Russian Federation (HCCM) - Saint Petersburg (SPBGMU)
Surgery - General, Neurosurgery, Surgery - Pediatrics, Hematology, Oncology, Neurology, Surgery - Urology
July, August
Cafe Lukomoriye
Student Residency
We accept students only with student visa.
All students are obligated to bring vaccination card.
Mariia Vasileva

Saint Petersburg  isthe second largest city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva 
River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea.
Saint Petersburg is often described as the most Westernized city of Russia, as well as its cultural 
capital. It is the northernmost city in the world to have a population of over one million, it has 5 
million population. The area of the city is already 1500 km2. The Historic Centre of Saint 
Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Saint 
Petersburg is also home to The Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world.A large 
number of foreign consulates, international corporations, banks and other businesses are located 
in Saint Petersburg.
More than that St. Petersburg has a lot of manufacturing areas. The number of manufacturing 
squares is up to 700 big organizations. The main directions of industry are shipbuilding, 
metallurgy, mechanical engineering and others. The food industry is highly developed and it has 
large number of biscotterias, bakeries, breweries. 
St. Petersburg is the motherland for the famous Russian football team ‘Zenit’ and is often a host 
city for championships. It is often an area for different international forums.
St. Petersburg is the city on the water and it has a lot of bridges. In the summer white nights you 
can enjoy an overwhelming view of drawbridge. In the dark time of the day the city is generous 
illuminated and gain some mystique notes but it only becomes more attractive with a touch of 


Basic information
Our patients speak russian, some our doctors speak english. It would be really nice if you were 
able to speak russian a little to communicate with patients and doctors. Otherwise, we advise you 
to choose a surgical department. But there are you can always find teachers, residents, interns or 
students who can help you if you ever speak only English.
List of medical university
We have 7 medical university in Saint-Petersburg:
-First Pavlov state medical university (Biggest hospital in Saint-Petersburg ) 
-Medical department from Saint-Petersburg state university
-Saint-Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University
- Kirov Military Medical Academy
- Mechnikov North-Western state medical university
- Medical and Technical College ofSt. Petersburg
-Chemical-Pharmaceutical Academy
Your exchange program will be in Hospitals of Pavlov state medical university.
I.P.Pavlov State Medical University is the major educational, scientific and clinical center of the 
city, one of the leading high schools in Russia. It was founded in 1897 as St. Petersburg 
Women’s Medical Institute, the first medical school for women. Its foundation was a result of  
the unrelenting struggle of Russian democratic intellectuals for the emancipation of women, for 
their right to get high education.
Departments of Women’s Medical Institute have become the centers of development of new 
methods of diagnosis and treatment.
In 1936 the Institute was named after Nobel laureate academician I.P. Pavlov. Then it’s become 
Leningrad Medical University and in 1994 St. Petersburg Medical University of I.P. Pavlov was 
formed on the basis of the Institute.  
Today in the structure of the University there are 10 faculties and 67 cathedras, in the walls of 
the University more than 5 000 students study medical skill. There are more than 100 clinical 
departments which take every day patients from all over the world. 
More than that there’re 11 scientific institutes and centers.
The University has fundamental library, videolaboratory, publishing office,  sport complex and 4 

Research of multilayer polyelectrolyte microcapsules uptake influence on adhesion and migration activity of mesenchymal stem cells.
We accept 2 SCORE students in Haematology department during summer.


We  provide nice lunches in a restaurant once a day from Monday till Friday.


We provide  accommodation for students coming to St. Petersburg  on IFMSA: free for  bilateral 
exchange. You will be accommodated in one of the dormitories of the University.  You should 
take your own towels. But you don't need to take bed linen. 
We always try to organize the meeting on the station/airport. 


St. Petersburg has quite large metro. It has 5 lines and more than 60 stations. So you can easily 
get your place of destination. The price for 1 ticket is 45 rubles (nearly 0,6 Eu). St. Petersburg’s 
Metro has beautiful stations with their own history. The Metro was built in 1936.

Avtovo metro station.

Tramway is the oldest public  transport, which still works. Trolleybuses are also used.
But still the most popular transport after metro is a bus. As well people use private buses and 
taxies, but the last are quite expensive.

The city has 1 airport (LED) with several terminals. The connection with the city center is only 
by buses and privates.
From Moscow you can easily get to St. Petersburg by plane (which are frequent and the trip 
takes 1,5 hour) or by train (near 8 hours) or by Sapsan (it’s also a train but with high speed, and 
the trip takes 4 hours) or you can use a bus. You can also come to the city from Finland, Helsinki 
– take a private bus and 5 hours of sitting, but not expensive.

Sapsan - train

Don’t worry that you’ll be here alone. We have large number of contact persons, who are ready 
to go with you wherever you want and tell you everything they know about the place. We will 
organize excursions to the city center with its museums, palaces, yards, squares and parks....  try 
to take part in all the current social activities in the city. There’re several out-city palaces of the 
empire family, which are open for visits. As well as beautiful Russian Nature, you can enjoy its 
views while going on a short walking tour.

“Must see’s”
How to answer to this question? 
St. Petersburg is the cradle of Russian Empire, despite it has only 300 years beyond. But 
throughout these years the city has been developing from day to day, from year to year, from 
generation to generation. And you can see that wonderful mix of cultures and views of different 
people, of different times.

You need to bring:
• Health insurance
• Equipment: 
• White coat
• Surgical suit 
• Stethoscope 
• Shoes for hospital 
• Pocket money
• For July-August – bathing suit & towels and the same for any season if you like swimming