International Bachelor Science Program


Program Description

Tomsk International Science Program –TISP

Unique for Russia

  • 4-year full-time bachelor's taught in English
  • Interdisciplinary in natural sciences
  • Active learning and individual learning path
  • International community and modern study environment

Why this Program?

Our global society is facing complex challenges in diverse areas such as energy, life sciences, nutrition, materials and the transition to a more sustainable economy. Many of these challenges are interdisciplinary, requiring a new generation of scientists who are capable of looking across traditional boundaries between scientific disciplines.

At TISP, we introduce a new approach to education in the natural sciences that is based on the Liberal Arts & Sciences tradition. Gone are the conventional disciplinary boundaries. We challenge you to create your own curriculum, chosen from a wide range of disciplines, guided by advisors and driven by your own skills, interests and ambitions.

Do you want to focus on one discipline and become an expert in that specific field or do you prefer to combine disciplines and work on multidisciplinary knowledge and skills? Everything is possible at TISP.

  • Start: September 1
  • Degree: Bachelor
  • Duration: 4 years
  • ECTS: 240 ECTS
  • Language: English
  • Application deadline: July 10

The Core

The core will ensure that you obtain essential knowledge before you start building your own curriculum.

Since all introductory courses are prerequisites for more advanced courses, you are guaranteed that your peers have an equal knowledge base when you start selecting more advanced courses.

The mandatory core courses, skills, and project offer an introduction to:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Physics
  • Research methods
  • PBL

Academic year

An academic year at the TISP is split into two semesters. Each semester consists of two periods of eight weeks, followed by a four-week project period. During the project period, you incorporate the knowledge and skills you have acquired over the previous sixteen weeks into a single research project.


Modules at the TISP are taught at four levels of increasing complexity:

  • 1000 level Introductory
  • 2000 level Intermediate: might have course prerequisites, such as having completed an introductory course
  • 3000 - 4000 levels Advanced: will have course prerequisites, such as having completed one or more intermediate course

To ensure in-depth knowledge, the amount of 1000 level courses you can choose is limited, and a substantial amount of 4000-level courses are required.


At the TISP, we use a diverse range of assessment methods: exams, papers, peer review, presentations or lab reports.

Each course will have at least two ways of assessment to ensure an adequate review of your obtained knowledge.

Admission requirements

Great that you have decided to apply for the Tomsk International Science Program offered by the Institute of Smart Materials and Technology of TSU!

TISP does not have any fixed additional requirements. However, as TISP offers a broad science program, you need a profound interest in the sciences. This should be evident from the courses you completed in your prior education. Selection takes place on the basis of your quality and suitability. For this your motivation and prior qualifications are important.

We review applications on a first come and we have limited places available every academic year.

Please note that you can already submit your application before finishing your final exams and be given a (conditional) place at TSU, so there is no need to wait until you have officially graduated! For the academic year of 2019-2020, we have 50 places available. The final application deadline is July 10th 2019.

Specific requirement More information
1. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) or an international equivalent

You are eligible for admission to the TISP if you have a GCSE or an international equivalent thereof.

2. Letter of motivation

All candidates should write a letter of motivation in English of 500-800 words. This is an important part of your application. It is a means to introduce yourself to the Board of Admissions. In the letter you have to explain why you want to study at Tomsk International Science Program and why you think you would be suited for Tomsk International Science Program. Include what subjects you are interested in, and what it is that makes these subjects interesting for you. You could also include plans you have for after graduation.
3. Entrance exams

for the Russian applicants: General State Exams - Russian, Mathematics and Physics
for the International applicants: Exams - Mathematics and Physics

4. English proficiency

Language requirements for this English-language bachelor program. In this study programme English is the language of instruction, therefore you have to be proficient in the English language. A minimum level corresponding to academic IELTS 6.5 is required for this study programme.

In case one or more of the conditions below apply to you, you automatically fulfill to the language requirement for this study programme:

- English is your native language*
- You have completed your admission training in an EU/EEA country where you have followed English up to and including the last year.
- You have completed your preparatory training in a country where English is the national language and language of instruction in education (such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States)
- You have completed an International or European Baccalaureate (IB)

* Definition of a native speaker:
a) someone who has followed education in English during 6 (or more) of his formative years (between 6 and 18 years old)
b) Someone who has completed a study in English language/literature (bachelor).

If TSU, however, has reasonable doubts about your language skills, TSU can set additional requirements to demonstrate the required language level.

Required documents

1) a passport copy;

2) General Certificate of Secondary Education; upon arrival students must provide the admissions committee with an original document;

Note!: Documents received in a foreign country are submitted legalized in accordance with the procedure established by the legislation of the Russian Federation, or with the apostille (except when in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation and (or) international treaty legalization and apostille are not required)

3) certified translation of the diploma and the passport into the Russian language (can be submitted upon the arrival)

4) motivation letter

5) other diplomas and certificates proving any other achievements (if available)

6) entrance exams:

  • written test in mathematics and Physics
  • Interview in the English language

Costs & Fundings:

Tuition fee per year is 4000 euro

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

TSU is the oldest university in Russian Asia, in Siberia, that was founded in 1878 in Tomsk, Russia. It was the First Siberian Imperial University.

TSU is the oldest university in Russian Asia, in Siberia, that was founded in 1878 in Tomsk, Russia. It was the First Siberian Imperial University. Read less