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Lomonosov Moscow State University on Sparrow Hills
M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU), Moscow City
Moscow State University was founded in 1755 on 23rd January (St. Tatianas Day) by the great Russian scientist Mikhail V. Lomonosov. Among its graduates and professors are Nobel Prize winners and world famous scientists. MGU has been educating the people of Russia in the latest advances in sciences, humanities, and medicine for more than 240 years. The University is particulary known for fundamental sciences such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer, geology, biology, and soil. The main campus is located in the Sparrow Hills region of prestigious SW area of Moscow. It is a giant conglomerate of many buildings hosting varies departments, labs, sport and dormitory facilities. The main building is the highlight. It is one of the 7 tallest and impressive constructions in Russia. The nearest metro stop is Universitet located on the red line 20-25 minutes from the city center. According to all national and international surveys, Lomonosov Moscow State University is ranked first in Russia and among the top ten in the world with annual enrolment of approximately 31,000 students.

St. Petersburg State University main campus
St. Petersburg State University (SPGU), St. Petersburg City
St. Petersburg State University (SPGU) claims to be the oldest university in Russia. It was founded in 1724, SPGU continues to serve as one of Russias largest academic and cultural centers. It is equally strong in fundamental sciences and humanity disciplines, particulary philosophy, arts and history. Scientists such as Mendeleev and Popov studied here as did the writers and musicians Turgenev, Blok, and Stravinsky. Seven Nobel Prize winners can be counted among the graduates and professors of St. Petersburg State University. The main campus of SPGU is a complex made of several buildings of early St. Petersburg. It is located along the Neva River within walking distance of the Hermitage museum and Nevsky Prospekt (main Avenue). Because of the prime location and well established support for language programs and research, the University is probably one of the most popular schools in Russia among foreign students. Your language classes will be held at the Special Philology Faculty located a little further from main campus along the Neva, towards the English Embankment. For accommodations you can choose to stay at the University dormitory (~ 1 hour away by bus from main campus), home stay or hotel.

Novosibirsk State Universtiy - Lecture
Novosibirsk State University (NGU), Novosibirsk City
Novosibirsk State University was founded on September 26, 1959 as an extension to the a Siberian Branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences. The goal of the project was to expand fundamental science further east to Siberia to accommodate rapid developments of the area. The location was picked not far (~ 1 hour by bus) from Novosibirsk city and named accordingly Akademgorodok (academic town). Rows of research institutes specializing in nuclear physics, mathematics, anthropology, chemistry, geology, and archaeology appeared within a few years. Talented students in mathematics and physics were selected from the most remote corners of Siberia and Russian Far East to become future leaders of Soviet and Russian fundamental science in Siberia. In spite of poor living conditions during the first years, when first students literally had to live in tents, the pioneering spirit for education and research in Siberia made this project possible. Several recent discoveries by the archeological department of the University were among world class events. The highlight is the Scythian Princess. Today, the community of Akademgorodok is made up of 37 scientific research institutes with roughly 17,000 employees, including 84 members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, about 900 doctors and 2,850 candidates of sciences.

Irkutsk State Technical University - main building
Irkutsk State Technical University (IrGTU), Irkutsk City
The history of IrGTU dates back to 18th century, when the Irkutsk navigational school was founded in 1754 in order to train navigators and land-surveyors. Due to aggressive development of Siberia and neighboring Mongolia in early 1900s, the School grew rapidly. Its name was changed first to "Mining and Metallurgy Institute" and then to "Polytechnic Institute" and in 1993 it became "Irkutsk State Technical University" with annual enrolment of 4,500 students. At present, there are 15 departments specializing in engineering, economic and art subjects. All together, with distance learning, there are 31,000 students currently studying at the University. The School enjoys a high reputation for its excellent and highly qualified teaching staff. Among those who teach and carry out research at the university are approximately 100 academicians, associate members of the Academy of Sciences, professors with Doctorate degree and 600 candidates of science. The main campus is located in the Studgorodok district of Irkutsk city, across the Angara river from downtown Irkutsk. The name in many ways describes the purpose of the district. Most universities, scientific research institutes, libraries, and laboratories are located in Studgorodok. It is a safe neighborhood, good place to meet interesting people and of course comfortable to live in if you study or do research.

Amur State University - language class
Amur State University (AmGU), Blagoveschensk City
Amur State University, formerly the Polytechnic Institute, was established in 1975 in Blagoveschensk city, the capital of Amur Region. For many years the Institute had a narrow profile mainly preparing specialists for local industries such as textile production, wood processing, gold extraction, lumber industry, mechanical engineering, and shipbuilding. As times changed, Blagoveschensk's economy rapidly turned from being a closed city for many years (due to the common border with China) to an area focused on trade with neighboring cities. In the new economy, it took some time for AmGU to regain local popularity. In 1994, the Polytechnic Institute was reorganized. New departments were added in order to respond to the demands of the changing economy: Computer science, Social Science, Philology, International Relations, Applied Arts, Business and Management. There are more than 20 Professors and Doctors of Science, and more than 100 of Candidates of Science working today at AmGU. The University has strong ties with Beijing University and many others schools in the Pacific Rim. AmGU's Department of Oriental Studies is very popular among Russian students. It provides an interesting environment and gives students the opportunity to meet professionals in the field of Sino-Russian Relations. Main campus of the University is located within 15-20 minutes away from the city center by public transportation.

Far Eastern State University - karate class
Far Eastern State University (DVGU), Vladivostok City
The history of the university began in 1899, with the establishment of the Institute of Oriental Studies in Vladivostok. Between 1920-1923 the Institute merged with several higher state and private schools to become Far Eastern State University. In 1939, the university was closed for political reasons, reopening only in 1956. Presently, there are 20 faculties, 37 departments, 32 majors and 100 concentrations offered at DVGU, with almost 14,000 undergraduate and 260 graduate students enrolled. The teaching staff includes 115 Professors, 400 Candidates of Science, and 900 Lecturers. University has several campuses. The main one is located within 15-20 minutes by bus from downtown. It is comprised by a Russian College, Korean College, Departments of Biology, Law, Natural Sciences and Humanities, University Library, Reading Hall and Cafeteria. The campus is enclosed by a security fence and has a nice view on Amursky Bay. The University is very strong in applied sciences and Diplomacy oriented towards Asian-Pacific relations.

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