Saint Petersburg State University - ON HOLD

Important: Utrecht University has decided to suspend all formal and institutional partnerships with educational and knowledge institutions in the Russian Federation and Belarus immediately until further notice, due to the war with Ukraine.


Universitywide / Faculty


This means this exchange destination is available to all students of Utrecht University

Student experiences

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General information for exchange students

Course information

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Academic calendar

Semester I (Autumn): September - January
Semester II (Spring ): February - June


For exchange and freemover programme you can choose one of the following options:

1. Full-time studies at your chosen faculty (workload up to 30 ECTS credits per semester);

2. Studies at your chosen faculty (workload up to 22 ECTS credits) + part-time Russian language course (8 academic hours per week, 8 ECTS credits per semester);

3. Full-time Russian language course (20 academic hours per week, 30 ECTS per semester).

Areas of study open to exchange students

Students coming to SPbU may choose courses FROM ONE HOST FACULTY ONLY. The only exception to this is practical Russian course (8 academic hours per week) available to exchange students regardless of the host faculty. More information

Programmes in English are available for exchange students within the following fields of studies: Applied Mathematics and Control Processes (IT), Economics, Earth Sciences, Law, International Relations, Mathematics and Mechanics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Management, Philosophy (programme in Russian Studies), Political Science and Sociology. So there are no English taught courses for instance in humanities, psychology, history and some science fields.

Courses at Master’s level

Yes, see the course catalogue.

Language of instruction

Saint Petersburg University offers courses in Russian, English, German and Chinese. If you're planning to study in Russian, you can check the information about available educational programmes here. To take courses in Russian you need to submit a certificate confirming your Russian language proficiency level not lower than B2.”

Housing assistance

In the SEP application form you can state if you wish to stay in the SPSU Student's dormitory. More information about housing.

Estimated living costs per month

More information (Information not taken from St Petersburg State University website)


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

Number of places available

2-3 places per year. 


Selection was necessary in the past few years.

You are advised not to place this exchange destination as a second or third choice.


Please note that in order to obtain a student visa in Russia you need to go through extensive medical testing, amongst others for covid, tuberculosis, HIV and also for drugs.



If you have any questions about this universitywide partner university, contact the universitywide International Office.