ITMO University is the leading educational and scientific centre in the field of optical and information technology. In 2009 University received a designation of the "National Research University", since 2013 ITMO University participates in 5-100 Russian Academic Excellence Project. Alumni of ITMO University successfully work in more than 45 countries around the world. The main scientific and educational areas: optical and information technology, nanotechnology, biotechnology, computer science, electronics, environment, energy, economics and urban studies. The University cooperates with more than 170 partners around the world, provides 18 international double degree programs, 10 percent of students study abroad on academic mobility programs each year. More than 40 international research laboratories at the University headed by world’s and national leading scientists. ITMO University enters the top-100 QS BRICS rankings, Eastern European and Asian rankings of world universities and international subject rankings. ITMO University team became Absolute World Champions at ACM World Programming Contest. Currently, the team is the only seven-time winner of the world championship. More than 13500 full and part-time students, including over 1900 foreign ones, are trained annually. 158 curricula are realized in ITMO University: 24 programs for training Bachelors (4 years), 78 programs for Masters (2 years); 1 specialists training program (5 years), 55 post-graduate training programs (4 years). The languages of training are Russian and English (21 programs for Masters). Foreign students have an opportunity to optionally study Russian at preparatory department of the ITMO University. ITMO University carries out fundamental research in such fields as: Quantum Electronics and Nonlinear Optics, Biophotonics, Physical Optics and Spectroscopy, Laser Technology, Energy Monitoring, Computer Technology, Biotechnology and Refrigerating Engineering and others. Students have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of university life: academic community, social activities, sports and recreation, cultural events, innovation and entrepreneurship. Foreign Student Council helps foreign students adapt to university life. Most campuses of the University is located in the historical centre of St. Petersburg. The University has several dormitories at its disposal, all conveniently located next to the metro stations in St. Petersburg in areas with developed infrastructure: large supermarkets, recreational facilities, shopping and entertainment centers. ITMO University infrastructure is aimed at improving the training, accommodation, student life and visa support.
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