SPbU Receives Record Number of Applications from International Students


St Petersburg University has received more than 3800 applications from 90 countries for places funded by the Russian government scholarship.

The admission process this year was more competitive than ever. Despite all the difficulties due to the global pandemic, 2020 has seen the record number of applications which is 35% higher than last year.

Students from countries like Cuba, Chile, Chad, North Macedonia, Angola, Mauritania, and Benin took part in this application process for the first time. The countries leading in the number of applications remain the same as in the previous years and include CIS countries and the People’s Republic of China.

The most popular programs among foreign applicants this year turned out to be Specialist programs like “General Medicine” and “Dental Medicine”, and Bachelor programs on “International Relations”, “Management”, “Programming and Information Technology”.

As for the Master programs, the top choices for prospective students are “Russian language and Russian Culture in the Aspect of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language”, “Graphic Design”, “Game Theory and Operations Research”, for Aspirantura programs namely “International Relations and World Politics” and “Linguistics”.