Pyatigorsk State University

Пятигорский государственный университет

Pyatigorsk State University

Number of students
740€ - 1025€
Semester Tuition Fees
Ø monthly cost of living
Scholarships available
August 18, June 20
Application Deadline
Student - staff ratio
Nations represented

Offered Programs

Foreign citizens and stateless persons who speak Russian have the opportunity to enter the Institutes and Higher Educational Schools of Pyatigorsk State University for full-time and part-time (distance) forms of education on a full cost recovery basis (paid tuition).

PSU in partnership with RocApply invites foreign students to apply to any of its prestigious programs, and be well on a journey to many great things.

Foreign citizens have the opportunity to enter the Institutes and Higher Schools of the Pyatigorsk State University for full-time study at places for training at the expense of budgetary allocations (training on a free basis) in accordance with international treaties of the Russian Federation, federal laws, or the quota for foreign education established by the Government of the Russian Federation. Citizens and stateless persons according to the Rules of admission.

Application for Admission

Foreign applicants entering full-time study programs at Institutes and Higher Schools, in the period from June 20 to August 4, according to the Information on the timing of admission.

Applicants are expected to fill out and send in the electronic form to our team at the email address: [email protected] adding to the application for admission, all the necessary documents:

  • Scanned copy of the passport (page with photo and personal data);
  • Certified translation of the passport;
  • Scanned copy of the education document (diploma, certificate, transcripts;
  • Certified translation of the educational document;
  • Scanned copy of a medical certificate of health
  • Two passport photos.

Translations of documents must be certified by the Consulate of the Russian Federation in the country of issue or by a notary in Russia.

In case of admission, the originals of documents (passport translation, educational document, medical certificate of health status, 6 3x4 photos on matte paper) are submitted by foreign citizens upon arrival at the university by the beginning of class.

Additional information can be obtained by e-mail, [email protected]; as well as by phone: +49 151 12975441.

Entrance examinations

In the period from July 15 to August 7, PSU undergoes internal entrance examinations according to the schedule established by the admissions committee of the university.

Foreign applicants who speak Russian and who have applied for full-time studies based on full reimbursement of the costs of undergraduate and specialist programs, pass entrance tests in Russian and foreign languages following the Admission Rules.

Foreign applicants who speak Russian and have applied for full-time study at the expense of budgetary allocations for undergraduate and specialty programs pass entrance tests under the Admission Rules. Applicants who speak Russian and have applied for Master's programs pass entrance tests following the Admission Rules

Foreign applicants who speak Russian have the right to pass internal entrance tests using distance technologies through the electronic educational environment of PSU.

The results of the unified state examination (USE) are accepted as the results of entrance examinations.


Applicants from countries with which visa-free status is valid do not need a visa (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and Moldova). For applicants from countries with a visa regime, PSU issues appropriate invitations to study to obtain an entry student visa valid for 90 days. After this period, the university re-issues an entry visa into a multiple-entry student visa.

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Application Requirements for Bachelors:

  • A-Level Certificate

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Pyatigorsk State University in Rankings

  • 401th – 600th Impact Rankings 2020 (THE World University Rankings)
  • 149th among Russian Universities (UniRank, 2020)
  • 116th among Russian Universities (EduRank, 2020)

Tuition and Scholarships at Pyatigorsk State University

PSU is one of the leaders in the field of transition to a multilevel system of higher education. Unique professional programs are implemented in the forms of full-time, part-time, evening training.

Master's and postgraduate studies are functioning successfully. There are doctoral dissertation councils on philological and political sciences. Pyatigorsk State University (PSU) is located in the very center of the mineral water resort. It has a rich history and cultural heritage.

It is known for its more than 80 years of history. It has a high level of education, innovative courses, and developed infrastructure.

The atmosphere and various educational programs that are friendly to multinational companies and rank among the best humanitarian schools in the country are offered at quite affordable prices, ranging from $1,500 to $2,500, depending on the major chosen.

