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MGIMO University

Location

Vernadsky, Moscow Russia

Ranking

# =526QS World University Rankings

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39Undergraduate programs

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56Postgraduate programs

Tuitionfee

620,460 RUBTuition Fee/year

About MGIMO University

Established in 1943 MGIMO University (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) is among the premier social science universities in Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and BRICS countries. In 1993, MGIMO pioneered Russia’s first ever international dual degree program with the French Sciences Po in Paris – and was the first to launch full-fledged English-medium Bachelor programs in International Affairs and International Business and Finance.

Today, MGIMO offers a vast array of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in 18 areas of study; as well as PhD, MBA, Executive MBA, and pre-university programs. It takes pride in its unique language learning opportunities with 53 foreign languages delivered full-time, which earned it a Guinness World Record for the largest number of languages taught at a university. MGIMO is reputable for the prominent role of teamwork, analytical thinking, critical reasoning, and strategic planning as key aspects of its training methodologies.

MGIMO is also a world-renowned, highly influential public policy think tank. It has been ranked the 8th best university-based policy think tank in the world by the 2020 UN-commissioned Pennsylvania University Survey.

As of 2020, the University offers, for international students, 30 dual/triple degree programs with top universities in Europe, America, and Asia; as well as undergraduate and postgraduate programs in English, French, Italian, German, and Chinese.

The University comprises 13 schools, a Lyceum, a pre-university professional training college and a Business School. MGIMO’s subject-focus ranges from international relations, regional studies, politics, governance, and diplomacy to world economy, law, journalism, foreign trade and management, energy affairs, linguistics, and environmental studies.

The University’s faculty to student ratio stands at 1 to 4, with over 1500 professors and lecturers teaching extensively in smaller groups and tutorial-type seminars. MGIMO’s faculty includes some 20 fellows of the Russian Academy of Sciences (the highest scientific honor Russia can bestow), about 250 full professors, and more than 700 Ph.D. degree-holders. Each year MGIMO invites over 100 international visiting professors. Some of them teach regular classes at MGIMO, e.g. a famous American foreign policy expert from Columbia University Robert Legvold and Professor of Government at Dartmouth College (USA) William Wohlforth. The University habitually welcomes prominent guests – Presidents, Prime Ministers, leaders of international organizations, who come to MGIMO to give open lectures to students.

Today, there are about 8,000 students at MGIMO from 74 countries. International students account for nearly 20 % of the total number of students. MGIMO spearheaded the establishment of Endowment Funds in Russia, thanks to the generous contributions from its graduates and worldwide known philanthropists. MGIMO Endowment today is the largest university foundation in Russia. It provides support to students’ projects and their overseas internships.

In 2016, ZEvA, Germany’s first accreditation agency, evaluated and accredited all University’s undergraduate and postgraduate programs. In 2019, the Advisory Board of the MBA Association (AMBA) accredited the MBA and Executive MBA programs of the MGIMO Business School. The same year MGIMO joined the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) –the most revered professional association in management and business education.

About MGIMO University

Established in 1943 MGIMO University (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) is among the premier social science universities in Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and BRICS countries. In 1993, MGIMO pioneered Russia’s first ever international dual degree program with the French Sciences Po in Paris – and was the first to launch full-fledged English-medium Bachelor programs in International Affairs and International Business and Finance.

Today, MGIMO offers a vast array of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in 18 areas of study; as well as PhD, MBA, Executive MBA, and pre-university programs. It takes pride in its unique language learning opportunities with 53 foreign languages delivered full-time, which earned it a Guinness World Record for the largest number of languages taught at a university. MGIMO is reputable for the prominent role of teamwork, analytical thinking, critical reasoning, and strategic planning as key aspects of its training methodologies.

MGIMO is also a world-renowned, highly influential public policy think tank. It has been ranked the 8th best university-based policy think tank in the world by the 2020 UN-commissioned Pennsylvania University Survey.

As of 2020, the University offers, for international students, 30 dual/triple degree programs with top universities in Europe, America, and Asia; as well as undergraduate and postgraduate programs in English, French, Italian, German, and Chinese.

The University comprises 13 schools, a Lyceum, a pre-university professional training college and a Business School. MGIMO’s subject-focus ranges from international relations, regional studies, politics, governance, and diplomacy to world economy, law, journalism, foreign trade and management, energy affairs, linguistics, and environmental studies.

The University’s faculty to student ratio stands at 1 to 4, with over 1500 professors and lecturers teaching extensively in smaller groups and tutorial-type seminars. MGIMO’s faculty includes some 20 fellows of the Russian Academy of Sciences (the highest scientific honor Russia can bestow), about 250 full professors, and more than 700 Ph.D. degree-holders. Each year MGIMO invites over 100 international visiting professors. Some of them teach regular classes at MGIMO, e.g. a famous American foreign policy expert from Columbia University Robert Legvold and Professor of Government at Dartmouth College (USA) William Wohlforth. The University habitually welcomes prominent guests – Presidents, Prime Ministers, leaders of international organizations, who come to MGIMO to give open lectures to students.

