«Isn't it a pleasure to study and practice what you have learned?»

The Pavlov First Saint Petersburg State Medical University is one of Russia’s leading medical institutions. We offer a wide range of different educational programs and our approach to the process of teaching and learning is unique. Being a big clinical center, we enable our students to put their skills into practice. Each clinical department has its hospital unit on campus and beyond. We organize our educational process in such a way that at any level of training students’ practical activities approximate to those carried out by a healthcare professional, patient supervision being of particular importance. Unlike many foreign medical institutions, we provide an opportunity for undergraduates to get their first career-related experience already on third academic year.

Our University is rated as one of the 5 top medical schools in Russia. In 2015, according to the average academic scores of the Unified State Examination, we were ranked 1-st in Russia.



The University offers a variety of programs available at the following faculties:
• Faculty of Medicine with Sports Medicine and Clinical Psychology departments
• Faculty of Dentistry
• Faculty of Adapted Physical Education
• Faculty of Pediatrics
Faculty for Foreign Students
• Institute of Nursing Education with Medical College and Faculty of Higher Nursing Education
• Faculty of Postgraduate Studies
• Faculty of Pre-University Education


The University, comprising 75 departments, with over 5 thousand Russian and foreign students, is proud to have a history of educating international students from the UK, the USA, Portugal, Argentina, Australia, Sweden, Greece, Israel, India, Jordan, Iran, Yemen, Cameroon, Cyprus, China, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestine, Syria, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, etc.

The Student Scientific Society (SSS) is very popular among undergraduates. There are Student scientific classes at the large majority of the University departments. They enable participants to advance knowledge and skills in the disciplines of their profound interest. Over recent years the number of students receiving grants in order to carry on their research within the frame of the University and municipal programs has increased, the most talented students and their scientific advisers are being engaged in different science projects that are supported by international grants.

The University has been actively integrating into the European Higher Education Area. In 2007 we adopted new standards of measuring student knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of the Bologna Declaration and become a member of the Bologna Process.

Our yearly University sketch-show ‘Kapustnik’, which has been amusing our students and faculty members for over 60 years, has become one of the University’s most outstanding traditions. ‘Kapustnik’ Club enables all students to meet their artistic aspirations and find likeminded mates. Annual final ‘Kapustnik’ parties gather hundreds of students, teachers, alumni and always become significant University-wide events.

Our University is proud to have many successful international alumni, who are holding senior positions at the State, and National levels in their countries.

Since 1897 our University has trained over 60 thousand medical specialists. Nowadays many of our alumni have achieved leading positions at different medical and educational institutions and have become top medical experts recognized in Saint Petersburg and all over the country.

Many of our alumni have gone on to do exciting things across a breadth of activities: among them are Natalya Bekhtereva — the world-famous neurophysiologist; Vasily Aksenov — a writer; Elena Bonner — a human rights activist and journalist; Mikhail Chulaki — a writer and publicist; Michael Schatz — a producer, actor, TV presenter, ‘Club of the Funny and Inventive’ player (KVN); Sergey Bock — a TV reporter and TV presenter; Ilya Averbakh — a filmmaker, who produced a medical movie ‘The Level of Risk’; Alexander Rosenbaum — a singer, composer, poet, actor and writer.

Our alumni work in the EU and the USA, in many countries in Africa and South America, thus, contributing to the promotion of international cooperation in medical science and education.


Educational Programs