Irkutsk State University

General Information

Irkutsk State University was founded on October 27, 1918. It gave the impulse toward the development of higher education in Siberia and the Russian Far East. The Irkutsk Oblast is located in the very heart of Siberia. Its capital is the city of Irkutsk. The airport enjoys international status with connections to several nearby nations. Irkutsk today is a major industrial, academic, and cultural center. Irkutsk State University became the major educational, scientific, and cultural center on the vast territory of Eastern Siberia at once. 

At first, there were only two faculties at the University: the Faculty of History and Philology and the Law Faculty. During the next few years, new faculties started to function in the university. Amongst them, the Eastern Department was opened where Sanskrit, Mongolian, Chinese, Tibetan, and Japanese were taught. Physics-Mathematics Faculty was founded. The Medical branch becomes an independent Faculty. In 1923 the Institute of Biology and Geography was established. The Faculty of Chemistry, Geology, Geography and Soil Studies, Law Faculty, Faculty of Physics, and Siberian-American Faculty of Management was opened. Later it was transformed into Baikal International Business School. In 1993 the Faculty of Psychology and Social Work was opened. The International Faculty was opened. In 2007 it was transformed into the International Institute of Economics and Linguistics. 

Study Programs

  • Biology and Soil Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Preparatory Faculty for Foreign Citizens
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Siberian-American School of Management
  • Department of Business & Management
  • Faculty of Business-Communication & Computer Science
  • Baikal International Business School
  • Institute of Continuing Education
  • Institute of Mathematics and Information Technologies
  • Institute of Social Sciences
  • International Institute of Economics and Linguistics
  • Institute of Philology, Foreign Languages, and Media Communication
  • Pedagogical Institute
  • Law Institute

Accommodation and Housing 

There are 16 dormitories at ISU (Irkutsk State University), which are geographically located near the educational buildings – in the Universitetsky district, in the center next to the Pedagogical Institute, not far from the Volzhskaya stop, so the distribution of dormitories is carried out according to the principle of belonging to a faculty or institute. ISU (Irkutsk State University) dormitories have rooms for self-study, sports dance halls, canteens, and the ability to connect to the Internet. Also, students have more comfortable living conditions due to living in a larger area in rooms with a new renovation, there are self-service laundries, an equipped kitchen, additional furniture, electrical appliances, etc.