Saint Petersburg State University is a universitywide partner in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Academic calendar

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


Most courses are in Russian, therefore students need to be proficient in Russian, unless they will study Russian language full time (see below).

SEP students can take a free Russian language course (12 ECTS, 8 academic hours per week) during the whole exchange period. Classes are organized usually 2 times per week in groups (10-12 people) depending on students' current language skills. If chosen, a Russian language course is included into the maximal workload for SEP students.

SEP students also have an opportunity to study at a full-time Russian language programme at the faculty of Philology (30 ECTS, 20 academic hours per week).

See the language proficiency guide.

Information on different Russian language courses

Areas of study open to exchange students
Courses at Master’s level
Language of instruction

The language of instruction is Russian. Some courses are taught in English, but not many and not in all areas of study. See course information.

It is important to be proficient in Russian in order to be able to study at Saint Petersburg State University, unless you will be studying Russian language courses while you are there.

Please see the language proficiency guide and information on different Russian language courses.


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)


Maximal workload for SEP students is 20 academic hours per week (1 academic hour or AH = 45 minutes, duration of a class at SPSU is 2 AH = 90 minutes). It means that SEP students can select up to 10 classes per week at the host faculty.

Grades are given as: excellent, good, satisfactory, fail.

Number of places available

2-3 places per year


More information

More information about studying abroad: in Dutch and in English.


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