Lomonosov Moscow State University

Lomonosov Moscow State University is the oldest and largest university in Russia. More than 40,000 undergraduates and 7,000 postgraduates are currently enrolled in the university and more than 5,000 specialists are participating in their refresher courses for career enhancement purposes. There are around 2,000 international students in the university. The university is commonly regarded as one of Russia's most prestigious universities and has high entry requirements for its prospective students.

Most of the university's faculties have been situated on Sparrow Hills, in the southwest of Moscow. The location of the main building is about half-way between the center of Moscow at the Kremlin and the city's current borders.  

At MSU you will be studying at 2 faculties as follows:

Faculty of Philology – All Russian language courses will be taken at the Faculty of Philology

Faculty or Economics – All Business courses will be taken at the Faculty of Economics.

Both Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Philology, where you will be studying are located on Leninskiye Gory.

Campus facilities

MSU is located in Moscow about five miles southwest from the city centre. The fastest way to get to the city centre is on the underground metro. It takes about 10 minutes to reach the metro from the university by foot, and it's a 15-minute metro ride to the city centre. It's also known as a residential area due to its forested area, open spaces, excellent shopping, and good transport.



MSU library system is one of the largest in Russia, with its 9,000,000 books, 2,000,000 of them in foreign languages, and the average number of readers 55,000, using 5,500,000 books a year. Please see http://www.nbmgu.ru/ for further details.

Food and Catering

You will find 11 canteens and 16 buffets and snack-shops on the campuses. In every university building one can have tasty and cheap food.

Other (Gym, clubs and societies)

There are nearly 30 sports sections specialising in different sports, 2 swimming pools, 12 sports halls, football stadium, tennis courts, baseball stadium, volley-ball and baseball grounds available.

Cultural Activities

Museums, recreation centre, student theatre and cinema hall provide almost everything that students would need for recreation and entertainment.

Four museums are functioning: Museum of Earth Science, Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Zoology and Museum of Rare Books.

The Student Theatre of the University is the oldest in Russia. The first public performance took place on 26th January, 1756 staged by the students themselves. Since that time theatre activity never stopped. The theatre yields new names and new ideas. Many famous actors of Russia have been brought up here.

At the beginning of every academic year the University Recreation Centre (DK) announces enrolment for the academic choir, chamber orchestra, piano, vocal and organ classes, opera studio, creative union "The Russian Souvenir", the Theatre of Old Music, Student's Theatre workshops, literary studio, school-studio of the modern ball-room dancing and other activities.Foreign students also take part in amateur theatricals.

 MSU campus is very big meaning that you can feel a bit "lost in the shuffle" unless you make an effort meet people and get involved. You may want to look into joining clubs, finding and participating in campus events, introducing yourself to your tablemates at the crowded campus cafeterias, etc.

Academic calendar

Autumn semester: September –  January (exam period included)

Spring semester: February –  June (exam period included)

Please view the online academic calendar.

Academic life

The academic year has two regualr terms, autumn and spring (approximately 5 months per term).

The courses are delivered through a combination of traditional lectures as well as seminars and group work.

Grading system:

A 5 Excellent (Otlichno)
B 4 Good (Khorosho)
C 3 Satisfactory (Udovletvoritel'no)
F 2 Unsatisfactory (Neudovletvogrtitel'no/plocho)




Please contact your Head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details

Passing requirements

Please contact your Head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details

Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at MSU.



Living in Moscow
Home to many iconic buildings from Russia's extremely colourful past, Moscow is deservedly the Russian capital and is a true centre for both politics and economy. Embodying everything Russian, Moscow is filled with sights so big, bright and colourful that they are hard to imagine.

Dominating much of Red Square (Krasnaia Ploshchad), tall red-brick towers of the Kremlin building are one sight hard to miss and occupy the actual spot where the city was first established.

Air: There are 5 commercial airports serving Moscow: Sheremetyevo International Airport, Domodedovo International Airport, Bykovo Airport, Ostafyevo International Airport and Vnukovo International Airport.

Train: Moscow has nine mail rail terminals that serve the city. They are located close to the city center, but each handles trains from different parts of Europe and Asia.

Metro: The Moscow Metro contains twelve lines, mostly underground with a total of 180 stations. There is also a short monorail line, operated by the Moscow Metro company. The line connects Timiryazevskaya metro station and Sergeya Eisensteina street, passing close to VVTs.

Bus and Trolleybus: An extensive bus network radiates from each station to the surrounding residential zones. Also Moscow has a bus terminal for long-range and intercity passenger buses (Central Bus Terminal) with daily turnover of about 25 thousand passengers serving about 40% of long-range bus routes in Moscow. Every large street in the city is served by at least one bus route. Many of these routes are doubled by a trolleybus routes.

Moscow has a humid continental climate with warm, somewhat humid summers and long, cold winters. Typical high temperatures in the warm months of June, July and August are around 23 °C (73 °F). Snow (present for 3–5 months a year) typically begins at the end of November and melts by mid-March.

