The Graduate School of Management (GSOM) is one of the 24 faculties of St. Petersburg University (SPbU), the oldest (est. 1724) and most prominent Russian university. SPbU GSOM was founded in 1993 in partnership with Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, as well as several international and local companies, led by Procter & Gamble. Today, after 20 years of dynamic growth, SPbU GSOM is the leading Russian business school. Its strong international recognition is evidenced by prestigious accreditations (AMBA and EQUIS) and membership in global alliances of top business schools (CEMS, PIM, GBSN, GMAC, EABIS and GRLI), where SPbU GSOM is the only Russian member. SPbU GSOM is ranked #2 in Eastern Europe (2010–2011) in the Official Selection of EDUNIVERSAL. SPbU GSOM provides learning opportunities and professional development through a large spectrum of degree programs in management – from Bachelor to EMBA, as well as Executive education. All these programs are designed and delivered (many of them in English) in collaboration with top international business schools.



Conference will take place at Graduate School of Management SPbU, Saint Petersburg, Russia at the address: Sankt-Peterburgskoye Shosse, 109.



St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia, accommodating almost 6 mln people. Often called “The Northern Capital” or “Russia’s Europe”, the city is a mixture of baroque architecture, modern sites and traditional atmosphere – it is where West meets the East. Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great in commemoration of the victory against Sweden, St. Petersburg was a model of the European Renaissance. It was the capital of the Russian Empire until the Socialist Revolution in 1917. St. Petersburg is the cultural capital of Russia and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The Historic Centre of St. Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. St. Petersburg is also home to The Hermitage, the largest art museum in the entire world.


St. Petersburg history

The city emerged on the lands that once belonged to Kievan Rus, on the major route of the Slavs, from Varangians to the Greeks, which lay across the Gulf of Finland, along the Neva and Lake Ladoga, linking the Northern and Southern territories of Russian and also the Baltic Lands and Scandinavia to Byzantium.

In 1700, a war broke out between Russia and Sweden for these age-old Russian lands, for an outlet to the Baltic. Known in history as the Northern War, it ended in 1721 with Russia’s victory.

On May 16 (May 27, New Style) of the year 1703, after the Russian troops had captured the Nienschantz Fortress, Peter the Great ordered the construction of the Peter and Paul Fortress on the Zayachi Ostrov (Hare Island). This date marks the beginning of the building of a trading port on the Baltic coast - St. Petersburg.

In 1712, Peter I moved the capital from Moscow, and it remained here until 1918. During these years the city grew rapidly. Founded much later than most Russian cities and spared the worst of Soviet reconstruction in the thirties, St. Petersburg has quite a different feel to other places in Russia. It has an architectural splendor all of its own, for many years somewhat dilapidated, but now largely and beautifully renovated.



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Miscellaneous Activities 

St. Petersburg has over 100 Museums. From the famous State Hermitage Museum, possessing one of the best art collections in the world, to the Gramophone museum, the museums of St. Petersburg are among the most interesting ones in the world: icon painting and pop-art, statues by Rodin and objects by Phillip Stark, the Egyptian mummy and the glass man in the Hygiene museum. There are hundreds of exhibitions taking place at any given time, adding even more diversity to the museum life of the city.  

There is an entrance fee for most of museums, with. Foreign tourists being charged more than Russians or foreigners living and working in Russia. Most museums have a student discount or free entrance for students.

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Theaters. St. Petersburg theatres are a whole world to themselves. The Mariinsky (ex-Kirov) Opera and Ballet theater is located here, as well as the Big Drama Theater (BDT), Maly Drama Theater, Theatre of Europe. In addition to regular performances, St. Petersburg yearly hosts such theater festivals as Golden Masque, White Nights Festival, Tanz-Festival and others.  

The best Russian and world companies come here with their tours: Bolshoy, New York Ballet, Boris Eifman Ballet, and many others. A lot of experimental theatres are performing in the city, plenty of directors work with modern drama and fiction, contemporary staging and dance. There are more than 70 different theaters.  

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Palaces and Suburbs. Despite all the glamour and magnificence of St. Petersburg itself, the Emperors’ families loved the quietness and solitude of the rural areas outside of the city. The best architects, who constructed the most beautiful buildings of the city, Francesco Rastrelli, Domeniko Tresini and others, were invited to design the parks and palaces in these areas, often used as summer palaces.

Peterhof (also called Petrodvorets), situated right on the Finnish Gulf, is famous for its gorgeous fountains. The park in Pushkin is classical, with austere alleys and lakes, everything is severe and regularly cut here, and everything is breathing with the air of 18th century. The park in Pavlovsk is of an English type, and sometimes it looks just like the forest, in winter it is the best place for skiing, sledging and skating.


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All foreign visitors to Russia must obtain an entry visa. Visas are provided using a personal invitation or a voucher. The invitations (vouchers) needed to obtain Russian visas will be sent to conference participants, based on the personal information submitted to gsomconference@gsom.pu.ru:

  • photocopy of your passport vital information pages (showing full name, birth date, place of birth, citizenship, passport number, date of issue, expiration date, state and city of residence);
  • current place of work / study name and address, current position;
  • planned dates of entry and departure.
  • Please submit this information in good time and at the latest June 10, 2016


In order to obtain a Russian entry visa, please contact a local Russian embassy or a consulate (find its location in your country here) for further information. Some embassies or consulates may have rules which differ slightly from those of others, so check with the consulate where you will be making your visa application.


Please be advised that in order to obtain a visa, your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after the proposed date of departure FROM Russia after the conference.


Migration card. All foreign citizens arriving to Russia have to complete a migration card given to them upon arrival in Russia. Please, fill it in carefully and keep it safe until you leave the country, as it is quite complicated to deal with your departure without it.


If you have any additional questions or you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at  gsomconference@gsom.pu.ru