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Individual learning tracks. Choosing your courses

Once you enroll at ITMO University, your academic life is determined by your individual learning track. You create it yourself by compiling a succession of disciplines (modules) based on your academic goals, interests and motivation. 

You start to form your individual track from your first day at ITMO by choosing your courses (modules), their format (online/offline), their level (basic/advanced), and language of instruction (Russian/English). You can choose the time you want to study the course, choose your lecturer, or the order of courses in a semester. At ITMO you can fine-tune your academic process. 


Important! 

  • Every discipline that can be chosen has a limit on the number of students that can attend it. Students sign up for available places – and there will be no places over the limit. 
  • Some of the specializations can only be joined via a competition. You will be informed of such cases by the head of your program. 
  • Students who haven’t made their choice in the specified time will be automatically signed up for courses with available free spaces. 

To make the most of these opportunities, familiarize yourself with the following guide. 

1st year (2022/2023)

Information for the first-year students of 2022/2023 will be posted in August 2022.

2nd year (2021/2022)

What do I choose? 

  • General module:
    • History (only for Information Technologies and Programming Faculty students): you need to chose one out of six disciplines.
    • Physical Education and Sport: you need to choose one out of 50 sections.
    • Life Safety: you need to pick six themes out of ten that include tests and laboratory works; and one theme out of four that include only tests.
  • University fundamental module (only for Technological Management and Innovations Fuculty students): you need to chose one out og two disciplines.
  • Core module: 
    • Soft Skills (all students, except for Information Technologies and Programming Faculty):
      • Public Speaking, Negotiation and Presentation Techniques: you need to choose the time and lecturer.
    • Foreign Language: you need to chose day of the week and time.
  • Elective module in a general subject area (only for Biotechnology Faculty and Ecotechnology Faculty students): you need to chose one discipline of the module.
  • Science module (only for Secure Information Technologies Faculty and Control Systems and Robotics Faculty students): you need to choose one discipline of the module by the level.
  • Mathematical module (only for Software Engineering and Computer Systems Faculty, Secure Information Technologies Faculty and Control Systems and Robotics Faculty students): you need to choose level of the discipline. Choosing level depends on faculty.
  • Internal academic mobility module: you need to chose the module (two connected disciplines) of another faculty. There are a total of seven general subject areas at the university, and students can pick a module from any area but their own.
  • Optional courses – extra courses you might want to choose.
  • University-wide optional courses:
    • Extra courses you might want to choose in addition to your educational program.
    • You can choose only two courses at the semester.

You can see the list of the disciplines for choosing in ISU (in Russian): Личный кабинет (My ISU) => Образование и наука (Education and Research) => Учебный план (Educational plan).

When do I choose? 

You will be able to start choosing on June 20 after 2.00 p.m. and the choice will be available every day from 9.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m until June 26 inclusive.

NB! After June 26 students who have not made a choice will be automatically distributed to the remaining vacant places.

You can see the list of selected discipline in ISU (in Russian): Личный кабинет (My ISU) => Образование и наука (Education and Research) => Расписание (или Электронная зачетная книжка) (Schedule)

How do I choose? 

Choosing courses in 2022/2023 fall semester will be on my.itmo.ru portal with authorization according to the ISU account.

Sections on "Physical culture" you still choose in the application "Physical culture and sport" at ISU. More information you can find here.

The choice of all disciplines must be completed during one session of work. The session time is limited to 15 minutes. The session begins from the moment you go to the discipline selection page. During the session, places are reserved for the selected disciplines and streams. When you deselect, the seats are released from the reserve and become available to other students. When you confirm your selection, the reserve is saved and the session ends automatically. Otherwise, after 15 minutes, the selection will be canceled and the reservation will be canceled. The student remains on the same page, but the choice will have to be made from the beginning.

Where can I learn more about the courses (modules)?

All the details are in the tab Education section section.

