Foreign citizen admission to the main educational PhD programme

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Question: Hello, i will like to enroll for PhD with the St Petersburg State University based on scholarship. I just graduated from the St Petersburg State University School of International Relations. I am a Nigerian and my language of studies was English. However i read on the University website that all PhD Courses are in Russian Language (i am not sure), but want to know if i can enroll in English and other necessary requirements needed of me to become a student.

The answer of  Vice-Rector for Academic and Methodological Affairs Marina Y. Lavrikova:   

International applicants can be admitted to SPbU both to places on a fee-paying (contractual) basis and to places funded by the Russian Government (Scholarship includes tuition fee and academic scholarship 1340 rubles per month in 2013/14 academic year).
All information about the competition for scholarship, organized by the St. Petersburg State University, including a list of required documents as well as deadlines for documents submitting are published on the web-site of SPBU Admission Committee in the part "Admission of foreign citizens".
All information regarding fee-paying basis including lists and forms of admission tests you can find here.
Please, pay attention that all PhD programs are taught in the Russian language. In case if you don’t have any background in Russian you have to take a preparatory course which lasts 10 months. Upon completion of the course students obtain a graduation certificate in a standard-form. As well, they can take a state examination “Test of Russian as Foreign Language” (TORFL) and obtain a certificate of a correspondent level which is necessary for admission into the University (TORFL-1 for Bachelor programs, TORFL-2 for Master programs). Course participants are provided with a place in dormitories in a Saint-Petersburg’s campus Petrodvorets.
More detailed information about the foundation course in Russian language and a full list of programs offered you can find here.
Sign up for a course.
If you have any questions regarding Russian language course don’t hesitate to contact Russian Language and Culture Institute +7 812 323-46-82 and If you have questions about admission procedure into the SPBU, please, contact Admission Office for foreign applicant +7 812 328 32 91 and

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