Chelyabinsk State Pedagogical University

South Ural State Humanitarian Pedagogical University is one of the oldest higher educational establishments in Chelyabinsk Region. It was founded in 1934 as Chelyabinsk Pedagogical Institute. Over the years SUSHPU has proved its effectiveness and sustainability and has become one of the most popular Universities among school-leavers throughout the region. More than 80 000 SUSHPU graduates work at educational institutions of Chelyabinsk, Chelyabinsk Region, in Russia and abroad. SUSHPU alumni are the “golden fund” of the region’s educational system.


About 15 000 students receive education on the programs of advanced vocational and additional training in SUSHPU nowadays. The University staff is composed by over 1 200 members. Annually the entrance commission enrolls above 4 000 applicants for studying the programs of higher education. Besides, approximately 3 500 people enter the Institute of Additional Education and Professional Training under additional vocational programs of professional reorientation and further training.


The University is a large center of learning, teaching and research. Over 400 SUSHPU scientists explore various fields of knowledge, including Education and Educational sciences. 240 Russian and foreign students investigate postgraduate programs. Our research associates carry out expert and consulting activities and cooperate with Russian and foreign colleagues, learning from each other’s’ successes and failures.


SUSHPU is now actively developing a strategy to promote the University’s world-wide relations, global profile and international competitiveness. It is open to multilateral academic and scientific cooperation based upon the principles of “mutual benefit and common prosperity”. SUSHPU has currently established networking partnerships with such major higher educational institutions in Russia as M. Akmullah Bashkir State Pedagogical University, Perm State Humanitarian-Pedagogical University, Orenburg State Pedagogical University, and Mordovian State Pedagogical Institute named after M. E. Evsevyev. It is also included into the Chinese-Russian association of higher educational teacher-training establishments. At the moment, 1009 foreign students study at SUSHPU under bilateral cooperation agreements with 13 CIS and far abroad countries.


South-Ural State Humanitarian – Pedagogical University stands for its traditions and the best standards of pedagogical education set by our prominent scientists and administrators. The collective body of SUSHPU is represented by 570 permanent professors including 85 Doctors of Science and 315 Candidates of Science. The University structure comprises 13 faculties, 2 Institutes and 54 academic departments. SUSHPU is now firmly on the upgrade and therefore it is able to meet all the challenges of the present day.


The University provides relevant competitive education with widespread use of advanced informational and educational technologies. Our campus facilities include observatory, conference-hall equipped with stereo system for science film screenings, and scientific laboratories such as “Neo-lessons” educational center opened in 2014 as part of “Scientific entertainment” project. The aim of the center is to implement interactive training tools into the educational process.


Our foremost priority is to create a learning environment that enables students to realize their potential. For this reason, Chelyabinsk State Pedagogical University is constantly expanding the range of educational services. In addition, SUSHPU is gradually developing its significant presence in the global education space.


Faculties of Chelyabinsk State Pedagogical University:

  • Faculty of Foreign Languages
  • Faculty of Psychology
  • Faculty of History
  • Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Social Education
  • Faculty of Special Pedagogy
  • Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Faculty of Physical Training, Health and Safety
  • Faculty of Philology
  • Faculty of Folk Art
  • Faculty of Preschool Education
  • Faculty of Primary School Teachers
  • Professional Pedagogical institute

Student Accommodation

Dorms consist of eight rooms per floor, with 2-3 people per room. Each floor also has one kitchen and two toilets, and the basement has a shower. Students cannot select their own rooms. We encourage students to apply early, as the number of rooms are limited. Some students may not be comfortable with dorm rules, as they are often considered strict.

All Dormitories have the following facilities:

  • Kitchen
  • Laundry room
  • Medical aid cabinet
  • Gym
  • Reading room
  • Free Internet connection

Chelyabinsk City

The key figure of Chelyabinsk region is a white double-humped camel carrying yellow baggage. This is a sturdy noble animal looking respectable and allegorically depicting wisdom, longevity, memory, loyalty and patience. In the IV-IX centuries, merchants used camels for carrying their goods from China to Europe; the great Silk Road stretched through Chelyabinsk region.


Chelyabinsk and Chelyabinsk region are located on the border of Europe and Asia.


The Ural Mountains range forms part of the conventional boundary between the continents of Europe and Asia; part of that mountain range is located in Taganay National Park.


