Novosibirsk State University is a unique place where you can obtain knowledge and skills in the fields of natural sciences, engineering and humanities. You can receive a high-quality higher education and build a future career in a wide range of fields including science, education, technologies, business and many more. NSU graduates are members of the world science and business elite and are in high demand in various fields in throughout the world.
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This program has been offered to students since 2013. It is aimed at studying the spiritual heritage of Asian and African countries. Students get acquainted with the peculiarities of painting, architecture, sculpture, landscape gardening, arts and crafts, religion and customs of the peoples of China, Korea, Japan, the Middle East and Africa. The course offers general training in the theory of art and museum practice. Students are offered many narrow specialised courses that introduce them to different genres and art forms, including music, porcelain and ceramics, textiles and silk weaving, costume, procedural art (the tea ceremony, arranging flowers and creating aromatic compositions). Preparation in Art History gives the students an opportunity to work as experts on traditional and modern oriental art, curators of art projects, customs experts.
This program is aimed at a comprehensive study of the history and ethnology of Oriental and African countries. It takes a systematic approach to the study of history of the East and North Africa from the ancient times to the present. Students gain an in-depth understanding of the political, socio-economic and cultural development of the peoples under study. They focus on special features in the development of consumer culture, traditions and customs of Oriental and African countries. During the course the students gain a profound understanding of the evolution in political, socio-economic, religious and philosophical concepts of the East and their impact on people's minds.

This program is aimed at a comprehensive study of the languages and literature of Oriental and African countries.

In the process of study, students learn the essence of linguistic phenomena and linguistic terminology. Courses offered in this program cover current problems in modern linguistics and its concepts. Students become familiar with the peculiarities of Oriental Philology, methodology and methods of analysis of Oriental Languages. They also learn theoretical basis of modern literary criticism, literary history of Asia and a range of specific features of eastern poetics. They are introduced to the translation theory and the peculiarities of texts in the target language. Theoretical understanding is accompanied by practical work: translation, analysis and commentary on different text genres in the literatures in Oriental languages. In the process of study the students are given a unique opportunity to try themselves out as discoverers: fragments of inscriptions in the ancient Egyptian language as well as texts in the ancient Chinese language, including classical Chinese literature in a variety of national versions that were created in East Asian countries are studied and analyzed.
If in the program in Mathematics and Computer Science students study different programs and tools to operate them, then what is important in the program in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science is the subject area. Let’s discuss a simple example. If an applicant likes to write computer programs in a certain software development environment, it will be easy for him/her to find what to do in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science program. However, if an applicant wants to create a new software development environment, the program in Mathematics and Computer Science will suit him/her more.

In the program in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science the students are engaged in the following activities:

  •  the development of efficient computational algorithms in various areas of mathematics;
  •  the use of high performance computing in solving the problems that require processing of large amounts of data (effective implementation of computational algorithms, the creation of distributed information systems, for example, satellite data processing);
  •  computational methods for large-scale problems (computational aerodynamics, modeling of physical fields, particle transfer in the continuum, etc.);
  •  mathematical methods of information processing and their application in decision making and management tasks (digital signal processing, including video and audio, image recognition, management systems, for example, navigation positioning data processing GPS / GLONASS;
  •  the use of probabilistic and statistical methods for solving scientific and technical problems (Monte-Carlo methods in modeling physical and chemical processes, discrete-stochastic methods of numerical analysis);
  •  mathematical economics (analysis of financial markets, banking and insurance assessment of risks, optimal economic management of enterprises and industries);
  •  modeling of natural and man-made disasters (earthquakes, tsunamis, mathematical models in ecology);
  •  software development for hardware and software management systems (on-board computers, process and plant management).
Business Computer Science is the science of designing, developing and implementing information and communication systems in business. This is a new promising area of professional activity, emerging at the intersection of economics, management and control of information and communication flows.

Many new companies conquer the global market using such technologies. The development of information systems has also become a necessity for mature companies. A thorough understanding of technologies is a necessary, but not sufficient factor for the successful transfer of all types of information in digital form. This task requires a comprehensive knowledge of business processes, management and economics.

Business Computer Science is one of the key areas for organizations striving to improve the efficiency of their business and gain a competitive advantage. It embodies much more than just the computer science or information technologies: it brings together the knowledge in the field of business, management and social skills as well as in the field of work with information.
Within the framework of this field, specialists with a broad economic knowledge are trained. The student receives a large base of economic and mathematical knowledge useful in scientific and applied economics. The Faculty offers a combination of theoretical courses and applied subjects, which cover a wide range of different fields of economic science.
A graduate of this trend can be considered economic processes and phenomena in terms of costs and benefits associated with them and know how based on such analysis to make effective decisions, allowing it to become an analyst or economist leading companies in the world.
The program in fundamental and applied linguistics is aimed at preparing the Bachelor’s holders with a command of mathematical methods to describe and study the language. This program is interdisciplinary in nature with language being taught in combination with linguistics, mathematics, computer science, cognitive science and neuroscience.

