Guidelines for SPbU students

2019 Students and Researchers Exchange Program in Sciences (STEPS) with Russian Universities

Application Guidelines for Saint Petersburg State University Students


This program aims to foster young undergraduates and postgraduates studying in Japan and Russia for future cooperative development between both countries. We invite students from Saint Petersburg State University (SPbU) to participate in research exchange at Faculty of Science and Graduate School of Science at The University of Tokyo (UTokyo).

NOTE: Please carefully check 5. Host Departments at UTokyo to see which departments you are allowed to intern at.


Applicants must be a current undergraduate (including Specialist) or postgraduate students of SPbU.

3.Number of Admission (per year)

2 students


  • ① Outstanding academic achievement (an average grade ≥4.0)
  • ② Good command of English
  • ③ Strong interest in collaboration between Japan and Russia
  • ④ Permission from SPbU for participation in STEPS

5.Host Departments at UTokyo

Faculty of Science (For undergraduate students)

Department of Mathematics, Department of Information Science, Department of Physics,
Department of Astronomy, Department of Earth and Planetary Physics,
Department of Earth and Planetary Environmental Science, Department of Chemistry,
Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry, Department of Biological Sciences,
Department of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

Graduate School of Science (For postgraduate students)

Department of Physics, Department of Astronomy, Department of Earth and Planetary Science,
Department of Chemistry, Department of Biological Sciences

6.Program Duration

From January 17th to March 24th, 2020

7.Period of Stay

2 weeks to 2 months for undergraduates and Master students

2 weeks to 3 months for PhD students

8.Program Support

  • ① Round-trip flight ticket
  • ② Free accommodation

9.Application Procedure and Documents

Applicants have to submit following documents to SPbU STEPS coordinator (See 12. Contacts)

  • ① Application Form
  • Letter of Acceptance from host professor
  • ③ Research Plan (signed by a scientific supervisor at SPbU)
  • ④ Passport Copy
  • ⑤ English Proficiency Test score copy (TOEFL, IELTS, SPbU Certificate or Reference signed by Head of English Department etc.) (only applicable to score/certificate holders)

NOTE: Each applicant is required to directly contact a professor or an associate professor of the host department and obtain his/her acceptance before applying to the STEPS. Please put the STEPS Office in to the CC when you correspond with a prospective host professor.

For further details, please refer to the SPbU website.

10.Application Period

From September 18th to October 25th, 2019

11.Participant Report

To submit a report within one month of your return in Russia.


SPbU STEPS Coordinator: Mrs. Elena Serova
International Academic Cooperation Department
Tel: +7 (812) 428 43 14

UTokyo STEPS Office