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Southwest State University
Year found: 1964
Legal form State
Country Russia
City Kursk

Southwest State University (SWSU)



Year found: 1964
Legal form: State
Country: Russia
Awards: Bachelor Degree
                     Specialist Degree
                     Master Degree
                     Doctoral Programmes 
City: Kursk
Study language: English and Russian


Southwest State University was established in 1964 as Kursk Polytechnical Institute, in 1994 it became Kursk State Technical University, and then in 2010 for great achievements in science and education as well as in public activity it was renamed in Southwest State University according to the order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.


The head of the University is Rector Sergey Gennadievich Emelyanov, grand PhD in mechanical engineering, Academician.


Nowadays SWSU is a modern and rapidly developing complex which meets the requirements of a constantly changing world, leading centre of education and science in Kursk.


Grand PhDs and PhDs training is the main objective of the University which determines its future development. The academic staff comprises around eight hundred people: over a hundred of them are full professors, Grand PhDs, and around 500 of them are PhDs.



Southwest State University takes an active part in international activity. It maintains close contacts with more than 70 higher educational institutions of many countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and America, with cultural and scientific organizations as well as with the leading Russian enterprises. Innovations of SWSU scientists in mechatronics and robotics, information technology, machine building are used in aircraft and space industry in Russia and abroad.


Nowadays more than 15 thousand students are getting their degrees in various forms of education. Over 125 qualifications are available at the University. PhD and Grand PhD studies are offered in more than 40 fields. All educational programs meet international higher education standards. The number of educational programs constantly increases. In 2012 the university offered new Art specialities: “Music and Theatre” and “Vocal Art”. The Honored Artist of Russia Irina Starodubtseva teaches here.


SWSU is engaged in development and realization of joint educational programs including distant technologies. Most of them are based upon exchange in the sphere of education and science; some programs focus on joint academic exchange and even double-degree programs (with the universities of Bulgaria, China, Italy, France).


SWSU scientists conduct joint scientific research with their colleagues from France, Germany, Denmark, Great Britain, Poland, Jordan and many other countries. Professors, PhD students and students of SWSU participate in various international and All-Russian conferences and congresses, get their professional training in scientific and educational institutions abroad.


Southwest State University provides first-class equipment, good teaching facilities, a great number of lecture-halls, modern laboratories, computer classes, internet-halls, scientific library. This allows not only to organize the educational process at a high level but also to perform scientific research and to conduct complex practical experiments in such areas as nanotechnology, biomedicine, electrical engineering, etc.


SWSU is a scientific complex with highly developed infrastructure. On the territory of the University campus there is a medical centre, a stadium, sports facilities, a leisure centre and several comfortable hostels for students from other regions of Russia and foreign students.


The University sports complex is one of the best complexes in Kursk region and it is a good ground for training highly qualified sportsmen. International and All-Russian sports competitions and championships are held there. There are 87 masters of sports including honored ones and masters of international level and 89 champions and prize-winners of the Olympic Games, World Championships, European and Russian Championships among the students and graduates of SWSU.


Teams and bands of the Centre of Students’ Creativity Development participate in Russian and international competitions and contests in Russia and abroad. They take part in various concerts and festivals in Kursk and Kursk region having the reputation of the students’ aristocracy of talent. There are a lot of activities for personal creative development at the Centre like theatre, vocal classes, instrumental music (violin, guitar, saxophone, vocal and instrumental ensembles, rock and rap bands, etc.). Every student can develop his skills in singing, dancing or playing musical instruments in this Centre.


Southwest State University is one of the leading universities in the Black Soil Region. It has been training specialists for other countries over 20 years. More than 2 thousand foreign specialists studied at the university and were awarded the qualification of Engineer, Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees.

Now more than 300 students from 44 countries study at the SWSU. Educational programs are available both in Russian and in English. Mastering the Russian language is based upon the new methods taking into account national and specific features of the students. SWSU offers Russian language courses (3 and 6 months period) and preparatory course for foreign students.

Ancient Kursk land is one of spiritual centers of Orthodox Russia. Famous and respected by Russian people Feodosiy Pechersky, Iosaf Belgorodsky, Serafim Sarovsky prayed there.

At present there are 29 Orthodox churches and parishes in the city. In the center of Kursk, Znamensky cathedral is located, it is one of the largest churches in Russia.

To learn the history of the town, to understand its peculiarities one can get to the following museums: traditional ones - of local study, archaeological, of Kursk battle, of Young defenders of the Motherland and also specific ones - of Kursk nightingale and Kursk tram as well as Kursk picture gallery, exhibition halls and art saloons.

When one watches the surrounding panorama seen from the highest point in the city where ancient Kursk fortress was located, it is easy to realize why the Kursk citizens ancestors chose this very place for living and had been defending their city from enemies.

Since mid-1990s, the annual festival “Jazz province” takes place in Kursk. The city day is celebrated on the last Sunday in September.


About 30% of all the industrial potential of Kursk region is concentrated in the city - plants of machine-building and metal-working, chemical and oil-chemical, food, light and construction industries. Two important railway lines cross Kursk: Moscow - Kharkov and Voronezh - Kiev.


There are several universities in the city (Agricultural Academy, Kursk State University, Kursk State Technical University, Kursk State Medical University).

Kursk is rich in architectural monuments of the 19th century. The most outstanding are as follows: merchant Khloponin private residence (the mid-18th century), Kazansky church (1778), the building of the former Nobility Assembly (the end of the 19th century), the building of the former boys’ gymnasium, the building of the city hospital #1 (“Denisyev house”, the 18th century), hetman Mazepa’s chambers (the 18th century).

