Top 5 Best Universities in Saint Petersburg


By Je-str – Wikimedia

Saint Petersburg in Russia is truly the world’s cultural capital. The historic center of the city is protected by UNESCO.

The city boasts of famous museums, theatres, galleries, fabulously engineered structured, cultural and educational institutions.

The Hermitage, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Russian National Library, and the Russian Museum are some of the top attractions of the city.

Many people that visit St. Petersburg intend to get in touch with Russia’s great culture by visiting the best shows, concerts, exhibitions, and festivals.

St. Petersburg has been among the top destinations for students.

Being the second-largest city in Russia, it is known to be the on the frontline of most political and social change during its 300-year history.

Most students studying in the city make good use of the proximity of historical sites like of the Savior on Blood and winter palace to tour the places on their free time, they also enjoy the electric nightlife of the city.

It was also ranked among the top 5 of the Best cities preferred by students for its affordability, in living cost, and low tuition cost.

Let’s look at the top 5 best universities in St. Petersburg

1. Saint Petersburg State University

By Wilson44691 -Wikimedia

Saint Petersburg State University is a federal state-owned higher learning institution situated in Saint Petersburg.

It is the oldest and one of the largest universities in Russia.

This State University was established in 1724 by Peter the Great and is allegedly the first institution of higher education founded in Russia.

This university has transitioned and changed its name since it was established. What has remained constant is its top-quality research and academic programs taught in the university.

There are 106 undergraduate programs offered at the institution and at least 263 graduate and doctoral programs across 24 highly specialized faculties.

There are two main campuses; one is situated on Vasilevsky Island in Saint Petersburg city center, while the other one is in Peterhof, an area to the southwest of the main town.

It has also partnered with at least 350 international universities for exchange programs for its students, some of the universities are Carleton University in Canada, the University of Tartu in Estonia and the University of Greifswald, Germany.

Students from more than 70 nations call this university home which also offers 30 clinical residency programs.

The university library is well stocked with more than 7 million books at the Vasilevsky campus.

Vladimir Putin, president of the Russian Federation, former Prime Minister Medvedev, and the mathematician Sergey Smirnov are some prominent alumni of Saint Petersburg State University.

2. Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University

This is a major Russian technical university located in Saint Petersburg.

Its previous names included Peter the Great Polytechnic Institute and Kalinin Polytechnic Institute. It was established in 1899.

Polytechnic University is a non-profit public higher. It ranked the 37th in THE university impact ranking 2020.

It was officially accredited by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation.

This University is a very large coeducational higher education institution with about 34,000 students.

SPbSPU offers courses and programs that lead to officially recognized higher learning degrees such as certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees; bachelor degrees, master degrees, and doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

This 21 years old higher-education institution has a competitive admission policy based on entrance examinations.

International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment through the same competitive process.

It has always been among the top three institutions preferred by international students in Russia.

3. ITMO University

By ITMO University – Wikimedia

ITMO University was established in 1900 as a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the metropolis of Saint Petersburg.

It was accredited by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation. ITMO University is a large coeducational higher learning institution.

It offers courses and programs that lead to officially recognized higher education degrees such as diplomas, bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in various areas.

The university has been offering the best education for at least 120 years with a very competitive admission policy based on entrance examinations and students’ past academic records and grades.

ITMO University teaches a wide range of Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programs in the most advanced fields such as IT, Mechatronics and Robotics, Photonics, Biotechnology and Smart Materials, Innovations Development among others.

There are exchange programs that provide the students with an opportunity to explore different cultures and provide a learning environment that increases their intercultural skills for a well prepared competitive future.

4. St. Petersburg State University of Economics

Founded in 1930, St. Petersburg State University of Economics is a non-profit public university located in the urban metropolis of Saint Petersburg city.

It is accredited by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation.

St. Petersburg State University of Economics is a middle-sized coeducational higher learning institution with about 13,000 students.

It is said to be the best university in Russia that offers an economics program. Most of the teaching is done in Russian with limited classes offered in English.

It offers programs that lead to the attainment of diplomas, associate degrees, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees.

Like other universities in St. Petersburg, admission to this university is quite competitive with an entrance examination.

The first semester begins in September and is divided into the winter semester, while the second one starts from February to June (summer semester).

5. North-Western State Medical University

By Санкт-Wikimedia

North-Western State Medical University was founded in 1907.

It is a non-profit public university located in Saint Petersburg and is accredited by the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation.

It is one of the oldest medical schools in Russia.

North-Western State Medical University is a coeducational institution offering higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, and doctorate degrees.

The university has several clinics that provide care to all students and the public.

What stands out about this university is that all practicing professors at the clinics teach in the university as a policy to pass on the best knowledge to future medics.

This university has been leading for the past 5 years in making patents for innovations.

The university clinic has an 860-bed capacity and attends to approximately 400,000 patients annually.