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Multidisciplinary research

The university currently conducts research in the following areas:

— Pedagogy: pedagogical research methodology (Svetlana Pisareva); defectology (Vitaly Kantor); approaches to working with gifted youngsters (Boris Avvo); learning theory and practice (Alexandra Gogoberidze, Elena Piskunova, Stella Tseitlin); developing methodology and technologies for teaching mathematically gifted students (Sergey Rukshin); educational dynamics of an internet persona (Andrei Akhayan); education management (Sergei Trapitsin), IT in education (Elena Vlasova, Tatiana Noskova, Alexander Flegontov).

— Psychology: psychological safety of a learning environment (Irina Baeva); methodology and methods of medical and psychological support for individuals in an unfamiliar living environment (Anatoly Alekhin); social psychology of narcotism in youngsters (Larisa Tsvetkova); developmental psychophysiology (Elena Nikolaeva).

— Natural Sciences: animal  parasitology, functional morphology and genetics (Gennady Ataev); insect entomology, systematics, ecology and biogeography (Alexander Streltzov); paleolimnology (Dmitry Subetto); geo-ecology (Evgeny Nesterov); algebraic groups and the invariant theory (Nikolai Gordeev); nitro-compound and amino-acid chemistry (Sergei Makarenko); non-organic photochemistry (Tatiana Boitsova, Vyacheslav Pak, Mikhail Puzyk); non-conductor, semiconductor and low-dimension semimetal physics (Vachagan Avanesyan, Gennady Bordovsky, Yuri Gorokhovatsky, Vladimir Grabov, Rene Alejandro Castro Arata, Alexander Kolobov, Vladimir Pronin); theoretical physics and astrophysics (Andrei Belyaev, Sergei Gavrilov, Andrei Grib, Evgeny Trifonov).

— Humanities: communicative linguistics and standard of speech (Valentina Chernyak), research and promotion of the Russian language (Sergei Monakhov), creative aesthetics and philosophy of literature, a dialog between Russian and foreign philosophical traditions (Alexei Gryakalov), ancient philosophy, Platonics and visual anthropology (Roman Svetlov), museum communications (Olga Sapanzha).

— Social Sciences: criminology (Yakov Gilinsky), theology in the system of higher education (Alexander Prilutsky), comprehensive regional studies of various Russian territories (Vladimir Yakovlev), interaction between state and religion, international law and religion (Alexandra Dorskaya), history of the 1917 Russian revolution events (Dmitry Bazhenov, Andrei Nikolaev).

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