Unlike giant cities, Pyatigorsk provides a very safe environment, friendly and welcoming local communities, picturesque countryside, and mild climate in southern Russia, coupled with a low cost of living, making it ideal for future professional life and study place.

Currently, more than 4,600 students, graduate students, and interns from Russia and 34 countries/regions are studying in the colleges and universities of the university, thus establishing a friendly transnational student community. University graduates live and work in more than 120 countries/regions in the world.

Today, the university’s eight research institutes and high schools provide multi-level educational programs that can lead to bachelors, experts, masters, and doctorate degrees, including various e-learning programs.

Since Russian is the main language of educational institutions, students who do not speak Russian first will take a one-year Russian course in the preparatory course and then enter the major of their choice.

Scholarships and Other Types of Material Support

The university offers financial assistance to its students on academic merits or based on their needs. Entry-level applicants and returning students can benefit from PSU’s scholarship schemes that seek to reward students and contribute to the educational liberty that is promoted in Russia.

PSU students receive specific discounts and tuition waivers for performing excellently in their studies and other areas of their student life at the university.

Types of scholarships:

  • State academic scholarships for students
  • State social scholarships for students
  • State scholarships for graduate students
  • Scholarships of the President of the Russian Federation
  • Russian Federation Government Scholarships
  • Personal scholarships established by the Academic Council of the FSBEI HE "PSU" and the Academic Councils of the educational departments of the university

Cost of living at Pyatigorsk State University

200 - 300 Euro / month
250 Euro / month
Cost of living
150 Euro / month
28 Euro / month

About Pyatigorsk State University

"A university that is discovering and transforming the world"

It is under this brand that Pyatigorsk State University (formerly Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University) is known today all over Russia and abroad, which sees its path of development as a creative innovative university.

University of creative ideas, creative professions, creative practices, and technologies. Among these universities is the Pyatigorsk State University.

Its feature for decades remains that it is one of the few universities in the country that provides specialized training in the field of foreign languages and intercultural communication, and the main university in this area in the entire South of Russia.

It is also a university that prepares a new type of graduate - transformative leaders capable of creating and implementing innovation.

The campus is located in one of the most picturesque places in Pyatigorsk - the pearl of Stavropol and the Caucasian Mineral Waters, the city praised by Lermontov, Pushkin, Tolstoy, in 2010, by the decision of the President of the Russian Federation, became the capital of the North Caucasus Federal District.

The university has a rich history and glorious traditions, the origins of which date back to 1939. Then the Pyatigorsk State Pedagogical Institute was founded, in 1961 it was transformed into a Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages, in 1995 it received the status of a linguistic university, and since 2006 it has been carrying out a course on the transition from a traditional university to a creative innovative university, an advanced center of education, science and innovation.

Today, about 4,500 students of secondary and higher professional education, undergraduates, postgraduates, interns, as well as about 2,000 students of the continuous education system from 56 regions of Russia and 34 foreign countries study at the institutes and higher schools, at the faculties and departments of PSU.

All the peoples of the Caucasus are represented in this friendly family environment. Students from all the republics of the North Caucasus, as well as the Republic of Tatarstan, Yakutia, Buryatia, the Jewish Autonomous Region, the Republic of Komi, the Republic of Udmurtia, the Yamalo-Nenets and Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Districts, other regions and territories of Russia, including very remote from the Caucasian Mineral Waters: Primorsky, Khabarovsky, Krasnoyarsk, Altai and Krasnodar Territories, Tula, Saratov, Murmansk, Sakhalin, Magadan, Chita, Perm, Tyumen,

Russian and foreign graduates of Pyatigorsk State University live and work in more than 120 countries of the world. Over the past 20 years, there has not been a single case when a university degree was not recognized or confirmed anywhere in the world.

Since 1968, the university has trained more than 2000 specialists from among foreign citizens for 61 states (Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and other regions of the world).

In the 21st century, every graduate of a higher school, to be a professional of the international level, needs to communicate freely with colleagues in foreign languages, to be able to read any text in the world's information resources.

Training of such personnel is the foundation of the PSU brand and constitutes its competitive advantage. It has been transferred to a multilevel basis.

