Institute of Sport, Tourism and Service: Reach Professional Heights Together with Us!

You cannot imagine your life without achievements in sports? Wish to become a high-class specialist in the field of tourism and restaurant service? Or maybe you dream to become an interior designer and create your own style? If so, you are welcome to the Institute of Sport, Tourism and Service of South Ural State University.

The Institute of Sport, Tourism and Service is a scientific and educational complex that combines some of the most interesting specialities taught at SUSU. The Institute of Sport, Tourism and Service (ISTS) trains sports coaches, instructors, teachers, professionals in the hospitality industry, tourism, craftsmen in technology of material artistic processing and food technologists. ISTS believes that these programmes will always be relevant. More than 2 thousand students study for these professions, thanks to which the brand of the Chelyabinsk Region develops and the physical health of its residents is maintained.

“The Institute of Sport, Tourism and Service engages students in active and interesting educational, training and scientific activities. About 2 thousand students are studying here right now. We understand that making a career is one of the recognized indicators of success of our graduates. That is why, the academic stuff is doing everything so that the SUSU ISTS graduates become physically resilient, in balance with themselves, intellectually developed, successful top-class professionals, building successful careers. This is the main indicator of the quality of our work,” said Vadim Erlikh, ISTS Director.

Trending Programmes

The ISTS fields of study include four large blocks: physical education; hospitality (tourism, hotel business, service); food technology and material artistic processing.

Studying for Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, students are taught the basics of healthy lifestyle, pedagogical excellence, physiological specifics of various categories of athletes and the suitable for them physical activities. A separate field is the training of specialists on working with people with disabilities. It is very popular among applicants who are the graduates of medical vocational education institutions.

The Technology of Material Artistic Processing programme gives a chance to become a competent professional in the field of design: graphics, printed products and interior.

Applicants, enrolling in the Production Technology and Catering Organization programme are given a unique opportunity to become a Bachelor or a Master in this field. Students are taught how to manage the technological processes of food products manufacture, develop new products, ensure the economic efficiency of production, design the production process and work with special equipment.

Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students in the field of Tourism will learn how to work with tourist territories, how to design and develop them. The Hotel Business sphere puts emphasis on the psychological and pedagogical foundations of hotel business, customer-oriented technologies and innovative approaches to designing the hotel environment. Two foreign languages are also taught here.

The Restaurant Service programme implies studying the operating specifics of restaurants of various categories, business planning of the restaurant business, customer service, bar business, cuisines of the world, cooking and confectionery design, and other disciplines.

State-funded Places

In the 2020/2021 academic year, the Institute of Sport, Tourism and Service provides 100 state-funded places for Bachelor’s and 64 for Master’s degree programmes.

  • Production Technology and Catering Organization — 24; 
  • Technology of Material Artistic Processing — 19;
  • Tourism — 8; 
  • Hotel Business — 8; 
  • Pedagogical Education (Physical Education) — 16; 
  • Physical Culture — 25. 

Master’s degree programmes: 

  • Production Technology and Catering Organization (Innovative Technologies in the Production and Organization of Catering) — 9 (full-time) and 11 (part-time); 
  • Tourism — 5 (full-time); 
  • Pedagogical Education (Education in the Field of Physical Culture) — 14 (full-time) and 7 (part-time); 
  • Physical Culture (Sports Training Technologies) — 10 (full-time). 
  • Hotel Business (General Theory and Practice of Hotel Activity) — 8 (part-time). 

More detailed information can be found on the web portal for applicants: 


Admission Requirements

Applicants, enrolling in the Pedagogical Education programme should pass an exam in the Russian language, social studies and basics of healthy lifestyle.

The Physical Culture programme implies an exam in the Russian language, biology and physical fitness that will be held in the theory test format in 2020.

The Tourism and Hotel business programmes accept applicants who have passed the Russian language, social studies and history exams. The admission requirements for the Service programme are exams in mathematics, the Russian language and social studies.

Those who have passed mathematics, physics and the Russian language can apply for the Product Technology and Catering Organization programme. The admission requirements for the Technology of Material Artistic Processing programme include passing the Unified State Examination in mathematics, the Russian language and a creative task in the format of a project prepared by applicants on one of the given topics.

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Major Sports Base

ISTS grants all the opportunities to engage in 25 types of sports, such as hockey, basketball, orienteering, and more. There are 18 gyms, sports palace, swimming pool of Olympic standard, track-and-field arena, climbing wall and testing centre for the All-Russian GTO physical-sports complex.

