Samara State Pedagogical University

Founded in 1911 Samara State University of Social Sciences and Education has recently celebrated a centenary of its foundation. Being the oldest institution of higher education in Samara today it is a unique integrated institution of compound organization and one of the largest R&D centers in the Volga region. The Academy proved to be one of the best pedagogical institutes of higher education in Samara.


With about 7,000 students the University offers 90 degree programs. We realize a complex approach to training specialists, which gives an applicant a multiple-discipline choice of special interest. Breadth of knowledge, quality, competence, and flexibility are the hallmarks of learning and teaching at SSUSSE. Our programs provide graduates and postgraduates with the skills necessary to meet the challenges of a changing global environment.


Since the date of its foundation the University has helped more than 80,000 teachers to turn passion into rewarding career. The majority of teachers of Samara region are graduates of Samara State University of Social Sciences and Education.


Faculties of Samara State Pedagogical University:

  • Department of Foreign Languages
  • Department of Philology
  • Department of Economics, Management, and Service
  • Department of Psychology and Special Education
  • Department of History
  • Department of Primary Education
  • Department of Culture and Art
  • Department of Natural Science and Geography
  • Department of Mathematics, Physics, and IT
  • Department of Physical Education and Sport

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

Samara City

Samara (Kuybyshev in 1935-1991) is a large city in Russia, the center of the Volga economic region and the capital of the Samara region, standing on the left high bank of the Volga River, in the place of its confluence with the Samara River (hence the name of the city). It is a major economic, transport, scientific, educational, and cultural center of the country.

Samara features

The climate is temperate continental. The average temperature in January is minus 9.9 degrees Celsius, in July – plus 21.5 degrees Celsius.

Samara is a multi-faith city with a lot of Orthodox churches, monasteries, old believers’ churches, mosques, a synagogue, Catholic and Protestant churches.

Samara is a major center of mechanical engineering and metalworking, food processing, as well as space and aviation industry producing outer space vehicles and machinery, aircraft, power stations, equipment for oil refineries, cranes, etc. It is among top ten Russian cities by industry volume. Samara food industry is known for its chocolate, vodka “Rodnik”, and “Zhiguli” beer.

There are over 150 large and medium industrial plants in the city. About 25% of all bearings and 70% of all cables produced in Russia are made in Samara.

Samara is one of the biggest transport hubs in Russia, crossed by the shortest ways from Central and Western Europe to Siberia, Central Asia, and Kazakhstan.

The main airport of Samara – Kurumoch international airport – offers regular flights to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Surgut, Ufa, Novosibirsk, Perm, Saransk, Kirov, Kazan, Sochi, Dubai (UAE).

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