The University provides training in eleven specialties of secondary vocational education. Since 2018, admission to the following of them will be carried out: advertising; hotel service; tourism; law and organization of social security; Applied Informatics; organization and technology of information protection; ensuring information security of automated systems; social and cultural activities; social and cultural activities; social work; insurance business; operating activities in logistics; graphic design - and everywhere with in-depth study of foreign languages.

Higher education training at the university has been transferred to a multilevel system except for a few special specialties. In higher education, within the framework of the bachelor's degree, which accounts for 80% of educational programs, and the specialty, the university today prepares two types of graduates.



In 2011, a set of strategic documents of the university was approved and is being implemented - "Strategy-2020 PSU" - meaningfully and in terms of time, correlating with the general development strategy of the Russian state and society for the next decade.

The program of strategic development of the university for 2012-2016 has been approved and has already been implemented: "Profi-Soci-Lingua 2012-2016: the formation of an advanced university scientific, educational and innovative center of the world level in the social and humanitarian sphere on the territory of the Stavropol Territory and the North Caucasus by strengthening integration science, education, youth project, volunteer and service activities of innovative entrepreneurship”.

Currently, a new Strategic University Development Program for 2017-2021 has been developed.

Since 2007, at the university, on the initiative of the rector, Professor A.P. Gorbunov carried out the creation of a new infrastructure that did not exist before - the infrastructure of innovation.

A normative model for the development of the university as an innovative structure operating in the system of the creative economy based on intellectual property management was created and approved by the decisions of the Academic Council.

PSU has created a developed infrastructure for innovation and project activities, which is integrated into the Technobiznespark system and includes scientific, educational and innovative complexes (NOICs), scientific, educational and innovative laboratories (NOILs), the Center for Intellectual Property Management, Technology Transfer and Commercialization of Scientific Developments, Salon innovations, Incubator of Competences and Businesses, Directorate of innovative and technological entrepreneurship, "Innovation belt" of small, intelligent enterprises, student agencies and Business centers.

Since the 2008/2009 academic year, declared at the university as the first “Year of Methodological Innovation”, the strategic program "Development and implementation of systemic innovative educational technologies" was launched.

The creation and implementation of a complex of the latest teaching methods and techniques have begun, including the formation of a virtual educational environment of the university, with the help of which the learning process will become even more interesting and effective.

In all Institutes and Higher Schools of the University, councils of employers' representatives have been created, taking part in the discussion of the content of professional training programs and the work of commissions for the final certification of graduates


Pyatigorsk State University is a recognized center of peacemaking in the North Caucasus, a university focused on solving social problems of the region. Since 1996, on the initiative of university scientists, the program "Peace through languages, education, culture" has been implemented, within the framework of which 7 International congresses were held based on the university, which had a great impact on the situation in the North Caucasus region, and the VI congress (October 2010) a new wider format was defined: Russia - Greater Caucasus - World community.

The university develops a wide network of Centers for languages and cultures performing educational, scientific, practical and cultural and educational functions: Center for Russian Language and Culture, Center for English and American Studies, Center for Francophonie, Center for Spanish Studies, Center for German Language and Culture, Center for Italian Language and Culture, Center for Arabic Language, Islamic Studies and Culture, Center for Armenian Language and Culture, Center for Greek Language and Culture, Center for Chinese Language and Culture, Center for Hebrew and Israeli Culture, Center for North Caucasian Languages and Cultures, Center for Polish Language and Culture, Center for Turkic Languages and Cultures, Center for Portuguese Language and Culture of Portugal and Brazil.

The dynamic development of international relations, academic cooperation with foreign partners has become an integral part of the training at PSU of highly qualified globally-oriented personnel capable of defending the priorities of the Russian Federation in all regions of the world.

These dynamics, based on forty years of traditions of international cooperation and the principles of internationalization of higher education, determine today the main priorities in the activities of the Department of International Relations and Educational Programs, Institutes and Higher Schools of the University.

International relations of PSU today cover almost all regions of the world - North and South America, Western and Eastern Europe, the Near and Middle East, Asia, Africa.

