The Gorky Scientific Library which was founded in the middle of the 18th century, is an important part of Saint-Petersburg University. In terms of diversity of its collection, this library is one of the most extensive among University libraries. It has 6,9 millions of books, subscription to all basic world electronic databases and collections of rare books.

Saint-Petersburg University Publishing House which is the largest in northwest Russia is a steady source for supplying the library with books. The University journal "Saint-Petersburg University" is published every fortnight by the University Publishing House.

Saint-Petersburg University has the Museum of History, the Mendeleev Museum-Archives, and Museum of Mineralogy in its campus. In addition there are Center of Culture and Business Cooperation, Botanic Garden, swimming pool, and a variety of sport facilities.

Academic calendar

Academic year has two regular terms (approximately 5 months per term).

Autumn semester:  September – January (Exams included)

Spring semester: February – June (Exams included)

Orientation Programme: 

It is highly recommended for students to arrive 1-3 days before a semester starts. Compulsory orientation for incoming students takes place the first week upon arrival.

Academic life

Before selecting SPSU, students should consider that the courses offered in English are not strictly business related. For more information about the courses please contact the IPO.

The courses are delivered through a combination of traditional lectures as well as seminars and group work.

Grading system

















No grade of one (1) on grading scale; courses often marked zachet (credit).



RUSSIAN SPA workload requirements:

You are required to take a minimum of 30 ECTS per SPA semester from the subjects approved by your Academic Advisor or Head of Programme, although you may want to register for more if you wish. Russian language is compulsory part of the workload. The remaining courses will be taught in English.

Please note the following when selecting your modules:

  • You may not enrol in any course that you have previously taken at EBS London, Regent's University London
  • Ensure the module you are interested in is running in your SPA semester (AS =autumn semester = 1st semester SS= spring semester = 2nd semester)
  • Courses must be one semester long. Students may not be allowed to take year long courses
  • If you are doing the SPA in the target language, you can include one language course as part of your workload
  • All courses must be taught and examined in the target SPA language
  • You must submit your Learning Agreement with the courses you have registered for no later than three weeks after your arrival at the host institution.

Passing requirements

Academic Progression following the study abroad period

Number of credits you will accumulate on the degree:

  • All students are required to complete 360 Regent’s University London credits in order to be awarded their final bachelor’s degree award.
  • In addition to these 360 Regent’s credits, students on this programme are required to enrol on 120 credits equivalency whilst on study abroad period. Students on this programme will therefore complete their degree with 480 credits.

How your marks from the study abroad are used to calculate your final degree classification:

  • The marks achieved in the 120 credits from the study period abroad will be averaged and will represent 30% of the overall mark associated with Level 5. Level 5 credit combined from both Regent’s and abroad also counts towards 30% of the final classification, the other 70% of the final classification is averaged from Level 6 modules.

What happens if you fail credit whilst on the study period abroad?:

  • Students who fail credits whilst on study abroad do not need to repair the failed credit, as Regent’s only require 360 credits minimum in order for a student to graduate from one of its undergraduate programmes, however all marks (including fails) will still count towards the final classification.
  • When considering progression to Level 6, both the number of Level 5 Regent’s credits as well as the overall performance and engagement in the year abroad will be considered by the Board of Examiners.
  • Progression regulations as outlined in the Regent’s University London Academic Regulations still apply to progression from Level 5 to Level 6, students may trail 20 failed credits for Regent’s modules only, but must have completed 100 Regent’s credits minimum.

In cases where there is significant non-engagement with the year abroad, students could be exited from the programme.


There are no options to take resit exams on SPA at St. Petersburg State University.

Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at St. Petersburg State University.


One of the world's most beautiful cities, St. Petersburg has all the ingredients for an unforgettable travel experience: high art, lavish architecture, wild nightlife, an extraordinary history and rich cultural traditions that have inspired and nurtured some of the modern world's greatest literature, music, and visual art. From the mysterious twilight of the White Nights to world-beating opera and ballet productions on magical winter evenings, St. Petersburg charms and entices in every season.

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Public transport in Saint-Petersburg

In Saint-Petersburg there are several kinds of public transport: trolleybus, tram, bus, metro. To go by metro you should buy a token for one trip or a special card for one or several trips. In trolleybuses, buses or trams you should make a payment for your trip to a special person called "Konduktor". As a student you can buy a student travel card for all kinds of public transport.

There are also plenty of shuttle-buses in Saint-Petersburg that can take you to any place of the city. In shuttle-buses you can't use your student card and you buy ticket at the driver. If you want to get off the shuttle-bus, you should ask the driver in advance to stop where you need.

Fare (in roubles):

  • Tram/trolleybus/bus ticket (1 trip) - 21

  • Shuttle-bus ticket (1 trip) - 27-30

  • Metro (1 trip) - 25

Getting to Saint-Petersburg University

Saint-Petersburg is easily accessed by air, bus or train. In order to get Saint-Petersburg University you have to  reach the metro.

Please, keep in mind that on the day of border crossing or next working day you must register you arrival.


There are 3 housing types available

-          Dormitories (not far from the main university building)

-          Private apartments

-          Homestay (recommended to students)

Please conatct the IPO for more information.


Cost of living

The following table is intended to be only a guide:


Price (in roubles)

Accommodation in the University dormitories, per month


Internet access in the University dormitories (having your own laptop), per month


Travel card (for all public transport), per month


Food, per month


Dinner in a restaurant or café


Cup of coffee in a café


Cinema ticket


Theatre ticket


600 – 700 EURO per month including:

-             Accommodation approximately 200 euro per month (8 000 rubles) subject to change

-                          Food approximately 200 euro

-                          Local transport  15-20 euro

  Books may cost around 100 EURO per semester if bought + deposits in the library 20 – 100 EURO returned in full upon the return of the book.>> 2013 fact sheet


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Students who have been nominated to study at St.Petersburg State University will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA.

Health Insurance  

You must provide evidence of having an appropriate, comprehensive health insurance covering you for the entire stay in Russia. This is usually required at the time of submitting your application.

Visa requirements

Letters of invitation

On reception of all you application forms and required documents SPSU will apply to the Russian Federation immigration service who will in turn issue an official invitation.

The Academic Mobility Office at SPSU will then send your letter of invitation to the IPO.

Those requiring a visa will be sent a letter of invitation to present to the Russian Embassy Consular Authorities.

Important notice!

The initial Russian educational visa is granted for the period of three months with single entry permission. One month prior to the initial visa ending date students should address a request for prolongation of the visa period. The maximum period of the prolonged educational visa is one year. The prolonged visa is a multiple entry one.

The International Office at SPSU will help students with their application for visa extension.

You are responsible for checking with the Russian consulate where you will be applying for your visa what exactly you will need in order to apply for your visa. Please note that these requirements change depending on the Embassy or Consulate where you are applying for your visa.

When you receive your visa always check that the dates and information are correct.

It is your standard entry student visa. Validity of your visa usually starts 3-4 days before the beginning of semester.

Address: 6/7 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QP

Tel:          020 7229 6412/ 7281
Fax:         020 7727 8625

This is for your information only, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the correct visa.


Universitetskaya nab., 7-9
St. Petersburg

Contact: Ekaterina Borisova
Department: Head of the Academic Mobility Offiсe
Phone: +7 812 320 07 26
Fax: +7 812 320 07 27

Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: Russia
Language of tuition: Russian
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Bilateral Exchange partner

Applicable Regent's programmes for a study period abroad: