The University has been educating foreign students since 1953. More than 3,000 foreign specialists from 47 countries have received their professional training in the SPbFTU. Many of them occupy leading positions in the forest branch enterprises, scientific and educational institutions of forest complex in their countries now. At present, the Saint Petersburg State Forest Technical University is training more than 500 foreign students from 42 countries of CIS, Baltic states, Asia, Europe and Americas. There are students who enter the university on the common ground as well as those whose education is financially supported by their countries through inter-governmental programs. These are students of full and part time education, post-graduates (MSc and PhD students), trainees, students of paid courses of Russian language and adaptive preparation courses. The international activities are implemented and coordinated by the International Department (ID) and International Center of Forestry and Forest Industry (ICFFI).
The University has 35 bilateral cooperation agreements with foreign partners – universities, scientific research institutions, and companies. In the SPbFTU, much attention is given to development of academic mobility, which is realized in several directions: student mobility, faculty mobility, and administrative mobility. There are different forms of such mobility: bilateral short-term and long-term student exchange programs, training courses for foreign students, lectures of invited foreign scientists in the SPbFTU, joint seminars of foreign and Russian scientists and professors, lectures of Russian scientists in foreign universities, schools for faculty members involving leading Russian and foreign specialists in pedagogy and sciences, development of double-diploma schemes for bachelors in different fields, MSc program of Cross-Border University (CBU), MSc program on forest policy and economics (FORPEC), MSc programs EUROFORESTER and MScEF, summer and winter schools organized for foreign specialists, students and faculty members of forest universities and schools, and also for foreign citizens who study Russian language.