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Volga State University of Water Transport, being one of the oldest educational institutions (founded in 1930), is a leading transport university in the Volga region and the largest territorial and industrial educational complex with a multi-level training and a modern complex of ship simulators.

The university cooperates with many Russian and foreign shipping companies, which conduct on-board training of students with their subsequent employment.

  • main campus in Nizhny Novgorod;

  • six campuses in Kazan, Astrakhan, Samara, Perm, Rybinsk, Ufa and a River College;

  • laboratories and maritime simulation training complexes;

  • training motor ship;

  • refresher training courses for Deck Offices and Deck Engineers;

  • Student Design Bureau;

  • 3 student dormitories;

  • student camp on the Volga river.


The university comprises Institute of Economics, Management and Law and 3 faculties:

  • Electromechanics Faculty

  • Shipbuilding, Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering Faculty

The Licensed Competence and Training Centre in the use of CAD / CAM / PDM Technologies of 3D Modeling in Shipbuilding provides vocational training (“Cadmatic” software).

  • Navigation Faculty

Training of navigators is carried in accordance with the state educational standards, STСW and provides the following stages of training and certification: after 3 three years of studies students get an international certificate of qualified sailor "Able Seaman" and an international certificate of steersman, allowing to work on all types of vessels


Bachelor programs:

  • Technology of Transport Processes
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Law
  • Civil Engineering
  • Technosphere Safety
  • Shipbuilding, Ocean Engineering and Systems Engineering of Marine Infrastructure
  • Water Transport Management and Hydrographic Shipping Provision
  • Operation of Transport Technological Machines and Complexes
  • Quality management
  • Information systems and technologies

Diploma programs (5-year programs):

  • Navigation
  • Operation of Ship Power Plants
  • Operation of Ship Electrical Equipment and Automation Facilities
  • Maintenance of Transport Radio Equipment
  • Information security of automated systems
  • Economic security
  • Legal protection of national security
  • Judiciary and prosecution

Master programs:

  • Technology of Transport Processes
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Law
  • Civil Engineering
  • Technosphere Safety
  • Shipbuilding, Ocean Engineering and Systems Engineering of Marine Infrastructure
  • Operation of Transport Technological Machines and Complexes

PhD Programs:

  • Mathematics and Mechanics
  • IT and Computer Science
  • Electrical and Heat Engineering
  • Technique and Technology of Shipbuilding and Water Transport
  • Economics
  • Law

VSUWT is a member of EDINNA (Association of Education in Inland Navigation) which is international educational network of inland waterway navigation schools and training institutes.

Graduates of the University - Deck Offices and Deck Engineers - along with academic diplomas can get working diplomas corresponding to the international maritime conventions (STCW). Their skills and knowledge meet international standards, which allows them to work on vessels all over the world.

Areas of research:

  • The bifurcation theory of dynamics as applied in physical systems and transport processes;

  • Waterways and ports;

  • Fault detection and Transport Engineering;

  • Logistics, transport technologies and marketing;

  • Dynamic processes modeling, management and optimization of transport systems on the basis of innovative IT;

  • Development and maintenance of transport fleet;

  • Ship theory, applied ecology, ship and environmental protection facilities;

  • Controllability of ships and navigational safety;

  • Handling of ships and navigational safety;

  • Transport Economics and Management.

On-board University of the Volga River Basin

The significance of environmental monitoring of the Volga river can hardly be overestimated. Thanks to the grant from the Russian Geographical Society our university received a great  opportunity to implement the comprehensive ecological research on the Volga. On-board the VSUWT’s vessel «Petr Adrianov» there is a chemical laboratory that allows to do a variety of analyzes of water samples, an oxygen meter, an instrument for measuring the content of dissolved impurities in water, a meter for salt content and a spectrophotometer and a unique three-component radar complex, which makes it possible to search for films of pollutants on the surface of water. The project is a platform that unites academicians and practical experts, professors and students.  

The results of each expedition are summed up and discussed at the conference "Problems of the Volga Basin Ecology". 



Student Design Bureau of the Volga State University of Water Transport is a team of enthusiastic students, professors and engineers focusing on the real-life experience and skills in vessels design and construction.

One of the projects guided by Student Design Bureau is National Competition for Engineer Students "Solar Regatta”. Student teams from Russian technical universities with their solar boats participate in annual regattas. 


Quality Management System

- Certificate EUROCERT S.A.;

- Certificate EFQM (Recognised for excellence 4 star);

- Certificate of Quality Management System ISO 9001:2008 by Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.

Contact information:

Volga State University of Water Transport

Nesterov Str.,5

603950 Nizhny Novgorod, Russia


Rector Prof. Igor K. Kuzmichev


Head of International Relations Office

Irina Glotova