The student learns:
• to explore the hidden laws of the language associated with the logical, cognitive and neurophysiological aspects of human language activity;
• to understand mathematical and computer modeling of linguistic structures and categories as well as various aspects of human language activity;
• to develop and implement computer tools for linguistic research;
• to create and maintain electronic linguistic resources (corpora and dictionaries) and automatic text processing programs.

Students majoring in geology choose one of the two following specializations: historical geology and paleontology or general and regional geology.

Students majoring in the first field learn to work with fossilized animals, plants and microorganisms to determine the age of layered rocks. They become specialists in the Earth's history, its origin and evolution of life. Paleontologists study the ancient forms of life, geographic and climatic conditions of their habitat as well as the rocks formed by them; while the earliest species of organisms are studied through fingerprints and traces of their activity.

Students majoring in geology acquire a profound understanding of the interaction between the biosphere and geospheres as well as the cycles and processes occurring on Earth. Since the natural cycles correlate with the geological ones, it is very important to study ancient life to understand the current trends in climate. It can be said that without historical geologists and paleontologists modern geology as a science would not exist, since a common scale of geological time is based on paleontological data. It is thanks to these data that it has become possible to create geological maps. Understanding the conditions for the existence of living organisms and disposal of living species makes the specialists in this area very popular in the field of hydrocarbon exploration because they can describe the conditions for the formation of rocks, including oil and gas deposits that make oil and gas fields.

Students majoring in general and regional geology deal with a wide range of tasks. A small ore occurrence as well as a whole continent or a mountain range can become the objects for exploration. Geologists study the ancient river systems, the traces of the recent earthquakes and global glaciation, the structure of the ancient and modern volcanoes, the relief and its relation to geological structure, the movement and interaction of lithospheric plates, the deformation of the Earth's crust, the causes mountain growth and the destruction of supercontinents. Using the detailed descriptions of outcrop geological structures, space images of the surface of the earth and drilling data, students majoring in geology can understand the most complex geological situations. They can determine rock types and their probable age, how they were formed and draw a geological map of the area, which will be an interpretation understandable for every specialist.

Such a graduate can restore the sequence of geological events, their causes and consequences, thus s/he is in high demand in both research and industrial organizations.

In addition to research activities, the geologist can lead the development of an oil field, exploring ore bodies, and draw conclusions about the direction in which the drilling should continue. Also, by exploring the deposit and its location s/he can determine the location of the source. A geologist can lead the expedition engaged in a comprehensive mapping and prospecting. Graduates with this specialisation can easily find application in organizations working with geo-information systems and remote sensing data.

Curriculum in geophysics differs significantly from that in geochemistry, geology and oil and gas. The students of Geophysics undertake an in-depth study of physical aspects of geological processes: nuclear physics, the physics of the Earth, mining geophysics and more. The students have an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the basic principles of geophysical exploration for mineral resources and the study of contemporary processes in the Earth’s crust. Geophysicists explore the deep structure of the Earth by interpreting the instrumental measurements of natural or artificially created earth fields. For example, many ores have magnetic properties, and their deposits create anomalies in the earth's magnetic field. A geophysicist can detect such an anomaly, conducting reconnaissance on the ground and analyzing geophysical fields with the appropriate tools. S/he can estimate the size and shape of the anomaly and, therefore, to assess the amount of ore in each deposit. Also s/he can do both conventional mapping and explore virtually any kinds of minerals, including oil and natural gas. Based on the data of the gravitational and magnetic survey and seismic exploration, companies estimate prospective oil and gas areas and plan the location of the first exploration wells. In addition to mapping and exploration, a geophysicist can also address the environmental and geotechnical tasks, including monitoring of modern seismic and volcanic activity areas. S/he can observe an earthquake in real time, visualize the magma chamber of a volcano or the movement of tectonic plates. S/he can also observe how they interact and where the deformation occurs. Thus, a geophysicist can forewarn about the possibility of a major earthquake and its consequences, such as, for example, a tzunami, and predict the strength and mode of its eruption by tracking the activity of a volcano
The student of geochemistry may get engaged in the study of mineralogy, that is, to study the composition, properties, structure and conditions of formation of minerals; s/he can study petrography, i.e., the description of the composition and structure of rocks; geochemistry, i.e., the study of the cycle of chemical elements in geological processes; geology of ore deposits, i.e., the study all types and structure of ore bodies and the conditions of their formation. The student of geochemistry learns to use modern equipment, allowing for the exploration of the crystalline material at the most detailed level and can successfully take part in a special mineralogical practice at real fields. S/he also finds out where and how to find the rarest and the most valuable ores and minerals. A geochemist can become a specialist in exploration, but, unlike a geophysicist, s/he conducts the exploration by hands: collects samples from the surface or by means of drilling or blasting, studies their structure and composition and draws a conclusion about the type of ore and its possible amount under the ground. A geochemist can distinguish an ore from a precious metal, has an idea about raw materials for the chemical and nuclear industries; in other words, all his/her activity is concentrated around the evolution of the Earth's substances and minerals. Such specialists are in high demand in exploration and production companies in Russia, CIS and the near-abroad countries.
Petroleum engineering students learn to identify types of fossil fuels (oil, gas, and coal), classify their deposits and understand the conditions for their formation. They study organic chemistry as well as the subjects in the Economic and Legal Modules deeply, allowing for an in-depth understanding of the Russian laws regulating subsoil use and of how a given field is classified according to the economic indicators.

