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PSU trains linguists, philologists, and specialists who have a good command of foreign languages and cross-cultural communication skills in various areas such as economics, management, law, journalism, tourism, psychology, architecture, design, etc. The university offers 24 foreign languages including Russian as a foreign language.

Founded in 1939.


  • Foreign Languages and International Tourism
  • International Relations
  • Translatology, Russian Studies, and Multilingualism
  • Roman and Germanic Languages, Information and Humanitarian Technologies
  • Judicial

Higher Schools

  • Design and Architecture
  • Management

VK – @pgu_official
Instagram – @pgu_official (Meta is recognized as an extremist organization in Russia)

Tuition fees per year

125,000—195,000 RUB

Foreign citizens coming to Russia from visa countries for studying must get an invitation from the university. They must submit a scanned copy of their passport and completed application form to the Office of International Relations and Academic Programs via email

International Cooperation

  • European Diploma Supplement in English
  • Academic exchange programs: Erasmus+, Fulbright, Mevlana
  • Double degree programs (Linguistics; Cross-cultural Communication; Tourism and Hospitality; Advertising and Public Relations) with partner universities in Austria, Italy, France, and Spain
  • Internships and study placements abroad Summer schools

Information for international applicants
A booklet about PSU in English.pdf

Office Of International Relations And Academic Programs

Head Victor E. Mishin
+7 8793 40 05 27

Preparatory Department

Intensive program for foreign citizens: Russian language, Russian history, and social science

Duration 1 year
Tuition fee 126,000 RUB

Russian Language Courses

Experienced teachers familiarize course participants with grammar, lexis, and speaking and writing standards of the Russian language.

The tuition fee includes

  • Educational program—85,000 RUB for 1 academic year (12 academic hours of Russian language per week, and an option to pay for extra hours)
  • Registration fee—7,000 RUB
  • Transfer (if necessary)—2,100 RUB
  • Dormitory—3,000 RUB per month

The department also conducts intensive summer courses in July.

Center of International Education

Head Irina B. Fedotova

Briones Bill Perfecto Marcial, Equatorial Guinea. Intelligent Systems

Studying and living together with people from different cultures is much harder than learning about these cultures from mass media. However, this is one of the most important experiences I've ever had in my life. I met many kind and responsive people. They helped me adapt to a country that was new to me and supported me while I was staying here. I am extremely grateful to PSU for an opportunity to share my experience with other students and make new friends.

Let's Go To Pyatigorsk From Moscow

Plane: several daily flights, travel time is 2 hours, the fare is 1,040 RUB and more
Train: travel time is 24 hours, the fare is 1,445 RUB and more

Regional Specific Features

Pyatigorsk is a world-famous resort city in southwestern Russia, the capital of the North Caucasian Federal District. Its population is 213,000 people. Pyatigorsk is also known as the student city (over 40,000 students at a few universities).

It is situated in the foothills of the Greater Caucasus ridge at over 500 m above sea level. Mount Beshtau is the highest point in the city neighborhood. From its five peaks, you can see almost all resort cities, Elbrus, and the Greater Caucasus mountain range.

Pyatigorsk is one of 116 historic Russian cities. Here you can visit historic sites dedicated to the life and work of Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, Leo Tolstoy. Among them are the Pushkin Monument, Lermontov Gallery.

Pyatigorsk is

  • wellness environmental and resort and recreational tourism
  • historical and cultural and archaeological pilgrimage
  • cycling, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities

Places Of Interest

Mount Mashuk, Tsvetnik Park, Romanov hospital, Upper and Lower radon baths, Pirogov and Pushkin baths, Aeolian Harp observation pavilion, Gate of the Sunstone arch, Pyatigorsk TV tower, Proval Lake, etc.

Gastronomic Specialties

In Pyatigorsk, you can taste shashlyk, the most famous national dish of the Caucasus, tkemali and chakhokhbili sauces with a lot of spices and fresh herbs, adjika sauce, a dish made from red hot peppers, garlic, coriander, fragrant herbs, and wine vinegar, kharcho soup with beef and rice, bozbash with peas, potatoes, and meatballs.

