ITMO University (Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics) is the first Russian non-classic university, providing training and research in advanced science, engineering, IT, technology and innovations.
ITMO is one of the best 15 Russian universities that were selected to participate in Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100 by the Russian government. The University is ranked among the best world institutions by QS and THE global rankings. ITMO continuously strives to improve its international competitiveness among the world’s leading research and educational centers.
Founded in 1900, ITMO has grown to a university with over 11,000 students. Over 1,400 students from all over the world study at ITMO University. ITMO comprises five integrated schools: Internet Technologies and Programming, Computer Technologies and Control, Photonics, Food Biotechnologies, Management and Innovations.
ITMO’s main campus is located in the heart of magnificent Saint Petersburg. Russian cultural capital, St. Petersburg, blends history, glamour and vibrant art culture.
IT's MOre than a University!
School of Computer Technologies and Control is one of the biggest departments of ITMO University. The department provides training of 1900 students and 130 postgraduate students. The school has highly qualified lecturers including members of the Russian Science Academy and more than 30 professors.
The majors of the School of Computer Technologies and Control:
The school of Photonics comprises different Departments and offers a great number of educational programs in the following areas:
The major goal of School of Translational Information Technologies (TInT) is to train elite professionals in Software Development and Internet Technologies focused on translation of advanced methods for solving non-standard academic and practice-oriented tasks in the field weakly formalized knowledge through ICT.
The School’s majors:
The Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations is focused on educating of highly qualified managers in the field of hi-tech and innovation and providing unique knowledge and expertise at the cutting-edge of science and industry. These areas, critically important for the Russian economy require experienced specialist for development of innovations. The Faculty’s programs concentrate on inter-disciplinary studies and are specially designed to form the next generation of industrial global leaders.
The Faculty’s majors:
The Faculty’s majors:
The Faculty’s majors:
1. Select Your Program on the website
2. Fill in the online Registration form
Please register with your official name according to your passport and the relevant e-mail address. After the registration, scan and send the copies of your documents to ITMO International Admission Office Alvina at International@mail.ifmo.ru:
3. Wait for the confirmation from ITMO International Admission Office. Please note that if your application is accepted, you will need to submit additional documents:
Notarized translations of your passport and Diploma with Transcript
HIV-test certificate (dated less than 6 months ago)
Medical Certificate stating that you have no medical restrictions to study abroad
Chest X-RAY report
3 photos (passport size)
4. Check Your Application Status
Check the e-mail regularly to get all relevant information in time (dates and time of entrance exams, confirmations and other notifications).
5. Pass online entrance exams successfully
6. Apply for a student visa
If the entrance exams are successfully passed, you will get an official Invitation from ITMO University to apply for a student visa. Contact the Russian consulate in your home country to check visa requirements.
You can obtain an entry visa valid for 90 days. Then you will be able to extend your visa for the whole period of your studies in St. Petersburg.
Within 3 days upon your arrival in St. Petersburg, you must visit ITMO Migration Services Office to obtain an official registration.
7. Make a payment
The students are responsible for tuition fee, round-trip airfare ticket, dormitory, living expenses, health insurance. Payment should be made within 2 weeks upon signing your Study Contract by credit card or in cash in any Saint Petersburg bank office.
8. Join ITMO’s team
Welcome to our team! ITMO International Admission Office will help you feel at home: from housing at one of the dorms to finding new friends!
ITMO University has several dormitories in different districts of St. Petersburg. All are located in the historic center of St. Petersburg, not far from ITMO University's main building.
All of the dormitories are slightly different, and even within one dormitory there are different types of housing, but in essence there are two types of them:
The corridor type: the rooms are located along a corridor. On each floor, there are common bathrooms, toilets and a kitchen.
The block type: more comfortable and cosy. Rooms are grouped into blocks with a common bathroom and toilet.
The rooms can accommodate 1 to 4 people; usually, 2 or 3 people live in each.
There are laundries in all of ITMO's dormitories where you can wash your clothing for an affordable price. Please note that you will be not using the machine yourself, there will be a special person, who will do it for you.
Some of the dormitories have cafeterias – a great solution for those who are too busy with studies to cook themselves. The cafeterias are open from 10 to 21 every day.
Not all of the dormitories have gyms, and the gyms work according to a schedule that you should check beforehand. The schedule is usually posted on the noticeboard of the gym itself. Each visit is about 100 rubles (about 2 USD), you can also get a membership.