3rd year (2020/2021)

What do I choose? 

  • Core module:
    • Soft Skills (for all students, exept of the Information Technologies and Programming Faculty): you need to chose two disciplines of all.
    • Foreign Language: you need to chose one out of two disciplines, day of the week and time.
    • Digital culture in professional activity: you need to choose one out of five disciplines. The choosing and list of disciplines depends on faculty. You can see list of the disciplnes in ISU (in Russian): Личный кабинет (My ISU) => Образование и наука (Education and Research) => Учебный план (Educational plan). Disciplines might be connected.
  • General module: 
  • Optional courses – extra courses you might want to choose.
  • University-wide optional courses:
    • Extra courses you might want to choose in addition to your educational program.
    • You can choose only two courses at the semester.

When do I choose? 

You will be able to start choosing on June 20 after 10.00 a.m. and the choice will be avaliable every day from 9.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m until June 26 inclusive.

NB! After June 26 students who have not made a choice will be automatically distributed to the remaining vacant places.

You can see the list of selected discipline in ISU (in Russian): Личный кабинет (My ISU) => Образование и наука (Education and Research) => Расписание (или Электронная зачетная книжка) (Schedule).

How do I choose? 

Choosing courses in 2022/2023 fall semester will be on my.itmo.ru portal with authorization according to the ISU account.

Sections on "Physical culture" you still choose in the application "Physical culture and sport" at ISU. More information you can find here.

The choice of all disciplines must be completed during one session of work. The session time is limited to 15 minutes. The session begins from the moment you go to the discipline selection page. During the session, places are reserved for the selected disciplines and streams. When you deselect, the seats are released from the reserve and become available to other students. When you confirm your selection, the reserve is saved and the session ends automatically. Otherwise, after 15 minutes, the selection will be canceled and the reservation will be canceled. The student remains on the same page, but the choice will have to be made from the beginning.

Where can I learn more about the courses (modules)?

All the details are in the tab Education section.

4th year (2019/2020)

What do I choose? 

  • Core module:
    • Soft Skills (only for Information Technologies and Programming Faculty students): you choose one out of two disciplines.
  • Elective module in a general subject area (only for Information Technologies and Programming Faculty students): you choose one out of two disciplines.
  • Professional module (only for Physics Faculty students): you choose one out of four disciplines. You can find list of disciplines in ISU (in Russian): Личный кабинет (My ISU) => Образование и наука (Education and Research) => Учебный план (Educational plan).
  • Optional courses – extra courses you might want to choose.
  • University-wide optional courses:
    • Extra courses you might want to choose in addition to your educational program.
    • You can choose only two courses at the semester.

When do I choose?

You will be able to start choosing on June 20 after 2.00 p.m. and the choice will be available every day from 9.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m until June 26 inclusive.

NB! After June 26 students who have not made a choice will be automatically distributed to the remaining vacant places.

You can see the list of selected discipline in ISU (in Russian): Личный кабинет (My ISU) => Образование и наука (Education and Research) => Расписание (или Электронная зачетная книжка) (Schedule)

How do I choose? 

Choosing courses in 2022/2023 fall semester will be on my.itmo.ru portal with authorization according to the ISU account.

Sections on "Physical culture" you still choose in the application "Physical culture and sport" at ISU. More information you can find here.

The choice of all disciplines must be completed during one session of work. The session time is limited to 15 minutes. The session begins from the moment you go to the discipline selection page. During the session, places are reserved for the selected disciplines and streams. When you deselect, the seats are released from the reserve and become available to other students. When you confirm your selection, the reserve is saved and the session ends automatically. Otherwise, after 15 minutes, the selection will be canceled and the reservation will be canceled. The student remains on the same page, but the choice will have to be made from the beginning.

Where can I learn more about the courses (modules)?

All the details are in the tab Education section section.

You can learn more about your Bachelor’s/Specialist education at ITMO in the spreadsheet below: