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Testimonials



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“I like the Russian language and Russian culture. So many distinguished writers have lived and worked in St. Petersburg. I first came here in 2013. I'd like to say that “Peter” was the perfect choice.”

Zhang Zhihao, People's Republic of China


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“I came to Herzen on a month-long internship.
I like it that we have a small group here at the university, and so it's possible to spend time with our colleagues and share our experience with them. Our teachers are friendly and very professional. We learn a lot in class. And then, of course, your city is beautiful. I can't possibly imagine a more ideal place for an internship.”

Judit Tot, Hungary


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“Herzen University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Russia. Russia has its own style of economic development. I want to find out what is so special about the economic life in Russia.” 

Zhang Ze-Hua, People's Republic of China



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“I chose Herzen University because it is the best pedagogical university in Russia. I really like the teaching staff: they are professionals who are highly sought after, and they are committed to conveying their insights and their skills. The learning process is well organized and takes the students' interests into account.”

Gafur Yunisov, Azerbaijan


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“My name is Maria, and I'm a full professor at a Swedish university in Uppsala. I come to Herzen University every summer to study Russian. Everything – the teachers and the courses – is top-class. I love it.”

Maria Eckerdal, Sweden


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“The best way to spend a summer is to study Russian in St. Petersburg. There's the splendid architecture, the White Nights and the people – they're great!”

Radina Dzhabirova, Bulgaria


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“I like being a student here. There are many experienced teachers, and they have an interesting way of conducting their classes so that we learn something new.
I like to go to Physical Education classes. I've gotten to know guys from different cities and countries, and some of them have become my friends.”

Kamil Buratov, Turkmenistan





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