Nearby Attractions

Within walking distance from the dorm are Sparrow Hills, which has one of the best overlooks of Moscow available. They are also a great place to stroll, hike the nature trails, grab a snack and sit by Moskva River, or even catch a boat for a cruise of Russia's capital. Just across the street from the campus grounds, you'll find the Bolshoi Circus (a must-see in Russia!) and the Children's Musical Theatre in its distinctive music-box building. Just across the river (take the metro north one stop) are: Sportivnaya Stadium, where several annual festivals are held; Luzhniki Stadium, where some of the city's major concerts are held; and Novodevichi Convent, whose beautiful grounds and historic cemetery are also among the things to see in Moscow. The metro station itself is just a short walk away and can take you straight to the center and Red Square with only a fifteen minute ride.

Useful links:

Russian National Tourist Office: http://www.visitrussia.org.uk/travel-to-Russia/moscow/

For more information please view the Country Information Packs availble on the IPO Study Abroad pages on Balckboard. Click here to log into Blackboard.


Accommodation in the MSU main building dormitory:

This is a very basic kind of accommodation and it allows to save a lot of money and provides an easy way to meet a lot of young people. The quality of accommodation really depends on the university. In Moscow (especially MGU) dormitories are quite good and can be compared to the ones in American universities.

The main campus is located in the Vorobyevy Hills region of prestigious area of Moscow. It is a giant conglomerate of many buildings hosting varies departments, labs, sport and dormitory facilities. The main building is the highlight. It is one of the 7 tallest and impressive constructions in Russia.

The nearest metro stop is Universitet located on the red line 20-25 minutes from the city center. According to all national and international surveys, Lomonosov Moscow State University is ranked first in Russia and among the top ten in the world with annual enrolment of approximately 60,000 students.


  • In the main building there is a number of offices of communal services: laundry, household shop, repair shop, stationery shop, hairdressing saloon, centre of hire (bicycle, roller skates), photo studio, post and delivery services, services of long-distance communication

  • Students live in the two-room block for two persons, sharing a shower with a neighbour. Each room in a block is closed on key. Bed linen is provided by the dormitory

  • On each floor of the dormitory there are kitchens for general use

  • In the main building there is a number of canteens

You can also find:

  • One of the best tennis-courts in Moscow (seven ground and one grass court)

  • Swimming-pool

The University's hall of residence

The University's hall of residence includes five students' quarters, each accommodating students of a particular faculty or a subdivision of the university. The total number of students accommodated in the university hostel is about 15,000. The living conditions in the hostel may vary in the level of comfort, the living space, additional conveniences and facilities (telephone, TV set, refrigerator), with the cost of accommodation being dependent on all these factors.

Accommodation in the host-family


  • It is a guarantee of personal safety and security of your property

  • Everyday communication with family members, Russian language and culture practice

  • An opportunity to choose a half-board or a "bed and breakfast" options

  • An opportunity of independent preparation of food

Accommodation in the hotel "Universitetskaya"


  • The hotel is located in the Moscow State University campus

  • Rooms with a wc and shower, a phone, a TV and a refrigerator

Cost of residing:
Single room - approx. EURO 50 per day

For booking please visit web-site of the hotel.

Cost of living

MSU suggests the followingapproximate costs: (prices in euros).

  • Accommodation: 220-240 (or cheaper student halls or hall of residence - from 60 per month)

  • Food (meals):250-300

  • Books: 20-50

  • Public Transport: 10-30

  • Other (laundry, sundries,…): 100-150



Students who have been nominated to study at MSU will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA.

Health Insurance  

You must provide evidence of having an appropriate, comprehensive health insurance covering you for the entire stay in Russia. This is usually required at the time of submitting your application.


Visa requirements

Please check with the Russian consulate or emabssy where you will be applying for your visa what exactly you will need in order to apply for your visa. Bleow are contact details for the Russian Embassy in London:

Address: 6/7 Kensington Palace Gardens,London W8 4QP

Tel: 020 7229 6412/ 7281

Fax: 0 20 7727 8625

Website: http://www.rusemb.org.uk/


Your passport must be valid for at least 18 months or more on the day of arrival in Russia otherwise MSU will not be able to arrange an invitation for you through the state immigration service. Please visit the website of the Russian Embassy/Consulate in the country where you would be applying for your visa and get updated information about student visa requirements and procedures.

Important: Students going to study in Russia are initially issued a 3-month single entry visa. On arrival in Russia, the host university will then assist the students to extend their visa with the option of a multiple entry.

When you receive your visa always check that the dates and information are correct. NB! It is your standard entry student visa. On arrival you will get registered for the whole period of stay. Validity of your visa usually starts 3-4 days before the beginning of semester.

This is for your information only, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the correct visa.



Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: Russia
Language of tuition: English,Russian
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Bilateral Exchange partner

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