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St. Petersburg State University, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Smolny College) is an exchange destination for University College Utrecht students in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

St. Petersburg State University, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Smolny College) is a Liberal Arts & Sciences College and therefore interesting for all fields.

Number of places available

2 per semester

Academic calendar

Fall Semester: Early September - Late January
Spring Semester: Early Februrary - Late June

Language of instruction

This destination has a language of instruction of instruction other than English. This means that you need to have at least a language proficiency level of TORFL Advanced 2 Russian. This language requirement is partly for your own protection, so you can take courses at the same level as you do at UCU, and partly because we believe it allows you to have an experience abroad that is more immersive, enriching and culturally valuable to you.

At Smolny College, English courses are available but limited. 

Application deadlines

Fall semester: May 15th, Spring Semester: November 15th. 

Course offerings

The Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a department of the very large Saint Petersburg State University (SPSU). Smolny was founded in the same year as UCU and has some similar features: freedom for students to design their own curriculum, small classes, et cetera. As Smolny offers only a limited number of courses in English, you could probably make a combination: a few Smolny courses and some regular courses at SPSU. At SPSU, quite some courses are taught in Russian as well. An overview of courses available to exchange students can be found here and here.

Credit system

You can find information on this university’s credits in the credit conversion table

Grade system

Smolny College grades are converted to UCU grades according to the following table:

Smolny College


5 (Excellent)


4-4.99 (Good)


3-3.99 (Satisfactory)


3> (Unsatisfactory



SPbU is required to provide the exchange program participant an acceptable place of residence on campus for the period of study. SPSU does have university dormitories in which students (2-3) share a bathroom and kitchen. Living with a Russian host family might also be a nice option! More information.


Generally, housing will be cheaper than at UCU. If you live in the University dormitories, you’ll pay only 3500-6500 roubles (€90-170) per month. Food is not so cheap: expect a monthly average of €200. For €30 per month, you can travel with all public transport.


An orientation week is being organized for exchange students individually. For this it is necessary to come to the university 3-4 days before the start of classes.

Student experiences

As St. Petersburg is a relatively new destination, there are unfortunately no students' experiences available yet. 

More information

For information about the requirements for studying abroad, the application procedure and more, go to UCU's Study abroad page. 

You can browse through all UCU exchange destinations and UU exchange destinations in the exchange catalog.