For foreign students

International Students Office (3rd floor, office 307)
Address: 2, Glinki ul., liter «А», St.Petersburg, 190000, Russia
+7 (812) 644-99-88 , ext. 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355

Dean for International Students Affairs: Natalia Agababova, Ph.D.

Bachelor Degree
Duration of studies: 4 years.
Areas of training:
Instrumental Music Performance
Vocal Performance
Choreography (Choreographer)
Choreography (Ballet-master/ Assistant Choreographer)

Specialist Degree
Duration of studies: 5 years. Master level.
Areas of training:
Concert (Instrumental) Performance
Symphony Conducting
Choral Conducting
Vocal Performance (Opera Singing)

Post Graduate Performance Course (Assistentura-stazhirovka)
Duration of studies: 2 years.
Pre-requisite: Specialist /Master degree
Areas of training:
The Art of Instrumental Music Performance
The Art of Vocal Performance
The Art of Conducting (Symphony Conducting, Choral Conducting)
The Art of Composition

Doctorate course (Aspirantura)
Duration of studies: 3 years.
Pre-requisite: Specialist/Master degree
Areas of training: Musical Art, Theory of Music
All doctoral students are expected to complete a research thesis by the end of the third year.

Special Training Non-degree Course
Duration of studies: 3 months in the limits of academic year
Pre-requisite: Diploma/ Academic certificate (Music, Dance).
Individual program (minimum 8 hours per week).

Preparatory Course
Duration of studies 10 months (september 01 - june 30).
Foundation Courses (Ear Training, Music Theory, Instrument/ Voice/ Dance, Russian Language)

Admission to the Conservatory is a three step process:

  • On-line application (Application for admission accompanied by the necessary documents and a video recording of applicant's performance)
  • submiting Complete application upon arrival
  • taking entrance examinations in the conservatory (Please see section Departments & Entry requirements and Russian language requirements)

Specialist degree, Bachelor degree, Preparatory Course

Complete application must be received by the Conservatory in the following period: 14.05.2018 - 28.06.2018

Deadline for receiving video recordings/ sheet music: 14.05.2018

Specialist degree - Entrance examinations Examination dates 2018
53.05.01 The Art of Concert Performance (piano, organ, orchestral instruments, folk instruments) - 26.05.18; 02.07.2018 - 07.07.2018
folk instruments  
53.05.04 The Art of Music and Theater (Opera singing) - 26.05.18; 02.07.2018 - 07.07.2018
53.05.02 Artistic Direction of Symphony Orchestra and Academic Chorus. Artistic Direction of Symphony Orchestra - 26.05.18; 02.07.2018 - 07.07.2018
53.05.02 Artistic Direction of Symphony Orchestra and Academic Chorus. Artistic Direction of Academic Chorus - 26.05.18; 02.07.2018 - 07.07.2018
53.05.06 Composition - 26.05.18; 02.07.2018 - 07.07.2018
53.05.05 Musicology - 26.05.18; 02.07.2018 - 07.07.2018
Russian language examination - 26.05.18; 02.07.2018 - 07.07.2018


Bachelor degree – Entrance examinations Examination dates 2018
52.03.01 The Art of Choreography: The Art of Choreographer, The Art of Ballet-master - 26.05.18; 02.07.2018 - 07.07.2018
53.03.02 The Art of Instrumental Music Performance piano; violin, viola; cello, bass; flute, oboe, saxophone - 26.05.18; 02.07.2018 - 07.07.2018
53.03.03 The Art of Vocal Performance - 26.05.18; 02.07.2018 - 07.07.2018
53.03.05 Conducting Symphony Orchestra Conducting; Academic Chorus Conducting - 26.05.18; 02.07.2018 - 07.07.2018
Russian language examination - 26.05.18; 02.07.2018 - 07.07.2018


Preparatory Course

Deadline for applications: 28.06.2018
Periods of studies: 01.09.18 - 30.06.19

Special Training Non-degree Course

Course periods in 2018/2019 academic year: 17.09.18 - 14.12.18; 04.03.19 - 31.05.19