The Rules & Regulations of the dormitories are quite strict, be sure to read them through and comply with them. You will receive this on arrival together with your contract.
In ITMO's dormitories, curfew starts at midnight. There's no entry into the dormitories between 12am and 6am. So, what about night tours, bridge watching, white nights and planes arriving in the middle of the night? Do not worry – you can get into the dormitories during the curfew, as well, you just have to notify the administration in advance.
Furniture, linen, and Internet
All of these things will be provided to you. Each room has beds, tables and wardrobes. If you need something else or want something replaced - you can do that with permission from the dormitory administration.
The dormitory rules may be strict, but you will definitely like the lodging costs. The price you'll pay for living for one month at ITMO's dormitories is less than 60 USD, the cost depends on the size and conditions of the room you’re staying in.
ITMO University Sports Club "Kron Bars" turns sports activities into a trend, as its sport classes are free of charge and their doors are open for everyone, both beginners and skilled sportsmen. Everybody can try different kinds of sports — from traditional games like football or volleyball to new ones such as power fit, tennis, cheerleading, arm wrestling, Ping Pong and many others. Over 30 clubs are offered to choose from to compete, win and have fun. All the classes are in the evening, so you don’t have to miss lectures to participate in sport.
Whatever your talent, let it shine at ITMO. From several singing groups to dance studios, an anime group, an online radio and television stations to Game Crunch Club, where students develop new games, you are certain to find “your people”.
Students often get a chance to work with professional artists in the university’s sound lab as well as try their hand at organizing concerts and performance on campus as well as other venues around the city.
International Student Council
ITMO’s International Student Council unites and represents the university’s diverse international community. Its goal is to serve as a platform for ensure communication and collaboration between international students, the university and St. Petersburg community.
ITMO has also launched a new international student club called "Get Local". This club is geared towards English-speaking international students from around the world. The working language of the club is English and it will complement the existing International Students Council where most of the international students are from Russian-speaking countries, and therefore the working language is Russian.
I often recall the time I just started studying in Russia – it impresses me how much I’ve learned since. I also had a lot of help from each of my new friends and professors. Education here is well-organized and employs modern technologies; the curriculum, judging by my own experience, is relevant to today’s job market.
Overall, during my stay at the university, I learned not only about Big Data and high-performance computing – I also gained knowledge which opened my eyes to new things and motivated me to pursue a career in this field.
“It was a dream for me to come to Russia, because I am really interested in Mathematics and Informatics and I have heard of a genius who lives here, Grigori Perelman. He solved one of the seven most difficult maths problems in the world. He's still in St. Petersburg! Knowing that science in Russia is really strong, and that ITMO is excellent in photonics and robotics, which are the future of telecommunications, I was encouraged to come here. In fact, ITMO has won a lot of prizes in programming, so if you like telecommunications and informatics, this is the perfect place to be.”
I know that progress and research in cybersecurity is generally strong in Russia and particularly at ITMO. The Russian government invested in research centers in Russia and ITMO is one of the best in this research area.
I’ve always wanted to come to St. Petersburg and experience the amazing culture of this city. St. Petersburg is not the state capital of Russia, but it is its cultural capital. City life here is quite intense, full of young energy, and, if you have free time, there are plenty of opportunities to fill your nights and weekends. I’ve heard that this is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and now that I’ve seen it, I’m not surprised that people say that.
My experience as an international student has overall been positive. I live in a dorm with many foreign students from Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. There is a multicultural environment there. Sometimes we cook something together and learn about each other’s cultures and languages.
In the end, my advice for prospective students is this: “IT’s MOre than university. It is wiser to find out than to suppose.”
Pavel A. Belov
Doctor of science, developer of meta-materials for transmission of high-resolution images that several times exceed traditional optical systems in efficiency
Alexander V. Boukhanovsky
Doctor of science, professor, ideologist and one of creators of a unique decision-making system that helps protect St. Petersburg from floods. Author of several double degree programs
Lev P. Boulat
Doctor of science, professor, renowned specialist in thermoelectric conversion of energy with worldwide recognition
Anatoly V. Fedorov
Doctor of science, professor, renowned specialist in semiconductors, physics of quantum-dimensional systems, spectroscopy of semiconducting nanocrystals
Alexander V. Baranov
Doctor of science, professor, renowned specialist in experemental optical spectroscopy of complex molecules, carbon materials and semiconductor quantum nanostructures
Anton F. Pyrkin
Ph. D., proposed new control approaches that are widely published in journals and proceedings. Many of them are applied to the real robotic systems