St. Petersburg has been Russia’s cultural and political center since its creation by Peter the Great in the early 18th Century. This magical city is famous for its rivers, canals and bridges, its spectacular Orthodox Churches, broad riverways and little winding canals.
St. Petersburg State University:
Founded in 1724, St. Petersburg State University is the oldest institution of higher education in Russia. During the 285 years of its existence University secured the right to be acknowledged as one of the best institutions of higher education in Russia: its rich history, modern large-scale research activities, development and innovations make University ahead of the curve in the field of Russian science.
Now there are more than 32,000 students at the University getting training in more than 323 specialties at 20 faculties. The University has everything to enjoy studies, hobbies and research: the richest Research Library named after Maksim Gorky, research institutes, museums, the big University publishing house, the University choir of students, graduates and teachers, clubs, etc.
In November 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a law granting St. Petersburg State University the special status of "a unique scientific and education complex, an oldest institution of higher education in Russia being of a great importance to the development of the Russian society.