Average Temperature

+3.8 °С in January
+21 °С in July


  • 9 educational buildings, 5 dormitories
  • One of the largest libraries in the south of Russia (with a total stock of > 850,000 items)
  • 15 language and cultural centers, the business school, the legal clinic, the PROFI-SOTSI-LINGVA volunteer center, the media center
  • The Damkhurts health and fitness center, health improvement facilities on the Black Sea coast

Physical Education And Sports

There are sports centers with table tennis, halls for aerobics and bodybuilding, gyms. Football, tennis, and volleyball are the most popular sports among students.

The university mountaineering club is the best one in the south of Russia. The PSU corporate banner was taken to the peaks of Mount Ararat in Turkey, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Pico de Orizaba in Mexico, Olympus in Greece, East and West summits of Elbrus, Demavend in Iran, Mount Kazbek, Ojos del Salado on the border of Chile and Argentina, Kala Patthar in Nepal, Vesuvius in Italy.


The university offers foreign citizens 2-3-person comfortable dormitories on campus. Also, they can rent an apartment outside the campus on their own. The landlord must register the foreign citizen in the rented apartment.

The well-designed security system includes electronic access cards to enter the university buildings and dormitories, a video surveillance system, 24-hour security guard services.

Pham Tien Chung, Vietnam. Tourism

I'd like to express my gratitude to Pyatigorsk State University. Here I not only gain sound knowledge but also get life experience that will be of use to me later.

Experienced teachers and friendly fellow students always help and support me when I have some difficulties. Also, I say many thanks to our Spiritual Heritage theater club. The time spent there is the best in my student life. I'll never forget it.

International Students Department

  • Consultations for applicants and assistance in admission to PSU
  • Meeting at Mineralnye Vody airport or the railway station in Pyatigorsk (Mon.–Fri., 09:00–17:00), transfer to the university campus, accommodation in the dormitory
  • Comprehensive support in preparing visa, registration, medical, and other documents required to stay in Russia

Head – Anna A. Chernova
+7 938 353-00-10 (WhatsApp и Telegram)
+7 8793 400-222

Abdullohon Mansurov, Tajikistan. International Relations

I entered one of the best PSU institutes—the Institute of International Relations, and there were interesting people, especially teachers, around me. Among them are young specialists, who have graduated quite recently but already take part in international conferences, and experienced professors whose lectures are always interesting and bring together a lot of students. Naturally, I want to look up to such people, so I started studying to reach the same heights some time.

Now I am in my fourth year. What I like most of all is enormous opportunities for extracurricular and public activities provided by the trade union of students and postgraduate students and the volunteer center. Now I have friends across the university. I've gained the skills we can't gain in classrooms but definitely need in our life. I've become a full-fledged member of the big PSU family.

Student life is not just about gaining fundamental knowledge and completing an academic program but also about all-round personal development. PSU offers us a great chance to fulfill ourselves and get the competencies needed for successful future life.

Adaptation Programs

  • Familiarization with the city and its neighborhood
  • Explanation of Russian laws
  • Familiarization with the cultural characteristics of Russia
  • Assistance in solving everyday problems

Psychological Support Programs

  • Original programs for personal development and self-enhancement
  • Workshops aimed to develop creativity, confidence, and leadership skills
  • Professional development workshops, time management
  • Learning process adaptation workshops

Tutoring And Advising Programs

  • Comprehensive tutoring support in exchange education: individual work and teamwork, individual support in the educational environment, ensuring optimal teacher-student interaction
  • Institute of advisors of academic groups and courses: assistance in solving study problems that arise


  • The Annual Friendship Festival "Russia is Our Common Home" including presentations of national dishes, traditions, culture, and performing arts by the university's multinational students
  • University contests for first-year students "Green Apple," weeks of languages, days of institutes of higher schools
  • Festive events and concerts of graduates

PSU International Alumni Association

Arevik A. Gevorgyan
VK – @vipusk_pglu

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