ITMO University (Saint-Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics) is one of the best and oldest higher education institutions in Russia. Our school provides training in advanced science and technology. The history of the University spans over a period of more than 100 years.

Top reasons to study here

  • ITMO University offers double degree Master’s programs with world’s top universities as well as several short-term programs.
  • ITMO University also gives the opportunity to do a variety of internships with its partners in the industry.
  • ITMO University is one of the leaders in preparing elite engineers, scientists and programmers.

Short Courses

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)
Social Sciences (1)



  • 1900 - foundation year
  • 1920 - transformed into Leningrad College of Fine Mechanics and Optics
  • 1930 - became Leningrad Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics (LIFMO)
  • 1994 - was given the status of a technical university
  • 2009 - acquired the status of "National Research University"
  • 2011 - was renamed into St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics


  • International Master’s Programs are an effective combination of delivering knowledge and skills acquired in the student’s chosen major, hands-on experience with industrial partners and language skills enhancement.
  • ITMO University offers you an opportunity to combine an intensive science, programming or language course with visiting historical sites, museums and theatres in the magnificent city of St.Petersburg.
  • Semester exchange programs are an excellent opportunity to dive into a different culture and learning environment.
  • We offer Bachelor’s Degree Programs for 34 majors concentrated in 5 Academic Schools.
  • We offer Master’s Degree Programs for 190+ majors.


Research and development have always been top priorities for ITMO University. Many findings by the researchers of our university in 20th century determined the development of Soviet and global science and technology.

Top research areas
  • Photonics and Optics
  • Intelligent Technology and Robotics
  • Life Sciences and Health
  • Natural Sciences
  • “Smart” Materials, Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
  • IT in Economics, Social Sciences and Art


ITMO University’s Career Services Department offers resources and support to students and alumni through all stages of their career. We also work closely with the industry, government and other stakeholders to create sustainable relationships for internships and employment. Employers in our network provide valuable feedback about most in-demand skills so that we can train the most in-demand workforce.

Over the past several years, the employment rate for our graduates has been over 70 percent, and over 20 percent choose to continue their education. Among employers are top Russian and international companies, including Cisco, LG Electronics, Motorola, PepsiCo, Raiffeisen Bank, Deloitte. 

University Ranking

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Student services

ITMO University’s International Student Council unites and represents the university’s diverse international community. Its goal is to serve as a platform for ensure communication and collaboration between international students, the university and St. Petersburg community.

Housing services

ITMO University has several dormitories at its disposal, all conveniently located either within the campuses or next to the metro stations in St. Petersburg. All campuses of ITMO University are also located within walking distance to the metro stations.

The dorms are multi-story buildings with comfortable rooms. Occupancy depends on availability and influences the cost. There may be from 1 to 4 students sharing a dorm room. Rooms are furnished with the necessary furniture. Some rooms have shared bathrooms. There is a kitchen on each floor of the dorm building, with cooking stoves and countertops. 

Library services

ITMO University offers a vast collection of Russian and international literature on a variety of technical and social disciplines, as well as general interest and fiction.

Our library offers:

  • Scopus
  • Web of Science
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index
  • Journal Citation Reports
  • Russian Online Scientific Library
  • Science Direct
  • Optical Society of America
  • SPIE
  • Springer
  • and others

Medical services

Once you are officially an ITMO University student you are entitled to use the services of the healthcare clinic located at the main campus of ITMO University - Kronverksky ave, 49. Some of the services include first aid, treatment of a variety of acute illnesses, minor injuries and burns, vaccinations, preventive medicine. The doctor can also make referrals to specialists.

Student Life

Sports facilities

Students and staff are welcome to use sporting facilities on 5/7 Vyazemski Pereulok free of charge. The sport center includes a full-size basketball court, a gym with a variety of workout equipment and a climbing wall.

There are also a Student Sports Club “Kronbars" at ITMO University, which unites over 20 sports teams, ranging from basketball and soccer to table tennis and cheerleading. It also offers access to individual sports such as yoga and swimming at various facilities around  town. 

Student clubs

ITMO University’s International Student Council unites and represents the university’s diverse international community. Its goal is to serve as a platform for ensure communication and collaboration between international students, the university and the St. Petersburg community.

Throughout the year, the Council organizes events for that bring our cultures closer, so be sure to check our events page.

The Council is also instrumental in advocating for specific academic and social issues that impact international students at ITMO.


ITMO University is a full member of European University Association (EUA), Association of Technical Universities of Russia and of China, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), European Optical Society (EOS), International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR), St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.

Saint Petersburg, Russia