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About Herzen University

The Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia (Herzen University) is one of the oldest teacher-training institution in Russia.

It was founded on 2(14) May 1797 by Emperor Paul I as St. Petersburg Educational House, and later lay the foundations for other pedagogical institutions in the XIX – early XX centuries. These were formed into a single pedagogical institute by Decree of the People’s Commissar for Education on 1 September 1918. On 15 January 1920 the Presidium of the All-Union Executive Committee decreed that the institute be named after Alexander Herzen. The Ministry of Education, in issuing order No. 25 of 24 January 1991, gave Leningrad State Pedagogical Institute university status, and it has been called the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia since then.


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Engraving with a view of the university


By decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 30 of 15 January 1998 Herzen University was included in the list of the State Corpus of Heritage Sites in Russia. This decree is further proof that today the University is among the leaders in Russian education, a major cultural and educational center, a unique multidiscipline research and educational complex which maintains and develops the best academic and educational traditions in Russia and worldwide.

In 2019 Herzen University became one of the best universities in the world according to the rating of higher education institutions Times Higher Education (THE).

Herzen University in the heart of the historical center of St. Petersburg.

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View of Isakievskaya Square

About St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is a European, cultural, academic and tourist center of Russia. It is also called the Northern Capital of Russia or Northern Venice, as the city has many canals. The city stands out for its diverse architecture and is especially famous for museums: Hermitage, The State Russian Museum, Erarta, Museum of space exploration and rocket technology VP Glushko, etc.

Foreign students come here to improve their skills, develop abilities and acquire professional knowledge in the cultural center of Russia.

In past years, the city was visited by about 7.5 million tourists. More than 24 thousand foreigners study in the Northern capital - this is the largest indicator in the country. And this year, 300 applications from overseas applicants received more than in the past. These figures correspond to those of European cities such as Madrid and Amsterdam. The data was announced at a TASS press conference on the first results of the 2017 admission campaign.

St. Petersburg is the best place in Russia for teaching foreign students.

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Hermitage


CULTURE

More than 4,000 sites on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites

More than 300 museums 

More than 70 theaters

More than 20 international art festivals every year


EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

More than 90 universities

More than 300 research centers

More than 80 libraries

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View of the Neva river


THE VENICE OF THE NORTH 

40 rivers and canals 

217.5 km in total length

More than 580 bridges

22 drawbridges


A EUROPEAN TOURIST CAPITAL

2015, 2016 and 2017 – Recognized as Europe’s leading destination by World Travel Awards 

More than 60 city parks 


6 suburban palace and garden complexes:

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Tsarskoye Selo, Peterhof, Gatchina, Pavlovsk, Strelna, Oranienbaum.


 

Frequently asked questions

How to apply for degree/non-degree programmes?

➤ To apply a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD programme at Herzen University you need:

  • to choose a program
  • to prepare necessary documents (the list of documents is available here)
  • to pass entrance exams

More information about the admission procedure for a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD program is available here

➤ To apply for the Foundation programme or the Russian as Foreign Language courses you need:

  • to fill out application form here

➤ To apply for a non-degree programme or a teacher-training programme you need to make an enquiry via e-mail: international@herzen.edu.ru

What is the language of instruction at Herzen University?
How can I apply if I do not speak Russian?

The language of instruction at Herzen University is Russian.

If you do not speak Russian, you may take the Foundation programme – a Preparatory Course for Those Who Are Planning to Apply for a University Degree Programme.

Course duration – 10 months.

The Foundation programme starts every Monday throughout September - October.

Upon completion of the Foundation Programme you may apply for a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD program.

More detailed information about the Foundation Programme is available here

How to get a student visa?

➤ To get a student visa to study on Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD programme you have to get an official invitation letter from Herzen University.

To get an official invitation letter you need to submit the following documents:

  • A copy of national passport (your passport has to be valid for at least 18 months from the date of your application).
  • A filled in application form
  • A copy of the last Russian visa (if applicable)

Upon receiving the original invitation letter, you have to contact the nearest consulate of the Russian Federation to obtain the visa.

➤ To get the Russian entry visa to study at the Foundation programme (10 months) or other Russian as Foreign language non-degree programmes you have to do the following:

  • to get an official invitation letter from Herzen University

To obtain the official invitation letter you need to submit the following documents:

  • A copy of national passport passport (your passport has to be valid for at least 18 months from the date of your application).
  • A filled in application form

Upon receiving the original invitation letter, you have to contact the nearest consulate of the Russian Federation to obtain the visa.

What am I required to do upon arrival?

Upon arrival to St. Petersburg, you have to get the residence registration within the period of 7 days. The registration is required by the Russian migration law.

➤ If you stay at a Herzen University’s dormitory your residence registration is issued by the dormitory’s administrative staff.

➤ If you rent an apartment you have to address the landlord (property owner) in order to be registered at the place of your residence.

More detailed information about the residence registration procedure is available here