Using the results of geophysical survey data processing, the results of drilling and the conclusions of geological and geochemical studies, graduates in Petroleum Studies can evaluate the petroleum potential of a given territory. In other words, the graduates of the Department of Geology and Geophysics can interpret complex scientific information to build a model of the field and set out its development strategy. They are ready to carry out similar work at a research institute both in Russian and foreign oil and gas companies or other industrial organization.
Training includes several thematic modules, which covers more than 10 specialized disciplines in archeology and ethnography. The main areas of specialization in this field include Archaeology of Siberia, the Far East, Central Asia and East Asia, the Pacific coast; social and economic organisation of ancient societies; history of military art of the peoples of Central Asia; primitive art and ethnography of Siberia. These courses are taught by the leading scholars in the field of archeology and ethnography of Siberia and the Far East and the leaders of the schools of thought Archaeology of Southern Siberia and Central Asia, Archaeology of Western Siberia and Archaeology of North Asia. The training program includes field trips and summer field schools, which enable the students to master the expedition techniques and the latest archaeological and ethnographic laboratory techniques.
Research is primarily done in history of the ancient world and the Middle Ages. The main areas of specialization include the following: history and sociology of culture, the history of the spiritual life in age of Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and religious studies. Social and political history and culture of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, the history of Western Europe in the Middle Ages, the history of educational thought in Europe in the modernity, political history of Western Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region at the present stage are studied in the program.
The priority area of study is the place and importance of the Siberian region in the Russian historical process. Two scientific and educational centers operate within the department: Historical Siberian Studies and Dynamics of and Experience in the Russian socio-cultural transformations. Teachers specialising in this field give lectures on the history of the country, the national historiography and source study, the history of Russian culture, Siberia history and auxiliary historical disciplines.
Students majoring in television journalism
produce their own television programs as correspondents, cameramen, directors, screenwriters and film editors. In the Department’s Training Centre here is a studio for video recording and the most advanced equipment for filming, sound recording and editing. The list of majors includes the following: Fundamentals of TV journalism, Fundamentals of Cinematography, and Film editing among others. The courses are taught by practitioners with a creative approach and understanding of the current trends and market demands.
As part of this specialization the students are completely immersed in the process of creating radio programs in various genres: news bulletins, analytical programs, talk shows, music releases among others. Each student can try him/herself out as a reporter, presenter, editor or a sound engineer. The instructors who teach in this program are practicing radio journalists, sound engineers, and editors working at Novosibirsk radio stations.
Specialising in Print Media helps students to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Media and Internet publications. Students who choose this major can try themselves in the capacity of a managing editor, learn the main rules and secrets of newspaper layout, practice writing their own texts in a variety of genres: from news reports to columns and analytical reviews. This specialisation offers students a chance to study such subjects as Photo Journalism, Modeling of Publications, Creative Writing, Visual Journalism, Media Design and Printing.
Here future translators learn to understand different aspects of translation theory, its ethnic peculiarities and features, master literary editing, annotation and abstracting. Practical activities the students are involved in enable them to master simultaneous, written and oral translation skills. The graduates are trained to translate written and spoken foreign language materials in a variety of genres and many other things.

