Perm State University

Perm State University. Higher Education in Russia

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Perm State University was founded on 1st October, 1916. Perm State University has been acting as a State Higher Educational Institution according to the legislation of Russia since 1917. Today, nearly one hundred years later, the University has the status of a National Research University and is one of the leading universities in Russia.
Students: 12 faculties, 83 departments, which train about 11 000 students, among them 10 120 undergraduates, 702 post-graduates, 270 doctoral students.
Academic staff: 650 Candidates of Science, 224 Doctors of Science (DPhil), 2 Corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 3 Academician of RAS.
At present at PSU there are 48 programmes for training UG, 26 programmes for training Master students (PG). Every year PSU opens new and called-for programmes.
8 programmes are considered to be included in the top five in the country – Philosophy, Nanotechnology and Microsystems` Engineering, Information Security, Geography, Geology, History, and Social Work.
The students study in 11 university buildings (150 classrooms, 45 laboratories, 28 computer labs). Students live in 7 student hostels either on the PSU campus or within a 15-minute walk.
Throughout the University campus a modern security system operates, and there are points with free wireless Internet access.
There are canteens, coffee shops, 4 sports halls, a health center, and a Botanical Garden.
The culture palace “Academia” contains one of the best student concert halls in Russia.
The University library is one of the largest in Perm region – 1.5 million units of educational, scientific, artistic and literary periodicals and books.
1. Perm State University – a centre of culture and education.
If you want to learn Russian, become familiar with Russian culture and make important business links, you should come to Perm State University.
PSU is the first university in the Ural region. Higher education started here, and the university strives to protect true Russian culture. Professors teach Russian to students from all over the world. Hospitable and friendly atmosphere will help you to learn Russian quickly and to make useful contacts.
2. Perm State University – a healthy place to be.
Students of our university take care of their health and keep themselves in shape. This is catered in a number of ways.
We have our very own sports ground nearby, where track running and football are among the most popular sports in summer, and cross-skiing in winter. Perm State University takes part in sport on an international level. It is the part of the worldwide sporting movement and is a partner of the Universiade-2013.
Every student is free to choose any sport that he or she wants. In the university there is a sports hall where students can play basketball, volleyball, badminton and partake in aerobics, athletics and martial arts. There is a health centre where students can recuperate between periods of study.
3. Perm State University is not only a place of study, but also an artistic hub for professionals and amateurs from Russia and abroad.

Here you can see plays from many different cultures, emerge yourself in street-art festivals and enjoy academic choral performances. The artistic groups of the university are winners of prestigious Russianwide competitions.

The culture palace “Academia” contains one of the best student concert halls in Russia. The performances are not only for your viewing, but also for your participation. Every student can become a performer or even a director. Dancing and singing classes are available for everyone. There are also theatre studios where you can get involved in play production.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics

Faculty of Physics

Faculty of Chemistry

  • Department of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Department of Physical Chemistry
  • Department of Organic Chemistry
  • Department of Analytical Chemistry
  • Department of Natural and Bioactive Compounds

Faculty of Biology

  • Department of Botany and Plant Genetics
  • Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Aquatic Ecology
  • Department of Vertebrate Zoology and Ecology
  • Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Department of Physiology of Plants and Microorganisms
  • Department of Human Ecology and Life Safety

Faculty of Geology

  • Department of Geophysics
  • Department of Dynamic Geology and Hydrogeology
  • Department of Engineering Geology and Subsurface Protection
  • Department of Mineralogy and Petrography
  • Department of Prospecting and Exploration of Mineral Resources
  • Department of Regional and Oil-Gas Geology
  • Department of the Physical Processes of Mining and Oil and Gas Recovery

Faculty of Geography

  • Department of Biogeocenology and Nature Protection
  • Department of Hydrology and Water Resources Conservation
  • Department of Meteorology and Atmosphere Protection
  • Department of Social and Economic Geography
  • Department of Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology
  • Department of Tourism
  • Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics

Faculty of History and Politology

  • Department of Ancient and Modern History of Russia
  • Department of Russia’s Contemporary History
  • Department of Ancient and Medieval History
  • Department of General National History
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of State and Municipal Management

Faculty of Philology

  • Department of General and Slavonic Linguistics
  • Department of Russian Literature
  • Department of Russian Language and Stylistics
  • Department of Journalism
  • Department of Speech Communication

Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology

  • Department of the History of Philosophy
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Sociology and Political Science
  • Department of General and Clinical Psychology
  • Department of Development Psychology

Faculty of Economics

  • Department of Accounting, Auditing and Economic Analysis
  • Department of Information Systems and Mathematical Methods in Economics Department of Economic Theory and Sectoral Markets
  • Department of Finance, Credit and Exchange Business
  • Department of National Economy and Economic Security
  • Department of Global and Regional Economies
  • Department of Marketing

Faculty of Law

  • Department of Constitutional and Financial Law
  • Department of Criminal Law and Prosecutorial
  • Department of Theory and History of State and Law
  • Department of Civil Law and Procedure
  • Department of Labour Law and Social Security
  • Department of Criminal Procedure and Criminalistics
  • Department of International and European Law
  • Department of Social Work
  • Department of Business Law

Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures

  • Department of English Professional Communication
  • Department of English Philology
  • Department of World Literature and Culture
  • Department of Linguodidactics
  • Department of German Philology
  • Department of Roman Philology
  • Department of English Language and Intercultural Communication


Perm State University was founded on October 14, 1916. It originated on the dividing line of two epochs of Russian history. That decade was marked by the so called “silver age” of Russian culture, ingenious scientific achievements, rapid economic growth and by the crisis of political system and also by a catastrophic war, which brought Russia to the brink of social and political revolution. All these factors shaped the history of the University.
It is worth mentioning that the University was initially set up as a branch of the St. Petersburg University – one of the leading European centers of higher education. Young and ambitious professors and tutors from the capital of Russia formed the backbone of the new university staff. It was a galaxy of brilliant academics overwhelmed with new ideas and zeal: B.D. Grekov,S.P. Obnorsky, N.P. Ottokar, A.A. Zavarzin, A.S. Yaschenko, K.K. Buga, Yu.N. Verkhovsky, A.G. Genkel, A.A.Fridman, N.P. Gerasimov, A.A. Rikhter, A.I. Bukirev, O.N. Bader, I.M.Vinogradov and some others. Very quickly the University began to develop into the center of intellectual and spiritual life of the Perm region, producing a special atmosphere of creative work, and introducing the town to the centers of European culture and education. An English traveler J. Greenwald managed to reflect objectively this process while describing Perm: “The center of the whole cultural life is the University. Its students give the air of academic campus to Perm, where the University is the hub of life. This circumstance shapes the town, which has become one of the regional academic centers, sort of “Ural Cambridge”.
The University was born in the atmosphere of aspirations. For many “Founding Fathers” Perm was not supposed to be just a short episode in their academic careers. Alexander Genkel’s life is the proof of it. He was not only an outstanding botanist, who laid the corner stone of the University Botanical Garden, but also a brilliant lecturer, polyglot and erudite, who embodied the characteristic feature of his time – universalism. Besides his professional articles on biology he offered his own versions of translation of “Utopia” by Thomas Moore and “Sun City” by Tomazo Campanella. He was in the mainstream of poetry and published critical essays in it.
At all stages of its development Perm State University remained the center of scientific research in the Urals. Many established academic schools, which have brought international recognition to the University, grew on the basis of research of natural, historical and cultural peculiarities of Perm region and the Urals.

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