Medical insurance

Foreign students are required to have health insurance. The University provides assistance in obtaining medical insurance for free medical care in medical institutions on the territory of the Russian Federation.

Inclusive Environment

To create special conditions for students with disabilities and people with disabilities to receive education and vocational training following their needs and capabilities, PSU created universal workplaces equipped with special technical teaching aids designed to train people with disabilities and people with disabilities.

The set of a universal workplace for students with disabilities and people with disabilities includes: a personal computer (with special software for the visually impaired and hearing impaired, aimed at visualizing and sounding the work process), a work table specialized for wheelchair users, a stationary video enlarger for viewing and reading images and reading, a stationary induction system for the hearing impaired.

These workplaces are equipped in all educational buildings of the university.

In addition to the above, in the PSU Library, one more (additional) workplace is equipped with specialized equipment designed for use in the educational process by people with disabilities and persons with disabilities in terms of ODA - a keyboard with large buttons, a specialized joystick for PC control.

The admission committee of the university for the period of work on the admission of applicants to the university is provided with specialized equipment for people with disabilities and persons with hearing and vision impairments.


Why Study at Pyatigorsk State University

Study in Russia

You have the chance to study in an advanced society with a developed economy that is constantly evolving bot in industry and in policies, with multiple opportunities to benefit from the system. The country is also seeking skilled internationals who can function in many sectors as an answer to its constant development. There is also the beauty to explore and experience in this delectable country of culture and history.

Modern Campus Environment

The university has a very unique and youthful campus environment that resonates with many students from around the globe. Synergy University also ranks excellently for its educational facilities and amenities, the university’s structure is also as excellent as it’s aesthetics. The university library is one of the most diverse and comprehensive in the city of Moscow, classrooms, and laboratories are functionally modern and well equipped with all the necessary learning aids for students.

Career/Employment assistance by the university

Students at the university are armed with all the key elements for securing a job and survival in competitive markets and industries. Similarly, every student at the university has a leg-up provided by the university towards advancing their careers. Foreign students also receive help towards getting their work visas and permits should they decide to remain in the country after they graduate.

Multifaceted Student Life

The university offers its students a very active and well-lubricated student life in different spheres ranging from sports to social activities and extracurriculars. The system is built in such a manner where students can excel both academically and socially, with annual competitions and events tailored to highlight the variety that is present on campus.

A globally recognized degree

Certificates obtained at Pyatigorsk State University are internationally recognized, with a very high acceptance rate across Europe and North America.

Personalized method of Teaching

Every student is important and the university, instruction is vetted out on an individual basis allowing students to learn and grow at their own pace. There are also private tutors who go the extra mile to journey with students throughout their study process at the university.

Accommodation Pyatigorsk State University

On Campus Accomodation at Pyatigorsk State University

University provides foreign citizens who have arrived for training, accommodation in their dormitories (2-3 people per room) with all amenities within walking distance from the educational buildings. Self-service laundries are available. The need for accommodation in a hostel should be indicated in the application form for admission. The university campus also has about 3 special gyms for exercise, workouts, and various sporting activities and athletic undertakings.

  • Off Campus Accomodation at Pyatigorsk State University

    On the other hand, off-campus accommodation (within range of the university) with similar features is available, with prices depending on the specific need of the student. Costs also include water and electricity bills. There is also a chance to rent accommodation from a private landlord or estate agent.

    Prices fluctuate greatly depending on the location and quality of the apartment, however, the price of housing here averages around 200 to 350 EUR per month

    That said, students are often encouraged to stay on campus for at least a year as they find their way around and are hence able to find help from university staff at any time.

    Sports at Pyatigorsk State University

    An atmosphere of care and attention reigns in our classrooms, based on the trust and cooperation of teachers and students. It's good to be young - because life is so fun and interesting ... It is a great success to spend your student years with your peers.

    There is an opportunity to show and develop your creative abilities: a variety of concerts, holiday shows, and interesting performances - this is our lifestyle.

