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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. 








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University PetrSU was founded in 1940 as the Finnish-Karelian University and gained its present name in 1956. Throughout its 75-year history PetrSU has become the largest university in the North-European part of Russia and trained more than 60000 students.

Today more than 11670 students attend classes in various undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs. They are taught by 891 lecturers, including:

  • 105 Doctors of Science
  • 502 Candidates of Science
  • 66 professors
  • 329 associate professors

The university occupies 13 buildings throughout the city and operates a botanic garden, a swimming pool «Onego», several laboratories and a publishing house. Its library holds a total of around 1.4 million books. PetrSU is located in Petrozavodsk, but it also has a branch in Apatity, the city in the Murmansk region.

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.

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

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

PetrSU Swimming pool Folk music group Toive Choir of PetrSU
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PetrSU structure:

  • 9 faculties, 79 departments, 6 educational Institutes
  • 84 laboratories, development and project departments
  • 27 innovative centres
  • 28 small enterprises established by the university
  • 2 Technoparks
  • Language Center
  • 117 patents gained from the scientific research

Faculties and Institutes:

  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Mining and Geology
  • Faculty of Mathematics and IT
  • Faculty of Physics and Technology
  • Faculty of Philology
  • Faculty of Ecology and Biology
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Law
  • Preparatory Faculty
  • Institute of History, Political and Social Studies
  • Institute of Medicine
  • Institute of Forestry, Engineering and Construction Sciences
  • Institute of Foreign Languages
  • Institute of Pedagogics and Psychology
  • Institute of Physical Education, Sport and Tourism

Сenters 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)
  • DELF (Test of French as a Foreign Language)
PetrSU graduates language room PetrSU programmers - winners of the world championships Faculty of Industrial and Civil Engineering

International cooperation

Over the years PetrSU has been very active on the international arena. Today 375 international students from the USA, Europe, China and other countries study at the university, and 10 professors from different countries teach at PetrSU.

The university has 92 active international agreements with 30 countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway, France, Germany, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Belgium, Korea, countries of the Baltic region, etc.) and international exchange programs are launched with 63 foreign universities. 30 international projects are held annually with the financial support of various international funds, programs and organizations (EU, EBRD, USAID, CRDF, IREX, DAAD, CIMO).

PetrSU International units include Institute of International Programs, EU Center in Barents Region in Russia, International Summer University, International Programming Specialist Training Center, PetrSU Metso Center, PetrSU Nokia Center and PetrSU Ponsse Center. Institute of international programs houses Atlantic and Asia Cooperation Center, the European Union Information Center and International Education Center.

The university cooperates with UNESCO, University of the Arctic, Joint Working Group on Education and Research of the Barents Euro-Arctic Region, National Board on Education in Finland, International Association of Finno-Ugric Universities, Association of Open Innovations FRUCT, Barents Peace Education Network.

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Academic degrees and diplomas

  • 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.

international students studying process international students in the library

Student Successes

  • PetrSU graduates are winners of the open international competition of theses and projects among CIS country universities.
  • In 2015, 4 students from PetrSU were awarded Potanin Foundation scholarships
  • In 2014, 7 students from PetrSU were awarded scholarships of the President and Government of Russia.
  • Students of the PetrSU Department of Economics were winners of the all-Russian student academic competition in Banking.
  • The joint development (wood-cement material) of two students of PetrSU (one undergraduate and one postgraduate) was awarded the gold medal at the High Technologies – Innovations Investments (HI-TECH) exhibition in St. Petersburg (2015).
  • A student of the PetrSU Mathematics Department took second place in the international competition IT-planet 2014/15.
  • PetrSU Master's students were winners of the 8th International Competition in Information Technology IT-Planet 2014/15.
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Sports achievements

  • PetrSU students took 3rd team place in the championship of the Russian Student Sports Union in track and field.
  • PetrSU student Vladislav Larin is a winner of the European championship and bronze medallist at the World Taekwondo Championship.
  • PetrSU student Yekaterina Derbeneva won the bronze medal in the International Ranking Tournament in Taekwondo in the Netherlands.
  • PetrSU student Natalia Dyachkova is a world champion in Thai Boxing among professionals.
  • The PetrSU team won the Intercollegiate Team Grand Prix in the Alma Mater Cup for Asian game Go. (Tula).
  • PetrSU graduate Rashad Muradov is a bronze medallist of Russia in combined martial arts. He is the first master of sports in this sport in Karelia.

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