Here future specialists are taught to understand not only the lexical and grammatical system of a foreign language, but also taught modern methods of teaching in the framework of communicative activity approach. The students receive theoretical and practical skills in communication strategies, learn to understand the psychology of the individual, develop an understanding of pedagogical anthropology, theory of teaching foreign languages and much more.
This specialisation is aimed at preparing highly-qualified specialists in intercultural communication and international relations. Anyone who wants to understand the peculiarities of a foreign culture and learn about the intricacies of communication with representatives of other countries, can choose to specialise in this area. The main emphasis is placed on the study of the theory and practice of intercultural communication. Here the students study social psychology, sociolinguistics, cultural anthropology, learn to apply the strategies of conflict resolution through practical training, simulate and manage communication processes of participants in the dialogue, skilfully manage discussions and acquire role and business games moderation skills.
Within the framework of this specialisation senior level management professionals are prepared. A professional manager should possess knowledge of technologies that enable organizations to achieve the goals, using the intellectual abilities, work and the motives of behavious of other people. In a competitive market environment, not least the ability to put the right targets, see the desired state of the company in the future and reach it.

Students majoring in Management are future managers with fundamental knowledge in the field of economy. The training program is aimed at providing economic training and the formation of practical skills in business and management. The program focuses on compliance with the qualification requirements of employers of graduates, representing the real sector of the economy, public administration and science, as well as modern trendson the labor market.

On the one hand, students majoring in Mathematics represent the mathematicsl elite of our country. These are reseearch mathematicians, that is, people who must ensure the growth and development of mathematics itself. Every year the world-famous research centers in Russia and abroad are replenished by the graduates from NSU, who have followed the path from being a student to making a Master’s degree and then a PhD.

On the other hand, graduates with a degree in Mathematics are broadly educated specialists capable of independent research work, who know well how to use mathematical methods in applications. For example, geometricians and topologists can engage in computational topology and solve applied problems related to computer modeling, computer graphics and visualization. Experts in number theory, which seems to be very theoretical at first glance, are engaged in cryptography, i.e. the methods of information security, data integrity, and verification of authorship authenticity or other properties of the object. The most striking proof of the fact that pure mathematics is necessary for solving applied problems is the theory of probability and mathematical statistics. Specialists in this field are engaged in studying risk analysis theory of insurance companies, queuing theory among other things.

Thus, the graduates with a Maths degree are in high demand in all areas where mathematical methods and computer technology are used as well as in research centers and educational institutions.

Students majoring in mathematics are engaged in research in the following areas:

  •  Algebra and Number Theory
  •  Mathematical logic and the foundations of mathematics
  •  Probability theory and mathematical statistics
  •  Mathematical and functional analysis
  •  Geometry and topology
  •  Differential equations and mathematical physics
  •  Computability theory and the theory of algorithms.
Modern mathematics and computer science are vital for high-tech industry: the more difficult the task of the real world, the more difficult its mathematical model, which is analytically examining, mathematics suggest methods for solving the original problem, including algorithmic. In turn, reliable and efficient implementation of algorithms requires a deep understanding of the properties of computer systems and ways of working with them. The graduates of the program in mathematics and computer science have such understanding.
Students majoring in this field are engaged in studying the following fields:

  •  bioinformatics;
  •  coding theory;
  •  theory and database applications and information systems;
  •  theory and practice of parallel programming;
  •  discrete optimization;
  •  graph theory;
  •  applied and computer algebra;
  •  engineering;
  •  analysis and computer software systems of varying complexity;
  •  fundamental and applied logic;
  •  theoretical computer science.
The program in Mechanics and Mathematical modeling focuses on the study of the following problems:
• numerical methods in continuum mechanics;
• hemodynamics, the study of blood flow characteristics in the body;
• application of mathematical methods and mathematical modeling in scientific research;
• mechanics of liquids, gas and plasma (shipbuilding, aviation, space flights);
• solid state mechanics (mechanics of composites, mechanics of geomaterials, elasticity theory, cracking theory);
• investigation of transfer processes in microgravity and on the micro scale;
• simulation of the motion with phase transitions;
• theory of gravity and thermal convection thermocapillary;
• flows in porous media (oil and gas);
• dynamics of viscous plastic fluid (drilling wells, avalanches);
• numerical simulation of the interaction between elastic structures with fluid (the wave interaction, for example, of bridges).

Philology brings together different areas of the humanities: literature, linguistics, history and culture. Students majoring in these fields acquire unique knowledge and skills relevant to the modern world and necessary to succeed in it: a high level of literacy, fluency in foreign languages, the ability to quickly and accurately complete analytical work of any complexity.

