Saint Petersburg State University was founded in 1724 by Peter I the Great and is among the oldest universities in Russia. Today, 32,000 students at 20 faculties are instructed by 6000 teachers. At the university 4000 graduate students and postdocs conduct research.
Freie Universität cooperates with different faculties of Saint Petersburg State University since 1968 and signed in 2012 a contract on a strategic partnership.
For the development of the strategic partnership Freie Universität Berlin und Saint Petersburg State University as first German and Russian universities agreed on a joint seed money fond, which supports new joint projects in their starting phase. The fond is financed equally by both partners and will offer initially 3 calls of funding until 2017.
Details on the strategic partnership and the actual calls can be found on the website of the Center for International Cooperation: https://www.fu-berlin.de/en/international/network/strategic-partnerships/stpetersburg/index.html.
Saint Petersburg State University and Freie Universität founded the German-Russian Interdisciplinary Science Center, which supports interdisciplinary research in natural sciences. As a Center of Excellence it is financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) by means of the Foreign Office and supports research stays and teaching of German and Russian scientists in the area of physics, geophysics, physical chemistry, and mathematics in Germany and Russia.
The program provides every six months mobility and sur place scholarships, which are granted to Russian and German outstanding students and scientists for short-term research stays and teaching. Beyond that, research workshops and summer schools are sponsored.
Further information: http://www.g-risc.org/
Since fall 2014 Freie Universität Berlin and Saint Petersburg State University offer jointly a double degree masters' program in journalism and communication science. The English taught program is open for up to 20 graduates in the area of journalism or communication sciences as well as those who have gained first practical experience in those areas. The program is conducted in Saint Petersburg and Berlin.
The program conveys analytical, methodological and practical competencies, necessary for the understanding and research in the area of global communication and international journalism. 15 Russian and international students are offered program places free of tuition.
The Department of Law of Freie Universität Berlin has the possibility to nominate each year an exchange student for a stuy at Saint Petersburg State University. Eligible to apply are outstanding students with excellent command in Russian for the winter term (beginning of September until the end of January) oder for a whole academic year (beginning of September until the end of June).
Click here for further information (in German only).
Saint Petersburg State University and Freie Universität Berlin have signed an agreement on exchange of researchers and students (information in German).