Student clubs and associations


A voluntary organization which brings students together and helps to guide them on their way through MGIMO. The Student Union plans and organizes a range of social and artistic events, and contributes to professional development through a variety of information initiatives, in addition to providing an effective cooperation mechanism between students and the University administration.


FWD is a student-led organization centered on the fields of international relations and diplomacy. The FWD aim is to facilitate free and open-minded communication between future diplomats, professionals, and other experts from governmental, business, and NGO sectors.


The Council  unites international students from 26 nations who have clubs or associations within the council. It seeks to promote national cultural awareness, and the politics, science and business of different countries within MGIMO, strengthening friendship and cooperation between Russian and international students. They organize more than a hundred events during the academic year – including cultural events, meetings with prominent people, and debates on current political issues and international events.


The Model UN is held at MGIMO each year and involves over 700 students from Russian and international universities. They emulate the proceedings of the General Assembly, the Security Council, and of the principal UN Committees. The working language of the UN Model is English. Many senior UN officials, including the Secretary General, made opening remarks for the MGIMO International Model UN in the past.


The Student Academic Society  is the oldest student organization of MGIMO. Members have the opportunity to master the basics of organizing mass events, public speaking and conducting scientific research, amongst many other benefits of participating in NSO’s projects. It conducts research activities and holds practical workshops. Its participants have the opportunity to gain practical experience and carry out their own research projects.

NSO brings more than 20 student interest clubs together, some of them specializing in particular regions or countries (like the African Club, Germanic Studies Club, etc.) and others dealing with particular issues (e. g. Business Club, Negotiation Club, Arctic Club).


It was established in 2003 at the initiative of MGIMO students. Its objectives include improving vocational training for Association members, and the development of relations between the Association and the leading PR practitioners and international PR organizations. Every April the Association holds Moscow PR week at MGIMO, which attracts more than a thousand students from all over Russia. Top Russian managers and heads of PR companies deliver seminars during the Week.


Over the years, the top-notch education delivered at the University has turned MGIMO into a prestigious brand. Established in 1991, MGIMO’s Alumni Association (MAA) 3 rd floor, room 3170 has proved highly instrumental in preserving life-long ties amongst MGIMO graduates. 
MAA is a rapidly growing organization uniting more than 5300 alumni of various generations. Alumni often get actively involved in the association’s activities and “give back” to the University by mentoring, philanthropy, volunteering or providing job opportunities to current students. Their support makes it possible to improve the activities of the Association and keep on generating new programs and projects.

MGIMO Volunteering CentreMGIMO

Volunteering Centre provides training for almost1,000 students who assisted in coordination of XXII Olympic Games and XI Paralympic Games 2014 and acted as interpreters.In addition, MGIMO students actively helped in preparation of the World Football Cup FIFA 2018.