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Moscow State Linguistic University – MSLU (Maurice Thorez Institute)

Address: 38, Ostozhenka St., p. 1, Moscow, 119034

Description Moscow State Linguistic University – MSLU (Maurice Thorez Institute)

  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Year of foundation: 1930
  • Language of instruction: Russian, English
  • Forms of education: full-time, full-time, correspondence
  • Number of students: more than 7000
  • Type of education: mixed.

Moscow State Linguistic University (MSLU) is the largest Russian university in the field of foreign languages. MSLU was founded on the basis of the Higher Courses of Languages in 1930. The university survived the Great Patriotic War, taking the 5th Frunze Division. Since 1990, the university has been operating in its current name and is developing, participating in international programs, cooperating with many educational organizations.

The 11 faculties consist of:

  • Translation
  • English language
  • German
  • French
  • Distance learning
  • International relations, socio-political sciences
  • International law, justice
  • Information Sciences
  • International educational programs
  • Continuing education
  • Humanities, applied sciences.

Now the university teaches 38 foreign languages for more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The teaching staff includes about 75% of highly qualified specialists with an academic degree.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices at Moscow State Linguistic University – MSLU (Maurice Thorez Institute)

Program name
from 17 000 Р. / semester

Language Courses

  • Training period – from 6 months
  • Forms: full-time (traditional), remote.


  • General Foreign Language Course
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)
  • Phonetic Course
  • Grammar Course
  • Conversation course.


  • Age – from 17 years
  • Duration of training – 4 years
  • The form in question is full-time.

Some programs:

  • Information security
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Jurisprudence
  • Political science
  • International relations
  • Advertising, public relations
  • Journalism
  • Hospitality
  • Theology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Library and information activities
  • Documentary Studies, Archival Studies
  • Foreign Regional Studies
  • Psychological and pedagogical education.


  • Age – from 17 years
  • Duration of training – 5 years
  • The form in question is full-time.


  • Translation, translation studies
  • Legal support of national security
  • Law enforcement.


  • Age – from 22 years
  • Duration of training – 2 years
  • The form in question is full-time.

Some programs:

  • Linguistics, Linguodactics, Intercultural Communication
  • Interpretation at international conferences
  • Linguistics in Digital Media
  • Theory, practice of teaching Russian as a foreign language
  • Information security
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Foreign Regional Studies
  • Jurisprudence
  • Political science
  • Advertising, public relations
  • Journalism
  • Hospitality
  • Psychological and pedagogical education
  • Culturology.

Postgraduate study

  • Age – Masters
  • Duration of training – 3-4 years
  • The form in question is full-time.


  • Jurisprudence
  • Cultural Studies
  • Philosophy, ethics, religious studies
  • Historical sciences, archaeology
  • Political sciences, regional studies
  • Linguistics, literary criticism
  • Education, pedagogical sciences
  • Social sciences
  • Psychological sciences
  • Information security.

Accommodation, housing and meals

Students live in 4 dormitories of corridor and sectional types. The cost per month depends on the number of neighbors, used utilities, the basics of education - paid / free, full-time / part-time - from 1147 to 15 810 rubles.

Students can eat in university canteens during their studies, visit city restaurants, cafes outside the university.

Events at Moscow State Linguistic University – MSLU (Maurice Thorez Institute)

University students participate in educational competitions - "Golden Names of the Higher School", "Your Move", "Leaders of Russia", etc., as well as in the struggle for the Moscow Government Prize among young scientists.

The university has student media: the newspaper Nota Bene and the publication of the Department of Communication Technologies.

In extracurricular time, students can attend a variety of circles, sections, participate in activities:

  • CMS Creative Workshop – Dances, Collective Performances
  • Russian Theatre
  • Volunteering
  • Creative Association "Anikinor" – dance groups, theatre
  • Dance club "Wrong" – the art of choreography
  • Poetry workshop
  • Circle of open lectures – organization of open conferences
  • Choir chapel – singing in 12 languages, performances at events
  • Parliamentary Club.

The university has a career development center that helps students find employment during their studies and after graduation.

MSLU conducts language courses in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian.


  • As part of the International Federation of Teachers of Modern Languages
  • Presence of the military department
  • Award of the Order of Friendship of Peoples in 1980
  • International cooperation, UNESCO Chair
  • Many ratings of the "best universities" of the country and the world
  • Rating "C" of eduaction specialists according to the agency "Expert RA".

Equipment at Moscow State Linguistic University – MSLU (Maurice Thorez Institute)

The University is located on 7 campuses located near the metro stations "Park Kultury", "Sportivnaya", "VDNKh", "Sokolniki", "Kitay-Gorod".

Academic buildings on two campuses in the center of Moscow include:

  • Faculty buildings: auditoriums, laboratories of various specializations
  • Library
  • Canteens, buffets
  • Medical centers
  • Sculptures, galleries, event rooms
  • Administrative offices.

MSLU has its own store, which sells stationery and clothing with the symbols of the university, as well as:

  • Editorial and Publishing Center "REMA"
  • Legal Clinic
  • Volunteer Center
  • Military Center.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The academic year contains two semesters, two sessions. Classes are held from September to June from Monday to Saturday. There are up to 3 couples per day, each of which lasts 1.5 hours.

Education is possible on full-time, full-time-correspondence, correspondence forms.

Additional expenses of students include:

  • Residence
  • Nutrition
  • Medical care
  • Transport
  • Personal expenses.

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

For schoolchildren planning to enter MSLU, a pre-university center has been opened.

Documents for admission to the bachelor's degree:

  • Certificate of secondary education
  • Transcript-scorecard
  • Personal documents (passport, SNILS)
  • Consent to data processing
  • Individual achievements in the presence of
  • Results of the Exam.

Future masters and postgraduates are required to provide:

  • Diplomas of available degrees of education (bachelor's, master's degree)
  • Transcripts-evaluation sheets of passed disciplines
  • Personal documents (passport, SNILS)
  • Consent to data processing
  • Individual achievements in the presence of
  • Interview results.

Each applicant passes entrance tests in the leading disciplines of the chosen program.

Dates of submission of applications and documents:

  • Bachelor: June 20-July 29
  • Magistracy: June 20-August 9.

Scholarships Moscow State Linguistic University – MSLU (Maurice Thorez Institute)

Scholarship programs at MSLU:

  • State: increased / standard academic scholarship, social payments, awards to students of preparatory departments, scholarships of the Government of Moscow, the Russian Federation, etc.
  • State awards for graduate students.

Material assistance is provided to students in difficult life situations, as well as according to social criteria.

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Recommendations on when to apply

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- 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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