St. Petersburg State University

St. Petersburg State University is the oldest institution of higher education in Russia. At present, there are more than 32,000 students in University, receiving education in more than 323 specialties in 20 faculties. University's staff comprises almost 14,000 people, including nearly 6,000 teachers (1,000 Doctors of Science, over 2,000 Candidates of Science, 42 Academicians of state academies) who represent 289 academic departments.

The question about the foundation of the university aroused active discussions in 1990s.

According to one of the versions modern SPSU is a successor of the so-called Academic University, which was founded together with Academy of Sciences. At the present time this version is officially accepted by the administration of the university.

According to another version, the modern SPSU is a successor of St.Petersburg University which was founded in 1819 in the result of the renaming and further reorganization of the Main Pedagogical University. In this case the date of the foundation is 8 February 1819.

Today, St. Petersburg University is a major centre of the Russian science, education and culture enjoying a high international standing. Many higher education institutions of Europe, America, and Asia maintain contacts with St. Petersburg State University, including the University of Cambridge (Great Britain), the University of Bologna (Italy), the Free University of Berlin, the University of Hamburg (Germany), Carleton University (Canada), the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands), the University of Stockholm (Sweden), the Municipal University of Osaka (Japan).   

St. Petersburg State University's Rector is Professor Nikolay Mikhaylovich KROPACHEV, Doctor of Law, Head of the Criminal Law Department, Chairman of the Academic Council of the SPbSU Faculty of Law. The of president of SPSU is academician L.A.Verbitskaya.

University Faculties:

  • Academic Gymnasium:
  • Faculty of Biology & Soil Science
  • Faculty of Asian and African Studies
  • Graduate School of Management
  • Faculty of Geography & Geo-Ecology
  • Faculty of Geology
  • Faculty of Journalism
  • Faculty of History
  • Faculty of Mathematics & Mechanics
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of International Relations
  • Faculty of Applied Mathematics
  • Faculty of Psychology
  • Faculty of Sociology
  • Faculty of Physics
  • Faculty of Philology
  • Faculty of Philosophy and Political Science
  • Faculty of Chemistry
  • Faculty of Economy
  • Faculty of Law
  • Military faculty
  • Department of Sports and Physical Culture


  • Actor's art
  • Biology
  • Accountancy, analysis and audit
  • Oriental and African studies
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geological observation, searches and prospecting of deposits of minerals
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geophysical methods of searches and prospecting of deposits of minerals
  • Geoecology
  • Hydrogeology and engineering geology
  • Hydrology
  • Hydrometeorology
  • State and municipal governing
  • Graphic arts
  • Design
  • Painting
  • Journalism
  • Land management and land cadastre
  • Instrumental performance
  • Information technologies
  • Art and liberal arts
  • Study of art
  • History
  • Cartography
  • Clinical psychology
  • Culturology
  • Medical business
  • Linguistics
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical methods in economy
  • Mathematical support and administration of information systems
  • International relations
  • Management of organization
  • Meteorology
  • Mechanics
  • Mechanics. Applied mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • World economy
  • Museum business and monument security
  • Museology
  • Oceanology
  • Political science
  • Soil science
  • Applied mathematics and informatics
  • Applied ethics
  • Applied mathematics and physics
  • Nature management
  • Psychology
  • Radiophysics
  • Radiophysics and electronics
  • Regional studies
  • Religious studies
  • Restoration
  • Public relations
  • Social anthropology
  • Social work
  • Sociology
  • Stomatology
  • Theoretical and applied linguistics
  • Theory and methods of teaching of foreign languages and cultures
  • Theory and practice of international communication
  • Tourism
  • Personnel management
  • Physics of condensed substance
  • Physiology
  • Philology
  • Philosophy
  • Finances and credit
  • Fundamental Radiophysics and physical electronics
  • Chemistry
  • Ecological geology
  • Ecology
  • Ecology and nature management
  • Economics and Company Management
  • Economics of labour
  • Economic theory
  • Jurisprudence

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