Exchange student program


Exchange Student Program is designed for those currently enrolled at a MGIMO Partner University. Exchange Students come to study for one or two semesters on the basis of a bilateral agreement or ERASMUS.

Exchange Students attend lectures and seminars of their choice delivered in Russian or English, except for classes of foreign languages. Exchange Students are eligible to study Russian language without extra charge, provided this is stipulated by their agreement.

After finishing their study at MGIMO and passing exams, Exchange Students receive Transcripts of Records. There is no degree granted to those students.


  1. Check at your home university whether there is an existing agreement between MGIMO and your home university by contacting your Exchange Program Coordinator.
    MGIMO Partner Universities
  2. After passing the selection procedures at your home university, fill in the application form. In the application form you should indicate whether you require accommodation at the MGIMO residence hall.
  3. Print out the completed application form, sign it by hand, scan it and send it along with the scanned copies of the required documents (please see the list below) to MGIMO International Office by e‑mail to
  4. Check with the nearest Russian consulate regarding visa requirements (for example, a completed visa application form, the Letter of Acceptance from MGIMO, passport photos 3х4 сm on mat paper, a valid passport, 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.
    How to apply for a MGIMO visa
  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).


Exchange Students should submit:

  • a completed application form
  • a valid passport copy
  • Letter of Nomination from the home university
  • Transcript of Records
  • Motivation Letter (in Russian or in English)
  • medical certificates (originals) of:
    — negative HIV test (issued within 3 months of the arrival date)
    — negative Hepatitis A, B, C tests (issued within 3 months of the arrival date)
    — negative Syphilis test (issued within 3 months 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
  • upon arrival — an international health insurance valid in Russia for the full period of study
  • 5 photos 3cm x 4 cm


Nominations by Partner University:

  • Fall semester — April 30th
  • Spring semester — October 31st
  • Academic year — April 30th

Filling in the application form by nominated students:

  • Fall semester — May 15th
  • Spring semester — November 15th
  • Academic year — May 15th


Prior to the beginning of the academic semester all Exchange Students are invited to take part in integration meetings. The Integration Weeks aim at familiarizing newcomers with the University, and providing information regarding the educational process of MGIMO, accommodation, health insurance, and other practical matters. If you've arrived late, make sure you contact your coordinator to find out what information you may have missed.

More additional information


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)