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St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture, SPbGIK

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Description of St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture, SPbGIK

  • Location: St. Petersburg, Russia;
  • Type: mixed;
  • Language of instruction: Russian.

SPbGIK is one of the oldest and largest universities of culture in Russia. It was in this institute that many specialties and areas of education arose, which are currently in demand throughout the country. SPbGIK has created advanced pedagogical, creative schools and methods that are successfully used in many universities.

Educational process

Areas of activity of the Institute:

  • Educational;
  • Research;
  • Artistic and creative;
  • External relations and international;
  • Educational work;
  • Development of human resources;
  • Financial and economic activity;
  • Material and technical base.

Faculties and colleges

  • library and information;
  • Arts;
  • world culture;
  • musical art of pop;
  • socio-cultural technologies.

Scientific achievements

SPbGIK is a center for the development of promising forms of scientific creativity, actively using the results of research activities in the educational process, as well as in the implementation of international and all-Russian projects.

The scientific activity of the Institute consists in:

  • education of highly qualified personnel (postgraduate, doctoral, assistant-internship);
  • participation in annual all-Russian scientific, practical and international conferences;
  • publication activity (to date, 630 articles have been published in the journals of the Higher Attestation Commission, 1605 articles in the journals of the RsCI, 40 monographs, 105 publications on international electronic platforms and 865 other publications).

The Institute also publishes periodical scientific publications, which include collections of conference materials and scientific journals of SPbGIK.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture, SPbGIK

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All year round
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There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
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There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

There are 2 dormitories in SPbGIK. Meals for students and employees of the Institute are organized in the educational buildings. 

Activities St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture, SPbGIK

The institute has the following creative teams and student associations:

  • Vocal ensembles;
  • Jazz bands;
  • Instrumental ensembles;
  • Orchestras;
  • Choreography;
  • KVN;
  • Literary Club;
  • Volunteer movement;
  • Chess Club;
  • Student Council;
  • Football club;
  • Intellectual Games Club.

SPbGIK actively participates in large-scale international and city events. The Organizing Committee of the Institute holds weeks of master classes "Choirmaster's Workshop".

Also, scientific, practical and international events are held annually at the Institute:

  • "Cultural Space: Genesis and Transformations";
  • "Continuing Library and Information Education";
  • "Smyrda Readings";
  • "education of personnel of the socio-cultural sphere: traditions and development strategies";
  • "Culture during the Great Patriotic War";
  • "Education in the field of folk art culture: traditions and modernity";
  • "Cultural Environment and Cultural Practices" (for young researchers).

Publishing activity of the Institute:

  • Book publishing;
  • Gazeta SPbGIK;
  • Collections of conference materials "Proceedings of SPbGIK";
  • Scientific journal "Youth Bulletin of SPbGIK" (included in the RSCI database);
  • Scientific journal "Bulletin of SPbGIK" (included in the List of higher attestation commission and database of the RsCI).

Facilities and equipment at St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture, SPbGIK

  • 6 educational buildings;
  • 2 dormitories;
  • Canteens in educational buildings;
  • Sports complex;
  • Library;
  • Computer room and Internet access;
  • Medical center;
  • Student Polyclinic;
  • Accessible environment.

Admission dates and extra charges

The academic year at SPbGIK begins on September 1 and takes place on a six-day academic week.

Additional paid educational services:

  • Children's Art School;
  • Preparatory courses for entrance tests for applicants;
  • Preparatory department for foreign citizens;
  • Advanced education and professional education programs.

Enrolment process

List of documents for admission:

  • application;
  • identity document, citizenship;
  • document on education;
  • insurance certificate (if any);
  • a document confirming disability or disability (if any);
  • a document confirming the granting of a special right to admission without entrance tests (if any);
  • a document on education issued by an organization whose purpose is to prepare minor students for military or other public service (if any);
  • a document confirming individual achievements (at the discretion of the applicant);
  • two photographs (for applicants based on the results of internal entrance tests).

Enrolment statistics

To date, more than 7,000 students study at SPbGIK, of which about 400 are foreign students.


According to information for 2020, out of 630 graduates of SPbGIK, 550 people were employed.

Current vacancies are published on the official website of the Institute. In addition, the Career Guidance and Employment Center assists students and graduates in finding a job.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

Applicants with secondary general, secondary vocational or higher education, confirmed by the relevant document, are allowed to master the programs.

Admission is held on a competitive basis based on the results of the Unified State Exam and (or) on the basis of the results of entrance examinations conducted by the Institute independently.

Scholarships St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture, SPbGIK

  • scholarships of the President of the Russian Federation;
  • scholarships of the Government of the Russian Federation;
  • scholarships of the Government of St. Petersburg;
  • state scholarships for graduate student;
  • state academic scholarships;
  • state social scholarships;
  • increased state academic scholarships;
  • scholarships for students of preparatory departments;
  • state social scholarships in an increased amount for students of 1 and 2 courses;
  • scholarships;
  • state scholarships for students and students who have performed military service.

Other types of material support for students:

  • scholarships and bonuses;
  • assistance to students in need;
  • payments to students from among orphans and children left without parental care.

Students who have shown outstanding abilities can count on Presidential grants.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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