MGIMO University

MGIMO is regarded as Russia's most prestigious educational institution for young people with international interests. 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’s diverse student body of 6,000 is drawn from the top ranks of Russian students and from partner universities around the world. MGIMO offers a broad range of courses at undergraduate and graduate levels — including economics and business management. International undergraduates can pursue intellectually challenging and exciting coursework alongside their Russian peers. MGIMO has close ties with the world’s leading educational centres, across Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. MGIMO prides itself on a global focus and MGIMO is a home for global students. MGIMO graduates include presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Slovakia, Ukraine and other countries.

Campus facilities

The university offers many facilities for incoming exchange students including on campus accommodation, catering and extensive language learning support. An interesting fact is that MGIMO has been officially included into the Guinness Book of Records as the university teaching the largest number of state foreign languages – as many as 53! During their stay at MGIMO students can use the following:

  • Library with more than 700 thousand volumes in Russian and 50 foreign languages, including more than 20 thousand rare and valued books and documents of 13th – early 20th centuries.
  • 4 hostels in Moscow, including one on campus
  • Sports Centre with a 25-meter 6-lane indoor swimming pool
  • Cultural Centre
  • MGIMO-University Policlinics, providing health care services for students and faculty of MGIMO
  • 10 Canteens and Cafeterias in the main building and in hostels
  • Bookstore, Pharmacy, Cosmetics, Gift and Flower Shops
  • Internet and Multimedia centers (free wireless Internet access in the main building)
  • Numerous multimedia and language laboratories

Academic calendar

Autumn semester:  early September – late January

Suggested arrival and orientation dates: late August

Spring semester: February – late June

Suggested arrival and orientation dates: early Febraury

Academic life

At MGIMO the main language of instruction is Russian. Students should be proficient in Russian in order to attend classes and pass exams. There are normally 12-18 academic hours per week of contact with the tutors/lecturers. There classes consist of 6-14 students.

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

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RUSSIAN SPA workload requirements:

You are required to take a minimum of 20 ECTS per SPA semester from the subjects approved by EBSL, although you may want to register for more if you wish. Russian language is compulsory part of the workload. The remaining courses will be taught in English.

Please note the following when selecting your modules:

  • You may not enrol in any course that you have previously taken at EBS London, Regent's University London
  • Ensure the module you are interested in is running in your SPA semester (AS =autumn semester = 1st semester SS= spring semester = 2nd semester)
  • Courses must be one semester long. Students may not be allowed to take yearlong courses
  • You must submit your Learning Agreement with the courses you have registered for no later than three weeks after your arrival at the host institution.

Passing requirements

RUSSIAN SPA passing requirements:

Students must pass a minimum of 15 ECTS credits per semester during their Study Period Abroad. Among these 15 ECTS it is mandatory to gain a PASS for Russian language course.

Students must sit all the exams and complete all assignments for the courses they have registered for.

If you fail to meet these requirements, you will have to make up the missing credits.

Please contact the Outbound Unit ( for more details.

Disability provisions

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


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.

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. As well as its rich Soviet history, modern-day Moscow exudes a strong and at times even bohemian flavour, with some of the best art galleries that the world has to offer, which are also amongst the cheapest. 


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.

Bus and Trolleybus: An extensive bus network radiates from each station to the surrounding residential zones.  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.

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MGIMO offers on-campus dormitory accommodation (address: Prospekt Vernadskogo, 76) for all exchange students. The accommodation is booked automatically by MGIMO international office staff upon receiving the letter of nomination from Regent’s coordinator. Only shared rooms with bathroom are available. All rooms have access to the internet, and students can use the laundry free of charge. The cost of the accommodation in the shared room is 400 rubles per night per person. You will be asked to sign a contract upon arrival for the whole period of study. The payment is expected every three months.

Cost of living

Approximate costs of living in Moscow (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

The final cost of living, of course, depends on your personal spending habits.


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Students who have been nominated to study at MGIMO 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 embassy where you will be applying for your visa what exactly you will need in order to apply for your visa.

Below 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


Upon receiving completed application form & copy of your passport, MGIMO-University will request an invitation from the Department of Consulate Service of Foreign Ministry of Russia in Moscow. The Department will send an official invitation telex directly to the Russian Consulate in the student’s home country. The Reference Number of this telex will be passed to the student. The Reference Number is the only condition for obtaining single/double entry student visa for 90 days. This type of visa is extended upon student’s arrival at MGIMO 30 days before visa expiry date.

Your passport must be valid for at least 18 months or more on the day of arrival in Russia otherwise MGIMO 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.


Prospekt Vernadskogo, 76

Contact: Ms. Alla Artsishevskaya
Department: MGIMO International Relations Office (БЦ-02) Student Mobility Office
Phone: 007 (495) 434 00 89
Fax: 007 (495) 434 00 89

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: Russian
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Bilateral Exchange partner

Applicable Regent's programmes for a study period abroad: