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Why MGIMO

TEN REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE MGIMO TO STUDY IN RUSSIA

MGIMO is Russia's most prestigious educational institution for young people with international interests. For international students, MGIMO is that and more: a modern, welcoming, and intellectually stimulating place to study in Russia’s greatest city.

MGIMO’s diverse student body of 6,000 is drawn from the top ranks of Russian students and from partner universities around the world. MGIMO offers a broad range of courses at undergraduate and graduate levels — from international law, political science, and economics, to journalism, business management, and energy policy. International undergraduates can pursue intellectually challenging and exciting coursework alongside their Russian peers. Students seeking a Master degree can apply for one of MGIMO’s groundbreaking double-degree programs, offered in partnership with international institutions, or seek a place in one of more than thirty MA programs taught in Russian.

For all its history, MGIMO is continuing to remake itself. In the last five years, the university has formed numerous new partnerships with leading institutions around the world. MGIMO is integrating fully into the Bologna accords, spelling out strict standards for European higher learning institutions. The University is also committed to fostering an ever-evolving student body, curriculum, and campus life that continues to reflect its reputation as Russia’s most prestigious and most advanced place for understanding international affairs. 

1. RUSSIA’S PREMIER UNIVERSITY

MGIMO is Russia’s best known and most prestigious humanities institution. It is world class in every sense of the term - renowned excellence, independent, coeducational, and publicly endowed. MGIMO’s seven schools and four educational institutes encompass numerous academic departments, divisions, and award programs, as well as interdisciplinary centers and scientific work programs extending beyond traditional departmental boundaries. 

2. TRULY INTERNATIONAL

Russia's most global university, MGIMO has been a Russian home for students from around the world for nearly 60 years, providing more than 5,000 international graduates the education to flourish as leaders in the private and public sector globally. In addition, MGIMO has close ties with the world’s leading educational centers, across Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. MGIMO prides itself on a global focus and MGIMO is a home for global students. 

3. GLOBAL RECOGNITION

MGIMO University was one of the first Russian universities to join the European Universities Association, and is a signatory to the Bologna accords. The MGIMO philosophy provides tuition for Bachelor and Master degree programs which are recognized around the world, with students gaining qualifications which are the keys to employment and academic opportunities internationally. MGIMO Honorary Doctorates have been bestowed on the globally eminent. 

4. WIDE COURSE SELECTION

MGIMO University offers amongst the widest range of educational programs and specializations available in a university of its type anywhere. When it comes to providing students with a context for understanding the contemporary world – be it through international diplomacy, public administration, business, economics, law, and journalism, not to mention the 53 languages it teaches – MGIMO is unique. 

5. OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACCESS

MGIMO University brings together the best aspects of a liberal arts college with those of a major research university. This approach provides students with close access to more than 1200 professors and faculty members, including 20 full members and corresponding members of the renowned Russian Academy of Sciences, a further 113 doctors of science and 400 doctorate of science candidates. MGIMO’s academia takes pride in its students. 

6. WORLD RENOWNED RESEARCH

With an outstanding reputation and academic status MGIMO consistently ranks highly in university ratings. Its research is extended globally through collaborations with leading research institutes in Russia, CIS countries, and around the world. Under the umbrella of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MGIMO is an esteemed policy think-tank and forum for debate and analysis of international developments and current affairs, with its contributions to global analysis highly sought after. 

7. INNOVATIVE EDUCATION

Since its inception MGIMO’s vision and philosophy has merged traditional academic rigor with intellectual innovation. The university’s Innovative Educational Program, implemented over 2007-2008, renewed its focus on competency based education. The program also saw MGIMO develop a new quality system reflecting contemporary scientific and educational trends, with new management practices and technologies, and attracting international educational leaders. 

8. ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

The university is renowned for academic excellence, meaning the brightest of Russia's future leaders are studying there now, with an increasing number of their international counterparts. Each year Russia’s best high school graduates compete for nearly a thousand new places, with some programs - especially economics, law, and international relations - having up to 30 applicants for each place.

MGIMO graduates include presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Slovakia, Ukraine and other countries. 

9. WORLDWIDE NETWORKING

MGIMO provides not only an advanced education, but an unparalleled opportunity to gain professional contacts which will endure well beyond formal education. Its rigorous and challenging academic framework is complemented by a healthy social environment where the student community and alumni are very accessible and welcoming to foreign students. In this environment today’s students can become the friends of tomorrow’s international political, legal, business and social leaders. 

10. GREAT SOCIAL LIFE

Beyond study, MGIMO students will find themselves drawn to numerous concerts, dances, comedy nights, and events in every imaginable sport. Various student organizations fill the calendar with additional social events. Of course, MGIMO is in Moscow, one of the world’s great cities, with an array of cultural and historical treasures, vibrant culture and dazzling nightlife. It also offers easy access to the diversity and energy of contemporary Russia, and its epic cultural heritage. MGIMO is a wonderful life experience for international students.