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Russian Institute of Theatre Arts — GITIS

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Description of Russian Institute of Theatre Arts — GITIS

  • Location: Moscow, Russia;
  • Age of students: from 17;
  • Type: mixed;
  • Language of instruction: Russian.

The Institute was founded in 1878 by the famous Russian conductor and pianist P. A. Shostakovsky. At the moment, GITIS edactes not only specialists in the field of theatrical art, but also provides university education in the field of humanities.

Faculties and colleges

The educational process at the Institute is carried out on the basis of the following faculties:

  • Acting;
  • Director's;
  • Musical Theatre;
  • Theatre Studies;
  • Choreographer;
  • New directions of performing arts;
  • Producer;
  • Scenography.

Things to know about

Today GITIS is the largest theatrical university in Europe and one of the most prestigious in the world. The main building of the university is recognized as an object of cultural heritage of the peoples of Russia.
Within the walls of this institute, such famous people as:

  • Pyotr Fomenko;
  • Chulpan Khamatova;
  • Lev Leshchenko;
  • Alla Pugacheva;
  • Andrey Zvyagintsev;
  • Saveliy Kramarov;
  • Jerzy Grotowski.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Russian Institute of Theatre Arts — GITIS

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All year round
from 500130.00 ₽ / year
from 500130.00 ₽ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 507700.00 ₽ / year
from 507700.00 ₽ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 510250.00 ₽ / year
from 510250.00 ₽ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 399900.00 ₽ / year
from 399900.00 ₽ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

On the territory there are 4 buffets for 130 seats in total.

For nonresident students, GITIS provides a hostel where 350 people can live at the same time. Students are accommodated in rooms of 3 people. On each floor there is a bathroom, shower and kitchen, residents can use the gym, dance and rehearsal rooms, classrooms and a library. The territory of the whole building is equipped with wireless Internet.

Activities Russian Institute of Theatre Arts — GITIS

With the involvement of students and in cooperation with other organizations, GITIS organizes the following events:

  • Exhibition "Blue Bird. Let the performance for five rooms";
  • Master class by O. G. Leonova "Military European fashion of the XVIII-XX centuries. distinctive characteristic features for each of the historical periods";
  • Round table "The role of a foreign language in teaching students of the faculty of new directions of performing arts";
  • Student Conference "The Threat of Violence: The Topic of Terrorism in Contemporary Art";
  • Exhibition "Nutcracker. From Fairy Tale to Ballet";
  • Conference "Theatrical production as a tool for promoting national culture".

Facilities and equipment at Russian Institute of Theatre Arts — GITIS

The educational process at the Institute is carried out at four facilities owned by GITIS:

  • Main Academic Building;
  • Taganka Educational Building;
  • Educational Theatre;
  • Educational and theatrical complex.

The total area of educational buildings is more than 28,000 square meters. m All facilities are equipped with access control systems, video surveillance, ventilation, air conditioning and fire safety system complexes. 

Classrooms intended for lectures are equipped with computer equipment with special programs (graphic, text and video editors), photo and video equipment. There are rooms for educational theatrical classes, equipped with cubes, screens, light and sound equipment, musical acoustic systems with audio speakers and musical instruments. Also, students are provided with dance and ballet halls equipped with ballet machines, mirrors, acrobatic mats and musical acoustic systems. 

At GITIS, students have access to a library with a reading room, a music library.

Admission dates and extra charges

In GITIS, the academic year is divided into two semesters: autumn and spring. At the end of each of them, an examination session is held, after which students are given holidays (in winter in January, in summer - in July and August).

Additional student expenses can include:

  • Transport;
  • Residence;
  • Nutrition;
  • Leisure.

Enrolment process

When entering the institute, the applicant must provide the following list of documents:

  • Identity and citizenship document;
  • Document on education and qualifications;
  • A document confirming registration in the individual accounting system (if any);
  • A document confirming disability or disability (if any);
  • A document confirming the granting of a special right to receive;
  • Documents confirming individual achievements;
  • 3 photos 3x4 cm.

Applicants can provide this package of documents in one of the following ways:

  • Personally to the admissions office;
  • In electronic form through EPGU;
  • By mail.

Enrolment statistics

In 2022, more than 430 people from 65 subjects of the Russian Federation entered the institute, 25 people were foreign citizens. 195 students managed to pass on a budgetary basis. It is important to note that this year there was a very high competition – 450 people per place.


According to data provided by GITIS, the number of employed graduates in 2021 exceeds 90%.

An agreement was signed between GITIS and the Moscow Art Theatre named after M. Gorky on the implementation of joint cultural and educational projects and a program for the employment of graduates. After graduating from GITIS, students can work in the relevant profession in the field of theater and cinema. 

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

For admission to the educational programs of the bachelor's degree in specialization, the applicant must:

  • Completed education not lower than secondary general;
  • Use scores not lower:
  • Russian language — 36;
  • Literature — 32.
  • Successful passing of entrance examinations, for which the type and scores of the institute are set independently.

For admission to master's programs it is necessary:

  • Completed higher education;
  • Successful completion of the following entrance tests with scores not lower:
  • Oral interview: 50;
  • Written professional exam – 50.

For admission to postgraduate programs it is necessary:

  • Completed higher education;
  • Successful completion of entrance examinations with the following minimum scores:
  • Specialty "Theatrical Art" – 3
  • In philosophy, 3;
  • In a foreign language — 3.

Scholarships Russian Institute of Theatre Arts — GITIS

The Institute provides the following measures of material support to GITIS full-time students:

  • State academic scholarships;
  • State social scholarships;
  • Scholarships of the President of the Russian Federation;
  • Scholarships of the Government of the Russian Federation;
  • Personal scholarships;
  • Scholarships of the Academic Council;
  • Rector's scholarships.

Also, the Institute makes payments of material assistance to needy students.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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