Saint Petersburg University of Humanities and Social Sciences

St. Petersburg University of the Humanities and Social Sciences was founded by the Trade Unions of Russia on October 9, 1926. Originally, its main task was to educate trade unions’ leaders for socialist countries and institutions of culture and tourism. Since 1992 this institution of higher education has been working in the status of “university”, educating specialists for a market system formed in our country. Today there are more than 12 000 students here. The University has 7 campuses in Russia: Kirov, Krasnoyarsk, Moscow region – “Institution of Arts and IT” at Zelenograd, Murmansk, Samara, Vladivostok, Yakutsk. There is also one campus located abroad in the Republic of Kazakhstan.


SPbUHSS develops a full spectrum of degree programs of higher education: Bachelor, Specialist, Master, as well as Post-graduate and PhD level programs. It prepares highly qualified professionals in the following spheres: Law, Economics, Management, Conflict Studies, Journalism, Advertising & PR, Psychology, Linguistics, Art Management, Applied IT, Social Work, Theatre, Cinema and Television Directing; Audio Engineering; Acting Techniques; Choreography; and others. The University also offers a continuing education program: “Interpreter in the sphere of professional communication”. Forms of education: full-time and extramural. More than 30 000 different specialists have obtained their diplomas of higher education since the time SPbUHSS got a “university” status back in 1992.


The University collaborates with the following Russian organizations and authorities: Academy of Sciences, the State Duma, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Russian Academy of Education, Administration of St. Petersburg, various Creative Unions, as well as scientific journals and academies of sciences in other countries. The University is engaged in student/faculty academic exchange and joint research with its academic partners all over the world. “The Declaration of the Rights of Culture” developed under the direction supervision of Academician Dmitry Likhachov is among the most renowned scientific researches of SPbUHSS. The culture-centered model of the University was recognized by the Russian Academy of Sciences as the most innovative and perspective for Russia in the 21st century. More than 20 scientific conferences take place in SPbUHSS annually, including the International Likhachov Scientific Conference – the largest forum of humanitarian knowledge in Russia. In 2001 the status of a “state conference” was granted to Likhachov Conference by a special decree of the President of Russia. Since 2007 the Conference has been organized with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation.


Faculties of Saint Petersburg University of Humanities and Social Sciences:

Bachelor programs

  • Bachelor of Linguistics
  • Bachelor of Advertising and PR
  • Bachelor of Socio-Cultural Activities
  • Bachelor of Journalism
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Art History and Criticism
  • Bachelor of National Artistic Culture
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Bachelor of Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Informatics
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Conflict Studies

Master programs

  • Magister of Linguistics
  • Magister of Socio-Cultural Activities
  • Magister of Journalism
  • Magister of Psychology
  • Magister of Social Work
  • Magister of Art History and Criticism
  • Magister of Economics
  • Magister of Management
  • Magister of Applied Informatics
  • Magister of Conflict Studies
  • Magister of Laws

Special programs

  • Director of Multi-Media Programs
  • Audio Engineer
  • Drama Stage Director
  • Stage and Film Actor

Postgraduate education

Postgraduate education is the main form of preparing of scientific-pedagogical and scientific stuff in the system of professional education of Russia (the third degree of higher education), raising the level of scientific and pedagogical qualification. Now there are more than 100 postgraduate students working in the following branches of research:

  • Theory and History of Culture
  • Theory, methodology and organization of social and cultural activities
  • Theory and History of Art
  • Economics and regulation of national economy
  • Theory and History of Law
  • Constitutional, Municipal, Civil, Business,
  • International, Financial, Informational Law.

The postgraduate education period is 3 years.

Student Accommodation

Campus is situated on the area of the University. For a year of study it can accommodate 819 students in rooms with various levels of comfort.

Campus is called the “Student’s House”, because of very friendly and cozy climate making students feel like home.

Campus has exceptional conditions for living, studying and leisure.

Security and order in the campus are considered to be ideal.

The advantages of living in the Student’s House:

  • Very secure guarded territory and buildings of University and Student’s House.
  • Indoor pass from the “Student’s House” to University. It allows students not to spend time for dressing outerwear.
  • Comfortable rooms have been recently renewed.
  • Well-equipped kitchen blocks and free laundries.
  • 24-hours reception on each floor, that gives all the information, takes care of calm, order and silence and also provides solvation of household problems.
  • Very cozy places for relax and walk – the Beach and Italian Street.
  • Grocery store.
  • Medical center, pharmacy.
  • Rooms for lessons, WI-FI.
  • Restrain, café and canteen. In the canteen those students who don’t have enough money and can’t kook are able to have free breakfast.
  • Orthodox Chapel in the building of the “Student’s House”.
  • There are prohibited smoking, drinking alcohol in the buildings of University and Campus.
  • Using narcotic drugs is impossible!
  • Student’s Council – is the organization of students living in the “Student’s House”, it defends the rights of the student’s community, helps to realize students projects, gets up actions, supports student’s clubs and art studios.
  • There is the hotel on the territory of the “Student’s House”.

Saint Petersburg City

St Petersburg is a world-renowned city rich in history and culture and a Russia’s cultural capital. It is Russia’s window to Europe and home to many Russia’s leading university. St Petersburg’s architecture is an interesting mix of ages and styles of Rome, Venice, and Amsterdam. It is a city of romance and white nights. It has played a role throughout the history nationally and globally. St Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is well deserving of its status.


Today St Petersburg is an industrial megalopolis and a big seaport. St Petersburg is a city that is constantly transforming its infrastructure performance and is so favored by its position as it is a great center of activity and trade for many our partner countries. It is actively engaged in car industry development (Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, GM), marine and shipbuilding industry (Admiralty Shipyard, Baltic Shipyard, North Shipyard, and others), power engineering industry, pharmacy, biotechnology, information and telecommunication technologies.


St Petersburg is home to many universities, with over 90 institutions of higher education and 350 research institutions. Many of them are internationally recognized as their alumni and academics are famous worldwide: outstanding scientists and inventors, prominent people in science, education, and culture globally.


St Petersburg has atmosphere like no other. It is due to its historical mission as a Russia’s cultural capital, diverse research and industrial potential, and artistic splendor. It is generally referred to as a museum under open sky as it inspires by the beauty of its monuments and palaces, squares and prospects, theatres and art galleries.


World Travel Awards announced the 2017 winner for Europe’s Leading City Destination as St Petersburg, Russia, and it marks its status of the world’s most visited city. Little wonder as it regularly holds various social, scientific, and entertaining events, exhibitions, forums, theatre performances, and concerts of brilliant artists and of various genres.

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