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MGIMO University

Location Vernadsky, Moscow Russia
Ranking

# 345QS World University Rankings

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39Undergraduate programs

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73Postgraduate programs

International

1501International students

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.

University information

MGIMO offers a wide range of full-time Bachelor, Master, Executive, MBA and Postgraduate as well as short-term and language programs in different languages, including dual degrees. Application procedure may vary from program to program, so applicants should consult the website and Admissions office before applying.

MGIMO International Office (for international applicants at all levels): [email protected]

Bachelor programs (in Russian): [email protected]

Bachelor programs (in English): [email protected]

Master programs (for all applicants) and Dual Degree Master programs: [email protected]

Executive education and MBA (for all applicants): [email protected]

PhD programs (for all applicants): [email protected]

Short-term programs (exchange, visiting, research programs): [email protected]

Russian Language Study Programs: [email protected]

 

International Summer School: [email protected]

IELTS

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

TOEFL

Minimum score

95

Maximum score

Cambridge CAE Advanced

Minimum score

180

Maximum score

PTE Academic

Minimum score

76

Maximum score

International Baccalaureate

Minimum score

24

Maximum score

GPA

Minimum score

2

Maximum score

GMAT - Masters

Minimum score

500

Maximum score

GPA - Masters

Minimum score

3

Maximum score

IELTS - Masters

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

TOEFL - Masters

Minimum score

79

Maximum score

IELTS - Bachelors

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

TOEFL - Bachelors

Minimum score

72

Maximum score

MGIMO has three campuses – in Moscow, in the Moscow Region, and in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), an educational center for law studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and an educational base for implementing part of its international degrees in IR and Business Administration in Marbella, Spain.

In Moscow, the University has five dormitories, two of which are located on campus. MGIMO Campus in the Moscow Region (Odintsovo) provides accommodation on campus at MGIMO Hotel.

The literary collection at MGIMO Library dates back to the establishment in 1815 of one of MGIMO’s precursors – the Lazarev Institute of Oriental Languages from which the University acquired rich holdings of ancient manuscripts. The Library, today, holds more than 1 million printed books and periodicals in 62 languages, and more than 2,220,000 e-books and e-journals. 

MGIMO facilities provide rich opportunities for students to practice sports and keep fit. It has swimming pools, gyms, soccer, volleyball and basketball fields, a tennis court, a boxing ring, and an acrobatic hall. MGIMO also has its own Medical Center, serving both students and faculty.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees Domestic

Minimum amount

620460

Maximum amount

Tuition fees Domestic (In State)

Minimum amount

Maximum amount

Tuition fees Domestic (Out of State)

Minimum amount

Maximum amount

Tuition fees International

Minimum amount

620460

Maximum amount

Total students

7,186

UG students

74%

PG students

26%

International students

1,501

UG students

73%

PG students

27%

Total faculty staff

1,728

Domestic staff

91%

Int'l staff

9%

Student life

MGIMO provides a wide choice of opportunities for students to engage social life and extracurricular activities. The Cultural Center organizes creative classes and events. Each student of the University has a vast cultural panoply to choose from: Ballroom Dance, Modern Dance, the choir (PROXENOS), the orchestra (SYMPHONY), a Literary and Poetry Club, the MGIMO Theatre, and a Painting Club.

The Volunteer Center, established in 2011, provides training for almost 1,000 students who have a chance to practice their skills at large international events. MGIMO volunteers have worked at the FIFA World Cup 2018, the XXII Olympic Games and the XI Paralympic Games.

MGIMO international students organize national clubs inside the International Students Association. The Association acts on the principles of openness, equality, voluntary participation, freedom and independence. Within each club, students have opportunities to talk about their own culture and to integrate, as well as to increase cultural awareness and promote diversity across the student body. They arrange National Gourmet Days and celebrate their national and religious holidays.

MGIMO pays special attention to ensuring successful employment of its graduates. In QS Graduate Employability Ranking MGIMO has collected 100 points out of a possible 100 in the “Graduate Employment Rate” indicator, which reflects the proportion of students working full-time or part-time within twelve months after their graduation. The MGIMO Career Center provides students with prestigious career and internship opportunities through its collaboration with many public and private organizations, federal and local administrative bodies, transnational corporations, mass media, think tanks, and political consulting firms.

The University has signed strategic cooperation agreements with more than 100 companies, both Russian and international, which allow students to start their careers early on through internships and placements.

MGIMO has its own Students and Alumni Office. One of its goals is to help students maximize the use of their professional skills which facilitates career guidance and HR networking.

Every April and every November, MGIMO University hosts Careers Days involving more than 3,000 students and graduates. Before the event, MGIMO publishes a guidebook on the participating companies. In November, the Career Center cooperates with the Association of European Business in Russia to host the International Career Day that involves international companies.

Rankings & ratings

MGIMO University is one of the top public universities in Moscow, Russia. It is ranked #345 in QS World University Rankings 2023.

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

Ranking criteria

31.3
Overall
12.5
Academic Reputation
24.6
Employer Reputation
100
Faculty Student Ratio
1.4
Citations per Faculty
15.8
International Faculty Ratio
52.4
International Students Ratio
1.5
International Research Network
93.9
Employment Outcomes

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.

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