University Foundation Programs

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University Foundation Programs:

  • Prepare international students for undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Russian universities;
  • Comply with the state educational requirements for programs that prepare foreign citizens for professional educational programs;
  • Develop international communication and studying skills through the Russian language and professional training;
  • Allow international students to deepen, systematize and eliminate gaps in their knowledge in specialized disciplines.

University foundation programs are necessary for international students who would like to continue their studies in any educational program at Russian universities. 

University foundation programs for international students are certified by the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education. 

 University Foundation Program
 University Foundation Program

The first SPbPU University Foundation Program was founded in 1965. Since then, more than 15 thousand students from Europe, Central, North and South Americas, Asia and Africa have graduated from these programs.

SPbPU University Foundation Programs meet Russian state educational standards of university foundation training. The programs are based on the standards of Russian high schools and first years of higher education institutions. Over 50% of the class time is dedicated to learning Russian language.

We offer three educational frameworks depending on the students’ future specializations (majors: ENGINEERING, ECONOMICS, and HUMANITIES).

Programs for international students:

Training of foreign nationals is carried out in groups of up to 12-15 people.

Classes are held in the morning and afternoon hours 5-6 days a week.

Independent work of students is supported both by the library stock and electronic resources.

For students, excursions around the city and suburbs are organized; available for them are: tutors’ service, the PolyUnion International Student Club, cooking workshops, literary evenings, various holidays and sports events. You can contact PolyUnion via email

 University Foundation Program
 University Foundation Program

Students, who have successfully completed the University Foundation Program, (workload more than 1100 academic hours) receive the Certificate of the University’s standard form.

Application information

Contact information for applicants:

Admission Office

Contact information for enrolled students:

Deanery of the University Foundation Programs

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