Petrozavodsk State University

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Petrozavodsk State University
Петрозаводский государственный университет
PetrSU front 2012.jpg
The main building of the Petrozavodsk State University
Type Public
Established 1940 (1940)
Rector Anatoly V. Voronin
Location Petrozavodsk, Russia

Petrozavodsk State University (PetrSU) is a 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 is Prof. Anatoly V. Voronin.

General information[edit]

The university includes Kola branch(Russian) located in Apatity (Murmansk region), 8 research 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 “Onego”. The faculties of PetrSU are located in 8 separate campus buildings.

The number of PetrSU teaching staff is about 900 people (138 doctors of science, 529 candidates of science, 93 Professors, 10 members of the Russian Academy of Sciences). More than 12794 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 87 international agreements with foreign universities, research organizations and scientific-and-production companies from 27 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 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.


Foundation of the University[edit]

University in the Great Patriotic War[edit]

PetrSU in 1950s — 1960s[edit]

PetrSU in 1970-1985[edit]

Thanks to the coordinated work of the teachers and other university's employees in the beginning of the 1970s the authority of the Karelian-Finnish State University became much significant in Republic of Karelia and North-West part of the country .[1]

In 1973 Mikhail Shumilov became a new rector of the university. He had PhD in History and was well-known for his monographs about the history of Karelia and the European North.[1]

In 1975 a new Department of Accounting (as a part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics) was opened in the University. The main reason for opening this department was the lack of qualified economists in Karelia. The first graduation of students was in 1979 and consisted of 52 young specialists. In 1980 the Faculty of Economics was opened. It consisted of three departments: political economy, accounting and economic activity, and sectorial economy. The first dean of the Faculty was S. N. Polyakov. In 1982 he was replaced by A. G. Rusakov.[2]

To increase the popularity of the University among students Departments of the University made a lot of efforts in distributing an information about the University in Karelia and neighbouring areas; special training courses (consisting of about 1,800 peoples) were organized. University teachers organized meetings with high school students and talked about opportunities they could get at the university. The so-called "Open Door Days"[3] were organized regularly. As a result, competition for admission was 2.3 student per place.[2]

Special attention was paid to the improving of the level of teacher’s qualification. They could take an additional vacation in order to complete master and doctoral (PhD) theses. The number of graduate students was about 40-50 each year.[2]

In 1970s special attention was paid to the technical equipment of the university. Eight classrooms were equipped to display movies, and two classrooms became the language laboratories. Computer classrooms had been upgraded and the third generation computers ES-1022 and ES-1035 were installed.[4]

PetrSU was one of the first universities that implemented an integrated program of the USSR Ministry of Higher Education "ICS-university". To improve the work of the University, the researchers of the University developed the software systems: "Entrant", "Number of students", "Session", "Current control", "Social and political practice," "Graduated student," "Control of decision’s implementation", "Human Resources Staff".[5]

During the 1970s and till 1985 about 14300 students graduated the university.[6]

PetrSU in 1985-1990[edit]

PetrSU in 1990s[edit]

Present day[edit]

Faculties, Institutes and Centres of PetrSU[edit]

The university comprises 9 faculties and 6 institutes:

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 different activities which include more than 20 creative teams:

  • Academic Choir of PetrSU
  • Folk music ensemble “Toive”
  • Theatre studio “TIS”
  • Vocal studio "Golden Voices"
  • Arts and crafts clubs
  • KVN (Club of the Cheerful and Sharp-witted)
  • Dance studios: "Timez", "Indira", "Armageddon", "De'lavie", "Womanizer"
  • Donor Movement of PetrSU
  • American football team "Khischniki" ("Predators")


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



  1. ^ a b Shumilov 2005, p. 216.
  2. ^ a b c Shumilov 2005, p. 217.
  3. ^ The special days when people can visit Departments of the University and to get information about University.
  4. ^ Shumilov 2005, p. 218.
  5. ^ Shumilov 2005, p. 219.
  6. ^ Shumilov 2005, p. 228.


  • History of Petrozavodsk State University 1940-2000 = Страницы истории Петрозаводского государственного университета, 1940-2000 / Compiled by M.I. Shumilov, I. P. Pokrovskaya — Petrozavodsk: Publisher PetrSU, 2005. — 540 с.
  • 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

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Coordinates: 61°47′10″N 34°21′10″E / 61.7861°N 34.3528°E / 61.7861; 34.3528