Post Graduate Performance Course - Assistentura-Stazhirovka

Deadline for applications: 30.06.2018

Entrance Examinations Examination dates 2018
53.09.01 The Art of Instrumental Performance 02.07.18 - 08.07.18
piano __.07.17
organ __.07.18
strings __.07.18
woods __.07.18
brass __.07.18
folk instruments __.07.18
53.09.02 The Art of Vocal Performance 02.07.18 - 08.07.18
53.09.05 The Art of Conducting (Symphony Conducting) 02.07.18 - 08.07.18
53.09.05 The Art of Conducting (Academic Choral Conducting) 02.07.18 - 08.07.18
53.09.03 The Art of Composition 02.07.18 - 08.07.18
Russian language examination 02.07.18 - 08.07.18


Doctorate Course – Aspirantura


Entrance Examinations Examination dates 2018
50.06.01 Musical Art 02.07.18 - 08.07.18
Russian language examination 02.07.18 - 08.07.18


Admission of foreign citizens, persons without citizenship and compatriots living abroad for study at educational organizations of higher education in the Russian Federation by budgetary appropriations of federal budget within the quota

Number of places in 2018:
Specialist degree programmes
53.05.01 The Art od Concert Performance. Number of places: 1
53.05.06 Composition. Number of places: 1
Bachelor degree programme
53.03.06 Musicology.& Applied Music. Number of places: 1

Live auditions in the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory will take place in the following periods:
19.03.2018 - 24.03.2018 and 02.07.2018 - 20.07.2018

For more information, please contact the International Students Office
Also, see more at: and

Step 1. Choose the programme and review the requirements and application deadline dates.
Step 2. Submit the following via e-mail:

  • Application for admission
  • Video recording of your performance* (2 or 3 pieces in avi/ mp4/ fvl format) for preliminary presentation. Composition applicants are required to submit a copy (sheet music) of two compositions.

Scan copies of the following documents:

  • Passport valid 1,5 years from the date of arrival
  • Diploma (complete secondary education/ university education) and a transcript (list of subjects and marks/grades) – both documents (diploma & transcript) with apostil seal/ legalization
  • Russian translation of the diploma and the transcript certified by Russian notary
    / Russian consulate in your home country

In the case your preliminary presentation (a video-recording of your performance) is approved, and the documents are accepted, International Students Office will inform you about Entrance examinations dates. International students from visa countries arrive for Entrance examinations on the grounds of a tourist visa. The conservatory does not issue official invitations and does not offer a stay in the Students residence for the period of Entrance examinations.

Step 3.For the applicants who submitted Complete application documents and passed entrance examinations, the Conservatory order an official invitation. It takes approximetly 35 days to have it ready. International Students Office will inform you about the date when your official invitation is ready.

Step 4. To get the invitation you may order a delivery service company (DHL, FedEx, TNT, etc). You should order and pay the delivery at the local delivery company office. The address of the Conservatory: International Students Office, room 307, 2, Glinki ul., St.Petersburg 190000 Russia
Please send us your current address and the tracking number of your letter.

Step 5. Upon receiving the invitation, apply to the Russian consulate in your home country for your visa.

Step 6. Buy a ticket and inform International Students Office about the date of your arrival.

Step 7.Please note that your first visa is a one-entry visa and is valid for three months. In order to have it extended you must apply to the authorities in St. Petersburg no later than one month prior to the expiry date of your current visa. We strongly recommend you to arrive within the first month of your visa validity. The applicant arriving later than 5 weeks prior to his/her first visa expiry date, cannot have his/her visa extended.

