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Petrozavodsk State University (PetrSU)

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Main building of PetrSUPetrozavodsk State University is the largest multi-disciplinary classical university of the European North of Russia. The university plays the leading role in the scientific, personnel, and technological maintenance of the social and economic development of the Republic of Karelia, in the development of the most promising spheres of techniques and technologies, in the innovative and production activity and cross-border international cooperation. There are academicians, ministers and world-famous specialists in culture and science among its graduates. 

There are more than 17700 students:

  • 15000 graduate students
  • 430 postgraduate students
  • 2330 students of minor programs

There are more than 1100 lecturers and research staff members, including:

  • 10 members of the State Russian Academies of Sciences
  • 730 doctors and candidates of science (PhD)

The university has one of the largest libraries in Karelia.
Since 1980, PetrSU has been admitting international students. Over 500 foreign students had participated in various education programs at the university.
 Besides education, the university conducts research in various fields of science, including 28 joint international programs. The international relations of the university are developing rapidly. PetrSU joint scientific research projects with universities of Finland, Sweden, Great Britain, Poland, the United States and Canada. PetrSU takes an active part in international programs of the Baltic region and Barents Euro-Arctic region, Nordic Council of Ministers, Tempus, Erasmus Mundus, Fulbright, etc. Each year the university holds about 10 international conferences.

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PetrSU is the largest educational institution and the leading university of system of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation in the European North of Russia.

PetrSU structure:

  • 8 faculties, 80 departments, 6 educational Institutes
  • 8 research Institutes
  • 40 research and innovative centers, business-incubator, Technopark
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Faculties and Institutions:

  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Mining and Geology
  • Faculty of Mathematics and IT
  • Faculty of Physical Engineering
  • Faculty of Philology
  • Faculty of Ecology and Biology
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Law
  • Institute of History, Political and Social Studies
  • Institute of Medicine
  • Institute of Forest, Industrial and Civil Engineering
  • Institute of Foreign Languages
  • Institute of Pedagogics and Psychology
  • Institute of Physical culture, Sport and Tourism 

More than 200 students study Baltic, Finnish, Scandinavian philology and culture, the Finnish, Karelian, Vepsian, Scandinavian languages and literature.

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 PetrSU has a high status of large research center in the field of programming, information technologies, plasma research, microelectronics, mathematics, physics, medicine, etc.

There are three centers of international language testing:

  • TORFL (Test of Russian as a Foreign Language)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • TOLES (Test of Legal English Skills) .

Academic degrees and diplomas awarded: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Science.


Duration of study: B.Sc. - 8 semesters; M.Sc. - 4 semesters; Ph.D. - 6 semesters.
Academic year structure: Fall semester (September-January); Spring semester (February-June);
Language of instruction: Russian.
Language courses offered: Russian, English, Finnish, German, and French.



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