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Home / Where to study in Russia (educational institutions in ABC order) / St.Petersburg State Polytechnic University / University Foundation Program /

University Foundation Program



The University Foundation progarm's aim is to train international students for further education in Russian universities. The university foundation course puts particular emphasis on developing international and cross-cultural competencies through Russian language acquisition.

It is a full-time course preparing students to enter SPbSPU as well as other Russian universities. The Program caters specifically for international students. It assists students in all aspects of living and studying in Russia.

Duration: 44 weeks, 2 semesters

Beginning of studies: September each year

Language of instruction: Russian

Workload: 6 day training from Monday till Saturday, 1320 - 1364 academic hours

Training methods: lectures, case studies, field trips, role games

The Program offers:

  • General and specialized secondary education program
  • University founation training program
  • Russian language programs
  • Design-your-own program (to meet individual special needs of international students and professionals)
  • Teachers' training ("Russian as a foreign language" and other methodological subjects).

The University foundation basic courses combine Russian language instructing with extensive training in study skills necessary for university level in Russia. The curriculum includes practice in lecture comprehension, note-taking, test-study procedure, essay and technical writing, text analysis, and library research skills. There are September through November intakes into the program which enables students to qualify for university courses commencing the following year.

The following 4 University foundation courses are available:

  • Science/Engineering,
  • Natural Science,
  • Economics/Industrial/Management,
  • Humanities/Liberal Arts.

Skill placement:

Proficiency in Russian language is not required. At SPbSPU the students in groups have the same level of language skills. Our language and other subjects placement test determines the appropriate level - not too easy, not too difficult. You may test as you know Russian on-line.

Benefits of the program:

By the course completion students are given the certificate for further entrance to Russian Universities according to subjects selected. One of the major benefits of the SPbSPU program is that international students are accepted provisionally by their preferred faculty at SPbSPU or other institution and receive an automatic offer of a place in that faculty, they achieve the IIEP grades and prerequisite subjects which the faculty has determined for entrance.

Placement in Russian Universities:

If an international student wants to continue studies in a certain Russian college, university or technical school, SPbSPU will help him (her) to meet the needs and qualifications and assist with the entire application process

Minimum entrance requirements:

To enter a University foundation program intending students should have a proven record and/or certificate of complete secondary education and send their applications to e-mail address: marketing@imop.spbstu.ru or postal address: 195220, Russia, St.Petersburg, Grazhdansky pr., 28, Admission Office.

Source: St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University

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