    During the holidays - an unforgettable vacation in the famous sports and health center in the mountains of Karachay-Cherkessia "Damkhurts", which has been operating for 50 years, or at health centers on the Black Sea coast.

    Physical culture and sports are an important part of student life. Being an athlete means leading a healthy lifestyle, fostering a strong character and an iron will. It is also an honor to be a PSU athlete.

    The best mountaineering club of the university in the entire South of Russia, which in 2010 was transformed into the Pyatigorsk Caucasian Mining School, never ceases to amaze with successful international projects of the highest level.

    For example, within the framework of the PSLU Flag on the Legendary Peaks of the World project, the flags of the University and the Stavropol Territory were hoisted in September 2009 in honor of the 70th anniversary of the University and the Year of Youth on the summit of Mount Ararat in Turkey, in July 2010 - in honor of the Year of Russia -France - to the summit of Mont Blanc, in February 2011 - to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, in February 2012 - to the highest volcano of the North American continent - Peak Orizaba in Mexico, in September 2012 as part of the celebration of 500 days before the start of the Olympic Games in Sochi - to the top of Mount Olympus in Greece, in June 2013 - to the western and eastern peaks of Elbrus.

    PSU is a real center of youth and cultural life in the region, generating new creative projects and contributing to the manifestation of talents and the flourishing of student initiative.

    PSU is a university with traditions that have evolved over decades. The name and impeccable reputation of Pyatigorsk State University is widely known throughout the world.

    PSU is a wonderful center for the diversity of languages and cultures, a center for interaction between the state and civil society, intercultural and interfaith cooperation, a center for peacemaking, a place where they not only talk about interethnic friendship and love for other cultures but where they are friends and love.

    Food at Pyatigorsk State University

    There is a break room (dining room) at all the dormitories and academic buildings on campus. The cafes and breakpoints in academic buildings are a brilliant socializing avenue for both students and staff of the university.

    Various coffee shops and fast-food restaurants are scattered around the campus grounds catering to a variety of dietary needs of students and staff.

    There is also a sanatorium on campus for relaxation and sight-seeing, and a buffet-style hall that serves various continental and intercontinental dishes, with a few Mediterranean and Asian specialties.

    About Pyatigorsk

    Pyatigorsk is a resort town located in the Stavropol Territory of Russia. It is the oldest medical and mud resort of federal importance, as well as an industrial, commercial, scientific, cultural, and tourism center of the ecological resort of the Caucasian Mineral Waters. Pyatigorsk has a population of about 146,000 (2015), and a land area that measures 97 sq. km.

    Pyatigorsk is found 193 km south-east of Stavropol, 25 km south of Mineralniye Vody, at an elevation of around 525 meters above ocean level. The city is arranged near the Caucasian mountains, on the Stavropolskaya slope, primarily on the left bank of the Podkumok River. Beshtau Mountain is the most noteworthy point in the region around the city (1,401 meters).

    The atmosphere and climate in this city are portrayed by gentle winters and blistering summers. The normal temperature in January is less than 3.8 degrees Celsius, in July - in addition to 21.1 degrees Celsius.

    Pyatigorsk City Day is commended on the second Sunday of September. Since its establishing, the Pyatigorsk resort was visited by such renowned individuals as Pushkin, Lermontov, Glinka, Tolstoy, Griboyedov, Belinsky, Pirogov, Gorky, and Shalyapin.

    Pyatigorsk has a great number of universities, around 40,000 students learn at them. That is the reason Pyatigorsk is otherwise called the city of students.

    The nearby economy is essentially administration situated. There are food industry plants. The remarkable geological area near various mineral springs decided the advancement of mineral water packaging plants.

    The city has more than 40 mineral springs contrasting in compound substance and temperature. Pyatigorsk is once in a while called "the normal gallery of mineral water" on account of the special variety of mineral springs on a little zone around Mashuk Mountain.

    Pyatigorsk is where the occasions of the novel "A Hero of Our Time" (Lermontov) occurred. A few occasions of the novel "The Twelve Chairs" (Ilf, Petrov) likewise occurred in this city.

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