Russian State Social University

Russian State Social University (RSSU), the biggest provider of social education in Russia and the former Soviet Union.


What is Social Education?


Usually the social education is defined as a specific category of study and research, that is crucial for the development of society. At RSSU we understand social education in a broader sense as the combination of degree programs for managers, state civil servants, social workers, sociologists, anthropologists, etcetera, id est all those degree programs the graduates of which work for the improvement of society and for the needs of each individual. In other words – social workers.


It is our view that such a discipline of higher education, one that touches all areas of personal and social life, and helps to create better living conditions for everybody, could be the basis for the development of higher education as a whole, giving it the dual dimensions of social responsibility and humanity.


RSSU background


RSSU was founded in 1991 with the mandate to continue the core of the research and teaching activities of the former Higher School of the Communist Party. Initially, research and teaching focused on the Social and Political Sciences. Gradually, University activities extended into project work on social policy for State Institutions, as well as the education and support of acting administrators. It also became the leading institution for developing and drafting social reforms.


RSSU was the first University in Russia to offer undergraduate and graduate programs in Social Work, Social Youth Work, Social Insurance, Social Gerontology and Social Support for the Disabled. Since starting these programs, more than 400 000 social workers have graduated from the University.


Today RSSU has become a modern university with 14 faculties and more than 20 campuses in the territory of the Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Belorussia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and with the representative office in Cuba, at the University of Guantanamo.


RSSU today:


  • alma mater for more than 400 000 social workers;
  • the center of the Russian methodological union for teaching Social Work, Sociology, Social Insurance, Social Entrepreneurship, and Social Youth Work;
  • Social Sphere Innovation Hubs developer;
  • leading institution for developing and drafting of the state social reforms;
  • institutional driver for joint social educational programs and research in Russia and abroad;
  • and the Guinness World Record holder.

Faculties of Russian State Social University:

  • Pedagogical and Educational Sciences
  • Mechanics and Mathematics
  • Geosciences
  • Computer Sciences
  • Information Security
  • Technosphere Safety and Environmental Engineering
  • Psychological Science
  • Economics and Management
  • Social Studies and Social Work
  • Legal Studies
  • Political Sciences and Area Studies
  • Mass Media, Library and Information Science
  • Hotel, Service and Tourism Studies
  • Linguistics and Literature Studies
  • Archeology and History
  • Physical Education and Sports
  • Cultural Studies and Sociocultural Projects
  • Fine and Applied Arts

Student Accommodation

Each room in the apartment is equipped with:

  • bed,
  • beddings,
  • desk and chair.

Bathroom is shared between double and triple roommates​.

Shared facilities (for all the international students): Refrigerator, microwave, kitchen-range, toaster, TV, cooking utensils (pot, fry-ing pan, knife, cutting board, etc.), laundry room. Free Wi-Fi is available.​

Moscow City

Moscow is the capital of Russia, the largest city in the country and Europe, and one of the largest cities in the world. Moscow refers to global cities having a great influence on the world because of its high economic level and population. It is the main transport hub of Russia, its political, economic, cultural, and scientific center.


Moscow features

Moscow is located in the center of the European part of Russia, between the rivers Oka and Volga. The climate is moderate continental: heavy frosts and extreme heat are rare. The average temperature in January – minus 7.2 degrees Celsius, in July – plus 20.4 degrees Celsius.

The city has the status of a separate federal subject of the Russian Federation. It is the smallest federal subject by land area.

The name of the city as well as the names of many other cities around the world, is bound with the name of the river it is standing on (the Moskva River). The river was called this way long before the settlement appeared. It is unknown who named it and what this name means. There are two main versions: Finnio-Ugric and Slavic.

According to the first one, the word “Moskva” is derived from the Finno-Ugric language group which means “river-bear”. The Slavic theory points to the stem “mosk” denoting “marshy” or “moisture, liquid, marshland, dampness”.

The city is surrounded by 6 airports, 9 railway stations, and 3 river ports. Moscow has developed a fabulous metro (subway) system. The first stations were built in 1935.

Moscow is the largest Russian financial center. About half of Russian banks are located in Moscow. Most of the largest companies are registered and have head offices in Moscow, although their manufactures might be located thousands of km from the city.

The city is the most important center of retail sales in Russia. Moscow represents about 30% of all commodities sold in Russia.

Moscow is also a large scientific center. There are a lot of scientific research institutes carrying out research in many branches, such as nuclear power, microelectronics, space exploration and other promising directions.

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