That is why, each year, this Institute becomes the centre of sports events. ISTS organizes the events on passing the GTO tests, arranges relay races and a big-scale festivity “SUSU, University of Sport!”. This year, the event has been successfully held online.

Moreover, the ISTS students always show high results at all-Russian, international and worldwide competitions. For example, the Polytechnik hockey club won the Generation Cup in 2020. The team is regularly taking the first places. Кirill Vorobyev is known for winning in the All-Russian Student Martial Arts Games, and in the 24th Best Fighter Kickboxing World Cup. During the years of studying at ISTS, archer Anton Bulaev won the gold of the 2nd European Olympic Games and the World Summer Universiade.



Training Laboratories

Students, who study in the fields not connected with sports, master their skills in training laboratories. Each laboratory contains multimedia or specialized equipment and other necessary tools for work. For example, the Tourism and Hospitality laboratory works with tourist equipment, and the Production Technology and Catering Organization laboratory works with kitchen equipment that is installed at a factory, in canteens and restaurants. Due to the fact that the laboratories are fitted with technical equipment, students gain the necessary practical knowledge right at the university.

In addition, the university regularly holds events for students according to their field of study. For example, a major event of every autumn is the International Youth Cooking Festival. It gathers together fans in the cookery and culinary art field. This is a real battle of talented young people from different cities, regions and countries. In 2020, the festival will be held for the 14th time.

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Scientific Potential

Research activity is considered to be an important part of training the students of ISTS. The Institute publishes the Human. Sport. Medicine journal, indexed in Scopus and Web of Science databases. This gives students the analytical work experience and even a right to claim authorship of scientific developments.

Most research studies are conducted at the Research Centre for Sports Science, Laboratory of the Digital Motion Simulation for Sports headed by Guillaume Laffaye, France.

One of the latest achievements is that Maria Gapicheva, postgraduate, with her project on the Development of a Real-time Posture Control System for Schoolchildren with Biological Feedback Using Machine Learning Algorithms won the competition of projects submitted for funding under the UMNIK Program.

Also, ISTS annually receives patents for its inventions. Students and postgraduates act as co-authors. The latest patented models are the Human ECG Registration Device for Continuous Monitoring, and the Newborns Functional State Monitoring Device.

Project-based Learning

In the course of study the ISTS students work on eight projects that are relevant to the fields of study of the Institute. For example, at the Digital Motion Simulation for Sports international laboratory, students study the problems of physical fitness of athletes, issues of increasing strength, endurance and speed without the use of pharmacological preparations. The goal is to develop testing equipment and devices for monitoring the condition of athletes.

The Marketing of Tourist Territories helps to study the attitude of tourists to the territories of our region, to analyse their image, resources and infrastructure. Under the leadership of professors from the Jovan Cvijić Geographical Institute, Serbia, the Sustainable Tourism Development in Specially Protected Natural Areas of the Chelyabinsk Region project is being implemented. Within its framework, students visited the national parks of Taganay and Zyuratkul, Ilmen Nature Reserve, as well as the parks of Tara and Gerda in Serbia. The collected information gives a picture of meteorological data and the attitude of tourists to natural objects.

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Alumni Success

The ISTS alumni achieve great success in their fields of activity, putting themselves at the international market. Ekaterina Martyniuk, alumnus of the Physical Culture programme, works as a fitness coach at a premium club in Moscow. Anastasia Syrtseva, alumnus of the Material Artistic Processing programme, teaches pottery in Sochi, at the Sirius Educational Centre. Polina Smirnykh, alumnus of the Hotel Business programme, got a job at the prestigious five-star Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai Hotel, UAE. Igor Tumarkin, alumnus of the Production Technology and Catering Organization, is the production director of the Europe Hospitality Centre and a world-class pastry chef. He won the Russian confectionery championships, the Olympiads in Germany and the cooking forum in China.
The ISTS alumni live, work and continue to study all over the world, for example, in Greece, Germany, Poland, and the USA.


Olga Rovinskaia, ISTS Deputy Director for Extracurricular and Discipline Activities, Candidate of Sciences (Pedagogy).
Tel: +7 (351) 267-92-76, + 7 9000 202 202. 
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Daria Tsymbaliuk, Natalia Bagretsova, photo by Oleg Igoshin, the ISTS archive
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