Russian Federation (HCCM) - Saint Petersburg (SZGMU)
Abdominal surgery, Anaesthesiology and Intensive care, Dermatology, Gynecology, Haematology, Endocrinology, Neurology, Cardiovascular surgery, Traumatology, Orthopaedics, Reumatology, Urology
March, April, May
Hospital canteen
Student hostel/Dormitory
We accept students only with student visa.
All students are obligated to bring vaccination card.
Mariia Leontyeva

Saint Petersburg is located in northern Europe, in the north-west of the Russian Federation, on the shore of Finnish Gulf and on the Neva River. The city is an important economic and scientific center of Russia, a large transportation junction.

It is the only city in the world with the population over 1,000,000 which is located so far in the north. Saint Petersburg is the first largest city located in Europe and not being a capital.

Saint-Petersburg is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, being an important center of tourism in Russia. Since 2008, the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation resides in the city.

North-Western State Medical University named after I.I.Mechnikov is one of the biggest medical universities in Russia nowadays. It was formed on October the 12-th,  2011, as a result of merger of two oldest educational medical institutions in Russia - Saint-Petersburg Medical Academy of Postgraduate Studies and Saint-Petersburg State Medical Academy n. a. I.I. Mechnikov.

The founder of Mechnikov university is the Ministry of public health of Russian Federation.

The activity of the University is based on cooperation and coordination of educational, clinical and scientific activity. It makes possible to prepare competent specialists, who possess up-to-date knowledge and are able to use it in practice.

4,200 students (~3000 students on budgetary education form and ~1200 on fee-based educational form) are studying at the University, among them are 500 students from foreign countries.

Besides that, at the University are studying over 670 interns and about 1500 clinical residents, 460 Ph.D. candidates do their postgraduate work. Up to 35 000 specialists undergo their short- and long- term postdoctoral training annually.

Diagnostic and clinical work at Mechnikov University is managed in 6 own clinics, which capacity is 1645 beds and include 25 clinical specializations. Clinical subdivisions of the University provide high-skilled medical help to 40000 patients at hospital and about 300000 outpatiently yearly.

The research work at Mechnikov University is conducted in accordance with recent scientific development directions of biomedical sciences. Considerable attention is paid to studies in the field of health protection and sanitary and epidemiological welfare of population.  The long-term strategy is focused on effective transfer  of fundamental and applied scientific action results and on building supportive scientific-educational environment, what will make possible to prepare specialist of highest qualification.

Department of science is formed for the purpose of development and carrying out the policy of the University in research and innovation activity.

The main objectives of the department is a creation of conditions for effective growth and use of scientific and innovative capacity of scientific divisions and University chairs for solving actual problems of medical science and clinical practice development, strengthening of international scientific authority of NWSMU named after I.I. Mechnikov.

The main lines of activity of the department of science are:

  • implementation of basic points of state policy concerning science, innovations and international cooperation in the field of research scientific work;
  • organization and coordination of divisions activity of the department of science;
  • coordination and support of innovative and research activity of scientific divisions and University chairs;
  • coordination of University public scientific divisions activity (Coordinating Research Council, Academic Council of Scientific Divisions, Council of Student Research Society, Council of young scientists and experts, Local Ethics Committee, Problem Scientific Commissions);
  • improvement of preparation system of scientific top-qualification staff;
  • coordination of work on preparation of scientific conferences and seminars;
  • control of decisions execution of University administration in the field of scientific activity by staff of the department of science and scientific divisions;
  • monitoring of University research scientific work;
  • development of scientific cooperation with higher education institutions, scientific research institutes, enterprises and firms, medical establishments, foreign partners in order to increase integration processes of innovation, science and production.

The structure of medical science in University includes:

Kashkin Research Institute of Medical Mycology

Endocrinology Research Institute

Central Research Laboratory

Research Laboratory of medical navigation innovative technologies

Research Laboratory of laser and magnetic technologies

Research Laboratory of cell technologies

Research Laboratory of functional diagnostic innovative methods

University Research Dental Center


Bilateral students during their exchange period are provided lunches on working days at the hospital or university cafeteria.

Exchange students are usually accommodated at the Student Dormitory in two-beds rooms with wi-fi and all the needs. In the  dorm there are common kitchens so students have an opportunity to cook by themselves. Also the dorm is equiped with a loundry.

For lodging incoming students need to take own towels and some tableware for cooking and eating. The linen will be given to students with a possibility to change it every week.


Saint-Petersburg is a huge city with great distances. No doubt incoming students have to use public transport to get to the clinic and also to city center from the dormitory because it is situated on the rather far peripheral part of S-Petersburg. The way to clinic will take about 30-45 minutes but it depends on the chosen department and its location.
Although for locals car ownership is a highly desirable sign of success and social status, St. Petersburg's public transport network is actually extensive and efficient, if often overcrowded. The metro is undoubtedly the best bet for visitors, and covers nearly all of the city, with new stations opening almost every year. It also has some spectacular station architecture.

Overground transport is bewilderingly varied, but not difficult to use with the help of a few pointers (see individual pages below), and St. Petersburg's latest transport project means that you can even use the city's waterways to get around. The only real disadvantage of the public transport system is the lack of nighttime services, so if you plan to stay out after midnight, you will have to rely on taxis or your own two feet to get home.

Fares for all forms of public transport are comparatively low (around $1 or less for any single journey), but if you are staying in the city for longer than a week, it is probably worth investing in a travel card.


Social program is created for all the weekends by guys from Local Commitees of three Medical Universities in S-Petersburg all together. Besides it includes Welcome party, City Tour, National Food and Drink Party and many excursions, trips and walks on the most beautiful, interesting and charming places of Saint-Petersburg. It can be obligatory tour from Museums to Cathedrals or river and channels cruise or walking on the buildings' roof admiring of magnifisent panorama. Of course it can be corrected by incomings according to their preferences. More than that our Local Commitee is in close contact with other Commitees in Saint-Petersburg and all over Russia so we can organize trip almost to any place in european part of Russia. Usually students try to visit Moscow, Kazan or Nizhniy Novgorod and we can help them with travel.

Picturesque view of St. Petersburg is determined by architecture: straight streets, large squares, gardens and parks, rivers and numerous canals, embankments, bridges, monuments and decorative statues.

The places interesting as architectural masterpieces of the 18th-19th centuries:

  • Peter and Paul fortress
  • Alexander-Neva Lavra
  • Smolny Institute
  • Palace square with Winter Palace
  • Admiralty
  • Nevsky prospect
  • Vasilyevski island spit with the building of stock exchange
  • Senate square with Peter I statue (opened in 1782)
  • Architect Rossi street and Ostrovsky square
  • Arts square
  • Isaak’s square

Among the other interesting places of St. Petersburg are the fountains. The most famous among them is chain of fountains in Peterhof.

In 2005, new fountains were opened on Lenin square. In summer 2006, a fountain was opened near Neva, not far from Vasilyevski island spit. New fountains appeared on Moscow square and other parts of the city.