Founded in 1886, the Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University (ETU-LETI) is one of the oldest higher education institutions in Saint Petersburg.
It is also one of the world’s largest education centres specialising in radio engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and computer science, although it is also very strong in the areas of telecommunications, control processes, biomedical engineering, management and linguistics.
Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University is one of six universities in Saint Petersburg to still have a military department, which many students enrol in so as to satisfy the national requirement for compulsory military service.
As well as academic laboratories for its seven faculties, the research and innovation complex of Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University includes a technology park, eight research and educational centres and five research institutes.
Notable former staff members include A.S Popov, who invented the radio and for whom there is now a memorial museum on campus and Z.I Alferov, who was the Nobel Laureate in Physics for his achievements in the heterostructure field, also worked at the university.
The Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University has many buildings, each of a very different architectural style because they were built in very different ages, from Imperial to Soviet.
St. Petersburg is Russia’s “northern capital” and is renowned for its sights, culture and entertainment, not to mention its beauty and history. Students benefit from free admission to many of its sights and landmarks, including the State Hermitage Museum, Kunstkamera and the Museum of Anna Akhmatova. The St. Petersburg public transit authorities also offer students transportation cards at a discounted rate.