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MGIMO is the premier school in Russia for studies in international relations, international law, and international economics. The school is known for academic excellence which means the best and brightest of Russia’s future leaders now study there. It is a place not only to gain educational experience, but also to gain valuable professional contacts.

Foreigners who study at MGIMO take classes in what are called “blocks.” These blocks include lectures in Russian on various topics (usually with Russian students) and additional consultation with a professor who speaks English. Blocks can cover nearly any subject taught at MGIMO, involve 16 hrs/wk of classroom/consultation time and currently cost $1100 each. Three to four blocks a semester is considered fulltime.

Students enrolled in these blocks are also free to attend whatever seminars they wish at no additional cost. Seminars are lectures in Russian on various subjects attended by Russian and foreign students together. They are announced on the bulletin boards at MGIMO.

We’ll let our graduates tell you themselves. Seth Bridge, a pre-law major, and Brian Carlson, an international relations major who hopes to become a foreign correspondent, both recently attended the college. They have different things to say about their experience, but both agree that the education was stimulating and that the contacts they made and the “experience of Russia” they had will be valuable for years to come.

MGIMO's history began in 1943, when the USSR Council of People's Commissars (Sovnarkom) established the Department of International Relations at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). A year later the Sovnarkom transformed this department into a separate institution, MGIMO.

MGIMO was structurally part of the People's Commissariat for Foreign Affairs. Its primary mission was to bring up a new generation of Soviet diplomats, to train in foreign policy and international economics professionals, who would be able to effectively represent the nation in the new world that was emerging after World War II. The first class consisted of 200 Soviet citizens, most of which were veterans of WWII. In 1946 the Institute's doors were opened to foreign students.


More than twenty six thousand people have graduated from MGIMO including more than 4 thousand foreign citizens. Among the graduates are prominent government and political leaders, diplomats, well-known journalists, lawyers, scholars, business people from Russia, the CIS and other countries.


Facts & Figures


State university, founded 1944

Total number of students: 4000




Faculty of International Business and Business Administration,

Faculty of International Economic Relations,

Faculty of International Information,

Faculty of International Law,

Faculty of International Relations,

School of Russian - French Graduate Studies,

The Institute of European Law,

The Institute of State Administration