Seven Reasons to Join

MGIMO is the best Russian university for international students who are interested in studying foreign affairs and Russian studies. Its courses are modern, exciting and intellectually challenging. The University offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs — from international law, political science, business management, energy policy and even digital economy.



In recognition of its remarkable international education and research, MGIMO has been awarded «5 Stars» in the QS Stars Audit, thus becoming the first university in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and amongst BRICS countries to be bestowed with this accolade. According to the agency, MGIMO performed impressively well in its relationship with employers and in the employment rate of graduates, for which the University scored the maximum possible number of points. In all only 62 universities worldwide have been awarded five QS stars, including Harvard, Oxford, Yale, Princeton and Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University.


MGIMO as the first Russian University fully integrated into the Bologna process and for nearly 70 years it has been a Russian home for students all over the world who now flourish as leaders in public and private sectors of their own countries. In addition, MGIMO has close ties with the world’s leading universities, across Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa.




MGIMO provides tuition for Bachelor and Master degree programs recognized around the world, with students gaining qualifi cations that are crucial to employment and academic opportunities internationally. When it comes to providing students with a context for understanding the contemporary world — be it through diplomacy, public administration, business, economics, law or journalism, not to mention the 53 languages it teaches day-to-day — MGIMO is unique.


MGIMO incorporates the best aspects of a classical university with those of a research centre. This approach provides students with close access to more than 1200 faculty members, 20 members of the renowned Russian Academy of Sciences, a further 120 with Dr.habil. and 400 Ph.D. degree.




MGIMO community is traditionally welcoming to foreign students. Moreover, the University is constantly expanding its partnership network. Today MGIMO is successfully cooperating with more than 200 universities and institutions from 65 countries. We are able to off er programs that are taught in English full-time. The students may also choose from a wide range of dual-degree programs thus gaining two diplomas in their field of study.


MGIMO consistently ranks high in university ratings. “Global Go To Think Tank Index Report 2019” report issued by the University of Pennsylvania represented MGIMO among worldwide research leaders, e.g. №33 in Think Tanks with the Most Significant Impact on Public Policy and №16 in Top Think Tanks in Central and Eastern Europe. Under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MGIMO is an esteemed policy think-tank and forum for debate and analysis of international developments and current aff airs, with its contribution to global analysis highly sought after.




MGIMO offers its students the broadest opportunities for creative self-accomplishment. Various student organizations fill the calendar with cultural, social and sport events. Of course, MGIMO is in Moscow, one of the world’s great cities, with an array of cultural and historical treasures, vibrant dazzling lifestyle events. It off ers easy access to the diversity and energy of contemporary Russia, and its epic heritage. MGIMO is a wonderful life experience for international students.