Program Profile: BA in Government and International Affairs at MGIMO in Moscow


Duration of course: 4 years

Degree awarded: Bachelor of Arts

Intake: 50 students

Admissions campaign: until 15 July 2019, on the rolling basis


The School offers a full-time four-year Bachelor of International Affairs Degree Course with a curriculum drawn from across the University’s divisions. The course includes four years of full-time training in line with the Russian Federal Standard of Higher Education «International Affairs». The program intake is 50 students, classes commence on September 1.

The School brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding the social and political world around us, refining analytical and practical skills useful for a whole range of future careers and activities. It is a degree designed for those who like to draw connections among political, economic and social phenomena. Underpinned by analytical rigour, the program offers a broad perspective on international politics and economy, Eurasian security, Russian foreign policy, government and domestic politics.

The course is multi-disciplinary, reflecting the need for public leaders who can reach across specialist fields to find more innovative solutions to difficult policy challenges.

The course is practical, responding directly to the demand for policy experts who can also act as negotiators, financial managers, and communicators to deliver successful results.

The course is global in that students learn how policy is made, implemented, and evaluated in governments and corporations around the world, and at local, regional and global levels.

The School will expose its students to cutting-edge analysis and interpretations of the current international trends as well as to the processes and institutions that shape key policy decisions that affect our lives as members of nations, states, and other political groupings. BA candidates will also learn how to evaluate the choices that political, economic, and social systems must regularly make, and about the forces that maintain or change those systems.

Our B.A. in International Affairs is intended for students wishing immediately to pursue graduate degrees, as well as for those who prefer practice in such areas as diplomacy, government, international business, and intelligence analysis – anything which requires profound analytical skills coupled with impeccable foreign language fluency.


The program may be of interest for applicants from outside Russia who take interest in international relations, law and economics, government, security in Eurasia, Russian foreign and domestic politics.

Basic knoweldge of Russian is recommended for applicants but not required. MGIMO offers training in the Russian language (8 academic hours weekly); the School also provides a number of elective courses to develop “Russia knowledge” -- getting to know the peculiarities of doing business in Russia, psychology of ethnic relations in Russia, Russian political culture, key political trends and conflicts.

For students with a strong command of Russian intensive courses of advanced English are offered.

The program equips students with knowledge and skills required for employment or graduate studies in international relations, government and public policy, law. Training courses also aim to develop the essential skills of academic writing and public speaking. Our curriculum is designed to help students better understand their role as global citizens who will live and be employed in an increasingly internationalized, multi-cultural environment.

Core disciplines in the curriculum include World and Russian History, International Politics, Economics, Foreign Policy Analysis, Comparative Politics and Government, International, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Strategic Forecasting in Political Processes, Economics, Psychology, and Conflict Management.

These basic courses enable students to

  • understand the dynamics of contemporary international and transnational relations and historical trajectories of government around the world;
  • understand global and key national economic trends;
  • become sharp analysts and critical consumers of information;
  • appreciate the role of institutions in global, international, and domestic politics;
  • acquire analytical and oral presentation skills as part of the ability to criticize and reason logically;
  • be ready to apply these skills in practical work, including policy making and evaluation.

Program requirements include an Undergraduate Thesis. It must address contemporary international policy issues, such as managing natural resources and migration flows, conflict and development, energy security, human rights and democracy, financial regulation, terrorism and organized crime, the welfare state, global governance, etc.

Students are also required to complete an internship in the Moscow offices of international organizations, think-tanks, media, or NGOs.

Upon graduation (i.e. having completed 8 semesters of studies) students are expected to be proficient in at least one foreign language other than Russian and their native tongue.

B.A. graduates may apply to join MGIMO graduate programs taught in English, dual-degree M.A. programs, or a wide variety of M.A. programs at MGIMO University or other Russian universities taught in Russian.


Our B.A. program prepares students for successful careers in both the public and private sectors, including government, non-governmental organizations, transnational business, etc.

The School has dedicated careers advisors to support our students during their study. We organize careers events to bring relevant employers and students together and maintain a network of support among alumni and current students of the University.

Students will also have access to MGIMO careers service offering advice and training not only in furthering their careers upon graduation, but also with placing its students in internships during the 8th semester. The School's Careers Centre will allow relevant organizations directly to target students for recruitment.

MGIMO graduates are sought by employers internationally and the career prospects for a successful B.A. student at MGIMO are excellent. Among them:

  • Central or Regional Government Official
  • Diplomat, Foreign Service Officer
  • Policy Institute Analyst
  • City Manager
  • GR Manager
  • Political Consultant
  • Political and Business Information Analyst

Students usually find employment opportunities with central, regional or local governments in their countries, international business, NGOs, lobbying, interest and political groups. MGIMO graduates are well marketable in business and industry in Russia, Eurasia, and globally. The Internship program often helps to secure employment upon graduation.

Students who go on to pursue graduate and post-graduate degrees find employment as researchers and university faculty at MGIMO and worldwide.