European Studies Institute

The European Studies Institute (ESI) is a unique joint project of Russia and the EU. The ESI commenced its activities in 2006 in accordance with the Contract between European Commission and MGIMO. The budget of ESI was created on a parity basis by the Russian Federation and the European Commission. Since January, 2015 the ESI has been operating in a new financial and administrative format due to the cessation of funding on parity basis from the EU.

Free training of 60 students is financed annually by the Russian side. However, considering a variety of activities not limited to the educational process, and intending to maintain the bilateral format of this project, the ESI participates in open-calls and grant tenders financed by the EU. Thus, the ESI was announced the winner in three projects within the Programme of Jean Monnet that promotes cooperation with the EU institutions and is of a new substantial contribution.

The ESI offers students a Master’s degree in “Complex Researches of the European and Euroasian Integration Processes” which can be completed in EU Law, EU politics and EU economics on the base of the Department of Integration Processes.

Since 2009, the European Studies Institute at MGIMO has been implementing an additional Master's programme “International Protection of Human Rights” within the framework of the Consortium of Russian Universities. The programme is unique as it is interdisciplinary and provided by nine leading Russian partner universities of the Consortium with more than 70 people graduating each year.

Upon graduation, students are awarded a Master's degree, confirmed by a diploma from the relevant partner university and a Consortium certificate signed by the Director of the Field Operations Division of the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner and the rectors of the Consortium's partner universities.

Given practical requirements of Russian Ministries and requests of business bodies the ESI has organized more than 30 short-term courses on perspective of EU-Russia cooperation, European integration, European Law, mechanisms of human rights protection and anti-corruption initiatives. More than 2 500 government employees, scientists, businessmen and academic staff have received Certificates of advanced training.

The ESI employs professors and experts for lecturing from international organizations, such as the EEU, the EU and the UN which serves as an example of successful collaboration between the European/international and Russian systems of higher education.

Within the MGIMO Alumni Association there has been created and successfully carries out its work the Association of the ESI Alumni.

The ESI activities within the project get approval at the EU-Russia summits and have high rating among the civil servants of the Russian Federation and the academic society of Russia and Europe.

Over ten years of its operation the ESI has organized multiple international scientific conferences and expert meetings aimed to expand the partners network and exchange scientific experience. These 30 international conferences and expert meetings were held both independently and in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, Moscow Chamber and Commerce, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Russian Agency for Small and Medium Business Support, the Association of European Businesses, etc.

Last update — February 2021