About us

Are you a programming genius? Do algorithms rule your world? Are you dreaming of your own startup to market your intellectual property?

We want you!

ITMO University is one Russia’s leading higher education and research institutions, specializing in Information Technology, Optical Design and Engineering.

Founded in 1900, today it is home to over 14,300 students and has earned its name “National Research University,” blending the culture of innovation and discovery with world-class education.

Our 14 departments offer an extensive curriculum in fundamental and applied disciplines, with an emphasis on graduate education and multidisciplinary approach. Our focus is on preparing elite scientists, engineers and programmers, notably in the areas of Photonics and Optics, Intelligent Technology and Robotics, IT in Economics, Social Sciences and Art, Life Sciences and Health, Natural sciences, Smart- and Nano- materials and Technology. 

Our 43 international research laboratories generate advanced knowledge and tackle some of the world’s top challenges. The interdisciplinary approach and the culture of innovation are supported by the University’s R&D system of startup labs and tech clusters that in partnership with industry and government, brings new innovative solutions to the market.

With its global reputation for excellence, ITMO University participates in several international programs and offers over two dozen double degrees Master’s and PhD programs with partner universities around the world. Several courses are taught in English.

ITMO University is the home to one of the best centers for the selection and training of young gifted programmers in Russia. Our student team is the only 6-time winner of the ACM-ICPC international collegiate programming contest.

Located in the heart of St. Petersburg, Russia, we are steps away from the Hermitage and other museums.

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