Visiting student program


Visiting Student Program is offered for international students who wish to study at MGIMO for one or two semesters, but cannot come to MGIMO on the basis of any bilateral agreement or ERASMUS.

Visiting Students study at MGIMO on a payment basis. There is a monthly fee of 950 EUR regardless of the school/faculty and number of courses attended.

Visiting Students attend lectures and seminars of their choice delivered in Russian or English, except for classes of foreign languages. The Program does not include classes/courses of Russian language, but Visiting Students can study Russian at an additional fee.

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


It is important that Visiting Students have a relevant academic background for the courses they apply for.


  1. Fill in the application form. In the application form you should indicate whether you require accommodation at the MGIMO residence hall.
  2. 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:
  3. You will be informed within one month after the University receives your application documents whether you meet the prerequisites to be enrolled as a Visiting Student.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).


Visiting Students should submit:

  • a completed application form
  • a valid passport copy
  • Letter of Recommendation (in Russian or in English)
  • 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


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


Prior to the beginning of the academic semester all Visiting 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)