Today, there are about 8,000 students at MGIMO from 74 countries. International students account for nearly 20 % of the total number of students. MGIMO spearheaded the establishment of Endowment Funds in Russia, thanks to the generous contributions from its graduates and worldwide known philanthropists. MGIMO Endowment today is the largest university foundation in Russia. It provides support to students’ projects and their overseas internships.

In 2016, ZEvA, Germany’s first accreditation agency, evaluated and accredited all University’s undergraduate and postgraduate programs. In 2019, the Advisory Board of the MBA Association (AMBA) accredited the MBA and Executive MBA programs of the MGIMO Business School. The same year MGIMO joined the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) –the most revered professional association in management and business education.

Available programs

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.

MGIMO’s diverse student body of about 8,000 is drawn from the top ranks of Russian students and from partner universities around the world. MGIMO offers a broad range of courses at the undergraduate level in Russian and English — from international law, political science, and economics, to journalism, business management, and energy policy. International undergraduates can pursue intellectually challenging and exciting coursework alongside their Russian peers. 

In recent years, the university has formed numerous partnerships with leading institutions around the world. MGIMO is fully integrated into the Bologna accords, which spell out strict standards for European higher learning institutions. The University is also committed to enhancing an ever-evolving curriculum, and campus life that continues to reflect its reputation as Russia’s most revered and most advanced place for grasping international affairs.

For over seven decades, MGIMO University has been educating professionals who serve in diplomacy, politics, public, private and nonprofit organizations to make a difference in the world. Through rigorous social and political science research and hands-on experience, the MGIMO alumni and faculty work for the improvement of public administration and social services, stand up for human rights, strengthen markets, protect the environment, and promote peace in their home communities and the all over the world. MGIMO draws upon the resources of the great city of Moscow and has a global reach, with over 60,000 alumni in more than 70 countries and educational partners from London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Madrid, Rome, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, New York, and Washington.

At MGIMO University our prospective students will find a powerful network of peers within which they can expand their knowledge, learn from one another, test new ideas, and remain at the cutting edge of research on international affairs, public policy, markets and society for years after their formal education.

In 2013 Russia's first undergraduate school of international relations with courses exclusively in English: the MGIMO School of Government and International Affairs. Its innovative, multi-disciplinary curriculum is delivered by top-class faculty members and prepares its students for the leadership challenges of tomorrow. With a global outlook at the heart of everything it does, the School builds off of MGIMO’s outstanding strengths in international affairs research. Its study plan brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding the social and political world around us, refining analytical and practical skills useful for a whole range of future careers and activities. MGIMO offers degrees designed for those who like to draw connections between political, economic and social phenomena. Underpinned by analytical rigour, the program offers a broad perspective on international politics and economy, Eurasian security, Russian foreign policy, government and domestic politics.

As of 2020 onwards, SGIA offers three tracks of its English-language Bachelor Program:

    BA in Government and International Affairs taught at MGIMO in Moscow.BSc in International Business and Finance taught at MGIMO in MoscowBA in Politics and International Relations — a double degree program by MGIMO and University of Reading. Includes two years of study at MGIMO in Moscow and two years of study at Reading in the UK.BA in Global Politics validated by MGIMO and taught at the Marbella International UniversityCenter (MUIC). Includes three years of study at MUIC at Marbella in Spain and a final year at MGIMO in Moscow.

The School brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding the social and political world around us, refining analytical and practical skills useful for a whole range of future careers and activities. It is a degree designed for those who like to draw connections between political, economic and social phenomena. Underpinned by analytical rigour, the program offers a broad perspective on international politics and economy, Eurasian security, Russian foreign policy, government and domestic politics.

Students seeking a Master’s degree can apply to one of MGIMO’s innovative dual degree programs offered in collaboration with international partners, or seek a place in one of more than thirty MA programs taught in Russian or in English.

The MGIMO School of Business and International Proficiency offers MBA programs, professional retraining, short- and medium-term programs of advanced professional training that deliver practical knowledge and skills needed for a career in an international environment.

MGIMO also offers a PhD track as part of its graduate training. Full-time postgraduate studies take three to four years to complete. MGIMO has its own autonomous Dissertation Councils and the right to confer academic degrees. Currently available are 26 PhD training programs.

University information

General

500+
3+
6+
79+

Bachelor

6+
72+

Master

6+
95+
180+
76+
24+
2+
7,318
74%
26%
1,464
75%
25%
1,829
91%
9%

Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

620,460 RUB
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International Students

620,460 RUB
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Rankings & ratings

MGIMO University is one of the top public universities in Moscow, Russia. It is ranked #=526 in QS World University Rankings 2024.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #367
  • 2014
    #386
  • 2015
    #=399
  • 2016
    #=397
  • 2017
    #=350
  • 2018
    #=373
  • 2019
    #=355
  • 2020
    #366
  • 2021
    #348
  • 2022
    #=362
  • 2023
    #345
  • 2024
    #=526

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