Petersburg Polytechnic University

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About University

People who have studied and lectured at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University during more than one hundred years contributed much to the fame and recognition of the university. Nobel laureates P.L. Kapitsa, N.N. Semyonov, Zh.I.Alfyorov, academicians A.F. Ioffe, I.V. Kurchatov, A.A. Radtsig, Yu. B. Khariton are just a few prominent names among hundreds of talented scientists and production managers whose activities are connected with the University and whose achievements served as the foundation for the development of the Russian science and engineering. You can learn more about them and the history of Polytechnic University on our site.

The Historical and Technical Museum of our University is one of the largest museums of this kind in higher education institutions. There are more than 45,000 exhibits only in the main stock, which include machines and devices dating back to the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as models and unique engineering objects. Exhibits and documents devoted to the main events in the University history are also on display, the oldest ones being the documentary photographs taken by Professor B.N. Menshutkin at the time the University was founded and built. A wide range of exhibits and documents reflecting the contribution of the University staff and former students towards science and engineering evolution, as well as the national defense capability can be also found there.


  • Faculty of Life safety, Environmental engineering and Environmental protection
  •  Faculty of Computer science
  • Faculty of Automation and Control
  • Faculty of Economics and Management
  • Faculty of Architecture and Construction
  • Faculty of Physical and Mathematical sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  •  Faculty of Culture and Art
  • Faculty of Information Security
  • Faculty of Energy, Power engineering and Electrical engineering
  • Faculty of Metallurgy, Machinery and Materials processing
  • Faculty of Vehicles and Technical machines
  • Faculty of Instrumentation and Optical engineering
  • Faculty of Electronic engineering, radio engineering and communication

Student life

More than 30,000 students are enrolled in the university. Since SPSPU is a world-class academic authority in applied physics and mathematics, over 3,000 foreign students (countries of origin include US, UK, France, Germany, Finland, Sweden and most of the CIS state members) elect to obtain their international bachelor’s and master’s degrees by completing 4 and 6 years study programs. Many courses are extremely cost-effective, approximately 4–5 times cheaper than an average US college, and are taught in Russian and English languages.The students, faculty, and staff of the Polytechnic University have a very busy life: they pursue a great number of activities varying from social welfare charities to professional and amateur sport contests. They have ample opportunities to participate in exciting events and creative projects, to meet interesting people from different countries, and to gain new experiences and hobbies.

Every year, SPbPU takes an active part in organizing and hosting such festivities as the Western Poetry Festival, Folk Art Festival, Saint-Petersburg inter-university festivals White Nights and Golden Autumn, which attract folk enthusiasts representing a variety of higher education institutions of the city and its region.

And every year, about 3,000 youngsters from Russia, its neighboring countries and beyond become the students of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University.

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