Life in St. Petersburg is a colorful mix of history, culture, and art combined with clean and convenient modern city living. Considered to be Russia’s most European city, St. Petersburg is home to some of the country’s greatest national treasures – such as the Hermitage Museum and the Peter and Paul Cathedral – as well as the nation’s best contemporary entertainment spots and nightlife. From its numerous museums, art galleries and palaces, to its countless restaurants, bars, and clubs, there is something for everyone in the breathtaking ‘Venice of the North’. So if you’re an avid theatre-goer, a cinema fanatic, an ice-skater, a keen swimmer or a lover of board games, St. Petersburg provides a plethora of opportunities for people interested in all walks of life.
The unique atmosphere of this vibrant northern city emanates from the street itself. The fascinating historical center of St. Petersburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered to be something of a work of art. Grand streets offer an eclectic architectural spectacle for passers-by, and the magnificent bridges which span the Neva River provide a series of stunning panoramic views, especially during the magical White Nights season in June and July when the city is bathed in almost twenty-four hours of sunlight.
The pièce de résistance is St. Petersburg’s famous Nevsky Prospect. This wondrous street boasts almost three miles of shops, theatres, arcades, department stores, cafés, restaurants, cathedrals and much, much more. But Nevsky Prospect is not only significant as a site of trade and commerce. Historically, this spectacular street was also a site of imperial pomp and power (particularly during the reign of Tsar Peter the Great and his royal successors), of some of the world’s finest classical literature (see, for example, Gogol and Dostoevsky), of revolution, of war-time bravery, of parades, festivals and music, and of national pride and celebration for the Russian people. A stroll along this incredible avenue will take you through centuries of Russian history, and all before lunchtime. It will also open your eyes to the expanding multiculturalism of St. Petersburg: hundreds of languages are spoken each day on Nevsky Prospect, and many diverse religious buildings coexist happily on this central boulevard. So what will you discover on the city’s most exciting street?
The European University at St. Petersburg is located at the heart of the historical city center, just a stone’s throw away from the Summer Garden of Peter the Great. Situated in an eighteenth-century marble palace, EUSP is proud to offer three world-class International programs that actively encourage students to interact with the city itself. Our courses, while providing plenty of challenging debate and discussion within the classroom, also take students out of the lecture hall and into the world around them. Historical walking tours, architectural tours, and a number of other cultural and educational excursions ensure that our students come to know St. Petersburg as well as the locals.
Life in contemporary St. Petersburg is so diverse that it satisfies all manner of tastes, but it will also open your eyes to some new and exciting discoveries. The European University at St. Petersburg welcomes you to come and experience Russia’s most European city firsthand, so apply now to start your St. Petersburg adventure.