Individual Russian Language Courses

Key features
Target group: non-Russian-speaking persons with any level of proficiency
Fee: 35 euros per academic hour
Duration: tailored; but the minimum price of the contract cannot be less than 450 euro (≈13 academic hours or more)

You can study Russian language inspanidually (one-on-one with a teacher) and choose as many academic hours as you wish. MGIMO Russian Language professors have vast experience in working with different audiences — from international students to foreign diplomats, so the course content and the main focus of the study will be tailored specifically to fit your needs.

Any level of proficiency is eligible.

Students of the course are required to regularly attend the classes, actively participate in class and do the homework. To obtain a Certificate of Attendance, you must pass the final exam.

Assessment and academic credit
After completing the course students receive an official Transcript of Records with grades or a Certificate of Completion.

Tuition fee for the course is 35 euro per academic hour. The minimum price of the contract must not be less than 450 EUR

Please indicate in the questionnaire whether you need a place at the MGIMO residence hall. If there are places, they are allocated at an additional fee (300–400 rubles per night). Single accommodation is not possible.

The course is available from September till June of each year.
Classes are held from Monday till Friday.

How to apply

  1. Fill in the application form.
  2. Send it along with the scanned copies of the required documents (please see the list below) to MGIMO International Office by email to:
  3. If you are approved, an educational contract is to be concluded and paid. After MGIMO has received the payment, you can apply for a visa.
  4. Check with the nearest Russian consulate regarding visa requirements (for example, a completed visa application form, a valid passport, the Letter of Acceptance from MGIMO, passport photos 3×4 сm on mat paper, etc.) and start collecting documents for visa. Keep in touch with MGIMO International Office to get the reference number of the electronic invitation (TELEX) and information of its validity period.
  5. At the Russian boarder as well as upon arrival to MGIMO please follow all the migration rules regarding your migration card, migration registration and visa extension (Steps 2–4 here).

In order to apply for the course, you should submit via email to

  • a completed application form
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Motivation Letter
  • a valid passport copy

Having paid for the course, but before arrival to Russia, you should submit via email to

  • a copy of your visa to Russia (for visa nationals)
  • a copy of the certified translation of your passport into Russian (for non-visa nationals)
  • a copy of an international health insurance valid in Russia for the full period of study

Upon arrival you should bring to the course coordinator:

  • medical certificates (originals) of:

— negative HIV test (issued within 6 months of the arrival date)

— negative Hepatitis B tests (issued within 3 months of the arrival date)

— negative Syphilis test (issued within 3 months of the arrival date)

— negative Tuberculosis test (issued within a year of the arrival date)

  • international certificates of vaccinations or an original medical report on vaccinations against tetanus, measles, diphtheria, tuberculosis
  • personal health records (PHR) for chronic diseases

Additional information
Students organise their own meals. There are plenty of cafés, restaurants and takeaways on campus.

There is free-of-charge internet access on campus.


Coordinator Ms Ekaterina Orlova

MGIMO International Office
76 Prospect Vernadskogo, office БЦ-02, Moscow 119454
+7 495 234 84 61

Office hours: Monday-Friday 10:00-17:00 (UTC+3:00)