Petrozavodsk State University

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Petrozavodsk State University

Petrozavodsk State University (PetrSU) - classical university in Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, Russian Federation. It was founded in 1940 as the Karelian-Finnish University and was renamed in 1956. Rector of Petrozavodsk State University - Prof. Anatoly V. Voronin

General information[edit]

The university includes Kola branch(Russian) located in Apatity (Murmansk region), 10 institutes, more than 40 international, regional and university innovation centres, training and production facilities, Publishing house, Scientific library (one of the largest libraries in the European North of Russia which funds more than 1 179 042 books), Botanic garden, swimming pool “Onega”. In Petrozavodsk the University has 8 campuses.

The number of PetrSU teaching staff is about 1100 people (over 450 Candidate of Sciences and Associate Professors, 109 Doctors of Science, over 70 Professors, 4 members of the Russian Academy of Sciences). More than 17700 undergraduate and postgraduate students study there [1].

The University won the leading places by the “internationalization» criterion and the third place among the universities that promote the employment of students and graduates. The university has 77 international agreements with foreign universities, research organizations and scientific-and-production companies from 19 countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway, France, Germany, Portugal, the UK, the USA, Canada, Belgium, Republic of Korea, Commonwealth of Independent States, the Baltic States and others). More than 20 years the University is in heavy demand among international students on various programmes including short-term programmes in English, programmes for one semester and more for exchange students both in Russian and in English languages. Annually more than 200 international students (mostly from Northern and Eastern Europe, the UK, the USA, China) study in Petrozavodsk State University [2]. And annually more than 250 students and staff of Petrozavodsk State University visit foreign universities for exchange, research, internship in the framework of Erasmus Mundus, FIRST, CIMO, TEMPUS, etc. Annually PetrSU implements about 30 international projects funded by EU, EBRD, USAID, CRDF, IREX, DAAD, Nordic Council of Ministers, CIMO and others.

PetrSU prepares enrollees for university entrance. Students have an opportunity to obtain Bachelor's, Master's and Specialist's degrees in 13 fields of science and 63 licensed specialities. There is a wide range of areas for preparation of doctoral theses, training and retraining of specialists. At present there are 4 Dissertation Councils at the university [3].

PetrSU has a high status of a large research center in many field such as programming, information technologies, plasma research, microelectronics, problems of timber, building, etc. Over 60 international, All-Russian and regional conferences and seminars are held at PetrSU, and dozens of scientific monographs, textbooks and manuals are published.

Petrozavodsk State University offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in science and humanities. If you already speak Russian, you are welcome to study at any Department of PetrSU. There are 16 departments offering a wide range of disciplines. The teaching and research activities of PetrSU are widely-based, their focus being on social sciences, humanities, polytechnic science.

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.


  • 1st semester starts on September, 1, ends on January, 21.
  • 2nd semester starts on February, 7, ends on June, 10.

After each semester the students have to pass exams. The successful grades let go on studying in the following semester.

Faculties, Institutes and Centres of PetrSU[edit]

The university comprises 16 faculties:

Institutes of PetrSU


PetrSU international units

Centers of international language testing

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

Programs and courses for international students[edit]

PetrSU activities[edit]

Students of PetrSU fully participate in the activities of the Creative laboratory of the University which includes more than 20 creative teams:

  • Academic Choir
  • Folk music ensemble “Toive”
  • Theatre studio “TIS”
  • Modern dance ensemble “Style”
  • Folk ensemble “Kupava”
  • Vocal studio
  • Modern ballet “>18<”
  • Arts and crafts clubs
  • Modern literature club
  • Art Group “Ya” (“I”)
  • KVN (Club of the Cheerful and Sharp-witted)


17 sport sections work at the University including skiing, basketball, volleyball, football, futsal, track and field, orienteering, kettlebell lifting, chess, checkers, Go, sambo, judo, wushu, aerobics and tourism sections. Training exercises and competitions are held in three modern gyms, skiing tracks, stadium and swimming pool. The University has high achievements in training sportsmen: over 15 years 65 masters of sports have been trained, 50 medals of the World and European Championships have been won.

Student tourist club “Sampo” is one of the leading tourist clubs among Russian universities and has the rich history.

Social Support[edit]

  • Students go on vacation to the sports and health camp “Shotozero” and training and health center “Urozero”
  • annually 500 students spend their holidays at the Black Sea coast
  • at health resorts of Karelia
  • more than 700 students have an opportunity to improve their health at health and recreation resort of PetrSU
  • students receive financial support
  • students are provided with medical insurance


  • Petrozavodsky gosudarstvenny universitet: 1940-2010 (Petrozavodsk State University: 1940-2010) / PetrSU. – Petrozavodsk, [2010]. – [21] p.
  • Voronin A. V. Petrozavodsky gosudarstvenny universitet kak sistemoobrazuyuschy regionalny obrazovatelno-nauchno-innovatsionny kompleks (Petrozavodsk State University as core regional educational-scientific-innovation complex) // Universitety v obrazovatelnom prostranstve regiona: opyt, traditsii I innovatsii (Universities in the region educational space: experience, traditions and innovations). – Petrozavodsk, 2010. – P. 1. – P. 3-9. - ISBN 978-5-8021-1103-1
  • Vasilyev V.N. Petrozavodsky gosudarstvenny universitet – prioritety kachestva v XXI veke (Petrozavodsk State University – quality priorities in the 21st century) // Universitety v obrazovatelnom prostranstve regiona: opyt, traditsii I innovatsii (Universities in the region educational space: experience, traditions and innovations). – Petrozavodsk, 2005. – P. 1. – P. 84-88. – ISBN 5-8021-0483-X
  • Chernov S.N. Petrozavodsky gosudarstvenny universitet (PetrGU): na voprosy zhurnala “Zakon” otvechaet dekan yuridicheskogo fakulteta, doctor yuriditcheskih nauk (Petrozavodsk State University (PetrSU): Dean of the Law Faculty, PhD, answers the questions of the magazine “Zakon”)/ S.N. Chernov //Zakon. – 2007. - № 4. – P. 245-247. - ISSN 0869-4400
  • Gurtov V.A. Petrozavodsky gosudarstvenny universitet kak bazovy resurs kadrovogo i nauchnogo obespecheniya sotsialno-ekonomicheskogo razvitiya Evropeiskogo severa Rossii (Petrozavodsk State University as a basis resource of human and scientific resourcing of the social-economic development of the European North of Russia) // Regionalnaya nauchno-tehnicheskaya politika i rol vysshei shkoly v ee realizatsii: opyt regionov (Regional scientific-technical policy and role of high school in its realization: experience of the regions). – Tver, 2002. – P. 155-161