University-wide optional courses

All ITMO students, regardless of their faculty, year of studies, and educational program, can choose an optional course that will  allow them to acquire new competencies and shape their own unique learning track.For optional courses, students will be arranged into mixed groups in terms of their levels of studies (Bachelor’s and Master’s programs) or educational programs. This way, students will not only develop their competencies but form useful connections at the university and thus contribute to its social capital. Optional courses are studied in addition to the disciplines of the student’s educational program. 

In the 2022-2023 academic year, there are 65 optional courses, 3 of which are available for first-year students and 22 electives were prepared by the students of the master's and postgraduate programs themselves.


  • You can sign up for optional courses on the platform at the start of every semester.
  • You can choose no more than two optional courses per semester. 
  • You have the right to opt out of studying an optional course in the first two weeks of a semester. 

If you have any questions regarding university-wide optional courses, you can send them at 

You can learn more about the optional courses in the presentation below