The Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia

General Information

The Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia is one of the leading pedagogical higher educational institutions of the Russian Federation. Since January 1, 2015, the full official name is the Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education “ A. I. Herzen Russian State Pedagogical University“. The only pedagogical university included in the “Top-100″ universities in Russia according to the magazine ” Expert ” (45th place, 2015). The university is named after the Russian writer, politician, and philosopher Alexander Ivanovich Herzen. 

Today the University comprises 5 institutes, 21 faculties, 3 affiliations in the towns of Volkhov, Vyborg, and Makhachkala, over 130 departments, 3 research centers, 27 educational and cultural centers including the Linguistic Center, the DAAD Resource Center, and the St. Petersburg School of Conference Interpreting and Translation. All departments work in close cooperation with the Universities over 25 research centers and laboratories, including The Physics Research Institute, the Continuing Education Research Institute, and the General Education Research Institute. The university admits students to 57 educational programs integrated into 10 groups (32 Bachelor’s programs, 2 Specialist programs, and 23 Master’s programs). 

Study Programs

  • Institute of Oriental Studies
  • Childhood Institute
  • Institute of Defectological Education and Rehabilitation
  • University of the Foreign languages
  • Institute of Information Technology and Technological Education
  • Institute of History and Social Sciences
  • Institute of Music, Theater, and Choreography
  • Institute of the Peoples of the North
  • Institute of Pedagogy
  • Institute of Psychology
  • Institute of Russian as a Foreign Language
  • Institute of Physics
  • Institute of Physical Culture and Sports
  • Institute of Human Philosophy
  • Institute of Art Education
  • Institute of Economics and Management


  • Faculty of Life Safety
  • Faculty of Biology
  • Faculty of Geography
  • Faculty of Mathematics
  • Faculty of Philology
  • Faculty of Chemistry
  • Faculty of Law

Accommodation and Housing 

The University provides accommodation in the hotel for foreign students, which is situated within the main University campus in the same center of the city. It is just a hundred meters off Nevsky Prospect — the main street of the city. From here a student gets quick walking access to the most famous museums, architectural monuments, picturesque panoramic views of buildings, bridges, rivers, and canals as well as to the largest shopping centers of St.Petersburg. The International Office is situated in the same building. The building has a cafe, and snack bar with a billiard room, food store, beauty parlor, and laundry services.