Why MGIMO?

MGIMO is Russia's most prestigious educational institution for young people with international interests. For international students, MGIMO is that and more: a modern, welcoming, and intellectually stimulating place to study in Russia’s greatest city - Moscow.

By now MGIMO has fully adopted a world recognized multi-level education system which includes 4-year bachelor and 2-year master programs.Education plan forms the basis of MGIMO education system for all specializations and departments. Fulfilment of the education plan is necessary for all students to acquire higher education diploma. Education plans prepared for all specialisations include two foreign languages, general humanities, social and economic disciplines, natural sciences, and general professional academic disciplines that form the basis of our graduate’s education and a set of special disciplines for different specialisations. In addition to the compulsory part of the education plan, students can take optional courses and study additional foreign languages.

Integration in Bologna process is one of MGIMO’s strategic priorities as this united European educational space entails mutual recognition of MGIMO diplomas in the leading European universities, an opportunity of students and faculty exchanges. Today, besides the above-mentioned implemented and successfully functioning two-level bachelor-master system, academic load for these programs has been converted into European academic credits (ECTS). Since 2002 students get both Russian and European grades (A-F system). The academic mobility of students according to Bologna canons is introduced. It implies providing European diploma supplements to the students. The double diploma projects are being realized.

MGIMO provides not only an advanced education, but an unparalleled opportunity to gain professional contacts which will endure well beyond formal education. Its rigorous and challenging academic framework is complemented by a healthy social environment where the student community and alumni are very accessible and welcoming to foreign students. In this environment today’s students can become the friends of tomorrow’s international political, legal, business and social leaders.

Beyond study, MGIMO students will find themselves drawn to numerous concerts, dances, comedy nights, and events in every imaginable sport. Various student organizations fill the calendar with additional social events. Of course, MGIMO is in Moscow, one of the world’s great cities, with an array of cultural and historical treasures, vibrant culture and dazzling nightlife. It also offers easy access to the diversity and energy of contemporary Russia, and its epic cultural heritage. MGIMO is a wonderful life experience for international students.