Soft Skills and Digital Culture Course
  1. Soft Skills
  2. Digital Culture Course

Soft Skills

At ITMO, we’re constantly on the lookout for the best practices of world-class universities and research centers to make our educational programs excellent. One of our latest and most interesting innovations is Soft Skills, a set of cutting-edge courses aimed at enhancing your personal and professional potential.

The Soft Skills set is available for both Bachelor’s and Master’s students. It includes various disciplines aimed at helping you develop the so-called transferable skills that will boost your performance in any career path you choose.

Bachelor’s courses

Students begin to master this block of disciplines from the very start of their studies. The courses for first-year and second-year Bachelor’s students include:

Communication and Teamwork 

Today, almost every aspect of human life – from science to business – is connected with teamwork. That’s why students can take a course in communication and team-building developed by top-tier experts in business communication, psychologists, HR specialists, and professional educators. The course consists of eight modules. Each addresses the real challenges that young people face during their studies and will have to deal with in their future careers. These are communication in social media, teamwork, and roles in projects.

Public Speaking and Presentation Techniques 

It’s not enough to achieve results in studies, research, or the development of new products, you should also know how to present them properly. This is precisely what students study at ITMO. This course teaches students to work with audiences and conquer their fear of public speaking. During the course, lecturers also pay special attention to the features of live presentations, online performances, and interviews.

All third-year Bachelor's students can choose two of the following disciplines. Guided by experienced professors, you’ll gain unique knowledge that will come in handy not only during your studies but also outside the university. 

Course Language and format
Creativity Practices Russian / offline classes
Personal Efficiency and Time Management Russian / offline classes
Emotional Intelligence Russian / offline classes
Study Skills Russian / offline classes
Storytelling Russian / offline classes
Life in Science: Guide for Young Researchers (basic level) Russian / online course
Cognitive Instruments of Decision-Making Russian / offline classes
Working in a Remote Team Russian / online classes
Academic Writing Lab* English / offline classes
Digital Journalism* English / online classes
Event Management Russian / offline classes
Student Club Management Russian / offline classes
Social Programs and Projects Development Russian / offline classes
Career Management Russian / offline classes
Effective Participating in Conferences Russian / offline classes

*B2 English level is required

Master’s courses

The list of courses includes various disciplines aimed at helping you develop the so-called transferable skills, which will boost your performance in any career path you choose. Developed according to the latest educational trends, these courses meet all international educational standards. Each course is 4 ECTS.

Course Language and format
Efficient Team Management Russian / offline classes
Personal Resources Management Russian / offline classes
Personal Effectiveness and Time Management Russian / offline classes
Career Management in Science Russian / offline classes
International Research Management Essentials* English / offline classes
Negotiation, Influence and Conflict Management* English / offline classes
Emotional Intelligence* English / offline classes
Life in Science: Guide For Young Researchers English, Russian / online course

*B2 English level is required

Soft Skills is a compulsory part of all ITMO University programs, so you’ll have to choose one of the courses on offer. Within the two weeks of the course, you’ll have lectures and practical training. Based on your project results and practical classes’ performance, you will receive a “pass” or “fail” grade at the end of the semester.


If you have any questions regarding the Soft Skills courses, do not hesitate to contact us at or call +7 (812) 607-04-66.

Our address: Lomonosova St. 9, room 3103, 191002, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Digital Culture Course

Starting from the 2018/2019 academic year, the Digital Culture course is included in all of ITMO University’s educational programs.

Digital culture is a set of competencies that characterize a person’s ability to use information and communication technologies to navigate a  digital environment, perform effective social communications and solve digital tasks in a professional capacity. 

Bachelor’s programs include a three-year Digital Culture course that consists of the following modules: 

  • Introduction to digital culture (first term)
  • Data storage and processing (second  term)
  • Applied statistics (third term) 
  • Machine learning and data analysis (fourth term) 
  • Digital culture in a workplace (fifth and sixth terms)

Master’s programs include a one-year course that consists of the following modules:

  • Data storage and processing (first term) 
  • Applied artificial intelligence (second term) 

The course teaching approach is based on the blended learning: each module is a combination of online courses, tests, automatically verified exercises and in-person workshops and masterclasses. The Digital Culture course for Master’s degree students is provided both in Russian and English.

Learn more about the contents of the course and its unique learning approach in these course brochures for Bachelor’s (in Russian) and Master’s students.


If you have any questions regarding the Digital Culture course, do not hesitate to contact us at

Digital Culture Team