There are 3 exhibition halls in Kursk (picture gallery of the famous Kursk citizen A.A.Deyneka, the Art fund exhibition hall, Gallery of modern art), 8 libraries, 3 theaters (A.S.Pushkin regional Drama, Young Spectator and Puppet show theater), the philharmonic society.


Bachelor courses taught in English:

Computer Engineering



International Relations



Bachelor courses taught in Russian:


  1. Сourse

  2. History

  3. Law

  4. Fundamental and Applied Linguistics

  5. Journalism

  6. Advertising and Public Relations

  7. Vocal Art

  8. Physical Education

  9. Economics

  10. Management

  11. Innovation Science

  12. Business Information

  13. Tourism

  14. Hotel Business

  15. Sociology

  16. International Relations

  17. Customs Affairs

  18. State and Municipal Management

  19. Bioengineering System and Technology

  20. Medical Cybernetics

  21. Information Technologies and Communication Systems

  22. Computer Science and Engineering

  23. Software Engineering

  24. Information Systems and Technologies

  25. Computer and Electronic Devices Design and Technology

  26. Electric Power Engineering and Electro techniques

  27. Machine-building

  28. Design-Engineering Support of Machine-building Industries

  29. Technosphere Safety

  30. Environmental Engineering and Water Management

  31. Transport Process Technology

  32. Operation of transport and production machines and complexes

  33. Standardization and Metrology

  34. Food Stuff of Plant Raw Materials Origin

  35. Light Industry Product Design

  36. Garment and Textiles Art

  37. Chemistry

  38. Mechatronics and Robotics

  39. Nanotechnologies and Microsystem Technique

  40. Construction

  41. Construction of Unique Buildings and Complexes

  42. Architecture

  43. Heat Power Engineering and Heat Technology

  44. Town Planning

  45. Physics

Master degree courses in Russian:

  1. History

  2. Fundamental and Applied Linguistics

  3. Journalism

  4. Physical Education

  5. Economics

  6. Management

  7. Business Information

  8. Hotel Business

  9. Sociology

  10. International Relations

  11. Psychology

  12. Light Industry Product Design

  13. Nanotechnologies and Microsystem Technique

  14. Standardization and Metrology

  15. Operation of transport and production machines and complexes

  16. Transport Process Technology

  17. Technosphere Safety

  18. Mechatronics and Robotics

  19. Machine-building

  20. Electric Power Engineering and Electro techniques

  21. Bioengineering System and Technology

  22. Computer and Electronic Devices Design and Technology

  23. Heat Power Engineering and Heat Technology

  24. Information Technologies and Communication Systems

  25. Applied Computer Science

  26. Software Engineering

  27. Computer Science and Engineering

  28. Information Systems and Technologies

  29. Construction

  30. Chemistry

  31. State and Municipal Management

  32. Food Stuff of Plant Raw Materials Origin


Dynamics and stability of machines, devices and equipment

Physics of condensed condition 
Physics of semi-conductors 
Physical chemistry

Technology and equipment of mechanical and physico-technical processing

Technologies and equipment of welding

Standardization and goods quality management

Technology and equipment for mechanical and physical and technical processing

Technology and machines for welding manufacture

Devices and methods of the environment, substances, materials and products control

Devices, systems and products for medical purposes

Telecommunication systems, networks and devices

Systematic analysis, management and processing of information (in industry, medicine, ecology)

Elements and devices of computers and systems

Automatization and management of technological processes and manufactures

Management in social and economic systems

Methods and systems of information security, information assurance

Metal study and thermal metal treatment

Technologies and means of farming mechanization

Building constructions, buildings and structures

Heat supply, ventilation, air conditioning, gas supply and lightning

Water supply, sewerage system, systems of water resources protection

Information systems and processes 
History of Russia

History of Science and Technique

Economics and management of national economy

Russian language

Language theory

Theory and history of state and law; history of state and law theory

Constitutional law; municipal law

Civil law; business law; family law; international private law

Criminal law, criminology

Criminal justice, criminalistics and expertise

Administrative law, financial law, informational law

Economical sociology and demogfraphy

Sociology of culture and spiritual life


The university provides living accommodation for students in the international students dormitory.

Students are provided with single or double room.





When student arrive to airport he/she will be met and transferred to university. At university student have orientation and welcome brief. After orientation student will be placed at university hostel.

During all time of studying at university foreign students are supported by qualified team of International Department. All their needs will be satisfied with pleasure. There is very helpful consultancy for students who have educational difficulties. University has own security system.

All university hostels are secured and have time restrictions for guest to ensure safety and good condition of living. The Russian people are well-wishing and peaceful. Cities are secured by powerful police system observation. You will find that we share dry, cynical humor about people and events. There is no racism at all. Strangers will be extremely friendly with you and be impressed that you made the effort to visit their country over their more visited neighbors. Foreign people came to Russia for education or business highly respected by Russian people. So, welcome, Russia is waiting for you!

Each nation has its history and its heroes. The ancient Kursk land with its nightingale songs is an integral part of the glorious history of the Russian people. This place is unique for its centuries-old history and talented citizens. Throughout hundreds of years Kursk played an important role in the development of the Russian State being a key fortress of the Kiev State first and then of the Moscow State, fighting against external enemies, broadening trade links, strengthening economy and defense of the country.

The advantages of studying in SWSU:

· SWSU graduates are highly qualified specialists working all over the world

· High-quality education according to state standards

· Good teaching and technical facilities, one of the largest libraries of the Black Soil Region

· Guarantees for stability and moderate prices

· Variety of educational programs and forms of education

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