Russian Language Courses During Semesters

Key features
Target group: Visiting Students; non-Russian-speaking persons with any level of proficiency
Duration of course: one semester (≈4 months)
Workload: 12 contact hours per week for A1—B1 groups; 10 contact hours per week for B2—C2 groups
Fee: 20 euros per academic hour
Application deadline: Fall semester — June 30th; Spring semester — December 24th

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 20 euro per academic hour.

Any level of proficiency is eligible.

Fall semester — June 30th; Spring semester — December 24th

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.

Course content
The course covers different aspects of Russian language:

  • improving your Russian vocabulary and grammar;
  • Russian for academic purposes — economics, law, diplomacy, political science, or Russian history;
  • Russian literature and culture;
  • theoretical study of comparative Russian grammar, systematic interpretation of grammar categories, and introduction to systemology and systematic linguistics.

MGIMO Russian Language professors also arrange cultural events in order to familiarize students with Russian historic and cultural traditions: museums, exhibitions, theatres, national events and excursions.

Before the course all the participants are invited to take part in integration meetings for international students. The Integration Week aims at familiarizing newcomers with the University and providing information regarding the educational process of MGIMO, accommodation, health insurance, and other practical matters.
All students have a placement test before classes begin.

Schedule, hours per week, places per course/group
Classes are held either from September 1st till the end of December (Fall semester), or from the beginning of February till June 30th (Spring semester) of each year.
Classes are held in the afternoon, from Monday till Friday.
Students are supposed to have different number of hours according to their degree of proficiency: A1—B1 groups have 12 contact hours per week, B2—C2 groups have 10 academic hours per week.

There are 10 students in a group.

How to apply

  • Fill in the application form.
  • Send it along with the scanned copies of the required documents (please see the list below) to MGIMO International Office by email to
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 of the course are provided with basic study materials.
Students organise their own meals. There are plenty of cafés, restaurants and takeaways on campus.

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

MGIMO student organizations offer leisure activities such as sports competitions and cultural events. There are also MGIMO own medical center and an extensive university sports program at reduced prices. More information


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)>