Step 8. Make sure that upon arrival you must submit originals of the following documents:

  • Copy of Passport (Passport must be valid minimum 1,5 years from the date of arrival)
  • Migration card (obtained when crossing the border)
  • Diploma (complete secondary education/ university education) and transcript (list of subjects and marks)
  • Russian translation of your diploma and transcript certified by the notary
  • Results of expert examination of applicant's Diploma. More information can be found at
    In the case there is no arrangement between your home country and the Russian Federation on mutual recognition of educational qualifications - Certificate of recognition of secondary school/university diploma from Rosobrnadzor. Please see information at


  • General health certificate on your current health condition
  • For physical education obligatory class all first- year students must submit medical assessment reports from: otolaryngologist, surgeon, ophthalmologist, neurologist, for girls - gynecologist; also test results: complete Blood Count, urinalysis, chest X-ray (valid 1 year ), vaccination certificate.
  • Health Insurance Policy for 1 year/ period of studies
  • 8 photos (3x4 cm)

Please note that all the applicants must have their migration card registered within three days upon arrival. Applicants are strongly recommended to come to the conservatory on the next day after arrival to St. Petersburg.

Tuition fees for foreign students 2018/2019 academic year


Accomodation fees for foreign students

Academic calendar 2017/2018


The academic year lasts ten months and consists of two semesters.


1 Semester: 01.09.17 – 25.01.17

Examination session: 29.12.17 - 25.01.18

Winter vacations: 26.01.18 – 08.02.18


2 Semester: 09.02.18 – 05.07.18

Examination session: 08.06.18 - 05.07.18

Summer vacations: 06.07.18 – 31.08.18


Special Training Non-degree course participants


Special Training Non-Degree Course programmes are available for three months in the limits of the academic year, and not available in January and June.

The period of the Special Training Course stated in the Study Agreement and cannot be extended.

Special Training Course programmes must be paid in full within 14 bank days upon making the Study Agreement.


Conservatory is closed on the following dates:


04 November – Consent and Reconciliation Day (no classes)

01- 10 January – New Year and Christmas celebrations

22-23 February – Fatherland Defender’s Day (no classes)

07-08 March – International Women’s Day (no classes)

01- 03 May – Spring & Work Day (no classes)

09 - 11 May – Victory Day (no classes)

11-13 June – Day of Russia (no classes)

St. Petersburg Conservatory was founded in 1862 following the initiative and through the active organizational skills of the renowned pianist and composer Anton. Rubinstein.

During its first year as many as 179 students were enrolled, the number went up to 200 in later years. Many renowned musicians were among the conservatory professors. The names of the first graduates occupy a prominent place in the history of world music. Among them there is the name of the famous Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky, who was awarded a silver medal upon his graduation in 1865. His name is carved first into a marble plaque.

A great influence on what will later become a school of composition and theory was N. Rimsky-Korsakov, whose contribution to conservatory life was immense.

Currently, the conservatory has 6 departments: department of composition and conducting, piano, orchestral instruments, voice and stage directing, musicology, and folk instruments. The departments can boast of the world famous composers, conductors, singers, pianists, organists, orchestra instruments performers, opera directors, ballet masters, musicologists.

At the turn of the XXI century the conservatory aims to revive and expand the tradition of the predecessors. Many graduates became laureates of prestigious international competitions, holding prominent places in the musical world. The conservatory is actively involved in International symposiums and master classes both as an organizer and a participant. For years the conservatory has maintained cooperation with the largest universities and music schools of Hamburg, Dresden, Koln, Wrozlaw, Rotterdam, Boston, Birmingham and others. The year 2001 marked the beginning of the annual event «The International Conservatory Week Festival».

The conservatory’s pride is the building which was constructed in 1896 especially to fit for the school’s purposes, it houses the Opera and ballet theater and Glazunov concert hall.

Currently the conservatory employs more than 400 teachers and provides education for over 1300 students. Since 1975 the conservatory has been actively enrolling foreign students whose total number today is estimated to be 250 people from 38 countries of the world. Conservatory graduates are among the most sought after in the world: they easily secure jobs in the best symphonic orchestras, perform as soloists for the prestigious stages, direct ballets and operas, at the same time continuing the tradition of the Russian musical education, working as teachers for music schools, academies and universities.

Schedule of entrance tests (download)