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Moscow State Institute of International Relations - MGIMO

Address: Vernadsky Ave. 76, Moscow, 119454

Description Moscow State Institute of International Relations - MGIMO

  • Established: October 14, 1944
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Type of training: joint
  • Language of instruction: Russian, English.

Today MGIMO is one of the most popular and oldest universities in Russia, releasing international specialists. Every year, applicants come to Moscow who want to get a quality education in one of the leading universities in the Russian Federation. Currently, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations is teaching over 9,000 students, some of whom are foreigners. The higher educational application does not impose specific requirements on the age, gender, nationality of the applicant - any citizen who wants to study in the capital can submit documents to a prestigious university. The university provides an opportunity to get a first-class education in such areas as journalism, international relations, trade, political science, business IT, etc., providing 2 options for training:

  • full-time
  • part-time.

The main emphasis of the leading university is based on linguistic and country studies: MGIMO's reputation is one of the best not only in the capital, but also abroad.

The structure of the university consists of 10 faculties and 76 departments. The mission of the educational institution is to form qualified specialists who are able to quickly and productively respond to a wide range of international problems. At the moment, MGIMO is effectively integrating into the Bologna process: the university has switched to a world multi-level system of education, which includes a four-year undergraduate program with the option of advanced training to a master's degree. The master's programs of the university are based on the most pressing issues of international relations, some of them are supported by French, German, Italian, American, Norwegian prestigious universities with the subsequent receipt of 2 diplomas. After a successful completion of the master's program, graduates can continue their education by moving on to the following stages - graduate school, doctoral studies. In addition, MGIMO offers the opportunity to improve their qualifications in business, linguistics, international competencies or taking one of the specialized courses, MBA.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Moscow State Institute of International Relations - MGIMO

Program name

Pre-university training program

  • Age: 16+
  • Duration: year.

An effective course of pre-university preparation is the best solution for applicants who want to successfully pass the entrance exams and enter the dream specialty. The program is possible after graduating from secondary education.

To enroll in the course, the student must provide the results of the exam, successfully pass the test for knowledge of the English language.

The intensity of the academic load is 18 hours / week - applicants study 3 disciplines: English, Russian and literature, a subject of choice (mathematics, history, social studies - from 6 hours / week), which is determined by the entrance tests of the student of interest. Training is conducted by qualified teachers based on relevant educational methods.

Undergraduate program in Russian

  • Age: 18+
  • Duration: up to 4 years.

For successful enrollment, students must meet the minimum requirements of the university according to the results of the Unified State Examination: Russian and foreign - from 70 points and above, in addition, if it is provided for in the educational area, pass the entrance tests.

Available academic modules:

  • International relationships
  • Foreign Regional Studies
  • Law
  • Economy
  • Journalism
  • Advertising and public relations
  • Sociology
  • Management
  • Trading business
  • Ecology and nature management
  • State and municipal government
  • Political science.

Undergraduate Program in English

  • Age: 18+
  • Duration: up to 4 years.

For those who want to get a quality education in English, it is necessary to meet the minimum results of the exam for the university: Russian language - 70 points, English - from 80 points and above, in addition, if it is provided for in the educational area, pass entrance tests.

Options for educational areas of English undergraduate:

  • International Relations and Politics
  • Global politics.

Master in Russian

  • Age: 21+
  • Duration: 2 years.

A demanded direction, offering to obtain a master's qualification in one of the most relevant professional areas today. For admission, the student must provide a bachelor's degree, depending on the requirements of a particular training module, confirm the knowledge of two foreign languages at a high level.

Available educational areas:

  • Political science
  • International relationships
  • Economy
  • Religious Studies Abroad
  • Finance and Credit
  • Trading business
  • Management
  • State and municipal government
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Teacher Education
  • Linguistics
  • Sociology
  • Advertising and public relations.

Doctoral program in Russian

  • Age: 21+
  • Duration: 1.5 years.

The doctoral program in Russian suggests that aspiring students receive a doctorate in one of the relevant international areas.

For enrollment, an applicant must have a diploma of a candidate of sciences, fill out an application form, provide a list of scientific papers.


  • International accreditation of all proposed study programs at three levels of academic preparation
  • A chance to get free education for talented applicants applying for a budget department (as a rule, the competition is up to 18 people per place)
  • The university has the right to independently organize dissertation councils, establishing their powers, and award the qualifications of a candidate, doctor of sciences
  • Highly qualified staff of teachers who are professors, researchers, famous scientists, for example, Pivovarov V.K., Simonia N.A.

Equipment Moscow State Institute of International Relations - MGIMO

On the territory of MGIMO, a modern, rich and convenient infrastructure has been prepared:

Cultural Center

Here, a number of entertainment events are held in which everyone can take part: creative evenings, film premieres, competitions (for example, MGIMO Music awards, KVN, etc.).

Conference hall

Equipped venue with 775 seats, which is the main venue for concerts, celebrations, where famous speakers perform, Career Days, alumni meetings are held.

Sports and fitness center

In this institution, students are given the opportunity to learn a new sport; the center is equipped with a platform for fans, a pool.


A private clinic allows students to receive qualified medical care, including for foreigners.


Modern hostels are located in close proximity to the educational institution, which allows students to spend the minimum number of times on the road, devoting most of the educational process.

Driving school

On the territory of the university there is a center representing car courses.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The duration of the study cycle at MGIMO is from one to 6 years, the number of students depends on the group: as a rule, there are no more than 7 students in language classes, but about 60 are present at lectures. The academic year starts on September 1, but for some faculties, the start date of studies is agreed additionally.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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