The rich legacy will be always reflected and Saint Petersburg State University in Russia is an apt example for the exhibition of the rich educational inheritance. Founded in 1724 by Peter the Great, Saint Petersburg University is a leading Russian university with teaching and research excellence ranked among the world's top universities. The university is open to cooperation and enjoys strong ties with the international research and academic community. SPbU accepts more than 3000 international students annually on various degree and non-degree programmes. The university has more than 400 partner universities in about 70 countries namely in China, Germany, USA, France, Finland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Brazil and more than 25 international summer and winter schools are held at SPbU annually.
The university is a member of international associations and student exchange programs and internships like Erasmus Mundus, Erasmus+, Finnish-Russian Cross Border University, Finnish-Russian Student Exchange Program, Santander Universities, TEMPUS, and many others. SPbU also has long-term cooperation agreements with IBM, Carl Zeiss, Microsoft, Leica, Sun Microsystems, Intel, Adobe and many other leading international companies. The University's close cooperation with leading firms gives graduates an opportunity to choose the best employers. The International cooperation with universities worldwide also provides the academic staff and students' access to numerous research and study opportunities. Both students and researchers benefit from international cooperation and it enables them to share experience and keep abreast of the latest advancements in global science.
The university degree programs are compliant with the Bologna system and comprise Bachelor and Specialist programs with 4 and 5-year periods of study, Master programs of 2 years along with PhD program of 3 years. Every year, spbu offers about 560 degree programs and over 500 non-degree programs available in physics, mathematics and computer sciences, natural sciences' and medicine, economics and management, earth sciences, social sciences and humanities and art and culture. Even though the language of instruction is Russian, SPbU offers Master programs in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. The non-degree programs cover various areas of study and the most popular non-degree courses for international students are the Russian language courses at the Russian Language and Culture Institute. Student Exchange program (SEP) is available for students from SPbU partner universities who intend to spend 1 or 2 semesters and is open for both undergraduate and graduate students, and also for postgraduate students who would like to attend lectures and seminars. By blending traditions and innovations, St. Petersburg University works for the development of science, education and culture in Russia and across the world.