We teach Russian to foreigners and introduce them to the Russian culture



Traditional classes in classrooms and online on the MS Teams platform



Classes are conducted by the best teachers of Russian as a foreign language of SPbU



A methodology developed at SPbU allow foreign students to learn Russian with any level — from A1 to C1


The Russian Language for Foreigners


Teaching RFL


Acquire a specialty of high demand in Russia and abroad — a teacher of Russian as a foreign language


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About SPbU

St Petersburg University is the European and the world’s largest research and education center. The University has the richest history and justly bears the name of the first Russian university. Among the University graduates there are six Chairmen of the Government and two Presidents of the Russian Federation. Also nine Nobel Prize laureates studied and worked at the University.

The main buildings of SPbU are situated on Vasilyevsky Island. Sometimes Vasilyevsky Island is called "St Petersburg in a square", because this is the place where you can find everything that makes the city so unusual. The island impresses with its solemn buildings, embankments, and bridges. The Center of Additional Educational Programs is located in the building on Leitenanta Shmidta Embankment. This is one of the most beautiful places of the Northern Capital. The embankment is the cultural heritage site, the historical and cultural landmark of Russia.

St Petersburg is one of Russia’s biggest centres of education, an architectural synthesis of Rome, Venice, and Amsterdam proudly holding the title of the cultural capital of Russia, an open-air museum, a city of romantics and white nights. This is where the vibrancy of an industrial metropolis and versatile cultural life converge in the most stunning of ways. St Petersburg is a chance to discover centuries-old university traditions, broaden your knowledge of Russia and its people, meet new friends from all over the world, and explore the wealth of Russian heritage — the language of Pushkin and Lermontov, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Gogol.

Since the establishment in 1724, the University has been collecting, preserving, and creating cultural, scientific, and historical values. A part of the heritage of SPbU is accessible for visiting or online familiarization.



Russian Language Test

At St Petersburg University you can pass the Russian language test and get an official certificate. SPbU is authorized by the Ministry of Education to organize such activities. The certificate will help you to not only test your knowledge and gain confidence, but also get extra points when entering SPbU.

The Language Testing Center

certificate. The Language Testing Center
Библиотека русского языка как иностранного


The library of Russian as a foreign language was established as a department of Maxim Gorky Scientific Library in 1981. The research holding is the only one of its kind. It contains the textbooks, and scientific and methodological literature on Russian as a foreign language. The research holding of the department is a unique literary collection in St. Petersburg in the field of teaching Russian as a foreign language. At the library there is an electronic catalogue, which is constantly renewed.




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