Irkutsk State University
Irkutsk State University (Russian: Иркутский государственный университет) was founded in October 1918 in Irkutsk
Irkutsk is a city and the administrative center of Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, one of the largest cities in Siberia. Population: .-History:In 1652, Ivan Pokhabov built a zimovye near the site of Irkutsk for gold trading and for the collection of fur taxes from the Buryats. In 1661, Yakov Pokhabov...

, Siberia
Siberia is an extensive region constituting almost all of Northern Asia. Comprising the central and eastern portion of the Russian Federation, it was part of the Soviet Union from its beginning, as its predecessor states, the Tsardom of Russia and the Russian Empire, conquered it during the 16th...

At present, the University consists of 10 faculties, 4 educational institutions and 2 branches. Over 18 thousand students including 300 foreign students from 27 countries study at University in 52 specialties. More than 620 educators-instructors (120 Dr. Sc.
Doktor nauk
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 instructors and 357 Cand. Sc. professors).

The University faculties and institutions are located in 9 educational buildings in Irkutsk and in 2 buildings in Angarsk and Bratsk. The majority of these buildings are of great historical and architectural value. They date back to the 18th-19th centuries. Senior students of all the faculties have specialized courses and internship in laboratories and scientific research institutions of ISU and Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

For decades, Irkutsk University has trained more than 70 thousand highly qualified specialists, famous scientists, teachers, writers, and statesmen, including Lenin and State Prize winners A. Belov, Ya. Khabardin, G. Feinstein, M. Gerasimov, G. Debetz, and famous talented writers V. Rasputin, A. Vampilov, and M. Sergeev.

Irkutsk State University (ISU) is the oldest higher educational institution in Eastern Siberia and the Far East.

Russian scientists, statesmen, patrons of art and science, such as N.M. Yadrintsev, A.P. Shchapov, P.A. Slovtsov, S.S. Shchukin, G.N. Potanin and many others were founders of Irkutsk State University. The University was opened on October 27, 1918. It became the major educational, scientific and cultural center on the vast territory of Eastern Siberia and Far East region. During the 1930s, the University continued to grow and develop and soon in Irkutsk the first higher educational institutions emerged from it. They were Medical Institute, Pedagogical Institute and the Institute of National Economy. At present, the ISU graduates work in scientific institutions of Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academy of Medical Sciences, as well as they represent highly-qualified personnel of teachers in higher educational institutions of Irkutsk and Siberia.


  • Faculty of Biology and Soil Studies
  • Faculty of Business and Management
  • Faculty of Chemistry
  • Faculty of Geography
  • Faculty of Geology
  • Faculty of History
  • Faculty of Psychology
  • Faculty of Philology and Journalism
  • Faculty of Physics
  • Faculty of Service and Advertisement
  • Siberian-American Faculty of Management
  • Baikal School of International Business
  • International Institute of Economics and Linguistics
  • Institute of Mathematics, Economics and Information Science
  • Institute of Social Sciences
  • Law Institute

Notable alumni

  • Valentin Rasputin
    Valentin Rasputin
    Valentin Grigoriyevich Rasputin is a Russian writer. He was born and lived much of his life in the Irkutsk Oblast in Eastern Siberia. Rasputin's works depict rootless urban characters and the fight for survival of centuries-old traditional rural ways of life...

    , writer
  • Alexander Vampilov
    Alexander Vampilov
    Alexander Valentinovich Vampilov was a Russian playwright. His play Elder Son was first performed in 1969, and became a national success two years later. Many of his plays have been filmed or televised in Russia...

    , writer
  • Mark Sergeev
    Mark Sergeev
    Mark Sergeev was a Russian poet.As the writer Mark Sergeev is known by the books of Rail tracks, A Ballad about poplars, Carving, Connection of times, Evening birds...

    , poet
  • Evgeny Chernikin
    Evgeny Chernikin
    Evgeny Mikhailovich Chernikin was a Soviet/Russian zoologist and ecologist, known for his works in Barguzin Sable's ecology.- Biography :...

    , zoologist and ecologist


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