Russian philology
Students gain fundamental knowledge in literature, the Russian language, its history, contemporary status and development trends. Learn to analyze the language, create and interpret different types of texts with meaning, aesthetic, practical value. Moreover, philologists, students learn to refine and process texts: perform proofreading, editing, commenting, annotating.
Students majoring in Russian philology study one Western European language (English, French, German, Italian) and have the opportunity to learn a second foreign language. It prepares them to participate in cross-cultural and inter-ethnic communication and provides a significant advantage in pursuing their future career.
Within this major, students gain a sound knowledge o of the Russian language, literature and foreign languages, with a special focus on the study of teaching methods, psychology, communication and rhetoric. Russian as a foreign language is a separate area of expertise: to teach Russian to foreigners it is not enough to be a native speaker and have a good knowledge of its current state and historical evolution. Students majoring in this field learn how to answer baffling questions the foreigners can ask, they conceptualize what can be described as the "negative" material, i.e., mistakes foreigners make when speaking Russian. Students develop specific linguistic thinking required for a practising teacher of Russian as a foreign language. The program includes linguodidactic and linguoculturological subjects that help to build the students’ methodological competence and give them knowledge of the problems connected with studying the Russian culture with a foreign language audience. The students have an opportunity to use this knowledge in practice during their teaching internships.
Students of General Physics gain in depth education in physics and mathematics, enabling graduates to further conduct fundamental and applied research in research institutes.
Specializations :
- Automation of physical and technical research
- Aerophysics and gas dynamics
- Biomedical Physics
- Quantum Optics
- Quantum Electronics
- radiophysics
- Physics of nonequilibrium processes
- Plasma Physics
- Physics of Semiconductors
- Physics of continuous media
- Accelerator Physics
- Elementary Particle Physics
- Physics and Technology
- Physical Methods of Solid State Research
- Chemical and Biological Physics
A special program has been developed for students of this specialization, allowing them to gain in-depth knowledge in computer science, microelectronics and computer technology along with the physical and mathematical disciplines. As a result, graduates of this division are highly qualified specialists in the field of information technologies with a universal and general physical erudition, able to work at the junction of different scientific fields using modern programming languages and information technologies.
As part of this program the department trains highly qualified specialists for further work in specialized hospitals and clinical hospitals and mental and drug treatment clinics.

This specialisation is designed for those who want to learn to understand the peculiarities of individual psychological work with the person, to grasp the root causes of the problems of the person, for those who want to help patients become aware of their own personality and overcome the psychological difficulties that a person cannot overcome alone. Here, future professionals learn the basics of psychosomatic medicine, family psychology, master the skills of counseling and psychotherapy, learn to understand the psychology of stress and different theories of neuroses. They also study the basics of drug addiction and alcoholism prevention.
The program in Organizational Psychology and Labour Psychology is aimed at preparing professional psychologists and consultants who implement their skills in the socio-psychological and advisory centers, employment agencies, and commercial organizations.

This program is designed for those who want to study the characteristics of behavior of a person in the organization, her/his adaptation to the specific nature of working on a team, want to help managers and employees to organize their work in the most efficient way. Here the students learn to understand the peculiarities of organizational culture and conflicts, acquire personnel management skills, learn the psychology of advertising and the psychology of decision-making.
Sociology represents social analytics in a broad context. Students specialising in this field of study get acquainted with how social relations and social trends are formed from the decisions and individual actions of people, to what extent people are free in their decisions and actions, what limits or stimulates them. It is a professional study of man in the context of his/her social relations from political and labor, to consumer and immigration ones among several others. To be able to undertake such analysis, the students receive the knowledge of theories and sociological methods of collecting information as well as the skills to analyze it using modern software.

The teachers working in this field are researchers from scientific institutes, commercial research firms and governmental management bodies. Within the framework of various projects of the department, lecturers from foreign and leading Russian universities are invited. The department ensures the quality of preparation in the Bachelor's program, allowing the students to continue their education in the Master’s programs in leading Russian and foreign universities, including the Master’s program at the Department of Economics at NSU.


Constance Weill

Year: 2015

Program: Journalism

Country: France

It is great that the University often hosts conferences. There is always something to do here! There are many clubs and events. I like nature too. Life here is nice and comfortable. I realized that I enjoy living here. I’d love to stay here after I graduate from NSU.

Elisa Setta

Year: 2015

Program: Linguistics (Foreign Languages)

Country: Italy

The University arranged special events for international students that provided opportunities to make friends with Russian students as well as the students who come from all over the world. Also, the University organized a very useful course on the Russian Culture.