Chelyabinsk region is rich in natural resources. Of great significance are  potassium, magnesium, graphite, talc, copper, nickel, and construction minerals. Ilmen Nature Reserve and Plastovsky District are rich with gemstones and ornamental stones such as sapphire, ruby, amethyst, opal, topaz, garnet, malachite, jasper, and others.


Chelyabinsk region in the past


The city of Chelyabinsk was founded in September 1736 on the banks of the river Miass. The settlement was a fortress, protecting the road from territories behind the Ural Mountains to Orenburg. Today, more than a million people live in Chelyabinsk. Chelyabinsk is an administrative center of Chelyabinsk Oblast, which is part of Ural Federal District.


Until the end of the XIX century, Chelyabinsk had remained a small city. Thanks to Alexander III, Chelyabinsk regenerated in 1892. That year, Samara-Zlatoust railway was built, which connected Chelyabinsk with the European part of the Russian Empire. From that moment on, Chelyabinsk has started its rapid development.


During World War II, Chelyabinsk became the hub for more than two hundred evacuated enterprises and hundreds of thousands people. The city population increased from 270,000 to 650,000 people. Chelyabinsk gave birth to the industrial giants of Russia: Chelyabinsk Forge-and-Press Plant, Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant, Chelyabinsk Tube Rolling Plant, and others. Yet, Chelyabinsk is mostly famous for its tank production. Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant merged with the evacuated plants during the war, and Chelyabinsk got a new name – Tankograd (“Tank city’).


Chelyabinsk today


Modern Chelyabinsk is a big industrial city, the center for business, education, science, and culture in Chelyabinsk region.


Chelyabinsk occupies the area of 530 km2, 20% of which are lakes and rivers (Shershni, Smolino, Sineglazovo, Miass River, etc.).


Chelyabinsk transport infrastructure connects the city with the rest of Eurasia; Chelyabinsk has an international airport, welcoming people from the biggest Russian cities and Europe.


Federal highways M5, M36, M51 spread through Chelyabinsk. Chelyabinsk subsidiary of the Yuzhno–Uralskaya Railway is the biggest transport hub of the Trans-Siberian Railway.


Chelyabinsk transport network includes 16 tram routes, 16 trolleybus ruotes, and 88 bus routes.


Chelyabinsk sights


One of the most beautiful Chelyabinsk streets is Kirovka (the Chelyabinsk Arbat), the oldest pedestrian street of the city. The street is decorated with 19 sculptures depicting historical and literary characters and people of different professions and classes.


Situated on the bank of Miass River, Chelyabinsk Regional Museum of Local History is one of the most stunning buildings in the city.


The Museum introduces the visitors to the wildlife and people of the Urals, starting from the Iron Age. The Museum also displays coins, medals, Zlatoust engraving art, cast iron art, fine arts, porcelain collection, applied arts, and a jewellery collection.


In October 2013, the biggest fragment (600 kg) of the Chelyabinsk meteorite (February 2013) was delivered to Chelyabinsk Regional Museum of Local History.


The main building of South Ural State University is one of the most impressive buildings and a special feature of Chelyabinsk.


Near the University, one can find a monument to Igor Kurchatov, a Soviet nuclear physicist and the director of the Soviet atomic bomb project.


Best things to do in Chelyabinsk

Chelyabinsk citizens and visitors spend their time strolling in parks and squares, the unique musical fountain being one the most favourite places to go to. It is located at the Revolution Square. It is a necessary part of every city celebration, with its dancing under some beautiful music.

During the weekend, people usually head for Gagarin Park where they can enjoy relict pine forest, or have a walk in Pushkin Park or Aloe Pole square. Sad Pobedy (“Victory Park”) displays military equipment (cars, tanks, trucks) of World War II.

In Chelyabinsk Zoo you can meet more than a hundred species of wild animals and birds, including white bears, Amur tigers, snow leopards, and chimpanzees.

There are more than 8 000 entertainment places in Chelyabinsk, where you can have fun together with your friends and family.

For example, in Chelyabinsk you can visit a planetarium or enjoy a breathtaking view of the city from the second biggest Ferris wheel in Russia.

In Chelyabinsk, you can visit 18 cinemas, 18 theatres, more than 150 nightclubs, and 1322 bars, cafes and restaurants.

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