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Study in St. Petersburg

All the information you need about studying in St. Petersburg as an international student.

Why study in St. Petersburg?

St. Petersburg is one of the globe’s most adored cultural hotspots. Located in Russia’s northwestern region, the city is renowned for its stunning architecture, museums, galleries, and theaters.

The city is home to some of the nation’s most prestigious universities, making it an in-demand study abroad destination. Beyond the classroom, students can enjoy a lively nightlife, countless recreational activities, and excellent transport connections to other parts of Russia and Europe.

Universities in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg has a remarkable educational heritage and is famed for producing some of the world’s most successful authors, scientists, musicians, inventors, and artists. The city has several top-ranked universities, as well as lots of specialist schools and colleges for international students to choose from.

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How to study in St. Petersburg

Before being accepted into one of St. Petersburg’s excellent universities, you must complete your secondary education and meet the program entry requirements for the university you'd like to attend. Admissions criteria differ between institutions, so make sure you familiarize yourself with these before applying.

After accepting a university place and paying any requested enrollment fees, you can begin the student visa application process. Only nationals from the Commonwealth of Independent States are exempt from student visa requirements.

What to study in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is nicknamed Russia’s cultural capital thanks to its jaw-dropping architecture and unbeatable arts scene. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the city is a magnet for international students looking to study theater, fine art, art history and the Russian language.

Russia’s history of fractious international relations also makes it a fascinating study abroad destination for history, politics, and diplomacy pupils.

Cost to study in St. Petersburg

Tuition fees are usually much cheaper than those found in the UK, US, and much of Europe. A bachelor’s or specialist degree will normally set you back between 240,000 - 400,000 rubles ($3,252 - $5,420) each year. Master’s programs are a little more expensive at around 285,000 rubles ($3,861) annually.

Living costs in St. Petersburg are low compared to those of its western neighbors. Students report spending 7,380 - 11,070 rubles ($100-150) each month on rented accommodation. An extra 3,690 - 5,904 rubles ($50-80) each week should cover other expenses like groceries and transportation.

Key facts of St. Petersburg

  • 64/22°F Summer/winter temperature
  • 5.47 million Population
  • 93 Universities
  • Russia Country